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ABBOTSFORD SWEEPS TEXAS WITH 4-2 WIN
Stars Return Home Tuesday to Host San Antonio

Abbotsford, BC, Canada – The Texas Stars (21-13-2-4, 48 points) were defeated by the Abbotsford Heat (20-16-2-3, 45 points) 4-2 on Saturday night at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre. Heat winger Riley Armstrong broke a 2-2 tie with a power-play goal just 1:14 into the third period, giving Abbotsford the two-game sweep. Stars forwards Mathieu Tousignant and Travis Morin each scored, as Texas fell to 11-7-1-2 on the road this season. Despite making 35 saves, Texas goalie Matt Climie (10-12-3) suffered the defeat. Abbotsford goalie Matt Keetley (8-4-2) made 32 saves, leading the Heat to their fourth straight win. The Stars return home to host San Antonio at 7:30 PM on Tuesday, Jan. 12 at Cedar Park Center.

Abbotsford scored the first goal of the night just 21 seconds into the game. Defenseman Gord Baldwin blasted a shot to the Texas net, with Stars goalie Matt Climie making the initial save. Heat forward Brett Sutter picked up a rebound in front of the Texas net and lifted a backhand shot into the net for his fifth goal of the year and a 1-0 Abbotsford lead after one period of play.

In the second period, Texas stormed back to tie the game 1-1 with a shorthanded goal at 2:46. Forward Travis Morin stole the puck at his own blueline and raced in alone for a breakaway. Morin lifted a wrist shot over the blocker of Matt Keetley, scoring his seventh goal of the year. Abbotsford countered at 10:52, winger Pete Vandermeer carried the puck in behind the Texas net and centered to the crease. Rookie Michael Backlund scooped up the pass and shuffled a backhand shot past Climie for his ninth goal of the year and a 2-1 Heat lead. The Stars would tie the game 2-2 before the end of the period, scoring off a rebound in front of the Abbotsford net. Winger Tyler Shelast worked the puck to the Heat crease and Mathieu Tousignant fired in the loose puck for his first AHL goal, tying the game with 8:45 left in the middle period. Stars goalie Matt Climie made 18 saves in the second period.

Abbotsford regained the lead just 1:14 into the third period with a power-play goal. Winger Riley Armstrong scored off a loose scramble in the Texas crease. Armstrong found a rebound and snapped in his eighth goal of the year for the 3-2 lead early in the final period. The Heat’s leading scorer, Jason Jaffray netted a shorthanded goal with 3:37 left in the game for the 4-2 Abbotsford win.

The Stars return home to host San Antonio at 7:30 PM on Tuesday, Jan. 12 at Cedar Park Center. The first 3,000 fans receive a Texas Stars Puck Bottle Opener. The Stars will also host the Toronto Marlies at 7:30 PM on Friday, Jan. 15, handing out Texas Stars Fleece Blankets to the first 2,000 fans. Also, fans will be able to purchase $2.00 domestic drafts and $1.00 hot dogs. All games can be heard on the Stars flagship station ESPNAustin 104.9 FM “The Horn” or ESPNAustin 1530-AM.

Tickets for any of the Stars 40 regular season home games at Cedar Park Center are on sale, starting as low as $9.00 a seat. Individual game tickets may be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000, by going online at www.ticketmaster.com or by visiting any local Ticketmaster outlet.

Season ticket packages to see the Stars play their Inaugural season at the Cedar Park Center are on sale now, starting as low as $12.00 a seat. For more information on Texas Stars season tickets call (512) GO-STARS (467-8277) or visit www.TexasStarsHockey.com. Anyone interested in purchasing season tickets, suites, group tickets or mini-plans may call the Texas Stars front office.


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