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Game Preview: Texas Stars vs. San Antonio Rampage
Game Preview: Texas Stars vs. San Antonio Rampage
Texas Stars (6-6-0-1, 13 points) at San Antonio Rampage (4-8-0-0, 8 points)

The Texas Stars and the San Antonio Rampage meet for the third time this season. Texas claimed the second game of the series with a 4-0 win at AT&T Center last Sunday to even the season series 1-1-0-0. The Rampage took the season-series opener on October 20th, a 4-3 San Antonio win at Cedar Park Center. This marks the 25th all-time meeting between the two teams that will play a total of 12 games this season. Including Sunday’s meeting each team will host five more games this season. Texas posted a 6-2-0-2 mark over San Antonio in 2010-11 and they own the all-time series with a 15-7-0-2 record. The Stars are 9-2-0-1 in 12 games at Cedar Park Center against the Rampage. Texas is 6-5-0-1 all-time at AT&T Center, putting up five shutouts in 12 visits.

The Stars had a three-game winning streak snapped on Friday and a four-game points (3-0-0-1) streak snapped on Saturday compliments of Abbotsford. The Heat handed the Stars a 3-1 loss on Saturday and a 3-2 shootout loss on Friday at Cedar Park Center. Texas concludes a stretch of three games in three nights on Sunday. The Stars are 3-3-0-0 on the road this season and they have posted consecutive wins on the road heading into Sunday’s game. Texas has been outscored by its opponents 20-22 on the road.

The Stars are in a stretch of six straight divisional games. The Stars are 2-4-0-1 within the West Division. Texas’ scoring has been spread out this season, with 13 first-period tallies and 17 second-period markers. The Stars have outscored their opponents 13-12 in the third period of play. The Stars are the fourth ranked offensive team in the AHL with a 3.46 goals per game average. The Stars have wins in five of their last nine games and points in six of the last nine.

San Antonio comes into its third meeting of the season with the Stars after dropping three straight games, including a 4-1 loss at Lake Erie on Friday night. The Rampage have dropped seven of its last eight games, getting outscored 31-13 over that span. Over the current three-game slide, San Antonio has been outscored by a 13-3 margin. San Antonio is 2-6-0-0 at the AT&T Center this season, having been outscored 27-15 by the visitors this season. The Rampage rank in the bottom five of the AHL for goals scored and goals allowed.

San Antonio has been outscored 42-26 this season. The team has been doubled in scoring in the first period (16-8) and the third period (14-7).

Larsen called up to Dallas, Texas Recalls Labrie from Idaho

The Dallas Stars announced on Saturday that the NHL club has recalled defenseman Philip Larsen from the Texas Stars, Dallas’ primary affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL). He will join the Stars in Detroit on Saturday. The Dallas Stars also announced that defenseman Hubert Labrie has been reassigned from the Idaho Steelheads to the Texas Stars.

Larsen, 21, leads all Texas defensemen in scoring, with nine assists and 10 points in 10 games. He is also tops in power-play assists among defensemen, setting up six extra-man advantage tallies. Larsen is currently fourth among AHL defensemen in points and fourth overall in assists.

The 6-1, 190-pound defenseman from Esbjerg, Denmark, has appeared in 11 career NHL games with 3 points (3 assists) with a +2 rating. The Stars' fifth-round selection in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Larsen has appeared in three games this season with Dallas, averaging 13:30 time-on-ice per game. Larsen spent the majority of the 2010-11 season with the Texas Stars, appearing in 54 games and collecting 22 points (4 goals, 18 assists).

Labrie is a rookie defenseman who played in seven games with Idaho to start this season. He scored his first pro goal and totaled four points with the Steelheads. Labrie attended camp in Dallas and with Texas prior to his assignment to Idaho. He turned pro after playing the previous 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.

Roman Recalled From Idaho

The Texas Stars announced on Wednesday that forward Ondrej Roman has been recalled from the Idaho Steelheads, the Stars’ ECHL affiliate.

The 22-year old Roman played in six games for the Steelheads this year, posting two goals and totaling six points. He played two games in Texas without securing a point. Roman is in his second full season of pro hockey 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.

