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Texas Sets New Record with Seven-Game Winning Streak
Texas Sets New Record with Seven-Game Winning Streak

STARS WEEKLY (WEEK 14)

Stars Ring in the New Year with Three-Game Road Trip


2013-14 Record: 19-9-2-3, 43 points (13-2-0-1 Home, 6-7-2-2 Road), Second Place – West Division

Week 13 Recap:

The Texas Stars carried a five-game winning streak to their Week 12 trio of games. They tied two franchise records on Wednesday night for longest winning streak (6) and longest home winning streak (6) by beating the San Antonio Rampage 4-2 at Cedar Park Center. Travis Morin and Toby Petersen each scored in the first period and Francis Wathier poked in a loose puck mid-way through the second period to give the Stars a commanding 3-0 lead. Their advantage nearly evaporated when Garrett Wilson scored 61 seconds in the third period and then John McFarland scored at 3:51 to pull the Rampage within one. Jack Campbell and the Stars clamped down, held the lead and rookie Curtis McKenzie scored an empty net goal in the final minute.

The Stars then traveled to Oklahoma City for a two-game weekend series with the Barons at Cox Convention Center. On Friday night, former Stars goalie Richard Bachman was the man of the match, stopping all 39 shots he faced to shutout Texas 2-0. Andrew Miller and C.J. Stretch scored for the Barons in the second period as the Stars’ out-shot Oklahoma City 39-26 The win was Oklahoma City’s first shutout of the season and it kept the Stars for setting a new franchise record winning streak.

In Saturday night’s rematch, there would be no repeat of Bachman’s heroics. Travis Morin scored on the first shot of the game, just 23 seconds into the first period and then Oklahoma City’s Ryan Martindale tied the game 48 seconds later to release the Baron’s Teddy Bear Toss. Texas defenseman Ryan Button broke the deadlock with a power play goal at 18:47 of the first period, giving the Stars a 2-1 lead with his first career AHL goal. The Stars received a five-minute power play early in the second period when OKC’s Steve MacIntyre was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for butt-ending. The Barons surprised Texas with a shorthanded goal from Will Acton to tie the score at two, only for Taylor Vause to score a power play goal 44 seconds later to reclaim the lead. Vause’s goal, his first of the year, would turn out to be the game-winner, but Texas tacked on four more goals just to be safe. Morin scored his second goal of the game at 16:35, his 15th of the season, and then 39 seconds later Mike Hedden tipped-in a pass from Justin Dowling and a 5-2 Stars lead. Late in the third period Toby Petersen and Chris Mueller would score 40 seconds apart to complete a 7-2 blowout of the Barons. Mike Hedden finished with a game-high three points (1 goal, 2 assists), while Vause, Morin, Petersen and McKenzie all had two points.

Week 14 Preview:

Texas has won seven of its eight games in the month of December and became the fifth team in the AHL to reach the 40-point mark prior to the league’s holiday break. The Stars will return to action this weekend with a home-and-home series with the San Antonio Rampage. The two teams convene first on Friday, December 27th at 7:30 p.m. at AT&T Center. Texas is currently on an 18-game point streak against San Antonio (14-0-2-2), dating back to March 10, 2012. The Stars are also on a nine-game point streak at AT&T Center (7-0-2-0). The last time Texas lost at San Antonio in regulation was on January 27, 2012 when the Rampage beat the Stars 6-2.

The clubs will then travel back to Cedar Park Center on Saturday, December 28th at 7:00 p.m. for the back end of the home-and-home series. Saturday’s game is a Coke Zero Family Four Pack Night, a Texas Lottery Luck Row Night and it is the 2014 Texas Stars Calendar giveaway presented by The Parking Spot.

