Series Shifts to Texas for Game 3 at Cedar Park Center
MILWAUKEE, WI – Rookie goaltender Magnus Hellberg stopped all 23 shots he faced as the the Milwaukee Admirals shutout the Texas Stars 2-0 Saturday night at BMO Harris Bradley Center in Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals. The series is now tied at one and shifts to Texas for Game 3 on May 1st.
After a scoreless first period where Milwaukee out-shot Texas 12-2, the Admirals opening the scoring 12 minutes into the middle frame. Michael Liambas’ shot from the left wing was turned aside by goaltender Cristopher Nilstorp, but the rebound was knocked home by Austin Watson at 12:04 for a 1-0 lead. The Stars out-shot Milwaukee 10-6 in the second period, but couldn’t get a shot past goalie Magnus Hellberg.
Texas turned up the heat on Hellberg in the third period, outshooting the Admirals 11-3, but the rookie continued to hold the line in goal. With 90 seconds left in regulation the Stars pulled Nilstorp for an extra attacker and created several good scoring chances before Milwaukee captain Matt Moore shot the puck from the middle of his own zone all the way down into the empty net for an unassisted goal at 19:31.
Magnus Hellberg stopped all 23 shots that he faced to earn his first career Calder Cup Playoff win and shutout in goal for Milwaukee. Cristopher Nilstorp made 19 saves on 20 shots and took the loss for Texas. The Stars ended up out-shooting the Admirals 23-21 in the game and went 0-for-3 on the power play. Milwaukee was 0-for-5 on the man-advantage.
Tied at 1-1, the series now shifts to Texas as the Stars will host the Admirals for Game 3 on Wednesday, May 1st at 7:30 p.m. at Cedar Park Center. Individual game tickets for the Stars Western Conference quarterfinal home dates are on sale now. Tickets may be purchased via Ticketmaster or the Cedar Park Center Box Office. Full ticket packages for all Texas Stars home 2013 home playoff games are also on sale and may be purchased by calling 512-GO-STARS.
2013-14 Season Tickets are now on sale. Put your deposit for 2013-14 season tickets and receive priority for both Texas Stars 2013 Calder Cup playoff tickets and 2013-14 season seat selection. For more information on Texas Stars season tickets call (512) GO-STARS (467-8277) or visit www.TexasStarsHockey.com.
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Photo: Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Admirals