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STARS EDGE GRIFFINS 5-4 IN A SHOOTOUT
Texas Continues Seven-Game Road Trip in Chicago on Sunday at 3:00 PM


Grand Rapids, MI – The Texas Stars (42-24-3-4, 91 Points) defeated the Grand Rapids Griffins (31-35-3-4, 69 points) 5-4 in a shootout on Saturday night in front of 10,503 fans at Van Andel Arena. Stars forwards Colton Sceviour, Perttu Lindgren and Travis Morin scored in the shootout, while goalie Matt Climie stopped all three Griffins chances in the shootout to preserve the Texas victory. Climie (20-16-3) stopped 34 Grand Rapids shots in regulation, as the Stars improved to 20-13-2-2 on the road this year. Right wing Mathieu Beaudoin scored two goals, helping the Stars to their 11th win in the last 14 games played. Defenseman Andrew Hutchinson and center Warren Peters also scored, as Texas improved to 4-1-0-0 on the current seven-game road swing. Griffins’ goalie Daniel Larsson (22-22-2) made 16 saves in regulation, as Grand Rapids saw its four-game winning streak against Texas come to a halt. Texas saw its magic number to clinch a playoff spot drop to two points with the win. The Stars will play Sunday in Chicago against the Wolves at 3:00 PM.

The two teams combined for five goals in the first period, starting with Andrew Hutchinson’s eighth goal of the season at 5:53. Texas forward Travis Morin threaded a pass to the Griffins crease and Hutchinson redirected the puck past goalie Daniel Larsson for the 1-0 Stars lead. Texas set a team record for the two fastest goals in team history just 23 seconds later. Center Warren Peters tipped a centering pass from Ray Sawada at 6:16 for the 2-0 Texas lead. Peters18th goal of the year was also assisted by Sergei Korostin. The Griffins answered back with a pair of goals, starting at 13:35. Winger Mattias Ritola snapped a wrist shot past Texas goalie Matt Climie for his 17th tally of the year and a 2-1 game. The Griffins tied the game 2-2 at 17:36 with a power-play goal by Jan Mursak. Mursak tipped a shot from the point by Jakub Kindl for his 22nd goal of the year. The Stars regained the lead prior to the end of the period with 1:08 left in the opening frame. Right wing Mathieu Beaudoin tipped a shot from the blue-line by Trevor Ludwig, sending the puck past Griffins goalie Daniel Larsson at 18:52. Defenseman Maxime Fortunus picked up the second assist on the play that gave Texas a 3-2 lead after one period of play.

In the second period, Grand Rapids tied the game 3-3 at 4:45 after Cory Emmerton picked up a rebound in the Stars crease and snapped a shot past Climie for his 11th goal of the year. Texas moved back in front after Mathieu Beaudoin played the puck in front of the Griffins net for his 19th goal of the year at 11:03, giving the Stars a 4-3 lead. Grand Rapids countered to tie the game 4-4 after Jamie Tardif scored his 16th of the season of a faceoff in the Stars zone.

After a scoreless third period and overtime, the two teams went to a shootout tied 4-4. In the shootout, Texas scored on three of four chances, as Colton Sceviour, Perttu Lindgren and Travis Morin each tallied goals. Texas goalie Matt Climie stuffed all three Griffins chances to earn his second shootout win of the year.

Texas will continue its seven-game road trip in Chicago on Sunday, March 28th at 3:00 PM. Texas returns home for the State Farm Lone Star Face-off at Cedar Park Center, starting on Friday, April 2nd as the Stars take on the San Antonio Rampage at 7:00 PM. The first 3,000 fans will receive a Texas Stars puck, compliments of Cedar Park Regional Medical Center. Also on Friday, Cedar Park Center will provide $2.00 domestic drafts and $1.00 hot dogs. The State Farm Lone Star Face-off continues on Saturday, April 3rd when they host the Houston Aeros at 7:00 PM. The first 2,000 fans receive a Texas Stars camouflage hat. Also, fans may purchase the State Farm Lone Star Family Four Pack, which includes four tickets, four hot dogs and four sodas for $44.

State Farm and the Texas Stars will televise the State Farm Lone Star Face-off on Saturday, April 3rd at 7:00 PM on FSN Southwest. 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 03/27/10

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