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OKLAHOMA CITY SURGES PAST TEXAS 10-1
OKLAHOMA CITY SURGES PAST TEXAS 10-1
Texas Returns Home on Thursday at 7:30 P.M. to Host San Antonio

Oklahoma City, OK – The Texas Stars (1-2-0-0, 2 points) were defeated by the Oklahoma City Barons (2-1-0-0, 4 points) 10-1 in front of 5,554 fans on Saturday night at the Cox Convention Center. Barons’ winger Ryan Keller led the charge with two goals and two assists, as Oklahoma City enjoyed multi-point nights from ten different skaters. The Barons offense posted three goals in the first period and six more in the second period to take a nine-goal lead through two periods of play. The loss takes Texas below .500 for the first time since the team dropped the first game in team history on Friday, October 2nd, 2009. Left wing Francis Wathier scored the team’s lone goal. Stars goalie Tyler Beskorowany (0-1-0) gave up five goals on 20 shots in 43:12 of work, while Richard Bachman surrendered five goals on 13 shots in 16:48 of play. Barons’ goalie Yann Danis (1-1-0) won his first game of the year with 27 saves. The Stars will return home to host the San Antonio Rampage at 7:30 P.M. on Thursday night.

The Barons erased a scoreless game with three goals over a 1:37 span. Oklahoma City took a 1-0 lead at 11:53 when Hunter Tremblay finished off a centering feed from Tyler Pitlick for his first goal of the year. The Barons connected again 38-seconds later when Ryan Keller shuffled in a rebound for his first goal of the year at 12:31. Teemu Hartikainen and Josh Green set up the goal that made it 2-0 Oklahoma City. The Barons made it 3-0 at 13:20 of the first period. Tristan Grant scored off a rebound for his first goal of the year from Antti Tyrvainen and Johan Motin.

In the second period, the Barons continued to add to their lead with six goals in the middle frame. The first goal of the period came just 3:12 into the period. Ryan Keller played the puck to the net for his second goal of the night for a 4-0 lead. After the goal, Texas pulled goalie Tyler Beskorowany after nine saves on 13 shots in 23:12 of work. Stars goalie Richard Bachman entered the game, but the Barons pushed on. At 7:18 of the second period, Philippe Cornet connected for a power-play goal and a 5-0 Oklahoma City lead. The Barons made it 6-0 at 10:39, as Tyler Pitlick scored off a rebound for his first goal of the season. Oklahoma City would add a power-play goal just 34-seconds later for a 7-0 lead. Teemu Hartikainen scored his first of the year at 11:13 for the seven-goal margin. Just 10-seconds later, the Barons made it 8-0 with Chris Vandevelde’s first goal of the night at 11:23. Prior to the period ending, Oklahoma City added another goal for a 9-0 lead. Defenseman Colten Tuebert snuck a point shot through traffic for his first goal of the year at 18:12.

Texas goalie Tyler Beskorowany stepped back into the crease to start the third for the Stars. Left wing Francis Wathier put Texas on the board with his first goal of the season at 4:08 from defensemen Dan Spang and Brad Lukowich. Wathier’s goal trimmed the Barons lead to 9-1 and ended Yann Danis shutout bid. Barons’ winger Triston Grant added his second goal of the night at 8:27 for the 10-1 final.

The Stars return home for a pair of games starting on Thursday, October 20th with the San Antonio Rampage at 7:30 P.M. Thursday is a 3-2-1 night with $3 domestic drafts, $2 sodas and $1 hot dogs. Thursday is also H-E-B Food Drive Night, benefiting the Capital Area Food Bank. Bring eight or more non-perishable food items and receive a free ticket to the game.

The Stars will host “Pink in the Rink” on Saturday, October 22nd at 7:00 PM against the Peoria Rivermen. Fans may purchase the State Farm Family Four Pack (4 tickets, 4 hot dogs, 4 sodas for $48) for Saturday night’s game. As the presenting sponsor of the event, the Cedar Park Regional Medical Center will hand out Pink in the Rink Texas Stars drawstring backpacks to the first 2,500 fans. The Texas Stars will don pink themed jerseys to promote breast cancer awareness. Throughout the game, the team will run a silent auction of the game-worn jerseys, with 50 percent of the proceeds donated to the Austin Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. Also, $2.00 of every individual and group ticket sold for the game will be donated to the organization.

Individual tickets for all games are on sale now. Tickets are available online at www.TexasStarsHockey.com or by calling 512.GO.STARS (467.8277).

2011-12 season seat packages are on sale now. 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 10/15/11

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