C Travis Morin (15-21-36) leads the AHL in points, is tied for third in the league in assists, is fourth in the league in goals and has seven points (4 goals, 3 assists) and a +2 rating in his last five games. LW Mike Hedden (10-10-20) ranks fifth on the team in points and has seven points (4 goals, 3 assists) and a +3 rating in his last seven games. LW Curtis McKenzie (11-14-25) ranks second in the AHL in rookie points, is tied for 18th overall in the league in points and has six points (3 goals, 3 assists) and a +1 rating in his last four games. C Chris Mueller (12 goals, 15 assists) is tied for eighth in the league in points and has five points (2 goals, 3 assists) in his last five games. C Toby Petersen (4-6-10) has four points (2 goals, 2 assists) and a +2 rating in his last four games.

Week 14 Schedule:
(All games are broadcast LIVE over the Internet at www.TexasStarsHockey.com and the free radio button of www.ahllive.com and can be viewed via internet pay-per-view video on www.ahllive.com. All times listed in Central Time)

Tuesday, December 31 – 6:00 p.m. – Cox Convention Center – Oklahoma City, OK
at Oklahoma City Barons (11-17-0-5, 27 pts.)
Tied-Fourth Place, West Division
• Team Notes: The San Antonio Rampage are currently on a four-game winless streak (0-3-0-1) and have won just one game in their last 11 (1-8-0-2), earned just four points and a 0.182 point percentage. The Rampage lost to Texas last Wednesday 4-2, then headed north where they were shutout by Milwaukee courtesy of a 34-save effort from Scott Darling and the Admirals’ power play, which finished 3-for-5. San Antonio then captured a point on Saturday in a 3-2 shootout loss at Iowa. This home-and-home series between Texas and San Antonio will be the last meeting between the two division rivals until January 29th at Cedar Park Center; the next meeting at AT&T Center is not until March 1st. Texas is currently on an 18-game point streak (14-0-2-2) against San Antonio; the Stars have not lost in regulation to the Rampage since March 10, 2012, a 4-3 defeat at Cedar Park Center. Goalie Rob Madore made his San Antonio debut last Wednesday at Texas. He appeared in all three games last week for the Rampage, starting two and coming on in relief of Michael Houser late in the second period of Friday’s game at Milwaukee. Madore is the fifth goalie to play for San Antonio, including Houser, Jacob Markstrom, Scott Clemmensen and Dov Grumet-Morris.
• Leading Scorer: Vincent Trocheck (C) – 22 points (11 goals, 11 assists) and a -2 in 28 GP.
• Leading Goaltender: Michael Houser (G) – 2.76 GAA, 0.905 save pct., 5-4-0, 0 SO in 9 GP.
• Who’s Hot: RW Jed Ortmeyer (5-6-11) is tied for sixth on the team in points and has four points (2 goals, 2 assists) in his last four games. C Drew Shore (0-15-15) leads the team in assists, ranks fourth in points and has six assists in his last six games. LW Garrett Wilson (8-6-14) is third on the team in goals, ranks fifth in points and has three goals and a +1 rating in his last five games.

Thursday, January 2 – 6:00 p.m. – Time Warner Cable Arena – Charlotte, NC
at Charlotte Checkers (14-17-0-1, 29 pts.)
Third Place, West Division

