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Texas travels to Houston on February 4th at 7:35 PM

Cedar Park, TX – The Texas Stars (26-15-3-3, 58 points) were defeated by the Abbotsford Heat (22-20-2-5, 51 points) 5-4 in a shootout on Saturday night in front of a sellout crowd of 6,863 fans at Cedar Park Center. The Stars rallied with two goals in the last five minutes of regulation, forcing overtime and gaining a point in the shootout loss. Heat goalie Leland (19-15-2) stopped all Texas attempts to preserve the shootout win, to go along with 35 saves in regulation. Abbotsford scored on two of three attempts to win the shootout. Texas left wing Francis Wathier scored the game-tying goal to force overtime with one minute left in the third period. Defensemen Dan Spang and Philip Larsen, as well as center Aaron Gagnon also supplied goals as Texas slipped to 13-7-3-2 at home. Texas goalie Richard Bachman (17-10-3) stopped 25 of 29 shots in the shootout loss as Texas extended its points streak to four games (3-0-0-1). The Stars travel to Houston to face the Aeros on February 4th at 7:35 PM following the All-Star break.

Abbotsford defenseman T.J. Brodie scored the opening goal on the night at 9:29 on the power play. Forwards Lance Bouma and Jon Rheault each tallied an assist to give the Heat a 1-0 lead at the end of the first period.

Texas center Aaron Gagnon notched a goal 25 seconds into the second period to tie the game. Defensemen Severin Blindenbacher and Jordie Benn helped tie the game back up 1-1. Stars defenseman Philip Larsen added a power-play goal at 7:06 with help from center Travis Morin and defenseman Dan Spang to give Texas its only lead of the night at 2-1.

The Heat responded with two goals 11 seconds apart. Defenseman Matt Pelech scored the Heat’s second goal of the night to tie the game 2-2 at 12:22. Center Gaelen Pattersson snapped a shot past Bachman at 12:33 to give Abbotsford a 3-2 lead.

The Heat opened up a two-goal lead 2:48 into the third period with a power-play goal by left wing Lance Bouma. Right wing Jon Rheault and defenseman T.J. Brodie helped with the goal that made it 4-2. Texas defenseman Dan Spang beat Leland Irving to make it 4-3 at 15:11. Left wing Ondrej Roman and defenseman Philip Larsen assisted with 4:49 remaining in the third. The Stars tied the game 4-4 with one minute remaining in regulation as left wing Francis Wathier notched his 13th goal of the year. Defenseman Severin Blindenbacher and center Travis Morin each had an assist on the power play to force overtime.

After a scoreless overtime, the two teams skated to a shootout. Abbotsford right wing Jon Rheault scored the decisive game-winning goal as the Heat connected on two of three attempts. Texas was scoreless on all four attempts.

After the All-Star break, Texas will travel to Houston to face the Aeros at 7:35 PM on Friday, February 4th. Texas returns home to host the Oklahoma City Barons on Saturday, February 5th at 7:00 PM. Every Saturday, fans may purchase the State Farm Family Four Pack consisting of 4 tickets, 4 hot dogs and 4 sodas for $44. The first 2,500 fans receive a Texas Stars team poster. Texas hosts Houston on Tuesday, February 8th at 7:30 PM. Every Tuesday fans may bring any H-E-B food item to receive $5 off their ticket price. Tuesday is also 3-2-1 night with $3 drafts, $2 regular sodas and $1 hot dogs.

Individual tickets for all games are on sale now. Tickets are available online at or by calling 512.GO.STARS (467.8277). Pro-rated season ticket packages to see the Stars play at the Cedar Park Center are on sale now. For more information on Texas Stars season tickets call (512) GO-STARS (467-8277) or visit 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 01/29/11

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