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Game Preview: Texas Stars at Milwaukee Admirals 10.30.11
Game Preview: Texas Stars at Milwaukee Admirals 10.30.11
Texas Stars (3-5-0-0, 6 points) at Milwaukee Admirals (5-1-0-1, 11 points)

The Stars and the Admirals meet for the first time this season. This marks the 15th all-time meeting between the two teams that will play a total of four games this season. The two teams met a total of six times during the 2010-11 season. Texas won five of those six games. In 14 all-time regular season meetings, Texas is 10-4-0-0 against Milwaukee, including a 5-2-0-0 record at the Bradley Center. Texas will return to Milwaukee on January 13th for the final time in the regular season. The Admirals come to Cedar Park Center for a pair of games on February 7th and 8th to conclude the regular-season series.

The Stars have dropped back to back games after a 2-1 loss in Chicago on Saturday. It marked the lowest scoring game of the season for the team. The previous lowest scoring game was a combined seven goals, which has been accomplished three times in the first eight outings. The Stars are 1-3-0-0 on the road this season, including a 1-2-0-0 mark on the current four-game road swing. Last night in Chicago, Texas failed to register a power-play goal in a game for only the second time this season.

Milwaukee started the season with a six-game unbeaten string that ended with a 5-3 loss on Saturday night at home. It marked the first regulation loss of the season for a squad that has wins over Chicago, Peoria and Abbotsford. The Admirals have outscored their opponents 20-14 in their first six games this season. Milwaukee is the most disciplined team in the league with an average of 8.33 penalty minutes per game. The Admirals have outscored their opponents 10-3 in the third period of play this year.
Road Trip
The Texas Stars will conclude one of the longest road trips of the season that started Tuesday night in Rockford with a 6-2 win over the Hogs. Thursday night the Stars lost 5-3 at Peoria and Saturday they dropped a 2-1 decision at Chicago. On Sunday afternoon, the Stars will be in Milwaukee to take on the Admirals in a 3:00 p.m. faceoff. It will mark the first time the Stars have been to the Bradley Center since their 3-2 double-overtime loss in Game 6 of the 2011 West Division Semifinals. Aside from Peoria, the Stars get their first look of the season at Rockford, Chicago and Milwaukee. The four-game swing spans six days and stretches over 2,911 miles. The four-game trip matches a similar four-game roadie in mid-January as the longest road trip of the season.
Stars Send Roman and Labrie to Idaho
The Texas Stars announced on Monday the team has assigned forward Ondrej Roman and defenseman Hubert Labrie to the Idaho Steelheads, Texas’ ECHL affiliate.

The 22-year old Roman is in his second full season after playing in 72 games with Texas last year. As a rookie, Roman scored eight goals and set up 14 for a total of 22 points. The Ostrava-Prouba, Czech Republic, native is scoreless in two appearances for the Stars this season. Dallas drafted Roman in the fifth round (#136 overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

Labrie turns pro after playing the last four years in Gatineau of the QMJHL from 2007-08. In 192 QMJHL games, the 21-year old defenseman scored ten goals and set up 38 others for a total of 48 points.
What’s Ahead:
DATE OPPONENT TIME RADIO
Thursday, November 3 vs. Toronto 7:30 PM 104.9 FM
Sunday, November 6 at San Antonio 3:30 PM 104.9 FM
Friday, November 11 vs. Abbotsford 7:00 PM 92.5 FM
Saturday, November 12 vs. Abbotsford 6:00 PM 92.5 FM
Sunday, November 13 at San Antonio 3:30 PM 104.9 FM
* All times listed are central time

LAST TWO GAMES
Texas 1 at Chicago 2 10/29/11
Chicago, IL – The Texas Stars were defeated by the Chicago Wolves 2-1 at Allstate Arena on Saturday night. Wolves center Darren Haydar scored both Chicago goals, including the game-winning goal with 4:39 remaining in regulation to lead Chicago past Texas. Stars forward Tomas Vincour scored the team’s lone goal, as Texas fell to 1-3-0-0 on the road. Chicago goalie Eddie Lack made 33 saves, missing a shutout by 3:51. Texas goalie Tyler Beskorowany stopped 20 shots in the defeat.
Texas 3 at Peoria 5 10/27/11
Peoria, IL – The Texas Stars were defeated by the Peoria Rivermen 5-3 in front of 3,074 at Carver Arena on Thursday night. Peoria left wing Brett Sterling scored his second goal of the night with 6:45 left in the third period, breaking a 3-3 tie and propelling the Rivermen to victory. The Stars erased a 3-0 deficit in the second period with three goals in the back half of the middle frame. Texas forward Tomas Vincour and defenseman Jordie Benn each scored in the loss, as Texas fell to 1-2-0-0 on the road this season. Rookie Matt Fraser continued his torrid pace, scoring his team-leading seventh goal of the year. Peoria goalie Ben Bishop made 31 saves in the win. Texas goalie Richard Bachman stopped 28 shots in the defeat.
Texas Stars
Center Travis Morin leads Texas in scoring with nine assists and 11 points in eight games played. Morin also leads the AHL with seven power-play assists. He is five points back of the league lead in scoring. Right wing Raymond Sawada and rookie forward Matt Fraser are tied for second in team scoring with nine points each. Fraser also leads the team with seven goals scored and 37 shots on net. Fraser ranks among the best in the league for shots on net. Sawada is second on the team with seven assists, including six on the power play.