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Friday, January 3 – 6:00 p.m. – Time Warner Cable Arena – Charlotte, NC
at Charlotte Checkers (14-17-0-1, 29 pts.)
Third Place, West Division
• Team Notes: The San Antonio Rampage are currently on a four-game winless streak (0-3-0-1) and have won just one game in their last 11 (1-8-0-2), earned just four points and a 0.182 point percentage. The Rampage lost to Texas last Wednesday 4-2, then headed north where they were shutout by Milwaukee courtesy of a 34-save effort from Scott Darling and the Admirals’ power play, which finished 3-for-5. San Antonio then captured a point on Saturday in a 3-2 shootout loss at Iowa. This home-and-home series between Texas and San Antonio will be the last meeting between the two division rivals until January 29th at Cedar Park Center; the next meeting at AT&T Center is not until March 1st. Texas is currently on an 18-game point streak (14-0-2-2) against San Antonio; the Stars have not lost in regulation to the Rampage since March 10, 2012, a 4-3 defeat at Cedar Park Center. Goalie Rob Madore made his San Antonio debut last Wednesday at Texas. He appeared in all three games last week for the Rampage, starting two and coming on in relief of Michael Houser late in the second period of Friday’s game at Milwaukee. Madore is the fifth goalie to play for San Antonio, including Houser, Jacob Markstrom, Scott Clemmensen and Dov Grumet-Morris.
• Leading Scorer: Vincent Trocheck (C) – 22 points (11 goals, 11 assists) and a -2 in 28 GP.
• Leading Goaltender: Michael Houser (G) – 2.76 GAA, 0.905 save pct., 5-4-0, 0 SO in 9 GP.
• Who’s Hot: RW Jed Ortmeyer (5-6-11) is tied for sixth on the team in points and has four points (2 goals, 2 assists) in his last four games. C Drew Shore (0-15-15) leads the team in assists, ranks fourth in points and has six assists in his last six games. LW Garrett Wilson (8-6-14) is third on the team in goals, ranks fifth in points and has three goals and a +1 rating in his last five games.

Week 13 Game Results:

December 27, 2013 Texas 2 @ San Antonio 3 – SO
December 28, 2013 San Antonio 2 @ Texas 5

Stars Player of the Week: (Week 13)

Brett Ritchie – RW – #20 2 GP, 2 points (2 G, 0 A), +1, 7 PIMs
Rookie right wing Brett Ritchie entered Week 13 on an 11-game goal drought. The Orangeville, Ontario native snapped that streak by scoring in both games to help lead Texas to three points out of four against the San Antonio Rampage. Friday night at AT&T Center, Ritchie scored his first power play goal of the season, his fifth goal overall, when he one-timed a rebound past goalie Jacob Markstrom early in the first period in the Stars’ 3-2 shootout loss. He came up with another big goal against Markstrom on Saturday, this time he scored the game-tying goal with 5:12 remaining in the second period, sparking a four-goal outburst from Texas that lead to a 5-2 win. On the season, Ritchie ranks 14th amongst all AHL rookies with 20 points (6 goals, 14 assists), along with 31 penalty minutes, and he is one of just two players to play in a 33 of Texas’ games so far this year.

Stars Quick Hits:

• A NEW TEAM RECORD – The Texas Stars set a new club record by winning their seventh consecutive home game on Saturday, December 28th, a 5-2 victory over the San Antonio Rampage. Texas also has points in eight straight games at Cedar Park Center (7-0-0-1, 15 pts.) which is two games shy of the franchise record ten-game home winning streak set last season. In ten games from December 29, 2012 vs. Charlotte to February 15, 2013 vs. Oklahoma City the Stars posted a record of 8-0-0-2 (18 pts.).

• ON A RAMPAGE – Texas is currently carrying a 20-game point streak against San Antonio (15-0-2-3), taking 35 points out of 36 (0.889). The last time the Stars lost a regular season game to the Rampage in regulation was on March 10, 2012, a 4-3 loss at Cedar Park Center.

• CEDAR PARK STRONGHOLD – The Texas Stars are 13-2-0-1 at Cedar Park Center this season after beating San Antonio 5-2 last Saturday, extending their current home winning streak to seven games and their current home point streak to eight games (7-0-0-1, 15 pts.). The Stars lead the AHL in points on home ice (27), home wins (13), home point percentage (0.844) and home goal differential (+29).

• DIDN’T MISS A BEAT – Stars’ right wing Colton Sceviour missed six straight AHL games due to his first NHL call up of the season in Dallas. The Red Deer, Alberta native was leading the AHL in goals before he went to the NHL and when he returned last Saturday he was still on top, but his margin had dwindled. Sceviour picked right back up where he left off, notching an assist and scoring twice to become the first AHL player to reach the 20-goal mark this year. He has a four-goal cushion over the second best goal-scorer in the league.

