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Stars Pummel Bulldogs, Set New Franchise Record Win Streak
Stars Pummel Bulldogs, Set New Franchise Record Win Streak

Labrie Has Gordie Howe Hat Trick, Morin Reaches 80 Points

Hubert Labrie recorded a Gordie Howe hat trick and Travis Morin reached the 80-point mark on the season as the Texas Stars crushed the Hamilton Bulldogs 6-1 Saturday night in front of 5,982 fans at Cedar Park Center. It was the Stars’ seventh straight victory, which set a new franchise record.

The Stars got on the board early in the first when rookie Curtis McKenzie hammered home the rebound from a Derek Hulak shot to put Texas ahead 1-0. Patrik Nemeth doubled the Stars’ lead on a delayed penalty when he unleashed a one-timer off a seeing-eye cross-ice pass from rookie Brendan Ranford. The Stars dominated the period, leading the Bulldogs in shots 20-3.  

Rookie Matej Stransky struck on a two-man advantage just over two minutes into the second period to make it 3-0 Texas after he collected the rebound from McKenzie’s shot and fired the puck in from a bad angle, beating Hamilton goalie Dustin Tokarski. Travis Morin was also credited with an assist on the Stransky power play goal, his second assist of the night and his league-leading 80th point of the season. The Bulldogs cut into the Stars’ lead when Christian Thomas finished off a two-on-one down low to make it 3-1. Defenseman Hubert Labrie answered three minutes later with a blistering one-timer from the blue line through traffic and past Tokarski to put the Stars ahead 4-1. 

Trailing by three late in the third period, and with Jamie Oleksiak in the penalty box for a tripping minor, Hamilton pulled Tokarski to set up a six-on-four advantage. However, Ranford capitalized with a shorthanded empty netter, scoring from his own defensive zone hash mark. Labrie had the lone assist on the goal and, with a fight earlier in the period, completed a Gordie Howe hat trick (goal, assist and fight in one game). Mike Hedden put the game away with 38 seconds left in regulation when he took off on a breakaway and slid the puck through Tokarski’s five-hole to seal the 6-1 Texas victory.

Cristopher Nilstorp (24-12-4) stopped 24-of-25 shots faced and earned his 24th victory of the year in goal for Texas. Hamilton goalie Dustin Tokarski (19-15-2) had 31 saves on 36 shots and was saddled with his 15th loss of the season. The Stars outshot the Bulldogs 37-25 and went 1-for-3 on the power play. Hamilton was 0-for-5 with the man-advantage.

NOTE: The win was Texas’ seventh in a row, breaking the franchise record for longest winning streak.

The Stars will continue their home stand as they face the Lake Erie Monsters on Friday, April 4th for a 7:30 p.m. face off at Cedar Park Center. Friday’s game is Mike Modano night, including a pre-game ceremony and Signature Edition Rally Towel giveaway. It is also Toby Petersen Mini-Bobblehead night, as well as a $3 Beer and $4 Robert Mondavi Private Selection Wine Night. Pro-rated full and partial 2013-14 Texas Stars Season Tickets are on sale now. For more information on Texas Stars season tickets call (512) GO-STARS (467-8277) or visit www.TexasStarsHockey.com.

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