STARS WEEKLY (WEEK 5)
Texas Continues Longest Road Trip of Season to Close Out October
2013-14 Record: 5-3-1-0, 11 points (4-1-0-0 Home, 1-2-1-0 Road), First Place – West Division
Week 4 Recap:
The Texas Stars continued their hot form at Cedar Park Center last Wednesday, as they beat the Oklahoma City Barons 4-1. Colton Sceviour scored twice and rookie Brett Ritchie scored his first goal of the season to give Texas a 3-0 lead and then Travis Morin added an empty net goal to cap off the scoring. Goaltender Jack Campbell earned his second win of the year, stopping 25-of-26 shots.
Then the Stars hit the road for their longest trip of the 2013-14 season. On Saturday Texas jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, scoring goals 1:27 apart. First rookie Curtis McKenzie scored his team-leading third power play goal of the season and then fellow rookie Taylor Peters scored an unassisted shorthanded goal, his first professional goal, and the first shorthanded goal by any Stars player this season. The Admirals would rally with three second period goals and then add one more in the third period to win 4-2.
Sunday the Stanley Cup was on display for a sold out BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford. Once again the Stars grabbed an early lead, this time just 80 seconds into the game as Chris Mueller scored his fourth goal of the season. Less than four minutes later, Francis Wathier found the net on a great feed from rookie Matej Stransky, giving Texas a 2-0 lead. Rockford began to chip away, getting a power play goal late in the second period and then tying the game halfway through the third. The Stars fired a season-high 19 shots on goal in the third period, but could not get another one past IceHogs goalie Antti Raanta. Rockford pulled ahead on an unassisted goal by Mark McNeill and added an empty net goal to finish with a 4-2 over Texas.
The Stars played Sunday’s game without Travis Morin, the AHL’s leading scorer, who was recalled to Dallas. It was Morin’s first NHL recall since the 2010-11 season. He traveled with Dallas to Buffalo and Montreal, but was a healthy scratch for both games.
Week 5 Preview:
Texas will complete its 10-day road trip in Week 5 with three more games against the Midwest Division. The Stars will play Milwaukee for the second time in five days on Wednesday, October 30th at 7:00 p.m. at BMO Harris Bradley Center, closing out the opening month of 2013-14. Texas then travels west to Des Moines and will play two games against the Iowa Wild on Friday, November 1st and Saturday, November 2nd at Wells Fargo Arena. It will be the first meeting between the two teams since Iowa relocated from Houston.
Center Chris Mueller (4-5-9) is tied for second on the team in assists and ranks third on the team in both goals and assists and has nine points (4 goals, 5 assists) and a +3 rating in his last six games. Right wing Brett Ritchie (1-5-6) is tied for second on the team in assists, ranks fifth in points and has five points (1 goal, 4 assists) in his last four games. Center Taylor Peters (1-1-2) is on a two-game point streak, with two points (1 goal, 1 assist) and a +1 rating in his last two games.
Week 5 Schedule:
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Wednesday, October 30 – 7:00 p.m. – BMO Harris Bradley Center – Milwaukee, WI
@ Milwaukee Admirals (3-0-2-0, 8 pts.)
Tied-Third Place, Midwest Division
• Team Notes: The Milwaukee Admirals continued their very light game schedule to start 2013-14 last week, playing just one game as they came back from a 2-0 deficit to beat Texas 4-2 on Saturday at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Milwaukee is tied with the Worcester Sharks for the fewest games played (5) so far this year. The Admirals will host Texas on Wednesday and Rockford on Friday before traveling to Iowa to face the Wild on Sunday. Defenseman Bryan Rodney will be ineligible to face the Stars Wednesday as he was suspended for two games by the AHL for an illegal check to the head of Travis Morin in last Saturday’s game against Texas. Milwaukee has not yet lost in regulation, earning at least one point in each of the first five games of the season (3-0-2-0). Rookie goaltender Marek Mazanec has won both of his first two career AHL starts. The Admirals have accumulated the fewest penalty minutes of any team in the league (71) and have the fourth lowest penalty minute average of any AHL team (14.20). Milwaukee ranks second in the league in team goals-against average (2.20), while Texas ranks third (2.22).
• Leading Scorer: Colton Sissons (C) – 6 points (4 goals, 2 assists) and a +1 in 5 GP.
• Leading Goaltender: Marek Mazanec (G) – 2.00 GAA, 0.927 save pct., 2-0-0, 0 SO in 2 GP.
