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Stars Score Dramatic 5-4 OT Win To Open Home Stand
Stars Score Dramatic 5-4 OT Win To Open Home Stand
Texas Takes on San Antonio on Friday, March 9th at 7:30 P.M.

Cedar Park, TX - The Texas Stars (26-28-2-2, 56 points) defeated the Grand Rapids Griffins (25-22-6-4, 60 points) 5-4 in overtime in front of 4,716 fans at the Cedar Park Center on Wednesday. Stars’ forward Michael Forney scored the game-winning-goal at 2:03 of overtime. Left wing Mike Hedden, Francis Wathier, Luke Gazdic and center Travis Morin scored for the Stars. Three Texas defensemen had multi-point nights. Jordie Benn, Dan Spang and Brenden Dillon each registered two assists in the win. Texas goalie Tyler Beskorowany (10-14-0) stopped 31 of 35 shots as the Stars improved to 15-9-2-1 at home.
Center Landon Ferraro, defenseman Travis Ehrhardt, center Chris Conner and left wing Chris Minard each scored for the Griffins in the third period, erasing a four-goal defecit and forcing overtime. Grand Rapids goalie Ty Conklin (5-2-0) stopped 19 of 24 shots as the Griffins fell to10-11-3-2 on the road.Texas takes on San Antonino on Friday, March 9th at 7:30 p.m. at Cedar Park Center.

The Stars scored the lone first-period goal with 2:29 left in the frame. Left wing Mike Hedden put in a shot from defensemen Brenden Dillon and Dan Spang. The goal rounded out the first twenty minutes of play with a 1-0 Texas lead.

Texas extended its lead just 22 seconds into the second period with a power-play goal from left wing Francis Wathier. Right wing Colton Sceviour and defenseman Jordie Benn each added an assist Wathier’s 14th goal of the year and the 2-0 tally. The Stars continued the scoring as center Travis Morin found the back of the net at 5:14. Defenseman Jordie Benn registered his second assist of the night on the 3-0 lead. Texas scored its third goal of the second frame as left wing Luke Gazdic knocked the puck past Conklin with 6:14 remaining. Defenseman Brenden Dillon and center Angelo Esposito helped on Gazdic’s ninth goal of the year and the 4-0 Texas lead.

Grand Rapids got on the board late in the game at 2:46 of the third period. Defenseman Travis Ehrhardt slipped the puck past Beskorowany, making the score 4-1. Defenseman Gleason Fournier assisted the play. The Griffins cut into Texas’ lead two minutes later with a goal from center Landon Ferraro at 4:34. Forwards Chris Minard and Fabian Brunnstrom set up the goal and the 4-2 tally. Grand Rapids dug into Texas’ lead once again with 8:10 left in the final frame. Center Chris Conner bounced the puck to the back of the net, pushing the Griffins within one goal at 4-3. Defenseman Brian Lashoff assisted on the goal. Grand Rapids struck again with 53 seconds remaining in regulation with a goal from left wing Chris Minard, tying the game 4-4. Center Chris Conner and left wing Fabian Brunnstrom each added an assist, forcing overtime.

Texas answered at 2:07 of overtime with a goal from forward Michael Forney, his first goal of the year and of his AHL career. Defensemen Drew Schiestel and Dan Spang each provided an assist on the game-winning goal and the 5-4 final.

The Stars will host Military Appreciation Weekend, presented by United Heritage Credit Union. To honor troops over the weekend, Texas will be wearing camouflage jerseys that fans may bid on during a silent auction on the concourse for charity. Friday night, Texas will host the San Antonio Rampage at 7:30 P.M. It will be a 3-2-1 Night, featuring $3,00 domestic drafts, $2.00 sodas and $1.00 hot dogs. On Saturday, March 10th, the two teams will meet again at 7:00 p.m. at Cedar Park Center. The first 3,000 fans to the game will receive a Texas Stars camouflage hat, presented by United Heritage Credit Union. Also, fans may purchase the State Farm Family Four Pack, composed of four tickets, four hot dogs and four sodas starting at $48.

Individual tickets for all games are on sale now. Tickets are available online at www.TexasStarsHockey.com or by calling 512.GO.STARS (467.8277). 2012-13 season seat packages are on sale now. 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.

*Note: Tonight was Winning Wednesday. Tickets from tonight's game may be redeemed for games on either 03/19/12 or 03/29/12.

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