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SELLOUT CROWD SEES TEXAS BLAST TORONTO 5-1
Stars Head Into All-Star Break Tied for First Place

Cedar Park, TX – The Texas Stars (23-13-2-4, 52 points) defeated the Toronto Marlies (15-18-5-2, 37 points) 5-1 on Friday night in front of a sold-out crowd of 6,863 at Cedar Park Center. Texas defenseman Maxime Fortunus and center Greg Rallo each recorded a goal and an assist in the Stars’ 12th win at home. Defenseman Garrett Stafford tallied two assists as Texas sealed a first place tie in the West Division. Stars goalie Matt Climie (11-12-3) stopped 23 Toronto shots in the win. After the AHL All-Star Game on Tuesday, Texas will travel to Cleveland for back-to-back games against the Lake Erie Monsters on Friday, Jan. 22 at 6:30 PM and then again on Saturday, Jan. 23 at 12:00 PM.

After a scoreless first period the Stars scored a pair of goals in the first five minutes of the second period. Center Warren Peters collected the puck off the boards and fired a shot past Toronto goalie Joey MacDonald for the 1-0 Texas lead. Maxime Fortunus assisted Peters’ team-leading 13th goal of the year. At 5:06, forward Travis Morin tipped in Garrett Stafford’s shot from the blueline, beating MacDonald for a 2-0 Texas lead. The Stars scored a power-play goal at 16:24, increasing their lead to 3-0. Forward Greg Rallo redirected a pass from Andrew Hutchinson past McDonald. The power-play goal was Rallo’s 13th tally of the season, tying him with Peters for the team lead. Toronto countered at 16:51, trimming the Stars lead to 3-1 after a goal by Richard Greenop, his first goal of the season.

In the third period, the Stars capitalized on another power play, extending the lead to 4-1 at 10:58. Defenseman Maxime Fortunus fired a shot down the center, beating Joey MacDonald on the stickside for his seventh goal of the year. A fifth goal came at 14:17, when winger Francis Wathier ripped a one-timer past MacDonald’s glove for his ninth goal of the year. Rallo set up the final tally of the night for the 5-1 Texas win.

The 2010 Time Warner Cable AHL All-Star Classic will feature Stars defenseman Ivan Vishnevskiy, competing in the 2010 Ducks Unlimited AHL All-Star Skills Competition on Monday, January 18 (8:00 p.m. ET) and the 2010 AHL All-Star Game on Tuesday, January 19 (6:00 p.m. ET). Fox Sports Southwest will be broadcasting both the All-Star Skills Competition and the All-Star Game.

Texas will travel to Cleveland for back-to-back games against the Lake Erie Monsters on Friday, Jan. 22 at 6:30 PM and then again on Saturday, Jan. 23 at 12:00 PM. The next home game will be on Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 7:30 PM against the Milwaukee Admirals. 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.


--Texas Stars--
Posted on 01/15/10

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