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Texas Opens 2012-13 Season In First Place Of South Division
Texas Opens 2012-13 Season In First Place Of South Division
Stars Weekly: New Look Stars Prepare For First Three-In-Three Week

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

Week 1 Recap:
Texas opened the 2012-13 AHL season on the road against their closest geographic opponent, the San Antonio Rampage, Saturday night at AT&T Center. The team was riding the confidence of an unbeaten preseason, including two wins over San Antonio, but knew that their first regular season matchup with be an entirely different test. Newly appointed captain Maxime Fortunus scored the first Stars goal of the season just 4:49 into the first period and later on Toby Petersen doubled the Texas lead. For much of the second and third periods it appeared the Stars had the contest well in hand. New goaltender Cristopher Nilstorp was 56.4 seconds away from recording a shutout in his first career game in the AHL and in North America when San Antonio rookie David Shore poked in a loose puck to give the Rampage some life. Time was not on the host's side and the Stars were able to hang on for a 2-1 victory.

Sunday night at Cedar Park Center the Charlotte Checkers came to town for the first meeting with the Stars since the new South Division was formed in the off season. After an exciting, but scoreless first period, Zach Boychuk and Cody Eakin traded goals in the second frame. Charlotte really put Texas in a hole when Riley Nash and Bobby Sanguinetti each scored power play goals early in the third period for a 3-1 Checkers lead. Cam Barker answered back with a blistering power play goal to just the deficit in half and Eakin delighted to home crowd with a stunning shorthanded goal to tie the game with 4:42 remaining in regulation. The teams then produced a nail-biting nine round shootout. With the shootout even at 1-1 after three roudns, Texas goalie Jack Campbell and Charlotte’s Dan Ellis put on a show by denying the next ten shooters. Defenseman Jordie Benn beat Ellis in the ninth round and Campbell turned away Sanguinetti’s effort to clinch the 4-3 win.

Week 2 Preview:
The Stars are riding a modest two-game winning streak, but will face a physical and mental test in Week 2 as they encounter their first three-in-three (three-games in three-nights). Texas will travel east to Toyota Center on Friday night to face Houston at 7:05 p.m. The two teams will then reconvene on Saturday night at Cedar Park Center for a 7 p.m. puck drop in the second half of a home-and-home series. Saturday night the Stars are giving away 2,500 Fleece Jersey Scarves presented by H-E-B. Texas will complete its week with a Sunday 5:00 p.m. matinee as the team hosts the Lake Erie Monsters for the first time this season. Sunday is Pucks and Paws night, where fans can bring their dogs to the game and sit in special designated areas of the building. Tickets for the Pucks and Paws section are $10 for humans and $5 for dogs and they much be purchased through Peter Norosky in the Stars Ticket Office at either 512-600-5010 or pnorosky@texasstarshockey.com.

Week 2 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.)

Friday, October 19 – 7:05 pm – Toyota Center – Houston, TX
@ Houston Aeros (0-2-0-0, 0 pts)
Fifth Place, South Division


Saturday, October 20 – 7:00 pm – Cedar Park Center – Cedar Park, TX
vs. Houston Aeros (0-2-0-0, 0 pts)
Fifth Place, South Division

• Team Notes: The Aeros could easily have started the season 2-0-0-0, but instead found themselves on the wrong end of two low scoring games to open the 2012-13 campaign. Saturday night at home they trailed Charlotte 2-1 until the final minute of play, when Jerome Samson scored an empty net goal to seal the victory for the Checkers. The outcome could have been different, but Houston finished 0-for-6 on the power play. The Aeros had better special teams success on Sunday as they traveled to San Antonio. They were 2-for-9 on the power play and were tied deep in the third period when Rampage defenseman Colby Robak scored the game-winner at 13:24 to give the hosts a 3-2 win.
• Leading Scorer: Charlie Coyle (F) & Jason Zucker (LW) – Both had 2 points (1 goal, 1 assist) in 2 GP.
• Leading Goaltender: Matt Hackett (G) – 2.53 GAA, 0.923 save pct., 0-2-0 in 2 GP.
• Who’s Hot: Jonas Brodin (D) – 1 goal and a +1 rating in his first two games played. Charlie Coyle (F) – 2 points (1 goal, 1 assist) and a +1 rating in his first two games played. Jason Zucker (LW) – 2 points (1 goal, 1 assist) and a +1 rating in his first two games played.

Sunday, October 21 – 5:00 pm – Cedar Park Center – Cedar Park, TX
vs. Lake Erie Monsters (2-1-0-0, 4 pts)
Second Place, North Division

• Team Notes: The Monsters had a grueling three-in-three game schedule to open the 2012-13 season, starting with a two-game home stand against the pre-season #1 ranked Oklahoma City Barons. Lake Erie surprised the Barons with a 2-1 win on Friday night as goaltender Sami Aittokallio stopped 29-of-30 shots faced in front of 12,011 fans at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. The next night the Monsters again battled tough against Oklahoma City, but defenseman Justin Schultz broke a 2-2 tie with 3:34 left in the third period to give the visitors a 3-2 win. Lake Erie goaltender Calvin Pickard was the star of the show on Sunday as the team went to Toronto and blanked the Marlies 4-0 at Ricoh Coliseum. Toronto outshot the Monsters 40-18, but Pickard was outstanding and the team was a perfect 12-for-12 on the penalty kill.
• Leading Scorer: Thomas Pock (D) – 4 points (1 goal, 3 assists) and a +1 in 3 GP.
• Leading Goaltender: Calvin Pickard (G) – 1.51 GAA, 0.958 save pct., 1-1-0 in 2 GP.
• Who’s Hot: Thomas Pock (D) – 4 points (1 goal, 3 assists) and a +1 rating in his first three games played; he is currently tied for the AHL lead in assists and tied for 2nd in the AHL in points. Tyson Barrie (D) – On a two-game goal streak and has 2 goals and a +3 rating in his last two games played. Paul Carey (LW) – 3 points (1 goal, 2 assists) and an Even rating in his last two games played.

