STARS WEEKLY (WEEK 7)
Texas Carries Five-Game Home Win Streak into Week 7
2013-14 Record: 8-4-2-0, 18 points (6-1-0-0 Home, 2-3-2-0 Road), Second Place – West Division
Week 6 Recap:
The Texas Stars enjoyed some home-cooking in Week 6. Coming back to Cedar Park Center after going 1-3-1-0 during their five-game Midwest road trip, the Stars swept a two-game weekend series with the Milwaukee Admirals, handing their visitors their first two regulation losses of the 2013-14 season. Prior to the two weekend games Texas and Dallas swapped defensemen as Aaron Rome was recalled to the NHL and Kevin Connauton was assigned to the AHL on a conditioning loan.
Friday night was the beginning of Stars & Stripes Military Appreciation Weekend at Cedar Park Center. Wearing specialty jerseys, Texas fell behind when Joonas Jarvinen scored at 2:57 of the first period; it was the fastest goal to open a game allowed by the Stars this season. Jamie Oleksiak tied the game less than four minutes later with a sizzling slap shot from the point. Texas built up a lead with three goals in the second period as Travis Morin and Colton Sceviour each scored power play goals and then Morin added his second of the period for a 4-2 lead. Milwaukee and Texas continued to trade goals in the third period, with Brett Ritchie scoring on a two-on-none rush and then Sceviour scored a dazzling shorthanded goal, his second goal of the game, to make it 6-4 Texas. Scott Glennie, who suffered an injury during an NHL preseason game with Dallas and missed the Stars’ first 12 games of the year, returned to the lineup and scored an empty net goal to cap off a 7-4 win. Josh Robinson made 24 saves on 28 shots to earn his second career AHL victory.
Saturday night in the rematch, the Stars were the ones who jumped out to the early lead. Francis Wathier scored three minutes into the first period, but Austin Watson tied the game for the Admirals at the midpoint of the period. Texas then exploded for three goals in the second period to take a commanding lead. Rookie Curtis McKenzie scored at 1:20 and Mike Hedden tipped-in a power play goal at 4:09 on a shot from Kevin Connauton to make it 3-1 Stars. Jamie Oleskiak scored a goal for the third straight game at 17:23 as Texas out-scored Milwaukee 3-0 in the second period and out-shot their guests 20-11. With 7:18 remaining in the third period Toby Petersen scored a thrilling shorthanded goal to give the Stars a 5-1 lead and it appeared that the rout was on. However, the Admirals had other ideas and mounted a furious comeback, scoring three times in a span of 5:35. Zach Budish tallied a power play goal, Colton Sissons had a back-post tap-in on a beautiful feed from Filip Forsberg and then, with their net empty, Anthony Bitetto tipped-in a Sissions shot with 42 seconds left in regulation to make it 5-4. There were some nervy moments, but Texas hung on to record their fifth-straight home win. Goaltender Allen York made his home debut, finishing with 34 saves on 38 shots to record his second win in two stats for the Stars.
Week 7 Preview:
On Tuesday, AHL leading scorer Travis Morin was recalled by Dallas and will travel with the NHL Stars to Alberta for their road games at Edmonton and Calgary on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. Dallas will complete their road trip on Sunday at Vancouver, so there is a chance that Texas will be without their leading scorer for at least the next seven days.
The Stars will complete their three-game homestand on Wednesday, November 13th with their second meeting of the season with the Abbotsford Heat, their West Division rival. It’s another Winning Wednesday presented by H-E-B and since Texas beat Oklahoma City 4-1 on October 23rd, the first Winning Wednesday of the season, there are plenty of fans who have free ticket vouchers for this week’s home game with Abbotsford.
The Stars will then hit the road for a three-game trip, including two this weekend. For the first time in 2013-14, Texas will play teams from the North Division. The Stars will fly to New York to face the Utica Comets for the first time in franchise history on Saturday, November 16th at 6:00 p.m. CT at Utica Memorial Auditorium. Texas will complete its Week 7 schedule on Sunday, November 17th against the Toronto Marlies for a 4:00 p.m. CT face off at Ricoh Coliseum. The Stars will complete their road trip on Tuesday, November 19th as they remain in Ontario to open their Week 8 schedule at the Hamilton Bulldogs.
