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2010-11 Texas Stars Season In Review
2010-11 Texas Stars Season In Review
The Texas Stars began their second season in the American Hockey League on Sunday, October 10th at the AT&T Center in San Antonio. The team started its defense of the Western Conference Championship title with a 3-0 victory over the Rampage. Goalie Brent Krahn made 26 saves in a convincing win to start the season. Texas returned home the following Friday to raise its 2010 Western Conference Championship banner to the rafters of Cedar Park Center, the first banner lifted to the ceiling over their home ice. The Stars did not disappoint, finishing the night with a thrilling 5-4 overtime win at home, as Scott McCulloch scored twice, including the overtime game-winning goal at 3:50 of the extra frame. It marked the second straight home-opener with a dramatic win over the club’s rivals from San Antonio.

The Stars finished the month with the first-ever “Pink in the Rink Night” on Saturday, October 30th. Despite a disappointing 4-2 defeat to Houston, the Texas Stars Foundation, in partnership with the Austin Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and the Cedar Park Regional Medical Center, raised over $25,000 for the Komen Austin Affiliate ® and the Texas Stars Foundation. The team wore “Pink in the Rink” themed jerseys and fans bid for their favorite player’s jersey in a silent auction during the game.

From one charitable effort to the next, the Stars headed into November with mustaches on their minds. The team grew mustaches for Movember, a month-long event aimed at raising funds and awareness about cancers that affect men. The team continued to battle on the ice in the second month of the season. On November 6, the team dropped to .500 after a franchise record, fourth straight defeat. The team turned the tide quickly, only sitting at .500 for a total of four days prior to four straight wins. The second win of the streak was a memorable record-breaking night for Texas. The Stars blasted the visiting Chicago Wolves on November 16th with an 8-2 victory. The team set new records for total goals in one game, most goals in one period (five in the second) and most power-play goals in one game (5 – all in the second period). The game marked another significant change with the emergence of goalie Richard Bachman, who took over after an injury to Brent Krahn and flourished. He started 10 of the next 11 games, posting a 7-1-1-1 record to close out the month. The AHL named him the Reebok/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending November 21, 2010. Bachman went a perfect 3-0-0 in three starts for the Stars, stopping 87 of 90 shots (0.97 gaa, 96.7%) along the way.

The Stars rode the goalie’s hot streak into December, deeply entrenched in a very tight West Division. In the first week of December, the Stars were six points out of first place, but only six points out of eighth. The division race would stay tight throughout the season. Bachman was rewarded for his efforts on December 8th, getting recalled by the NHL’s Dallas Stars. Texas looked to another rookie goalie in Tyler Beskorowany to carry the load. After a rough start in Rockford with an 8-5 setback on the same day Bachman was recalled, the rookie tender settled in. He bounced back the following game with 44 saves, including 17 in the third period for his first AHL victory, a 4-3 win at Grand Rapids. Over the next four games, he stopped 144 of 154 shots (.935%). Texas went into the holiday break with an 18-11-2-1 record through the first 32 games of the season. The 40 points were five back of first-place San Antonio and four points ahead of seventh-place Houston.

The Stars closed out 2010 with three straight road wins, starting with a victory in Oklahoma City and followed up by a pair of victories in Abbotsford. Dating to the back half of the 2009-10 season, the Stars have posted a 47-27-4-2 regular season record (.625 winning percentage) in 80 games played. Texas also played 24 Calder Cup Playoff games, going 14-10 with three of those losses coming in OT. In all, the Stars played 104 games in 2010, winning 61 of them.

The Stars hosted their first of five sellouts on the season on January 8th, a hard-fought 3-1 loss at home to Lake Erie. The Stars had three sellouts alone in January. Dating back through December, Texas filled Cedar Park Center to near capacity or sold out over a stretch of four home games. The team continued to excel at the gate and continued to battle in the West Division into the All-Star break the first week of February.

The Stars saw two historic events take place the last week of January and into February. First, Texas center Travis Morin, who was named the team’s only All-Star selection, was recalled by the Dallas Stars. Morin became the first player in team history to start with the club on an AHL contract and receive a call-up. He made his NHL debut for Dallas against Edmonton at the American Airlines Center on January 26th. With injuries in Dallas, second-year Texas forward Colton Sceviour earned his first NHL call up. Both skaters were the last two players in team history to have played in every game. Ironically, they both missed their first game with Texas at Houston on February 4th, ending a run of 127 straight games played for the club. Counting their 2010 Calder Cup Finals run, the two played in 151 straight games for the Texas Stars.

The team faced one of the biggest challenges of the year in mid-February, embarking on an eight-game, 14-day road trip. The team made stops in Lake Erie (Cleveland), Grand Rapids, Chicago, Milwaukee, Peoria, Houston and San Antonio. The team left Cedar Park on February 13th and did not return home until February 27th. The club held up over the lengthy road trip, going 3-3-1-1 over the two-week span.

Heading into March, the team was clawing for playoff positioning in the West Division. The Stars were 32-30-4-5 with 73 points in the division. Despite sitting in third place, the club only had a three-point lead over the seventh place Chicago Wolves. Six total points separated the top seven teams in the West, setting up a sprint to the finish line.

