Sceviour Scores Twice; Becomes First in AHL with 20 Goals
CEDAR PARK, Texas – Travis Morin, Colton Sceviour and Curtis McKenzie each notched three points as the Texas Stars set a new team record for the longest home winning streak in franchise history, beating the San Antonio Rampage 5-2 on Saturday night in front of 6,082 fans at Cedar Park Center.
Texas struck first on an early power play when Travis Morin launched a wrist shot from the top of the circle that found its way through traffic and into the back of the net. San Antonio answered back just 25 seconds later when a puck thrown toward the net ricocheted off the body of Steve Pinizzotto and past goaltender Cristopher Nilstorp to tie the game at one. The Rampage took the lead late in the first when Bobby Butler was taken down on a breakaway and awarded a penalty shot, where he beat Nilstorp stick side with a quick wrister to put San Antonio ahead 2-1.
The Stars responded in the second when Chris Mueller carried the puck in on an odd-man rush and threw it on net, with Brett Ritchie tapping in the rebound for the goal, bringing the game to a 2-2 tie. Brendan Ranford then gave Texas the 3-2 lead when he took a cross-crease pass from Mike Hedden and redirected it into the goal. Ranford’s goal was the second of three power play goals for the Stars in the game. Texas extended the lead 75 seconds later when Colton Sceviour fired a shot from the left faceoff dot that bounced off of Rampage goalie Jacob Markstrom’s glove and arched into the net to make it a 4-2 Texas lead. Sceviour added another goal just 55 seconds later when he collected a pass from Curtis McKenzie, his third assist of the game, and buried a shot from the slot. Sceviour’s second goal of the night made him the first player to reach 20 goals in the AHL this season.
There was no scoring in the third period, but the intensity remained high as the two teams combined for 38 penalty minutes in the third period, including three fights. The two West Division rivals finished the game with four total altercations and 68 combined penalty minutes.
Cristopher Nilstorp stopped 22-of-24 shots faced to record his ninth win of the season in goal for Texas. Jacob Markstrom started, and finished, the game in net for San Antonio, making 23 saves on 27 shots and suffered his sixth loss of the year in 58:32 of action. Backup Michael Houser entered the game for the Rampage for final 1:28 of the second period and allowed one goal on three shots and took a no-decision. The Stars out-shot the Rampage 30-24 and went 3-for-9 on the power play. San Antonio was 0-for-5 with the man-advantage.
The Stars begin a three-game road trip by taking on the Oklahoma City Barons on Tuesday, December 31st for a 6:00 p.m. face off at Cox Convention Center. Texas will return home to face the Abbotsford Heat on Friday, January 10th with a 7:30 p.m. face off at Cedar Park Center. The January 10th game against the Heat is a $3 Draft Beer and $4 Robert Mondavi Private Selection Wine Night and is the Stars Cell Phone Dot giveaway. 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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