Left wing Mike Hedden (4-4-8) is currently on a six-game point streak, with six points (2 goals, 4 assists) and a +4 rating during that span. Right wing Colton Sceviour (11-6-17) leads the AHL in shots (66), is tied for second in the AHL in goals, is tied for fourth in the league in points and has five points (3 goals, 2 assists) and a +2 rating in his last three games. C Toby Petersen (2-4-6), RW Brett Ritchie (3-8-11) and LW Curtis McKenzie (4-8-12) are all on three-game points streaks, each with four points (1 goal, 3 assists) during their streaks. RW Scott Glennie (1-2-3) has three points (1 goal, 2 assists) and a +3 rating in his first two games of the season.
Week 7 Schedule:
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Wednesday, November 13 – 7:30 p.m. – Cedar Park Center – Cedar Park, TX
vs. Abbotsford Heat (11-4-0-1, 23 pts.)
First Place, West Division
Team Notes: The Abbotsford Heat are the hottest team in the AHL right now. After losing to Texas 9-3 at Cedar Park Center on October 20th, the Heat have going 8-1-0-0 to vault to the top of the AHL standings. Abbotsford leads the league in points (23) and wins (11) entering Week 7. The Heat are currently on a seven-game winning streak, which is tied with Grand Rapids for the longest of the 2013-14 season. Three of their wins during the streak came in extra time, with one overtime and two shootout wins. Wednesday’s game begins a seven-game road trip for Abbotsford, which spans 12 days. The Heat have not lost back-to-back games in regulation this season. Abbotsford has the second best home record in the AHL to date, going 6-1-0-1 (13 pts.) at the Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre. The Heat lead the AHL in most overtime points (11), thanks to two overtime wins, three shootout wins and one shootout loss. Abbotsford is tied for the second fewest penalty minutes average (14.00).
Leading Scorer: Corban Knight (C) – 14 points (5 goals, 9 assists) and a +7 in 16 GP.
Leading Goaltender: Joni Ortio (G) – 2.08 GAA, 0.927 save pct., 5-0-0, 0 SO in 5 GP.
Who’s Hot: C Blair Jones (4-7-11) ranks third on the team in points and has eight points (4 goals, 4 assists) in his last eight games. C Markus Granlund (5-3-8) is on a four-game point streak and has four points (3 goals, 1 assist) and a +3 rating during that span; he has five goals in his last seven games. D Chad Billins (6-2-8) leads the team in goals and has six points (4 goals, 2 assists) and a +7 rating in his last six games. LW Michael Ferland (3-1-4) has four points (3 goals, 1 assist) in his last two games.
Saturday, November 16 – 6:00 p.m. – Utica Memorial Auditorium – Utica, NY
at Utica Comets (2-8-1-1, 6 pts.)
Fifth Place, North Division
Team Notes: The Utica Comets started off their inaugural AHL season on a 10-game winless streak (0-8-1-1). The Comets secured their first franchise victory on November 8th with a 3-2 win over the Lake Erie Monsters at Quicken Loans Arena. Utica then started its first franchise winning streak by traveling to Hamilton and beating the Bulldogs 3-1 on November 10th. The Comets are still winless at home (0-4-1-1) and have been out-scored 23-13 at Utica Memorial Auditorium. Rookie goalie Joacim Eriksson has started nine of the team’s 12 games, including seven of the last eight games. Utica has only scored first in three of its 12 games this season and is 1-1-0-1 when scoring first. The Comets rank last in the AHL in goals-per-game (2.17) and are 27th in goals-against (3.58). Five players have skated for both Utica and Vancouver this season: Darren Archibald, David Booth, Zac Dalpe, Pascal Pelletier and Jeremy Welsh.
Leading Scorer: Pascal Pelletier (C) – 10 points (2 goals, 8 assists) and a +2 in 8 GP.
Leading Goaltender: Joacim Eriksson (G) – 3.20 GAA, 0.895 save pct., 2-6-1, 0 SO in 9 GP.