Dan Spang and Philip Larsen lead all Texas defensemen in scoring. Spang has seven points in eight games, while Larsen has six points in seven games. Larsen and Spang lead all blueliners with five assists each, ranking third overall on the team. Larsen leads all Texas defenders with four power-play assists, ranking among the best in the AHL for a defenseman. Four of the top nine scorers for Texas are defensemen. Rookie Brenden Dillon, Jordie Benn and veteran Brad Lukowich each have four points this season. Larsen and Spang both rank among the best in the AHL for points by a defenseman. Forwards Tomas Vincour and Ryan Garbutt round out the top scorers for Texas. Vincour has six points in seven games, while Garbutt has five points in eight games. Left wing Luke Gazdic leads the team in penalty minutes with 23, while Matt Fraser comes in second with 19 minutes.
This Date in Stars History… October 30th
The Stars are 1-1-0-0 all-time on October 30th in team history... The Stars moved into first place for the first time in team history after a 3-0 win in San Antonio on October 30th, 2009. Stars’ goalie Brent Krahn made 34 saves for his first shutout of the season and the 14th of his career. Texas forwards Sergei Korostin, Francis Wathier and Greg Rallo each scored as the team moved into a first-place tie in the West Division with San Antonio…. The Stars dropped a 3-1 decision on October 30th, 2010 at home to Houston. Aeros’ goalie Anton Khudobin stopped 29 of 30 Texas shots to secure his first win of the season and end the team’s six-game winless skid. Houston right wing Carson McMillan scored the game-winning goal late in the first period.
Special Teams
The Texas power play continues to score at a torrid pace. Despite a 0-3 performance on Saturday in Chicago, the Stars lead the AHL with 15 power-play goals and a 35.7% conversion percentage. The power play has connected for at least a goal in six of the Stars first eight games. Five times the Stars have posted multiple power-play goals in a game this season. The team is nine for the last 24. Texas’ penalty kill got off to a great start, killing off the first ten power plays against. Since then, the Stars have killed off 17 of their last 27 penalty kills (62.9%). Texas ranks 29th overall on the penalty kill at 71.4%. Milwaukee ranks 18th out of 30 AHL teams on the power play, converting 16.7% of their man-advantages. The Admirals sit 26th on the penalty kill, stopping 73.9% of their opponents’ power plays.
The Milwaukee Admirals
The Admirals went through their fair share of changes over the summer, starting with the loss of Head Coach Lane Lambert. Nashville promoted Lambert to be an assistant coach for the Predators, the NHL affiliate of the Admirals. Nashville replaced Lambert with Kirk Muller, who was an assistant coach in Montreal for the last five years. He had an extensive playing career in the NHL from 1985-2003 with stops in New Jersey, Florida, Toronto, Montreal and the New York Islanders. Muller finished the last four years of his NHL playing days with the Dallas Stars.

Milwaukee returns 11 players from a team that was knocked out of the second round of the Calder Cup Playoffs by Houston. The Admirals posted a 44-22-6-8 mark last season, winning the West Division regular season title. Leading the list of returning players is Chris Mueller, who led the team in scoring with 24 goals and 50 points in 67 games played. Mueller added 11 points in 13 playoff games with four goals and seven assists. Second-year forward Gabriel Bourque also returns, he tallied 36 points in 78 games as a rookie. Bourque enjoyed post-season success, scoring seven goals and totaling 13 points in 13 playoff games. Right wing Ryan Thang is back for his third season with the Admirals after posting career highs for goals, assists and points. He scored the decisive goal in Game 5 of the West Division Semi-finals last April, a 2-1 overtime win for Milwaukee at Cedar Park Center.

Center Mark Van Guilder is also back for fourth season with Milwaukee. Van Guilder scored the series clinching goal in Game 6 of the first round series with Texas. Van Guilder ended a 2-2 tie at 10:42 of the second overtime, giving the Admirals the victory and helping them advance to the second round of the Calder Cup Playoffs. The goal ended the longest game in Stars history at 90:42.

Defenseman Roman Jois returns for his second season with the team after leading all Milwaukee defensemen in scoring with six goals and 40 points in 78 games played. He led Milwaukee with 34 assists on the season. The 21-year old defender added seven points in 13 playoff games. Defensemen Scott Ford and Ryan Ellis, round out the defensive returners for the Admirals. Up front, Milwaukee welcomes back Ryan Flynn, Michael Latta and Taylor Beck.

The Admirals welcome numerous new faces to the fold, including defenseman Tyler Sloan, who spent the last six years playing in the Washington Capitals organization, including 99 NHL games with Washington. Sloan played for former Texas Stars head coach Glen Gulutzan in 2005-06 for the ECHL’s Las Vegas Wranglers. Fellow newcomers include defensemen Jeff Foss, Scott Valentine, Taylor Aronson and Victor Bartley. Up front, Milwaukee added Zack Stortini, Joel Champagne, Jani Lajunen, Kyle Wilson and Juuso Puustinen.

In net, the Admirals return both goalies that were used in the playoff series against Texas last spring. Jeremy Smith played in all 13 Milwaukee playoff games, going 7-6 with a 2.28 goals against average and a .931 save percentage. During the regular season, Smith played in 28 games, going 16-8-2 with a 2.26 save percentage and a .921 save percentage. Atte Engren backs up Smith after joining the team at the end of the 2010-11 regular season.
Posted on 10/30/11

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