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STARS FALL SHORT IN A 5-4 SHOOTOUT LOSS TO MOOSE
Texas Welcomes Houston at 7:30 PM on Wednesday

Winnipeg, MB, Canada – The Texas Stars (20-11-2-4, 46 points) were defeated by the Manitoba Moose (21-14-4-0, 46 points) 5-4 in shootout on Saturday night in front of 7,416 fans at the MTS Centre. Manitoba forward Mike Keane tied the game 4-4 with only 34 seconds left in regulation, forcing overtime and the eventual shootout. Texas wingers Travis Morin and Fabian Brunnstrom each tallied three points in the shootout loss. Morin scored twice in the third period, tying the game 3-3 and then putting Texas in front with only 3:32 left in the contests. Moose goalie Daren Machesney (4-9-0) made 36 saves in regulation and stopped four of five attempts in the shootout, securing Manitoba’s fourth straight victory. Goalie Todd Ford (0-0-1) made his Texas Stars debut, stopping 24 shots in regulation and three of five attempts in the shootout. Stars defenseman Andrew Hutchinson dished out two assists, as Texas fell to 11-5-1-2 on the road and slid to 0-3-0-2 in their last five contests. Texas will host Houston at 7:30 PM on Wednesday at Cedar Park Center.

Texas broke a scoreless tie at 17:05, when right wing Colton Sceviour lifted a backhand pass through the Manitoba defense, springing Mathieu Beaudoin for a breakaway. Beaudoin moved in on goaltender Daren Machesney and beat him with a backhand shot for his ninth goal of the season, giving the Stars a 1-0 first-period lead.

Texas jumped out in front with a 2-0 lead at 3:34 of the second period. Stars winger Travis Morin found Fabian Brunnstrom in the high-slot of the Moose zone. Brunnstrom rifled a shot past the glove of Moose goalie Daren Machesney for his first goal of the season with Texas. Manitoba answered back with three goals over a 4:44 span to finish the period with a 3-2 lead. Sergei Shirokov redirected a centering pass from Tommy Maxwell at 7:54, beating Texas goalie Todd Ford at 7:54 and trimming the Stars lead to 2-1. The Moose tied the game 2-2 at 11:48, as Guillaume Desbiens scored his sixth of the year. Desbiens scooped up a loose puck off the Texas end boards and fired the puck into the Stars net. Left wing Michael Grabner capped off the second-period rally, pushing the Moose ahead of the Stars with a one-timer from the high-slot that beat Texas goalie Todd Ford between the legs. Grabner’s seventh goal of the year came at 12:38 and gave Manitoba a 3-2 lead after two periods of play.

Texas tied the game 3-3 with an early third-period goal by Travis Morin. All-Star defenseman, Ivan Vishnevskiy, carried the puck through center and over the left-wing line into the Manitoba zone. Vishnevskiy set up Morin for his fifth goal of the year, his third in as many games, at 5:35 of the third period. Manitoba tied the game with only 33 second left in regulation. Veteran forward Mike Keane banked the puck off the skate of Texas goalie Todd Ford, scoring his eight goal of the year from behind the Texas. The final goal in regulation tied the game 4-4 and forced overtime.

After a scoreless overtime the two teams went to a shootout. Moose forwards Marco Rosa and Marty Murray each scored in the shootout, while Ivan Vishnevskiy scored in the shootout for Texas. Moose goalie Daren Machesney stopped four of five in the shootout, while Stars goalie Todd Ford stopped three of five in the shootout defeat.

Texas returns to the Cedar Park Center on Wednesday, Jan. 6 for a game against the Houston Aeros at 7:30 PM. On Tuesday, the first 2,000 fans will receive a Texas Stars rally towel. The Stars travel to Abbotsford, BC for back-to-back road games on Friday, Jan. 8 and Saturday, Jan. 9. All games can be heard on the Stars flagship station ESPNAustin 104.9 FM “The Horn” or ESPNAustin 1240-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 01/02/10

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