Who’s Hot: C Pascal Pelletier (2-8-10) leads the team in assists and points and has points in seven of his game played this season. C Zach Hamill (3-5-8) is tied for third on the team in points and has six points (2 goals, 4 assists) in his last six games. RW Alexandre Grenier (3-6-9) is second on the team in goals, assists and points and has four points (2 goals, 2 assists) in his last five games. LW Brandon DeFazio has three assists and a +1 rating in his last four games.
Sunday, November 17 – 4:00 p.m. – Ricoh Coliseum – Toronto, ON
at Toronto Marlies (6-5-1-0, 13 pts.)
Tied-Second Place, North Division
Team Notes: The Toronto Marlies won their first three games of the season and out-scored their opponents 15-7 during those games. Since that hot start, the Marlies have going 3-5-1-0 since and being out-scored 28-21 in their last nine games; they have just two wins (2-4-1-0) in their last seven games. Toronto will complete a stretch of six-straight road games on Thursday night at Lake Erie and then will return home to host the Charlotte Checkers on Saturday night and Texas on Sunday. Goalie Drew MacIntyre has started nine of the team’s 12 games and is tied for third in the AHL in wins (6) and is tied for 12th in goals-against average (2.32). The Marlies and Stars are two of the four teams remaining in the AHL who have not participated in a shootout during the 2013-14 season. Sunday’s game is the first of four games between Texas and Toronto this year and the first of two trips to Ricoh Coliseum; the Stars are back in Toronto again on Monday, February 17th for a 2:00 p.m. CT face off.
Leading Scorer: T.J. Brennan (D) – 17 points (10 goals, 7 assists) and a +5 in 12 GP & Spencer Abbott (RW) – 17 points (1 goal, 16 assists) and a +5 in 11 GP.
Leading Goaltender: Drew MacIntyre (G) – 2.32 GAA, 0.907 save pct., 6-3-0, 0 SO in 9 GP.
Who’s Hot: RW Spencer Abbott (1-16-17) leads the AHL in assists, is tied for fourth in the league in points and is currently on a five-game assist streak (8 assists) and an 11-game point streak (1 goal, 16 assists), with a +5 rating during that span. D T.J. Brennan (10-7-17) leads all AHL defensemen in goals and points, is tied for fourth overall in the league in both goals and points and has five points (2 goals, 3 assists) and a +2 rating in his last three games. C Trevor Smith (4-8-12) has recorded points in all six games he has played this season, recording 12 points (4 goals, 12 assists) and a +4 rating during the span. RW Josh Leivo (3-3-6) has five points (3 goals, 2 assists) and a +1 rating in his last five games.
Week 6 Game Results:
November 8, 2013 Milwaukee 4 @ Texas 7
November 9, 2013 Milwaukee 4 @ Texas 5
Stars Player of the Week: (Week 6)
Toby Petersen – C – #19 2 GP, 3 points (1 G, 2 A), +3, 0 PIMs
Center Toby Petersen enjoyed a strong weekend at Cedar Park Center as he helped the Texas Stars sweep their two-game weekend series with the Milwaukee Admirals. The Bloomington, Minnesota native had two assists on Friday night, including the lone assist on Brett Ritchie’s game-winner in a 7-4 victory over Milwaukee. Saturday night it was Petersen’s thrilling shorthanded goal at 12:42 of the third period that turned out to be the game-winning goal when the Admirals nearly erased a 5-1 Stars lead. For the week Petersen had three points (1 goal, 2 assists) and a plus-3 rating, extending his current point streak to three games. On the season he has six points (2 goals, 4 assists) and a plus- 4 rating in 12 games played.
Stars Quick Hits:
· HALF CENTURY – Texas Stars head coach Willie Desjardins collected his 50th career AHL victory last Friday night in a 7-4 win over the Milwaukee Admirals. The win came in Desjardins’ 89th career AHL game behind the bench. He has a career AHL record of 51-26-7-6 (0.639) in 90 AHL games.
· SCORING LEADER – Travis Morin leads the AHL in points (24). He had his point streak snapped in Week 5, but has picked up right where he left off and now has points in 12 of his 13 games this season. Morin in tied for the league lead in plus-minus (+11), he is second in assists (14) and tied for third in goals (10).
