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CHICAGO DEFEATS TEXAS 5-2, TAKES FIRST PLACE IN THE WEST
Stars Begin a Five-Game Road Trip in Hamilton on Tuesday, Feb. 16


Cedar Park, TX – The Texas Stars (29-18-3-4, 65 Points) were defeated by the Chicago Wolves (32-17-0-4, 68 Points) 5-2 in front of 6,030 fans at Cedar Park Center. Chicago’s Brett Sterling scored two goals and added two assists, as the Wolves moved to 7-0-0-2 in the last nine games. Wolves’ goalie Peter Mannino (17-3-0) made 26 saves for his ninth straight victory. Stars defenseman Maxime Fortunus and forward Scott McCulloch each scored in the loss, as Texas slid to 16-10-1-2 at home this year. Todd Ford (4-4-1) stopped 29 of 34 Chicago shots. Texas will embark on a five-game road trip starting Tuesday night in Hamilton at 6:30 PM (CST).

The first period stayed scoreless until Chicago got on the board with only 50 seconds remaining. Wolves left wing Brett Sterling picked off a cross-ice pass and scored an unassisted goal from the slot, beating Stars goalie Todd Ford on the gloveside. Sterling’s 28th of the season gave Chicago a 1-0 lead after the first period.

Texas tied the game 1-1 at 6:56 of the second period when winger Scott McCulloch found a rebound in front of the net and sent a shot past Wolves goalie Peter Mannino. Mathieu Beaudoin and Perttu Lindgren tallied assists on McCulloch’s fourth goal of the year. At 10:25, Chicago left wing Anthony Stewart tipped in a rebound over Ford in the Texas crease, giving the Wolves a 2-1 lead over the Stars. During a power play, Chicago extended its’ lead to 3-1. Sterling recorded his second goal of the night after collecting the puck off the end-boards and sending a shot past Ford 14:41 of the middle period. Sterling’s power-play goal pushed him into first in the AHL with 29 goals this year. The Stars countered at 16:21 after defenseman Maxime Fortunus fired a shot from the left point, beating Mannino on the stickside. Fortunus’ tenth goal of the season brought Texas within a goal of Chicago at 3-2.

In the third period, the Wolves increased their lead to 4-2 when right wing Spencer Machacek knocked in a rebound past Ford at 7:38. Machacek’s 12th goal of the year was set up by Sterling and Krog. Chicago finished the scoring at 13:31, Krog put in a rebound for his 11th goal of the season and 5-2 final score.

Prior to the game, the Stars added emergency back-up goaltender Chris Whitley from the CHL’s Allen Americans.

Texas will begin a five-game road trip starting with a game against the Hamilton Bulldogs on Tuesday, February 16th at 6:30 PM. The Stars travel to Syracuse on Wednesday, February 17th for a game at 6:00 PM. The team returns home on Friday, February 26th at 7:30 PM to host the Houston Aeros in the State Farm Lone Star Faceoff. 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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Posted on 02/13/10

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