• Who’s Hot: C Colton Sissons (3-2-5) leads the team in points and has 5 points (3 goals, 2 assists) and a +1 rating in his first five games of the season. D Anthony Bitetto (2-2-4) is tied for the team lead in assists, ranks second in both goals and points and three points points (2 goals, 1 assist) and a -1 rating in his last three games. LW Joshua Shalla (1-1-2) is tied for fifth on the team in points and is on a two-game point streak with two points (1 goal, 1 assist) and a +1 rating during that span.
Friday, November 1 – 7:05 p.m. – Wells Fargo Arena – Des Moines, IA
@ Iowa Wild (4-2-0-0, 8 pts.)
Tied-Third Place, Midwest Division
Saturday, November 2 – 7:05 p.m. – Wells Fargo Arena – Des Moines, IA
@ Iowa Wild (4-2-0-0, 8 pts.)
Tied-Third Place, Midwest Division
• Team Notes: The Iowa Wild will face the Texas Stars for the first time this weekend with a two-game series at Wells Fargo Arena. Iowa had its three-game winning streak snapped on Sunday in a 3-2 home loss to the Grand Rapids Griffins. The Wild are in the middle of a five-game homestand and will play three-games in three days at home this week, facing Texas twice and then hosting the Milwaukee Admirals on Sunday. There are many familiar faces on the roster that played for the team last year when they were the Houston Aeros. Former Texas Stars forward Warren Peters returns to the Wild organization after playing for both Houston and Minnesota during the 2010-11and 2011-12 seasons. Iowa is tied for 24th in the AHL in power play percentage (12.5%) and seventh in penalty kill (86.2%).
• Leading Scorer: Carson McMillan (C) – 6 points (2 goals, 4 assists) and a +4 in 6 GP.
• Leading Goaltender: Johan Gustafsson (G) – 1.99 GAA, 0.935 save pct., 2-0-0, 1 SO in 3 GP.
• Who’s Hot: C Carson McMillan (2-4-6) leads the team in points, is tied for the team lead in assists and plus-minus and has five points (2 goals, 3 assists) and a +4 rating in his last three games. C Warren Peters (1-4-5) is tied for the team lead in assists, is tied for second in points and has five points (1 goal, 4 assists) and a +3 rating in his last three games. C Zack Phillips (2-3-5) is tied for second on the team in points and has five points (2 goals, 3 assists) and a +3 rating in his last four games.
Week 4 Game Results:
October 23, 2013 Oklahoma City 1 @ Texas 4
October 26, 2013 Texas 2 @ Milwaukee 4
October 27, 2013 Texas 2 @ Rockford 4
Stars Player of the Week: (Week 4)
Brett Ritchie – C – #20 3 GP, 3 points (1 G, 2 A), Even, 2 PIMs
Rookie right wing Brett Ritchie doubled his season point total in Week 4, recording three points (1 goal, 2 assists) in three games for the Texas Stars. The Orangeville, Ontario native scored his first goal of the season, his fourth of his AHL career, and added an assist on Wednesday against the Oklahoma City Barons; the goal was the eventual game-winner in the Stars’ 4-1 victory. Ritchie added his second assist of the week just 80 seconds into the first period of Sunday’s game at Rockford as he and Mike Hedden combined to set up Chris Mueller’s quick strike. The rookie forward is currently tied for the AHL lead amongst first year players in shots (26) and tied for 12th in rookie points. Ritchie is tied for second on the Stars in assists (5) and ranks fifth in points (6).
Stars Quick Hits:
• A NEW ACCOUNT – Rookie center Taylor Peters scored his first pro goal on Saturday at Milwaukee when he scored a shorthanded goal in the first period at BMO Harris Bradley Center; it was also his first pro point. The Delta, British Columbia native then picked up his first career pro assist on Sunday at Rockford for his first career point-streak.
• LEAGUE-BEST PENALTY KILL – The Texas Stars boast the top penalty kill percentage in the AHL (92.1%) having killed off 35-of-38 opponents power plays in nine games this year. The Stars had their streak of 27-straight successful penalty kills snapped on Sunday at Rockford, when Drew LeBlanc scored for the IceHogs at 16:36 of the second period. It was the first power play goal allowed by Texas since the second period of their October 15th game at Oklahoma City.
