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TEXAS CLOSES OUT REGULAR SEASON WITH 4-2 LOSS AT HOUSTON
TEXAS CLOSES OUT REGULAR SEASON WITH 4-2 LOSS AT HOUSTON
Stars Begin the Calder Cup Playoffs Friday at Home with Rockford



Houston, TX – The Texas Stars (46-27-3-4, 99 Points) were defeated by the Houston Aeros (34-33-7-5, 80 Points) 4-2 on Saturday night in front of 8,508 fans at the Toyota Center. The Aeros scored three goals in the last seven minutes of the game to erase a 2-1 deficit and give Houston its third win of the year over Texas. Stars forwards Warren Peters and Raymond Sawada each scored in the team’s regular season finale. Stars goalie Richard Bachman (4-4-0) stopped 39 of 42 Houston shots in loss, while Aeros’ goalie Anton Khudobin (14-18-4) stopped 17 Texas shots in the win. The Stars start the first round of the Calder Cup playoffs, hosting Game 1 against Rockford this coming Friday at 7:30 PM at Cedar Park Center.

After a scoreless first period of play, the Aeros scored the first goal of the night at 9:08 of the second period. J.M Daoust led a two-on-one rush into the Texas zone. Daoust found Andy Hilbert on the left wing for the 1-0 Aeros lead on his eighth goal of the season. Stars goalie Richard Bachman set a new team record for saves in a period, turning aside 23 Houston shots in the middle frame.

In the third period, the Stars scored twice in a 1:43 span to take their first lead of the game. Center Warren Peters scored his 20th goal of the year at 4:00 of the final frame. Peters’ power-play goal was assisted by Garrett Stafford and Richard Bachman. The Stars took a 2-1 lead at 5:43 of the third period when Raymond Sawada scored his eighth goal of the season. Sawada’s tally was set up by Peters and Andrew Hutchinson. Houston would start its rally at 13:08, when Nathan Smith tipped in his eight goal of the season for the 2-2 tie. Moments later, Carson MacMillan tipped a shot in front of the Texas net for his fourth goal of the season and a 3-2 Aeros lead. Danny Irmen scored an empty-net goal with 24 seconds left in regulation for the 4-2 final score.

The Stars will host Game 1 of the West Division Semi Finals on Friday, April 16th at 7:30 PM as they begin a best of seven first round playoff series with the Rockford IceHogs. Game 2 is at Cedar Park Center on Saturday, April 17th at 7:00 PM. The series shifts to Rockford for Games 3 and 4, as well as Game 5 if necessary. The series would return to Cedar Park Center for Games 6 and 7.

All games can be heard on the Stars flagship station ESPNAustin 104.9 FM “The Horn” or ESPNAustin 1530-AM.

To purchase a Calder Cup playoff package, which offers fans the same seat for all 16 possible home games, fans may call 512-GO-STARS. To rent a suite for a home playoff game or book a group, those interested may call 512-GO-STARS. Individual tickets for playoff games at Cedar Park Center also can be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000, visiting any Ticketmaster outlet or the Cedar Park Center box office, or online at ticketmaster.com.

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.



--Texas Stars--
Posted on 04/10/10

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