· SHOTS, SHOTS & MORE SHOTS – Texas has the highest shots on goal differential in the AHL (+161). The Stars lead Syracuse, the second best team in shot margin, by 70 (+91). Texas leads the league in shots on goal average (38.36) and has out-shot its opponents in 12 of the team’s 14 games; the Stars have been out-shot once and finished with equal shots once this year. Right wing Colton Sceviour leads the AHL in shots on goal (66).
· MORE GOALS EQUALS MORE WINS – The Stars lead the AHL in goal differential (+20), holding a small lead over Grand Rapids (+18). Texas has scored more goals than any other team in the league thus far (55) and rank second in the league in goals per game (3.93), trailing only the Griffins (4.08). The Stars have the most first goals in the league (11), meaning they have scored first in 11 of their 14 games so far this year. Texas also leads the AHL in power play goals (16) and rank second in the league in power play percentage (28.1%).
· HOME, SWEET HOME – The Texas Stars have the best home record in the AHL through the first six weeks of the 2013-14 season. Texas is 6-1-0-0 and has the league’s best point percentage (0.857). Last year the Stars had the AHL’s top road record (0.711), but finished tied for 18th in the league in home record (0.566), going 18-13-2-5 (43 pts.) at Cedar Park Center. Texas’ single-season franchise record for home points is 51 (0.638), when the team went 24-13-1-2 at home during the inaugural 2009-10 campaign.
· BY THE NUMBERS – Texas has a record of 8-1-0-0 (16 pts.) when the team scores three or more goals in a game this year. The Stars are 0-3-2-0 (2 pts.) when they score two goals or less. Texas is 5-0-1-0 (11 pts.) when it allows two goals or less in a game and is 3-4-1-0 (7 pts.) when allowing three or more goals in a game.
· WHAT’S IN A MARGIN? – The Stars won their first “one-goal” game of the season last Saturday in a 5-4 victory over Milwaukee. In Texas’ eight wins this year, the other seven have been a margin of at least two goals. The Stars have one two-goal win, three wins by three goals, one five-goal win and two six-goal victories. All six of their defeats (0-4-2-0) have come by a margin of two goals or less.
· APPROACHING STARS MILESTONES – LW Mike Hedden is 1 GP away from playing in his 150th career AHL game. C Travis Morin he needs 3 GP for his 300th career AHL game and his 450th career pro game. RW Colton Sceviour needs 6 points to reach his 200th career pro point and 7 points for his 200th career AHL point. C Chris Mueller is 2 goals shy of his 100th career AHL goal. LW Francis Wathier needs 6 assists to record his 100th career AHL assist. C Justin Dowling is 8 GP away from his 150th career pro game. D Jamie Oleksiak needs 11 GP to reach his 100th career pro game.
Stars Week 6 Transactions:
November 12 – ADD – Hubert Labrie (D) – Reassigned by Dallas (NHL) from Idaho (ECHL).
November 12 – DELETE – Travis Morin (C) – Recalled by Dallas (NHL).
November 9 – DELETE – Hubert Labrie (D) – Reassigned by Dallas (NHL) to Idaho (ECHL).
November 8 – ADD – Kevin Connauton (D) – Assigned on conditioning loan by Dallas (NHL).
November 8 – DELETE – Aaron Rome (D) – Recalled from loan by Dallas (NHL).
Texas Stars Team Leaders:
Games Played: Seven Players Tied (14)
Goals: Colton Sceviour (11)
Assists: Travis Morin (14)
Points: Travis Morin (24)
Plus/Minus: Travis Morin (+11)
Penalty Minutes: Matej Stransky (23)
Power Play Goals: Chris Mueller & Colton Sceviour (4)
Short Handed Goals: Taylor Peters & Colton Sceviour (1)
Game-Winning Goals: Brett Ritchie (2)
Shots: Colton Sceviour (66)
Shooting Percentage: Scott Glennie (33.3%)
Saves: Cristopher Nilstorp (173)
Wins: Four Players Tied (2)
GAA: Jack Campbell (1.00)
Save Percentage: Jack Campbell (0.956)
Shutouts: Josh Robinson & Allen York (1)
The Stars are back in action on Wednesday, November 13th as they host the Abbotsford Heat for another Winning Wednesday presented by H-E-B at 7:30 p.m. at Cedar Park Center. 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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