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Stars Stumble In Week Two, Still Sitting In Third Place
Stars Stumble In Week Two, Still Sitting In Third Place
Stars Weekly: Texas Host Milwaukee Wednesday, Makes First Trip To Oklahoma City

2012-13 Record: 2-3-0-0, 4 points (1-2-0-0 Home, 1-1-0-0 Road), Tied-Third Place – South Division

Week 2 Recap:
Texas was riding high heading into Week 2, full of confidence from an undefeated preseason and winning back-to-back games to open the 2012-13 regular season. They were brought back down to Earth in their second week as they lost all three games of the week; their first three-in-three (three games in three days) stretch of the year. It began on Friday night when the Stars traveled to Houston and suffered a 5-1 defeat for their first loss of the campaign. The Aeros went two-for-four on the power play and Alex Chiasson’s first goal of the season was Texas’ only offense on the evening. Saturday night back in Cedar Park, the two teams completed the back end of their home-and-home series and once again Houston did its damage on the power play. The Aeros scored three power play goals in the second period to take a 5-2 lead and this time Cody Eakin’s late third period shorthanded goal, his second of the season, would not be enough to spark a comeback.

On Sunday the Lake Erie Monsters were in town for Pucks and Paws Night at Cedar Park Center. The promotion was a success as the official canine count was announced at 82. On the ice the Monsters overshadowed the dog party in the stands and during intermissions, scoring three times in the second period and then making it just 80 seconds into the third period. Lake Erie goaltender Calvin Pickard stopped all 25 shots he faced for his second straight shutout this year, spoiling the Stars’ hopes of salvaging points on the weekend.

Week 3 Preview:
It’s nose to the grindstone this week for the Texas Stars. The team only has two games in Week 3, spread out over five days, giving them some important early season practice time. Wednesday night the Stars will host the Milwaukee Admirals for a 7:30 faceoff in Cedar Park; the game is the first H-E-B Night where fans can bring non-perishable H-E-B brand food items to the Cedar Park Center box office for a discount on game tickets. It is also the first Winning Wednesday of the season, where if Texas beats Milwaukee, all fans attending the game will earn a free ticket to the next Wednesday home game, November 21st against the Oklahoma City Barons. Closing out their Week 3 schedule, the Stars will travel north for the first time this season as they will battle the Barons on Sunday, October 28th at 4:00 pm at Cox Convention Center.

Week 3 Schedule:
(All games are broadcast LIVE over the Internet at www.TexasStarsHockey.com and can be viewed via internet pay-per-view video on www.ahllive.com.)

Wednesday, October 24 – 7:30 pm – Cedar Park Center – Cedar Park, TX
vs. Milwaukee Admirals (2-2-0-0, 4 pts)
Second Place, Midwest Division
Team Notes: Milwaukee has even split their first four games of the season and find themselves in second place of the Midwest Division. Last week they played a three-in-three schedule, losing to the Charlotte Checkers 4-3 at home on Friday and then had to make the long trip to Texas the weekend. Saturday in San Antonio the Admirals only allowed one goal in the game, but Rampage goaltender Dov Grumet-Morris stopped all 25 shots he faced for a 1-0 shutout. Milwaukee did salvage two points on Sunday at Houston the hard way; blowing a 4-3 lead in the final minute of the third period only to score 51 seconds into overtime for a 5-4 win over the Aeros. The Admirals have the 10th best power play in the AHL currently (23.8%) and are tied for the 7th best penalty kill (88.2%).
Leading Scorer: Taylor Beck (RW) – 5 points (1 goal, 4 assists) in 4 GP.
Leading Goaltender: Jeremy Smith (G) – 2.37 GAA, 0.891 save pct., 1-2-0 in 3 GP.
Who’s Hot: Chris Mueller (C) – Three points (1 goal, 2 assists) in his last game on Sunday at Houston. Taylor Beck (RW) – Leads the team in points and assists and has four points (1 goal, 3 assists) in his last four games played. Mattias Ekholm (D) – Four points (2 goals, 2 assists) in his last four games played.

Sunday, October 28 – 4:00 pm – Cox Convention Center – Oklahoma City, OK
vs. Oklahoma City Barons (2-2-0-0, 4 pts)
Tied-Third Place, South Division

Team Notes: The Barons entered the season with lofty expectations as the #1 ranked team in several media outlet’s AHL preseason power rankings. Loaded with young NHL talent and high draft picks, they faced a bizarre scheduling quirk of facing the Lake Erie Monsters in four of their first six games of the season and then not again the rest of the year. After splitting a two-game trip to Cleveland during the opening weekend, Oklahoma City started off Week 2 with a 5-2 win over San Antonio last Friday in their home opener. Last Saturday the Monsters were in town for their third meeting and the Barons fell short 5-3. This week they host Lake Erie on Tuesday night and then welcome Houston to the Cox Convention Center on Friday night before facing Texas on Sunday. The Barons are just 1-for-17 on the power play (5.9%) so far, which ranks 28th in the AHL; their penalty kill is 21st in the league at 76.2% (16-for-21).
Leading Scorer: Justin Schultz (D) – 6 points (4 goals, 2 assists) and +6 in 4 GP.
Leading Goaltender: Yann Danis (G) – 2.02 GAA, 0.911 save pct., 1-1-0 in 2 GP.
Who’s Hot: Justin Schultz (D) – Leads the team in goals and points and has six points (4 goals, 2 assists) and a +6 rating in his last four games played; he is currently on a three-game goal streak (4 goals) and a four-game point streak (6 points). Teemu Kartikainen (LW) – Tied for the team lead in assists, second in points and has four points (1 goal, 3 assists) and a +2 rating in his last three games played. Martin Marincin (D) – Has three points (2 goals, 1 assist) and a +9 rating in his last three games played; he leads the team and is tied for the AHL lead in plus/minus with a +7 rating overall.

