Jack Campbell stopped 23 shots and Jamie Oleksiak scored his first professional goal as the Texas Stars snapped a three-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over Milwaukee at Cedar Park Center Wednesday night.
“It was a better effort,” said Texas coach Willie Desjardins. “I thought we had a real good first period. They came on a bit later on in the game, but Campbell made some good saves. We played well.”
Travis Morin and Antoine Roussel also scored for the Stars, who improved to 3-3-0-0 on the season.
The Stars outshot the Admirals 12-5 in the first and scored the period’s only goal when Morin tallied on the power play.
The Stars extended their lead to 2-0 midway through the third period when Oleksiak took a drop pass from Cody Eakin off the rush and scored on a wrist shot.
“Eakin made a great drop pass and luckily it squeaked by the goalie,” said Oleksiak. “I think it was a big goal and I think the team played great in general.”
Milwaukee’s Mark Van Guilder tipped a point shot past Campbell with 5:26 remaining to make it a 2-1 game, but Roussel’s empty net goal sealed the win for the Stars.
*The Texas penalty kill, which was 3-9 over the last three games, was 3-3 Wednesday night. Texas was 1-7 on the power play.
*Jamie Oleksiak now has three points (one goal, two assists) in his first six games as a pro.
*Cody Eakin has picked up points in four of six games this season and leads Texas with six points (three goals, three assists).
*The Stars dressed 11 forwards and 7 defensemen for the third straight game.
*Forward Scott Glennie, who was expected to play Wednesday, was a scratch for the sixth time in six games.
“Glennie is going to be coming back here real quick,” said Texas coach Willie Desjardins.
*Forward Alex Chiasson, who missed the last game due to illness, sat out again on Wednesday.
Austin Smith scores first pro goal
Forward Austin Smith, who was assigned to the Idaho Steelheads on Tuesday, scored his first professional goal on Wednesday.
Smith scored on a rebound from close range in the second period to give Idaho a 5-2 lead over Ontario. The Steelheads went on to win the game by a 7-2 final.