What’s Ahead:

DATE OPPONENT TIME RADIO

Sunday, November 13 at San Antonio 3:30 PM 104.9 FM

Friday, November 18 at Houston 7:35 PM 104.9 FM

Saturday, November 19 vs. Houston 7:00 PM 92.5 FM

Wednesday, November 23 vs. Chicago 7:30 PM 104.9 FM

Friday, November 25 at Houston 7:35 PM 92.5 FM

* All times listed are central time

LAST THREE GAMES

Abbotsford 3 at Texas 1 11/12/11

The Texas Stars were defeated by the Abbotsford Heat 3-1 in front of 6,226 fans at the Cedar Park Center on Saturday night. Abbotsford goalie Leland Irving stopped 35 of 36 shots to secure the victory and lead his team to a sixth straight road win. Abbotsford right wing Jon Rheault registered two goals on the night, helping the Heat improve to 8-1-0-0 on the road this season. Defenseman Jordie Benn scored the lone Texas goal in the defeat. Texas goalie Tyler Beskorowany stopped 37 shots.

Abbotsford 3 at Texas 2 SO 11/11/11

The Texas Stars were defeated by the Abbotsford Heat 3-2 in a shootout in front of 5,393 fans at the Cedar Park Center on Friday night. The Heat scored twice in the last five minutes of regulation, including a game-tying goal with 47 seconds remaining to force overtime. The Heat went on to win the shootout 3-0 over Texas. Abbotsford defenseman Brendan Mikkelson scored his team’s first goal and set up the game-tying goal. Stars’ center Travis Morin added two assists, while left wing Matt Fraser netted his ninth goal of the season. Right wing Ray Sawada also scored for Texas, as the Stars saw their three-game winning streak come to an end. Texas goalie Richard Bachman stopped 20 of 22 shots in the shootout loss. Abbotsford goalie Leland Irving stopped 34 of 36 shots in the victory.

Texas 4 at San Antonio 0 11/6/11

The Texas Stars defeated the San Antonio Rampage 4-0 in front of 4,157 fans at the AT&T Center on Sunday night. Texas goalie Richard Bachman stopped all 29 shots for his second shutout of the season. The win also marks Bachman’s ninth all-time shutout with the Stars. Texas right wing Tomas Vincour extended his scoring streak to five games in the victory. His seventh goal of the season also marked his sixth straight game with at least a point. Left wing Francis Wathier registered a goal and an assist, extending his points streak to five games. Center Travis Morin also scored for Texas, improving its road record to 3-3-0-0. Defenseman Maxime Fortunus added two assists on the night, as the team moved above .500 for the first time since October 13th. San Antonio goalie Brian Foster stopped 29 of 33 in the loss.

Texas Stars

Center Travis Morin and right wing Raymond Sawada lead Texas in scoring. Morin is the clubhouse leader with 11 assists and 15 points in his first 13 games played. He trails the league leader by six points and he ranks in the top ten of the AHL for assists.

Morin is among the AHL leaders with eight power-play assists. Sawada is second overall in team scoring with four goals and ten assists for 14 points in 13 games played. Sawada and Morin are among the top five in the AHL with nine power-play points each.

Rookie forward Matt Fraser is third in team scoring with 13 points in 13 games. He leads the team with nine goals scored and 55 shots on net. Fraser is tied for the AHL lead with six power-play goals and he is tied for third overall in the league for goals scored. Fraser is third overall in the AHL with 55 shots on goals.

Forwards Tomas Vincour, Francis Wathier and Ryan Garbutt round out the top scorers for Texas. Vincour has nine points in 12 games played. He had a five-game goal scoring streak from Oct. 27 – Nov. 6, which ended on Friday night. Vincour’s streak tied Warren Peters’ team record for consecutive games with a goal. Vincour also tied a team record by recording a point in six straight games from Oct. 25 – Nov. 6. Vincour currently has a goal in four straight road games. Wathier had a five-game points streak end on Friday night. Over that span, Wathier scored three goals and totaled six points. The left winger has four goals and four assists in 13 games played. Center Ryan Garbutt has nine points in 13 games. Left wing Luke Gazdic leads the team in penalty minutes with 35, while Matt Fraser comes in second with 21 minutes.