Week 1 Game Results:
October 13, 2012 Texas 2 @ San Antonio 1
October 14, 2012 Charlotte 3 @ Texas 4 - SO

Stars Player of the Week: (Week 1)
Cody Eakin – C – #20 2 GP, 3 points (2 G, 3 A), +2, 4 PIMs
Center Cody Eakin began the 2012-13 season with a bang, tallying three points (2 goals, 1 assist) in two games as Texas swept their opening weekend. The Winnipeg, Manitoba native had a hand in the Stars first goal of the campaign as he set up Maxime Fortunus’ first period goal on Saturday night at San Antonio. Then in Texas’ home opener, Eakin scored twice, including a stellar shorthanded goal with five minutes left in the third period which tied the game, forced overtime and ultimately led to a shootout win for the Stars. Eakin currently leads the Stars in goals (2), points (3) and plus-minus (+3) and finds himself tied for third in the AHL in goals and sixth in the league in points.

Stars Quick Hits:
• DEBUTS – Multiple debuts were made by Stars players during the team’s season opener last Saturday at Houston. Goalie Cristopher Nilstorp and defenseman Patrik Nemeth each made their North American and AHL debuts. Left wing Reilly Smith and defenseman Jamie Oleksiak each made their AHL debuts; it was also Oleksiak’s first pro game. Center Cody Eakin, defenseman Cam Barker and left wing Antonie Roussel all played their first games in a Texas Stars uniform.

• HOME SWEET HOME – With a come-from behind 4-3 shootout win over Charlotte on Sunday night the Stars maintained their perfect franchise record in home openers. Texas is now 4-0-0-0 in each of their four home openers and have out-scored their opponents 19-9. Three of the four wins required extra time with two overtime wins and a nine-round shootout.

• THE 200 CLUB – Left wing Mike Hedden played in his 200th career Pro game on Sunday against Charlotte. He has 121 career points (70 goals, 51 assists); it was also his 77th career AHL game – 71 of those games have come in a Stars jersey.

• APPROACHING MILESTONE – Left wing Luke Gazdic is one game shy of reaching his 200th career AHL game. The Toronto, Ontario native has 44 points (23 goals, 21 assists) and 369 penalty minutes in his AHL career, all while playing for Texas.

• NEW ACCOUNTS – Rookies Reilly Smith and Jamie Oleksiak each played in their first AHL games last Saturday in San Antonio. Then on Sunday at home against Charlotte both players recorded assists for their first career professional points.

• IT’S BEEN A WHILE – Defenseman Cam Barker produced a scorching power play goal from the blue line that sparked a third period comeback in Sunday night’s 4-3 shootout win over Charlotte. It was Barker’s first goal for the Stars and his first AHL goal in nearly four years. The Winnipeg, Manitoba native last scored in the AHL on October 18th, 2008 against Milwaukee while playing for the Rockford IceHogs.

Stars Recent Transactions
October 16 – DELETE – Hubert Labrie (D) – Reassigned by Dallas (NHL) to Idaho (ECHL).
October 11 – ADD – Cam Barker (D) – Signed PTO.
October 11 – ADD – Taylor Vause (C) – Signed PTO.
October 8 – DELETE – Tyler Beskorowany (G) – Reassigned by Dallas (NHL) to Idaho (ECHL).
October 8 – DELETE – Tristan King (F) – Reassigned by Dallas (NHL) to Idaho (ECHL).
October 8 – DELETE – John Ryder (D) – Loaned to Idaho (ECHL).
October 8 – DELETE – Andrew Carroll (C) – Released from training camp PTO.
October 8 – DELETE – Jacob Cepis (C) – Released from training camp PTO.
October 8 – DELETE – Austin Fyten (LW) – Released from training camp PTO.
October 8 – DELETE – Matt Case (C) – Released from training camp PTO.

Texas Stars Team Leaders:
Games Played: 17 players tied (2)
Goals: Cody Eakin (2)
Assists: Tomas Vincour (2)
Points: Cody Eakin (3)
Plus/Minus: Cody Eakin (+3)
Penalty Minutes: Brenden Dillon (7)
Power Play Goals: Cam Barker (1)
Short Handed Goals: Cody Eakin (1)
Game-Winning Goals: Toby Petersen (1)
Shots: Tomas Vincour (14)
Shooting Percentage: Cody Eakin (66.7%)
Saves: Jack Campbell (27)
Wins: Jack Campbell & Cristopher Nilstorp (1)
GAA: Cristopher Nilstorp (1.00)
Save Percentage: Cristopher Nilstorp (0.947)

Next up for the Stars is a road trip to Houston on Friday, October 19th for a 7:05 pm faceoff with the Aeros at Toyota Center. Texas will then return home on Saturday, October 20th as they will again do battle with Houston, this time at Cedar Park Center at 7:00 p.m. The first 2,500 fans entering the building on Saturday will receive a Fleece Jersey Scarf presented by H-E-B. Pro-rated 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 10/18/12

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