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Stars Sweep Week; Extend Winning Streak to Five Games
Stars Sweep Week; Extend Winning Streak to Five Games

STARS WEEKLY (WEEK 12)

Stars Host In-State Rival San Antonio on Wednesday Night at 7:30 p.m.


2013-14 Record: 16-8-2-2, 36 points (11-2-0-1 Home, 5-6-2-1 Road), Second Place – West Division

Week 11 Recap:

The Texas Stars swept their game schedule for the second straight week, extending their current winning streak to five games after victories over Chicago and San Antonio. It started on Friday night at Cedar Park Center as the Stars hosted the Wolves for the second and final time during the 2013-14 season. After a tight first period, that saw only 14 combined shots on goal, the Stars’ red-hot power play got things rolling. Mike Hedden opened the scoring with a power play goal at 9:14 of the second period, tipping in a Jyrki Jokipakka shot to from the point. Four minutes later Travis Morin blasted home a one-timer from Chris Mueller for another power play strike and a 2-0 Texas lead. It was Morin’s 12th goal and 30th point of the season, making him the third player in the AHL to reach the 30-point mark. Goaltender Jack Campbell was sharp in net, but had his shutout bid spoiled with 7:23 left in regulation on a goal by Chicago defenseman Jani Hakanpaa. Coincidentally, Hakanpaa has only scored two goals this season, both against Texas, and he is the only Wolves player to find the net against the Stars this year. Campbell locked it down and finished with 27 saves on 28 shots to record his fourth win in four starts this season. The win was Texas’ fifth straight at Cedar Park Center.

Texas then traveled to San Antonio for a Sunday matinee with the Rampage at AT&T Center. Scott Glennie gave the Stars an early lead when he raced off on a breakaway and beat San Antonio goalie Michael Houser with a beautiful forehand-backhand move, sliding the puck right through Houser’s legs. Chris Mueller, who made the pass to send Glennie off the races, was on the receiving end of another brilliant feed from defenseman Maxime Fortunus and Mueller one-timed the puck into the net for a power play goal at 15:27 and a 2-0 Stars lead. It was Mueller’s team-leading seventh power play goal of the year. Midway through the second period rookie Curtis McKenzie poked in a rebound for a 3-0 lead, but former Texas forward Greg Rallo, now the Rampage captain, got one back late in the period just after a San Antonio power play had expired. Things got dicey when Garrett Wilson scored just five seconds into the third period, taking the faceoff into the Texas zone and beating Cristopher Nilstorp with a shot from above the left circle. It was the fastest goal to open a period allowed in the Stars’ franchise history. Nilstorp clamped down, however, and would not yield another goal as he made 20 of his 35 saves in the third period. Mike Hedden finished off a stellar cross-ice pass from Travis Morin at 17:37 for his ninth goal of the year, and his second goal in as many games. McKenzie then added his second of the game in the final minute when he scored on the empty net for a 5-2 victory.

Week 12 Preview:

The Stars are carrying a five-game winning streak and a six-game home point streak (5-0-0-1) into their Wednesday, December 18th home contest against the San Antonio Rampage at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday’s game is the 3rd Annual H-E-B Food Drive Night, where fans can earn a free ticket to the game simply by bringing eight or more non-perishable food items to Cedar Park Center. It is also another Winning Wednesday, so if the Stars win their sixth straight game, every fan in attendance will receive a voucher for a free ticket to the next Winning Wednesday game, January 15th against the Rochester Americans.

Then Texas will hit the road for a two-game weekend series at Cox Convention Center against the Oklahoma City Barons on Friday, December 20th and Saturday, December 21st. Both games will start at 7:00 p.m. Friday night the Stars are hosting another official team watch party at Pluckers on Lakeline. Join the Texas Stars Ice Patrol at the Lakeline Pluckers beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, enjoy food and beverage specials, play Texas Stars trivia to win prizes and watch the Stars’ AHL Live broadcast on their big screen TVs.

C Travis Morin (12-20-32) ranks second in the AHL in points, is tied for third in the league in assists and has three points (1 goal, 2 assists) and a +1 rating in his last two games. D Maxime Fortunus (3-13-16) is tied for 11th in the AHL in points by defensemen and is on a five-game assist and point streak with seven points (1 goal, 6 assists) during that span. RW Scott Glennie (5-7-12) has six points (3 goals, 3 assists) and a +1 rating in his last seven games. LW Mike Hedden (9-8-17) ranks sixth on the team in points and has four points (3 goals, 1 assist) in his last four games. C Chris Mueller is tied for 12th in the league in points, is tied for second in the AHL in power play goals (7) and has five points (2 goals, 3 assists) and a +3 rating in his last five games.

