STARS WEEKLY (WEEK 2)
Texas Has Rare Bye Week, Back in Action with Four Games in Week 3
2013-14 Record: 1-1-0-0, 2 points (1-1-0-0 Home, 0-0-0-0 Road), Tied-Second Place – West Division
Week 1 Recap:
The Texas Stars opened up the 2013-14 regular season by splitting a pair of home games, finishing Week 1 with two points in the standings.
The Stars began the season Saturday night at Cedar Park Center by downing the Chicago Wolves 4-1 in front of a raucous crowd of 6,045 fans. Colton Sceviour started the scoring off with a goal in the first period, with Maxime Fortunus and Travis Morin adding to the lead in the second. Jani Hakanpaa struck back for the visitors shortly after, but a third period goal from Morin sealed the 4-1 victory for the Stars. Morin finished the game with two goals and two assists for four points, tying the Texas single-game franchise record. Jack Campbell got the opening night start in net and turned away 18 of the 19 shots he faced, earning his first win of the season.
Texas was in action again on Sunday at Cedar Park Center to face the Rockford IceHogs in their first of just two meetings this season. Travis Morin opened the scoring in the first as he continued his hot start to the season, and Curtis McKenzie netted his first career professional goal to give the Stars a 2-0 lead. The IceHogs responded with three unanswered goals from Jeremy Morin, Adam Clendening, and Klas Dahlbeck to take the lead back midway through the second period. Mike Hedden evened things back up with his first goal of the season, but a late period strike from Mark McNeil gave Rockford the 4-3 lead that they would hold on to hand Texas their first loss of the year. The Stars finished the weekend with two points in the standings, to put them in a tie for second place in the West Division.
Week 2 Preview:
Texas has a rare week off for Week 2, but have a very busy Week 3 with four games in six days. The Stars travel to face their division rivals, the Oklahoma City Barons, at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 15th at Cox Convention Center. The team will then visit the San Antonio Rampage on Friday, October 18th for a 7:30 p.m. faceoff at AT&T Center before turning around and hosting the Rampage on Saturday, October 19th for a 7:00 p.m. puck drop at Cedar Park Center. October 19th is a Coca-Cola Family Four Pack Night, a Texas Lottery Lucky Row Night and a Stars hockey puck giveaway presented by Austin Telco Federal Credit Union. The Stars will then finish out the week by taking on the Abbotsford Heat at home Sunday, October 20th at 5:00 p.m for Pucks ‘N Paws Night, featuring a Dog Tag giveaway presented by Raising Cane’s.
Center Travis Morin leads the team in goals (3), assists (3), and points (6). He also has a +4 rating, tied for the team high. Right wing Colton Sceviour is second on the team in points (4) and tied for first with a +4 rating. Right wing Matej Stransky leads the team in shots (10) and is tied for second in assists (2).
Week 2 Schedule:
(All games are broadcast LIVE over the Internet at www.TexasStarsHockey.com and the free Radio tab of www.ahllive.com and can be viewed via internet pay-per-view video on www.ahllive.com. All times listed in Central Time)
No Games Scheduled in Week 2.
Week 1 Game Results:
October 5, 2013 Chicago 1 @ Texas 4
October 6, 2013 Rockford 4 @ Texas 3
Stars Player of the Week: (Week 1)
Travis Morin – C – #12 2 GP, 6 points (3 G, 3 A), +4, 0 PIMs
Center Travis Morin entered the 2013-14 season as the Texas Stars all-time leader in points (207). The Brooklyn Park, Minnesota native charged into the new season with six points (3 goals, 3 assists) and a plus-four rating in his first two games to share the league lead in points after opening weekend. Morin started off the new campaign with a dazzling four-point performance on Saturday night against Chicago to tie a Stars single-game franchise record. He had a hand in all of Texas’ offense, tallying the primary assists on the first two goals and then scoring twice himself in a 4-1 win over the Wolves. Morin continued his hot start on Sunday against Rockford, scoring the opening goal of the game and then setting up rookie Curtis McKenzie’s first pro goal on the power play. Morin finished the 2012-13 season on a six-game assist streak and a seven-game point streak, meaning that he presently is on an eight-game assist streak (10 assists) and a nine-game point streak (7-10-17), which dates back to April 6, 2013 vs. Hamilton.
