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Texas Back in Action Following Rare Week Off
Texas Back in Action Following Rare Week Off

STARS WEEKLY (WEEK 3)

Stars Face Heavy Schedule in Week 3, Four Games in Six Days

2013-14 Record: 1-1-0-0, 2 points (1-1-0-0 Home, 0-0-0-0 Road), Tied-Fourth Place – West Division

Week 2 Recap:

After opening the 2 2013-14 regular season by splitting a pair of home games, the Texas Stars enjoyed a rare week off, with no games scheduled during Week 2. Following a 4-3 home loss to Rockford on October 6th, the Stars went without a game for the next eight days. Texas used that opportunity to hit the practice ice, participate in numerous community appearances and engage in several team bonding activities.

Some of the big news at the end of Week 2 and the start of Week 3 involved player transactions. An injury to Dallas Stars starting goaltender Kari Lehtonen last Friday night in Winnipeg prompted the Stars to recall goalie Jack Campbell to the NHL club, while Texas subsequently brought goalie Josh Robinson up from the ECHL’s Idaho Steelheads. On Monday, Dallas assigned forward Chris Mueller to the AHL and sent down defenseman Aaron Rome, a veteran of over 200 NHL games, to Cedar Park on a conditioning assignment.

Week 3 Preview:

Texas is back in action this week with a heavy work load of four games in six days slated for Week 3. 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’s first road game of the season. Texas 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 the Stars hockey puck giveaway presented by Austin Telco Federal Credit Union. Texas 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 (3-3-6) is currently on an eight-game assist streak (10 assists) and a nine-game point streak (7-10-17) dating back to April 7th and April 6th respectively; he is currently tied for third in the AHL in points. Right wing Colton Sceviour (1-2-3) is currently on an 11-game point streak, with 12 points (4 goals, 8 assists) dating back to March 30th vs. Grand Rapids. He is also on a four-game assist streak (4 assists), which dates back to April 16th at San Antonio. Right wing Matej Stransky (0-2-2) is on a two-game assist streak, recording his first two pro points with assists in back-to-back games to start the 2013-14 season.

Week 3 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)

Tuesday, October 15 – 7:00 p.m. – Cox Convention Center – Oklahoma City, OK
@ Oklahoma City Barons (1-3-0-0, 2 pts.)
Tied-Fourth Place, West Division

Team Notes: Oklahoma City is playing its third game in four days after traveling to Des Moines to face the Iowa Wild for back-to-back games last weekend; it was their only trip to Iowa of the entire 2013-14 season. The Barons were shutout 1-0 on Saturday night, but then rallied on Sunday with a 4-2 win over Iowa to claim its first victory of the season. Derek Nesbitt scored twice and added an assist, Andrew Miller recorded three assists and Anton Lander scored the game-winning goal, breaking a 2-2 tie with a power play goal at 9:50 of the third period. Tuesday’s game will be the first chance for the Stars to face former Texas goaltender Richard Bachman, who played games in each of the first four seasons of the Stars’ existence. Bachman is currently Texas’ franchise goaltending leader in games played (84), minutes (4,845), wins (44), losses (30), shutouts (9) and saves (2,205), while ranking second in all-time save percentage (0.920) and third in goals-against average (2.37).
Leading Scorers: Derek Nesbitt (LW) – 3 points (2 goals, 1 assist) and a -1 in 4 GP; Ryan Martindale (C) – 3 points (1 goal, 2 assists) and a -3 in 4 GP; Andrew Miller (RW) – 3 points (0 goals, 3 assists) and a +1 in 3 GP.
Leading Goaltender: Olivier Roy (G) – 2.00 GAA, 0.933 save pct., 1-0-0, 0 SO in 1 GP.
Who’s Hot: LW Derek Nesbitt (2-1-3) is tied for the team lead in goals and points and had three points (2 goals, 1 assist) and a +1 rating in his last game. RW Andrew Miller (0-3-3) leads the team in assists, is tied for the team lead in points and had three assists and a +1 rating in his last game. C Ryan Martindale (1-2-3) is tied for the team lead in points and has three points (1 goal, 2 assists) in his first four games of the season. C Anton Lander (1-1-2) has two points (1 goal, 1 assist) in his first three games of the season.