Week 12 Schedule:
(All games are broadcast LIVE over the Internet at www.TexasStarsHockey.com and the free radio button of www.ahllive.com and can be viewed via internet pay-per-view video on www.ahllive.com. All times listed in Central Time)

Wednesday, December 18 – 7:30 p.m. – Cedar Park Center – Cedar Park, TX
vs. San Antonio Rampage (11-15-0-2, 24 pts.)
Fourth Place, West Division
Team Notes: The San Antonio Rampage are just 1-6-0-1 in their last eight games and 2-7-0-1 in their last ten. The Rampage lost to the Stars 5-2 on Sunday at AT&T Center and are now 1-3-0-0 against Texas this season. San Antonio will travel to Cedar Park Center on Wednesday and then head north for road games against Milwaukee on Friday and Iowa on Saturday. Leading scorer Vincent Trocheck is tied for fifth in the AHL in rookie points, but has been held without a point for the last five games. Rookie goaltender Michael Houser has started the last three contests, since Jacob Markstrom was recalled to Florida and Dov Grumet-Morris was traded to Hartford. On Saturday, the Rampage signed former Charlotte Checkers goaltender Rob Madore to an AHL contract; he has yet to make his San Antonio debut.
Leading Scorer: Vincent Trocheck (C) – 21 points (11 goals, 10 assists) and a -2 in 28 GP.
Leading Goaltender: Michael Houser (G) – 2.61 GAA, 0.907 save pct., 5-3-0, 0 SO in 8 GP.
Who’s Hot: RW Greg Rallo (7-11-18) is second in the team in assists and tied for second in points and is on a three-game point streak, recording four points (2 goals, 2 assists) during that span. C Drew Shore (0-14-14) leads the team in assists and is on a three-game assist streak, with five assists during that span. D Ryan Whitney (2-8-10) is tied for seventh on the team in points and has five points (1 goal, 4 assists) in his last five games.

Friday, December 20 – 7:00 p.m. – Cox Convention Center – Oklahoma City, OK
at Oklahoma City Barons (10-14-0-5, 25 pts.)
Third Place, West Division

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Saturday, December 21 – 7:00 p.m. – Cox Convention Center – Oklahoma City, OK
at Oklahoma City Barons (10-14-0-5, 25 pts.)
Third Place, West Division
Team Notes: The Oklahoma City Barons are winless (0-2-0-2) in their last four games, are 1-4-0-1 in their last six games and just 2-6-0-2 (6 pts.) in their last ten. The Barons have not won back-to-back games since mid-October, when they won a season-high three straight games. Oklahoma City ranks 26th in the AHL in goals-against (3.24) and 30th in shots against (33.62). Since the last meeting with Texas on December 3rd, goalie Jason LaBarbera has been traded to the Chicago Blackhawks, OKC captain Anton Lander has been recalled to Edmonton, goalie Richard Bachman has been activated from the injured reserve and assigned from the Oilers, forward Tyler Pitlick has recovered from a knee injury and assigned by Edmonton, forward Will Acton was sent down to Oklahoma City for the first time this season and goalie Ty Rimmer was returned on loan to Quad City (CHL). The Barons play just two games this week, hosting Texas on Friday and Saturday at Cox Convention Center. On the injury front, defenseman Taylor Fedun has missed the last four games and forward Ben Eager has missed the last nine games; both are listed as day-to-day. Oklahoma City ranks 13th in the league in power play percentage (18.2%), however, they rank 23rd in the AHL in home power play at just 15.1% (8-for-53).
Leading Scorer: Linus Omark (C) – 29 points (14 goals, 15 assists) and a -7 in 29 GP.
Leading Goaltender: Richard Bachman (G) – 2.58 GAA, 0.920 save pct., 3-5-2, 0 SO in 10 GP.
Who’s Hot: LW Ryan Hamilton (4-7-11) has six points (2 goals, 4 assists) and a +3 rating in his last four games. C Roman Horak (7-10-17) ranks second on the team in points and has five points (4 goals, 1 assist) and a +1 rating in his last five games. D Martin Gernat (0-7-7) has four assists and a +1 rating in his last four games. LW Linus Omark (14-15-29) leads the team in goals, assists and points; he is fourth in the AHL in goals, tied for fourth in the league in points and has three points (2 goals, 1 assist) in his last four games.

Week 11 Game Results:

December 13, 2013               Chicago 1 @ Texas 2
December 15, 2013               Texas 5 @ San Antonio 2

Stars Player of the Week: (Week 11)

Travis Morin – C – #23                    2 GP, 3 points (1 G, 2 A), +1, 0 PIMs, 1 GWG
Center Travis Morin led the Texas Stars with three points in Week 11, becoming the third player in the American Hockey League this season to reach the 30-point mark. The Brooklyn Park, Minnesota native began the week by scoring the game-winning goal on Friday night in a 2-1 win over the Chicago Wolves in his 300th game in a Stars uniform. He followed it up with two assists on Sunday afternoon in a 5-2 road victory against the San Antonio Rampage, passing Colton Sceviour for the team lead in points. Morin ranks second in the AHL in points (32) and is tied for third in the league in assists (20), while also having 12 goals in 22 games.

Stars Quick Hits:

·      BACK IN FRONT – Center Travis Morin had three points in the Stars’ two games in Week 11 to reclaim the team lead in points (32). Morin has the best points-per-game average (1.45) of any AHL player in the top-20 in scoring.