Dan Spang leads all Texas defensemen in scoring with two goals and eight points in 13 games played. He is followed by rookie Brenden Dillon, who has six assists and seven points in 13 games played. Veterans Brad Lukowich and Maxime Fortunus have four points each.

Goalies Richard Bachman and Tyler Beskorowany split time in net for Texas. Bachman is 5-3-1 with a 3.20 goals against average and a .886 save percentage. In his last three starts, Bachman has turned aside 79 of 85 shots and posted a 1.62 goals against average. Over that span, the 24-year old is 2-0-1 with one shutout and a .929 save percentage. Beskorowany is 1-2-0 in his last three starts with a 2.38 goals against average and a .928 save percentage. He turned aside a season-high 37 on Saturday.

Special Teams

After going 0-6 on Saturday night and 1-7 on Friday night, the Stars have dropped to second overall on the power play. The team has converted 19 of 67 for a 28.4% conversion rate. Four times in 13 games the Stars have failed to register a power-play goal. The Stars are tied for the AHL with 19 power-play goals scored. Six times the Stars have posted multiple power-play goals in a game this season. The Stars have killed off 27 of the last 31 penalties (87%). Texas ranks 25th overall on the penalty kill at 78.0%. San Antonio is 6-of-50 on the power play this season, ranking 28th best in the league at 12%. The Rampage is last in the AHL on the penalty kill, stopping 72.1% of their opponents’ power plays. San Antonio has allowed a power-play goal in 11 of its 12 games this season.

This Date in Stars History…

Texas has played once on November 13th, 2009.The Stars defeated the Ice Hogs 4-0 on a Friday the 13th game at Rockford. Texas goalie Brent Krahn made 32 saves for his second shutout of the season and the 15th of his career. Stars forwards Scott McCulloch and Warren Peters each had a goal and an assist as Texas improved to 7-0-1-1 in its last nine games. Wingers Sergei Korostin and Colton Sceviour also added tallies, helping Texas move to 4-1-1-1 on the road. With the win, Texas extended a stretch where the team suffered only one loss in regulation over the previous 15 games.

The San Antonio Rampage

The Rampage has historically struggled in the month of November having posted a 1-20-0-2 record from 2008-2010. Last year, San Antonio turned it around with an 8-4-0-0 mark. So far, the team is 1-3-0-0 this month. The team has the lowest point total in the AHL.

Right wing Michal Repik leads the Rampage in scoring with six assists and eight points in 12 games played. Repik scored a goal and set up two others in San Antonio’s 4-3 win at Cedar Park Center on October 20th. Repik was among the team leaders in Rochester in 2010-11. Last year, in 53 games with the Americans, Repik set up 34 goals and totaled 45 points. He also played in 31 games with Florida, putting up six assists and eight points. Repik is second on the Rampage with 35 shots on goal.

Center Bracken Kearns leads the Rampage in goals scored with five. The second-year San Antonio forward is second on the team in points with seven in ten games played. Kearns earned his first NHL call up earlier this season. He made his NHL debut for the Florida Panthers on October 20th. Kearns had 20 goals and 43 points in 70 games with San Antonio last year. Colby Robak leads all Rampage defensemen in scoring with three goals and six points in 12 games played. Robak scored the game-winning goal in San Antonio’s 4-3 win at Texas in October. Former Star Greg Rallo has two assists and three points in 12 games with San Antonio.

San Antonio features two goaltenders this season led by Jacob Markstrom. Florida drafted him 31st overall in the 2008 NHL Entry draft. He started the year with the Panthers, going 2-2-1 with a 2.05 goals against average and a .944 save percentage. So far in San Antonio, he is 0-2-0 with a 4.02 goals against average and a .862 save percentage. Brian Foster is 3-4-0 with a 3.35 goals against average and a .890 save percentage.
Posted on 11/13/11

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