Texas had two lengthy road swings in March, starting with a trip through Syracuse, Hamilton and Toronto. After going 1-1-0-1 over the three games, Texas headed north to Winnipeg to meet the Manitoba Moose. After a disappointing 4-3 loss on the first night the Stars powered back to win their second game at the MTS Centre. Former Moose forward Greg Rallo came back to haunt his old team. Rallo scored a power-play goal, shorthanded goal and an even strength goal for the only Texas hat trick of the year. This was also the first three-goal night of the right wing’s career as the Stars cruised to a 5-1 win. It also marked the beginning of a four-game winning streak.

With the division race remaining tight, Texas would have to clinch its playoff spot in April. Heading into the final two weeks of the season, the Stars were sitting in third place with 88 points off a 39-24-4-6 record. The team was six points out of first, but only five points ahead of seventh place Oklahoma City. With the final weekend of the season approaching, the team still needed a few points to clinch a berth in the 2011 Calder Cup Playoffs. On Friday, April 8th the team picked up a 3-2 win at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee. It marked the second time in two seasons that Texas had punched a ticket to the postseason. The Stars finished the season in fourth place of the division with a record of 41-29-4-6 (92 points).

Texas would draw the Milwaukee Admirals in the first round of the playoffs. The two teams would meet in the best-of-seven West Division Semifinal, with Milwaukee holding home-ice advantage. With a valiant effort, the Texas Stars fell in six games to the West Division’s regular season leaders. Texas saw its final game end with a heartbreaking, double overtime 3-2 loss at the Bradley Center. The game ran 90:42 and finished as the longest game in team history, the only one to go into double overtime. Milwaukee won Games 1, 4, 5 and 6, as Texas claimed Games 2 and 3. The final four games of the series were each decided by one goal and three of them went into overtime.

The Stars made countless contributions throughout the year in the community. The Texas Stars Foundation was instrumental in numerous player appearances at schools, hospitals and corporate partners. In all, the Foundation made donations to over 100 different charities. The team hosted two separate Military Appreciation Nights, with one in November and the other in March. The Foundation raised more than $27,000 for the construction of a Veterans Memorial in Cedar Park and donated more than 1,195 tickets to military families in Central Texas.


Notables:

Texas Stars called up to the NHL in 2010-11: 13

NHL Debuts for Stars in 2010-11: 4 – Morin, Vincour, Sceviour, Larsen

Team records set or broken in 2010-11:

Most goals in one game – 8 vs. Chicago on Nov. 16

Most goals in one period – 5 vs. Chicago on Nov. 16 (second period)

Most power play goals in a game – 5 vs. Chicago on Nov. 16

Longest game in team history – 90:42 (double overtime) Game 6 West Division Semifinal at Milwaukee on Monday, April 25, 2011.

Most shots on goal in a playoff game – 54, Game 6 West Division Semifinal at Milwaukee on Monday, April 25, 2011.

Game-winning goals in one season – 7, Greg Rallo

Power-play goals in one season – 10, Greg Rallo and Travis Morin (ties Aaron Gagnon in 09-10)

Shots on goal in one season – 254, Greg Rallo

Power-play assists in one season: 18, Dan Spang

Richard the Record Breaker

Rookie goalie Richard Bachman set numerous team records this year. With 28 wins of the season, Bachman passed Matt Climie’s team record of 21 wins last season. The 23-year old Bachman has topped Brent Krahn’s mark of five shutouts in 2009-10, totaling six on the season. His 55 appearances surpassed Climie’s record of 43 appearances in one year. Bachman also passed Climie’s mark of 2,539 minutes played, seeing a total of 3,191 minutes in the Stars crease this year. He also set a new team mark with 1,478 saves on the year. The second-year pro and AHL rookie goalie is the Stars all-time leader in most goalie categories. Bachman is 32-23-5 all-time in 63 appearances with Texas. He has played 3,637 minutes, posting a 2.19 goals against average and a .927 save percentage with seven shutouts.

Bachman finished fourth in the AHL in goals against average (2.20), tied for fourth in wins, second in minutes played, second in saves, tied for fourth in shutouts and third overall in the league in save percentage (.927).

All-time leaders:

Games Played: 157, Colton Sceviour

Goals: 45, Greg Rallo

Assists: 55, Travis Morin

Points: 98, Greg Rallo

Penalty Minutes: 265, Luke Gazdic

Power-play goals: 16, Greg Rallo

Power-play assists: 21, Greg Rallo and Aaron Gagnon

Power-play points: 38, Aaron Gagnon

Shorthanded goals: 3, Colton Sceviour

Game-winning goals: 12, Greg Rallo

Shots on goal: 405, Greg Rallo

Stars All-time record:

Overall: 87-56-7-10 (.597)

Home: 46-25-4-5 (.631)

Away: 41-31-3-5 (.563)

Playoffs: 17-14 (.548)

Home: 7-7 (.500)

Away: 9-7 (.563)

Playoff OT Games: 6-5 (.545)

Series record: 3-2 (.600)
Posted on 05/16/11

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