• STRONG POWER PLAY – Texas currently ranks third in the AHL in power play percentage (26.2%). The Stars are tied for the AHL lead in most power goals scored (11) and are 11-for-42 so far this season with the man-advantage.
• NO SHOOTOUT – The Stars are one of just seven teams in the AHL that have not participated in a shootout this year. Texas’ only game that went past regulation in 2013-14 was the 2-1 overtime loss at Oklahoma City on October 15th.
• GAME-WINNING ROOKIE – Rockford rookie forward Mark McNeill has the Texas Stars’ number this season. The first year right wing has scored in each of his two games against the Stars and both were the game-winners.
• UNSTOPPABLE – Center Travis Morin extended his AHL-leading point streak to eight games in 2013-14 by tallying a goal and an assist on Wednesday vs. Oklahoma City and an assist on Saturday at Milwaukee. Morin leads the AHL in goals (8), assists (10) and points (18) and that hot start led to him being called up to the NHL by Dallas for the first time since the 2010-11 season. The Brooklyn Park, Minnesota native has points in 15 consecutive regular season AHL games dating back to April 6, 2013 vs. Hamilton, totaling 29 points (12 goals, 17 assists).
• TEAM NUMBERS – Texas continues to lead the AHL in shots on goal per game (37.78), firing 340 total shots over their first nine games. The Stars rank second in the league in goals-per-game (3.78) and third in goals-against average (2.22). Texas has scored 34 total goals and has allowed 20 goals.
• MORIN MILESTONES – Center Travis Morin recorded two big milestones in the same game in Week 4. Last Wednesday at Cedar Park Center the Brooklyn Park, Minnesota native registered his 150th career AHL assist and then scored an empty net goal for his 400th career pro point in a 4-1 win over the Oklahoma City Barons. Morin has 401 points (137 goals, 264 assists) in his 442 career pro games, which includes 226 points (75 goals, 151 assists) in 292 career AHL games.
• APPROACHING STARS MILESTONES – C Toby Petersen needs 1 point for his 450th career pro point. C Chris Mueller is 2 points shy of his 200th career AHL point and 4 goals shy of his 100th career AHL goal. LW Mike Hedden is 6 GP away from playing in his 150th career AHL game. D Hubert Labrie is 8 GP shy of his 100th career pro game. LW Francis Wathier needs 6 assists to record his 100th career AHL assist. C Travis Morin he needs 8 GP for his 300th career AHL game and his 450th career pro game. D Aaron Rome is four assists shy of his 100th career AHL assist. RW Colton Sceviour needs 11 points to reach his 200th career pro point and 12 points for his 200th career AHL point.
Stars Week 4 Transactions:
October 27 – DELETE – Travis Morin (C) – Recalled from loan by Dallas (NHL).
October 26 – ADD – Josh Robinson (G) – Recalled from loan to Idaho (ECHL).
October 26 – DELETE – Billy Sias (G) – Released from ATO.
October 26 – ADD – Billy Sias (G) – Signed to ATO.
October 25 – ADD – Aaron Rome (D) – Loaned by Dallas (NHL).
October 25 – ADD – Scott Glennie (RW) – Loaned by Dallas (NHL).
October 25 – DELETE – Brock Montgomery (LW) – Loaned to Idaho (ECHL).
October 24 – ADD – Hubert Labrie (D) – Reassigned from Idaho (ECHL).
Texas Stars Team Leaders:
Games Played: 10 Players Tied (9)
Goals: Travis Morin (8)
Assists: Travis Morin (10)
Points: Travis Morin (18)
Plus/Minus: Travis Morin (+9)
Penalty Minutes: Matej Stransky (19)
Power Play Goals: Curtis McKenzie (3)
Short Handed Goals: Taylor Peters (1)
Game-Winning Goals: Five Players Tied (1)
Shots: Colton Sceviour (39)
Shooting Percentage: Travis Morin (26.7%)
Saves: Cristopher Nilstorp (149)
Wins: Cristopher Nilstorp (2)
GAA: Josh Robinson (0.00)
Save Percentage: Josh Robinson (1.000)
Shutouts: Josh Robinson (1)
Texas will continue its road trip on Wednesday, October 30th against the Milwaukee Admirals at 7:00 p.m. at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Texas will return home on Friday, November 8th for the beginning of Stars & Stripes Military Appreciation Weekend presented by Sport Clips, facing Milwaukee at 7:00 p.m. at Cedar Park Center. 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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