Morin & Mueller Each Register Three Points as Stars Blowout San Antonio
Josh Robinson, playing in his first AHL game, stopped all 26 shots he faced to lead the Texas Stars to a 6-0 win over the San Antonio Rampage Saturday night in front of 4,795 fans at Cedar Park Center.
The Stars got on the board early when Travis Morin extended his point streak to 12 games, dating back to last season, by capitalizing on a penalty shot, beating goalie Scott Clemmensen five-hole. The penalty shot at 3:37 was the first awarded to Texas since April 14, 2012. Stars goalie Josh Robinson started the game off hot, stopping all 15 shots that he faced in the first period.
Texas doubled their lead at 6:15 in the second when Brendan Ranford fired a seeing-eye slap shot from the left boards into the corner of the net. The goal, assisted by Toby Petersen, gave Ranford his third point in just three pro games. Petersen added a goal of his own with a quick wrister, beating Clemmensen through the five-hole at 11:44, assisted by Chris Mueller. The Stars extended their lead to four after a beautiful cross ice pass from Jamie Oleksiak found Mueller, who roofed a backhand shot at 15:32 for a power play goal.
The Stars continued to pour it on in the third with two more power play strikes. Morin notched his third point of the game with his second goal of the night at 2:27, assisted by Curtis McKenzie and Mueller. Rookie defenseman William Wrenn capped off the scoring with an unassisted blast from the top of the left circle to make it 6-0 Texas. Robinson stood tall late, fending off a strong surge from the Rampage to finish off the shutout. He had a lot of help from his defenseman as well, as they successfully killed all five San Antonio power plays. Tempers flared late, with both teams combining for 94 penalty minutes for the game.
Josh Robinson recorded his first career AHL win and shutout, making 26 saves in his AHL debut for Texas. San Antonio goalie Scott Clemmensen took the loss as he allowed six goals on 41 shots. The Stars out-shot the Rampage 41-26 in the game and went 3-for-7 on the power play; the Rampage were 0-for-5 with the man-advantage.
Texas will complete its first three-in-three weekend of the 2013-14 season as it hosts the Abbotsford Heat on Sunday, October 20th for a 5:00 p.m. face off at Cedar Park Center. Sunday’s game is Pucks ‘N Paws, where fans can bring their dogs to the game and sit in special designated seating. It’s also a Dog Tog giveaway presented by Raising Cane’s. Pro-rated full and partial 2013-14 Texas Stars Season Tickets are on sale now. For more information on Texas Stars season tickets call (512) GO-STARS (467-8277) or visit www.TexasStarsHockey.com.