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GRIFFINS SLIP BY STARS 5-4
GRIFFINS SLIP BY STARS 5-4
Texas Concludes Five-Game Road Swing in Peoria on Tuesday Night



Grand Rapids, MI – The Texas Stars (31-20-3-4, 69 points) were defeated by the Grand Rapids Griffins (25-30-2-1, 53 points) 5-4 on Sunday evening in front of 5,687 fans at Van Andel Arena. Grand Rapids forwards Justin Abdelkader and Patrick Rissmiller scored 2:46 apart in the third period to push the Griffins past the Texas. Despite two goals from center Aaron Gagnon, the Stars saw their road record drop to 15-10-2-2. Texas defenseman Ethan Graham scored a goal and added an assist, as the Stars fell to the Griffins for the fourth time in five games this year. Grand Rapids goalie Daniel Larsson (17-18-1) improved to 4-0-0 against Texas with 30 saves on 34 shots. Texas goalie Richard Bachman (3-3-0) suffered the loss with 30 saves on 35 Grand Rapids shots. Texas will conclude its five-game road trip on Tuesday night in Peoria at 7:00 PM (CST).

The Stars claimed a 2-0 first-period lead, starting at 3:35 of the opening period. Texas forward Greg Rallo slipped the puck to the front of the Griffins net for Aaron Gagnon. The Stars center put the puck between the legs of Grand Rapids goalie Daniel Larsson for his 14th goal of the year. Texas defenseman Ethan Graham picked up his first point with the club, assisting on the game’s first goal. The Stars doubled their lead at 11:16 on Graham’s first goal with the team. The Texas defender wristed a shot through traffic and into the Griffins net for a 2-0 Stars lead. Right wing Mathieu Beaudoin assisted on the final goal of the period.

The Griffins roared back in the second period to take a 3-2 lead, starting 44 seconds into the middle period. Tomas Tatar redirected a centering pass from Kris Newbury past Texas goalie Richard Bachman and into the Stars net. Tatar’s 12th goal of the year cut the Texas lead to 2-1. Grand Rapids tied the game at 10:37 of the second period, as defenseman Doug Janik wristed a shot past a screened Bachman, scoring his sixth goal of the year and tying the game 2-2. The Griffins scored their third straight at 17:21, taking their first lead of the night at 3-2. Right wing Jeremy Williams blasted a one-timer to the Texas net from the bottom of the left-wing circle. Stars goalie Richard Bachman stopped the initial shot, but the rebound trickled in behind him for a Griffins power-play goal.

Texas tied the game 3-3 just 23 seconds into the final period. Greg Rallo netted his 18th goal of the season off a rebound of a Francis Wathier shot. Grand Rapids would counter with a pair of goals 2:46 apart to claim a 5-3 lead. Patrick Rissmiller scored his 14th goal of the year off a rebound. The power-play goal gave Grand Rapids a 4-3 lead at 6:06. The Griffins extended their lead to 5-3 at 8:52, as Justin Abdelkader redirected a centering pass from Francis Pare. Abdelkader’s third goal of the season ended Richard Bachman’s night. The Texas goalie was pulled in favor of Todd Ford after stopped 30 of 35 in 48:52 of work. The Stars cut the Griffins lead to 5-4 with 26 seconds left in the game. Todd Ford was pulled for the extra attacker and Aaron Gagnon scored his second goal of the night off a rebound of a Mathieu Beaudoin shot at 19:34. Gagnon’s 15th goal of the year was also set up by Andrew Hutchinson.

Texas concludes a five-game road trip at Peoria on Tuesday, February 23rd with a game at 7:00 PM (CST). The team returns home on Friday, February 26th at 7:30 PM to host the Houston Aeros in the State Farm Lone Star Faceoff. The first 3,000 fans receive an Austin Diamond District Ice Girls poster and the Ice Girls will host a post-game meet and greet. On Friday, February 26th, Cedar Park Center will provide $2.00 domestic drafts and $1.00 hot dogs. Texas will continue the State Farm Lone Star Faceoff on Saturday at 7:35 PM in Houston on February 27th. Fans may view the game on FSN Southwest. On Sunday, the Stars wrap up their three-games-in-three-nights weekend with the San Antonio Rampage at 5:00 PM at Cedar Park Center. Fans may purchase a $20.00 terrace level ticket for the game that includes an all-you-can eat pass for nachos, hot dogs, peanuts and soft drinks. FSN Southwest will also broadcast the game on Sunday, February 28th. 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 02/21/10

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