Friday, October 18 – 7:30 p.m. – AT&T Center – San Antonio, TX
@ San Antonio Rampage (2-2-0-0, 4 pts.)
Tied-Second Place, West Division

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Saturday, October 19 – 7:00 p.m. – Cedar Park Center – Cedar Park, TX
vs. San Antonio Rampage (2-2-0-0, 4 pts.)
Tied-Second Place, West Division

Team Notes: The Rampage have alternated loss-win-loss-win in their first four games of the new season. San Antonio has used three different goaltenders already, with Dov Grumet-Morris, Scott Clemmensen and Michael Houser all starting games thus far. Grumet-Morris took both losses, allowing five combined goals, while the other two each recorded wins and combined for just three goals allowed in two games. This week the Rampage play a home-and-home with Texas for their only two games of the week. The Florida Panthers recalled Clemmensen, but sent down forwards Joey Crabb and Drew Shore, giving San Antonio more weapons up front. Veteran NHL defenseman Greg Zanon played the first two games of the season, but missed last week’s two-game trip to Chicago and did not play against the Wolves. The Rampage have faced Chicago three times in their first four games of the year, going 1-2-0-0 against the Wolves. Center Jon Matsumoto scored two goals, including the game-winner, during their 3-1 victory over Rockford on October 5th, but has not registered a point in the team’s other three games.
Leading Scorer: Vincent Trocheck (C) – 4 points (2 goals, 2 assists) and a +2 in 4 GP. Leading Goaltender: Scott Clemmensen (G) – 1.00 GAA, 0.960 save pct., 1-0-0, 0 SO in 1 GP.
Who’s Hot: C Vincent Trocheck (2-2-4) leads the team in points and has 4 points (2 goals, 2 assists) and a +2 rating in his first four games of the season. D Alex Petrovic (2-1-3) is tied for the team lead in goals and has three points (2 goals, 1 assist) and a team-leading +3 rating in his first four games. D Colby Robak (1-2-3) is tied for second on the team in points and has three points (1 goal, 2 assists) and a -1 rating in his first four games. C Greg Rallo (0-3-3) leads the team in assists and has three assists and a +1 rating in his first four games.

Sunday, October 20 – 5:00 p.m. – Cedar Park Center – Cedar Park, TX
vs. Abbotsford Heat (2-1-0-1, 5 pts.)
First Place, West Division

Team Notes: This will be Texas’ first game against Abbotsford since the Heat were realigned into the Stars division; the two teams will play each other eight times during the 2013-14 regular season. Abbotsford has earned five points in its first four games and currently sits on top of the West Division, although both Texas and Charlotte have only played two games so far this season. 26-year old Swiss goaltender Reto Berra, playing in North American for the first time as a pro, has started all four games for Abbotsford so far. The Heat split two games at Lake Erie during Week 1 and then went 1-0-0-1 against Milwaukee at home in Week 2. Abbotsford will travel to Oklahoma City to play the Barons on Friday and Saturday night before heading to Cedar Park to battle with the Stars on Sunday. Texas will not travel to British Columbia for the first time this season until February 8th and 9th, after the calendar shifts to 2014.
Leading Scorers: Ben Hanowski (LW) – 4 points (3 goals, 1 assist) and a +1 in 4 GP; Josh Jooris (C) – 4 points (1 goal, 3 assists) and an even rating in 4 GP; Corban Knight (RW) – 4 points (1 goal, 3 assists) and a +1 in 4 GP; Paul Byron (C) – 4 points (0 goals, 4 assists) and a +1 in 4 GP.
Leading Goaltender: Reto Berra (G) – 1.95 GAA, 0.933 save pct., 2-1-1, 0 SO in 4 GP.
Who’s Hot: LW Ben Hanowski (3-1-4) leads the team in goals, is tied for the team lead in assists and has four points (3 goals, 1 assist) and a +1 rating in four games. C Josh Jooris (1-3-4) is tied for the team lead in points and has four points (1 goal, 3 assists) in four games. C Corban Knight (1-3-4) is tied for the team lead in points and has four points (1 goal, 3 assists) and a +1 rating in four games. C Paul Byron (0-4-4) leads the team in assists, is tied for the team lead in points and has four assists and a +1 rating in four games.

Week 2 Game Results:

There were no Stars games in Week 2

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 2 Transactions:

October 14 – ADD – Chris Mueller (C) – Assigned by Dallas (NHL).
October 14 – ADD – Aaron Rome (D) – Assigned on conditioning loan by Dallas (NHL).
October 12 – DELETE – Jack Campbell (G) – Recalled from loan by Dallas (NHL).
October 12 – ADD – Josh Robinson (G) – Recalled from loan to Idaho (ECHL).
October 10 – ADD/DELETE – Taylor Vause (C) – Released from PTO and signed to SPC.
October 10 – ADD/DELETE – Brendan Ranford (LW) – Released from PTO and signed to SPC.

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)
Shutouts:                          N/A

After eight days without a game, the Stars are back in action on Tuesday, October 15th to face the Oklahoma City Barons at 7:00 p.m. 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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Posted on 10/15/13

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