Week 2 Game Results:
October 19, 2012 Texas 1 @ Houston 5
October 20, 2012 Houston 5 @ Texas 3
October 21, 2012 Lake Erie 4 @ Texas 0

Stars Player of the Week: (Week 2)
Tomas Vincour – RW – #17 3 GP, 2 points (1 G, 1 A), Even, 0 PIMs
Right wing Tomas Vincour continued his steady offensive play in Week 2 as a member of the Stars top line. The Brno, Czech Republic native had two points (1 goal, 1 assist) in three games; he also managed an even plus-minus rating during a stretch where Texas had a -10 goal differential. Vincour’s big game of the week came on Saturday against Houston as he had both of his points, factoring into two of the Stars’ three goals on the night. Through five games this season he currently leads the team in assists (3) and is second in points (4), goals (1) and plus-minus (+2).

Stars Quick Hits:

• STREAKING TO THE SIN BIN – LW Antoine Roussel recorded penalties in all three of Texas’ games in Week 2, giving him a three-game penalty minute streak; during that span he had 26 penalty minutes. The Roubaix, France native has posted PIMs in four of his first five games this season and at least four minutes in each of those games. His 30 penalty minutes currently rank third overall in the AHL.

• ANOTHER 200 CLUB MEMBER – LW Luke Gazdic played in his 200th career AHL game last Friday night in Houston. The Toronto, Ontario native has 44 points (23 goals, 21 assists) and 374 penalty minutes in his now 202-game AHL career, all while playing for Texas.

• CLOSING IN ON A MILLENIUM – C Toby Petersen played in his 850th career pro game on Friday in Houston. In his 13th professional season (852 GP), the Bloomington, Minnesota native has 425 points (171 goals, 254 assists) and 199 penalty minutes. He is also two games away from playing in his 450th AHL game and three games shy of his 400th NHL game.

• A RARE EVENT – The Stars were shutout by Lake Erie 4-0 on Sunday at Cedar Park Center. It was the first time the Stars failed to score on home ice since February 9, 2011, when Jeff Drouin-Deslauries had 22 saves in a 2-0 win for Oklahoma City. The last time the Stars were blanked on the road was on February 12, 2012 in a 2-0 loss at Hamilton.

• STARS DEBUT – Veteran defenseman Tyler Sloan made his Texas Stars regular season debut on Saturday vs. Houston; he was also in the lineup on Sunday vs. Lake Erie. The Calgary, Alberta native has played in 574 career pro games, including 99 in the NHL and 370 in the AHL. He won two Calder Cup championships with the Hershey Bears in 2006 & 2009.

• ECHL GOALIE OF THE WEEK – Josh Robinson, who attended Stars training camp, was just named the ECHL Reebok Hockey Goaltender of the Week for October 15-22. The Frankenmuth, Michigan native made his first two pro starts last week at Colorado and he posted two wins, stopping 55-of-58 shots for a 1.50 goals-against average and a .948 save percentage.

Stars Week 2 Transactions
October 23 – Mathieu Tousignant (C) – Reassigned by Dallas (NHL) to Idaho (ECHL).
October 23 – Austin Smith (RW) – Reassigned by Dallas (NHL) to Idaho (ECHL).

Texas Stars Team Leaders:
Games Played: 15 players tied (5)
Goals: Cody Eakin (3)
Assists: Tomas Vincour (3)
Points: Cody Eakin (5)
Plus/Minus: Cody Eakin (+4)
Penalty Minutes: Antoine Roussel (30)
Power Play Goals: Cam Barker & Travis Morin (1)
Short Handed Goals: Cody Eakin (2)
Game-Winning Goals: Toby Petersen (1)
Shots: Tomas Vincour (20)
Shooting Percentage: Cody Eakin (33.3%)
Saves: Cristopher Nilstorp (81)
Wins: Jack Campbell & Cristopher Nilstorp (1)
GAA: Cristopher Nilstorp (3.06)
Save Percentage: Cristopher Nilstorp (0.877)

The Stars will return to the ice on Wednesday, October 24, as they host the Milwaukee Admirals for H-E-B Night at Cedar Park Center. Fans can get $5 off the price of their ticket purchase by bringing an H-E-B brand non-perishable food item to the Cedar Park Center Box Office. Pro-rated full and partial 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.

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Posted on 10/23/12

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