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STRONG SECOND PERIOD AND BALANCED SCORING LEADS TEXAS PAST HOUSTON 5-1
Texas Adds Forward Chris Neiszner Prior to the Game



Houston, TX – The Texas Stars defeated the Houston Aeros 5-1 on Saturday night in front of 4,919 fans at the Toyota Center. Texas scored four goals in the second period and cruised to victory, improving to 4-0-0-1 in the last five games. The Stars featured a balanced scoring attack with five different goal scorers. Defenseman Garrett Stafford, as well as forwards Perttu Lindgren, Colton Sceviour, Sergei Korostin and Tyler Shelast each scored in the win. Stars’ goalie Brent Krahn improved to 2-1-0-0 on the season, stopping 21 of 22 Houston shots. The Stars scoreless streak of 152:51 ended in the third period, as Texas allowed the only goal in regulation dating back to last Saturday’s first period in Houston. The Texas penalty kill remained perfect on the season with seven stops on Saturday night, improving to 23 straight penalty kills. Texas returns home on Tuesday at 7:30 pm to host the Lake Erie Monsters at Cedar Park Center.

After a scoreless first period, Texas erupted with four goals in the second period. The Stars started their scoring run just 5:45 into the period as Tyler Shelast tipped Brad Lukowich’s shot from the blueline. Francis Wathier also added an assist on the Stars first goal of the night. Less than five minutes later, Texas doubled the lead at 2-0. Stars center Perttu Lindgren scored off a rebound of a Travis Morin shot, notching his second goal of the season at 10:42. Texas continued the scoring spree at 13:50, as defenseman Garrett Stafford blasted a shot from the blueline past Houston goalie Anton Khudobin. Stafford’s first goal of the season was set up by Morin and Dan Jancevski, giving the Stars a 3-0 lead. Texas rookie center Colton Sceviour finished off the second period scoring with his first pro goal. Lindgren set up Sceviour, who finished a two-on-one rush to give Texas a 4-0 lead. The goal ended the night for Houston goalie Khudobin, who finished with 19 saves on 23 Texas shots.

In the third period, Houston ended the Stars scoreless streak at 152:51. Forward Jean-Michel Daoust scored from the slot at 8:17, cutting the Texas lead to 4-1. The Stars would take advantage of an empty Houston net late in the third. Forward Sergei Korostin scored his team-leading third goal of the year at 15:15 of the period for the 5-1 final score.

Prior to the game, the Stars added forward Chris Neiszner. The fifth-year pro has played three of the last four years in the ECHL for the Las Vegas Wranglers. Neiszner played in the AHL in 2005-06 and 2006-07 with Omaha. The 25-year old forward has played in 222 career games, scoring 61 goals and adding 68 assists for 129 points.

Texas will begin a three-game home stand on Tuesday, October 20th at 7:30 pm against Lake Erie. The Stars host the Monsters again on Friday, October 23rd at 7:30 pm. Cedar Park Regional Medical Center is the presenting sponsor of the game and will provide “Thundersticks” to the first 2,000 fans. On Saturday, October 24th, Texas will host the Hamilton Bulldogs at 7:00 pm. State Farm presents the Family Four Pack on the 24th of October, which includes four hockey tickets, four sodas and four hot dogs for $44.00. The first 2,000 fans to the game on Saturday receive a Texas Stars Sports bottle.

Tickets for any of the Stars 40 regular season home games at Cedar Park Center are on sale, starting as low as $9.00 a seat. Individual game tickets may be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000, by going online at www.ticketmaster.com or by visiting any local Ticketmaster outlet.

Season ticket packages to see the Stars play their Inaugural season at the Cedar Park Center are on sale now, starting as low as $12.00 a seat. 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.
Posted on 10/17/09

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