Stars Quick Hits:
· DEBUTANTES – Four players made their AHL debuts last Saturday vs. Chicago, including pro debuts for Brock Montgomery, Taylor Peters and Matej Stransky. Defenseman Jyrki Jokipakka is not a rookie, but did make his North American and AHL debuts against the Wolves. Both Jokipakka and Stansky had assists in the season opener, tallying their first career AHL points.
· 700 AND COUNTING – Captain Maxime Fortunus played in his 700th career professional game during Saturday’s season opener against Chicago. The La Prairie, Quebec native also scored a power play goal in the 4-1 win, which was his 50th career AHL goal. Currently in his 11th pro season, Fortunus has played in 570 career AHL games for Texas, Manitoba and Houston, while also appearing in eight NHL games for the Dallas Stars.
· THE ACCOUNT IS OPEN – Rookie left wing Curtis McKenzie made his pro and AHL debut at the tail end of the 2012-13 season. After playing in five regular season games last year for Texas, and making his Calder Cup playoff debut in the first round against Milwaukee, the Golden, British Columbia native scored his first career pro goal on Sunday against Rockford, in his seventh career pro and AHL game.
· ONE-ON-ONE – Sunday against Rockford, IceHogs rookie forward Alex Broadhurst was awarded a penalty shot at 9:44 of the second period. His subsequent attempt was comfortably saved by Stars goaltender Cristopher Nilstorp. The last penalty shot awarded against Texas at Cedar Park Center was on February 15, 2013 when Oklahoma City forward Antti Tyrvainen scored on Stars goalie Jack Campbell in the third period. Texas still won that game 4-3 in a shootout.
· SIN BIN TRIVIA – Center Toby Petersen was whistled for a minor penalty for interference halfway through the third period during Sunday’s game against Rockford. The Bloomington, Minnesota native had just six penalty minutes all of last year and did not receive his first minor penalty until his 45th game of the season, on February 5, 2013, coincidentally against the IceHogs.
· THE 600 CLUB – Left wing Francis Wathier recorded his 600th career AHL penalty minute on Sunday against Rockford. The St. Isidore, Ontario native ranks second on the Stars all-time penalty minutes list with 352 PIMs in 282 games for Texas. Wathier has played in 446 career AHL games in his nine pro seasons and has 176 points (82 goals, 94 assists) to go along with his 600 penalty minutes. He has also played in 10 career NHL games with Dallas.
· APPROACHING MILESTONES – C Toby Petersen needs 3 points for his 450th career pro point. RW Colton Sceviour is 2 GP shy of his 300th career pro game and he needs 4 GP for his 300th career AHL game. D Ryan Button needs 5 GP to reach his 100th career pro game. LW Francis Wathier is 4 GP away from his 450th career AHL game.
Stars Week 1 Transactions:
October 2 – DELETE – Etienne Boutet (D) – Loaned to Idaho (ECHL).
October 1 – DELETE – Pat Nagle (G) – Loaned to Idaho (ECHL).
October 1 – DELETE – Josh Robinson (G) – Loaned to Idaho (ECHL).
Texas Stars Team Leaders:
Games Played: 18 Players Tied (2)
Goals: Travis Morin (3)
Assists: Travis Morin (3)
Points: Travis Morin (3)
Plus/Minus: Curtis McKenzie, Travis Morin & Colton Sceviour (+4)
Penalty Minutes: Curtis McKenzie (9)
Power Play Goals: Maxime Fortunus & Curtis McKenzie (1)
Short Handed Goals: N/A
Game-Winning Goals: Maxime Fortunus (1)
Shots: Matej Stransky (10)
Shooting Percentage: Travis Morin (50.0%)
Saves: Cristopher Nilstorp (20)
Wins: Jack Campbell (1)
GAA: Jack Campbell (1.00)
Save Percentage: Jack Campbell (0.947)
After a rare week off, the Stars will travel to Oklahoma City on Tuesday, October 15th to face the Barons for a 7:00 p.m. face off at the Cox Convention Center. Texas will return to Cedar Park Center Saturday, October 19th as they host the San Antonio Rampage at 7:00 p.m. for another Coca-Cola Family Four Pack Night, a Texas Lottery Lucky Row Night and a Stars hockey puck giveaway presented by Austin Telco Federal Credit Union. 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.
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