·      FORTRESS OF WINS – The Texas Stars are 11-2-0-1 at Cedar Park Center this season after defeating the Chicago Wolves last Friday 2-1, extending their current home winning streak to five and their current home point streak to six (5-0-0-1, 11 pts.). The Stars lead the AHL in points on home ice (23) and home goal differential (+24) and rank 1st in the Western Conference and third in the league in point percentage (0.821)

·      AHL-BEST SPECIAL TEAMS – The Texas Stars have a massive 36.4% success rate on the power play on home ice so far this season, the best in the AHL, scoring 20 goals on 55 opportunities with the man-advantage. The Stars are sixth in the league for road power play percentage (22.0%) and have the best overall power play percentage (28.9%). Texas has climbed its penalty kill up to fifth in the AHL with an 85.6% (95-111) success rate in kill off opposition power plays.

·      FASTEST GOAL AGAINST – San Antonio Rampage forward Garrett Wilson broke a Texas Stars franchise record by scoring the fastest goal to open a period against the Stars. Texas Sunday’s game 5-2 at San Antonio, but Wilson broke the record when he found the net just five seconds into the third period. The previous record was held by Abbotsford defenseman Chris Breen, who scored eight seconds into overtime to beat the Stars 1-0 on November 23, 2012 at Cedar Park Center.

·      STREAKING – The Texas Stars can match a franchise record for longest winning streak and longest home winning streak with a victory over the San Antonio Rampage on Wednesday at Cedar Park Center. The Stars have won five straight games, along with five consecutive home wins, and have points in six in a row at Cedar Park Center. The club record point streak is 12 games (9-0-2-1), set from October 23, 2009 vs. Lake Erie to November 18, 2009 at Rockford. The Stars set a new home point streak record last season by accumulating points in ten straight home games (8-0-0-2) from December 29, 2012 vs. Charlotte to February 15, 2013 vs. Oklahoma City.

·      TRICENTENNIAL – Center Travis Morin played in his 300th game in a Texas Stars uniform on Friday night against the Chicago Wolves. Morin now stands at 301 games played for Texas, which ranks third on the Stars’ all-time list behind Colton Sceviour (320) and Francis Wathier (307).

·      MILESTONE – C Toby Petersen played in his 100th career game for the Texas Stars on Sunday at San Antonio. Petersen has played in 249 career AHL games for the Dallas Stars’ top minor league affiliate, combined between Texas and the Iowa Stars. The Bloomington, Minnesota native has 32 points (10 goals, 22 assists) in his Texas Stars career and 164 points (59 goals, 105 assists) in his AHL Stars career.

·      NHL FIRST – AHL-leading goal scorer RW Colton Sceviour scored his first career NHL goal in his 2013-14 season debut for the Dallas Stars on Saturday at Winnipeg. It was Sceviour’s 86th career pro goal, but 85 of those goals have been scored in the AHL for the Texas Stars.

·      APPROACHING STARS MILESTONES – C Chris Mueller is 1 GP away from his 350th career AHL game and 5 GP away from his 400th career pro game. LW Francis Wathier needs 2 GP to reach his 500th career pro game. C Toby Petersen is 3 GP shy of his 950th career pro game and 8 GP shy of his 550th career AHL game. C Justin Dowling is 4 GP shy of his 100th career AHL game. D Maxime Fortunus is 4 GP away from his 300th career game with Texas, 8 GP away from his 600th career AHL game and four points away from his 200th career AHL point. D Cameron Gaunce needs 5 GP to record his 250th career pro game. D Jyrki Jokipakka is 8 GP shy of his 100th career pro game. D William Wrenn is 11 GP away from his 100th career pro game.

Stars Week 11 Transactions:

December 17 – DELETE – Cameron Gaunce (D) – Recalled from loan by Dallas (NHL).
December 16 – DELETE – Jeff May (D) – Released from PTO, returned to Las Vegas (ECHL).
December 15 – ADD – Jeff May (D) – Signed PTO, called up from Las Vegas (ECHL).

Texas Stars Team Leaders:

Games Played:                 Four Players Tied (28)
Goals:                               Colton Sceviour (18)
Assists:                             Travis Morin (20)
Points:                              Travis Morin (32)
Plus/Minus:                       Chris Mueller (+12)
Penalty Minutes:               Curtis McKenzie (42)
Power Play Goals:            Chris Mueller (7)
Short Handed Goals:        Five Players Tied (1)
Game-Winning Goals:      Colton Sceviour (3)
Shots:                               Colton Sceviour (116)
Shooting Percentage:       Travis Morin (17.9%)
Saves:                              Cristopher Nilstorp (427)
Wins:                                Cristopher Nilstorp (7)
GAA:                                Jack Campbell (1.25)
Save Percentage:            Jack Campbell (0.949)
Shutouts:                         Josh Robinson & Allen York (1)

The Stars will host the San Antonio Rampage on Wednesday, December 18th at 7:30 p.m. at Cedar Park Center, carrying a five-game winning streak and six-game home point streak (5-0-0-1) into the contest. Wednesday’s game is the 3rd Annual H-E-B Food Drive Night and another Winning Wednesday. 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 12/17/13

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