• LOTS OF ADVANTAGES – The Stars had a season-high nine power play chances during last Saturday’s 5-2 win over San Antonio. Texas scored three times during the game to improve their AHL-leading power play percentage to 29.5% (110-for-110). The previous season-high came on October 20th when the team went 5-for-8 with the man-advantage during a 9-3 win over Abbotsford at Cedar Park Center.

• RECORD PACE – Right wing Colton Sceviour hit the 20-goal mark with two goals last Saturday against San Antonio. His career-high for goals in one season is 21, which he accomplished each of the last two seasons. Sceviour is currently on pace to shatter his career best by more than double.

• PENALTY KILL ROLLING – Texas is currently on a penalty kill streak, successfully killing off their last 15 power plays against, which spans the team’s last four games. The Stars have only allowed one power play goal against in their last 25 times being shorthanded (96.0%), over the last eight games. Texas currently ranks fifth in the AHL in penalty kill percentage (86.9%).

• LOTS OF GOALS – The Stars went 3-for-9 on the power play in Saturday’s 5-2 win over the San Antonio Rampage at Cedar Park Center, marking the 10th time in 33 games this season that they have scored two or more power play goals in a game. Texas has gone 6-for-17 on the power play (35.3%) in its last three games and leads the AHL in power play percentage (29.0%) and total power play goals (40).

• DOWLING-CENTENNIAL – Stars center Justin Dowling played in his 100th career AHL game on Friday at San Antonio. The Cochrane, Alberta native has 47 points (20 goals, 27 assists) in 101 career AHL games while playing for Texas and the Abbotsford Heat.

• BUTTON STREAK – Defenseman Ryan Button had to wait 69 games before he scored his first career AHL goal on December 21st at Oklahoma City. The Edmonton, Alberta native did not have to wait long for his second career goal, as he scored in his very next game, the game-tying goal with 1:40 left in the third period on December 27th at San Antonio, helping Texas rally to earn a point in a 3-2 shootout loss. Button has five points (2 goals, 3 assists) in 71 career AHL games with Texas and the Providence Bruins.

• FOUR HUNDRED AND COUNTING – Center Chris Mueller played in his 400th career professional hockey game on Saturday against San Antonio at Cedar Park Center. Currently in his sixth full season as a pro, the West Seneca, New York native has played in 354 career AHL games, 38 NHL games and eight ECHL games. Entering Week 14 action, Mueller is third on the Stars and tied for seventh in the AHL with 29 points (12 goals, 17 assists).

• CORNER ON STARS – Texas currently features four of the top 12 point leaders in the AHL. Travis Morin leads the league with 39 points, while Colton Sceviour is tied for second (33 pts.), Chris Mueller is tied for eighth (29 pts.) and Curtis McKenzie is 12th (28 pts.). McKenzie is the newest addition to the list; the rookie’s three-assist game against San Antonio last Saturday help vault him into 12th overall, while he also is second in the AHL in rookie points.

• APPROACHING STARS MILESTONES – D Maxime Fortunus is 2 GP away from his 300th career game with Texas and 6 GP away from his 600th career AHL game; he is 4 pts. away from his 200th career AHL point. C Travis Morin needs 3 pts. to record his 250th career AHL point. D Jyrki Jokipakka is 4 GP from his 100th career pro game. C Toby Petersen is 5 GP shy of his 550th career AHL game and 7 GP shy of his 950th career pro game. D William Wrenn is 6 GP away from his 100th career pro game. LW Mike Hedden needs 9 GP to reach his 300th career pro game and needs 7 pts. to reach his 100th career AHL point.

Stars Week 13 Transactions:

December 28 – ADD – Colton Sceviour (RW) – Returned on loan from Dallas (NHL).
December 27 – ADD – Brock Montgomery (LW) – Recalled from loan to Idaho (ECHL).
December 26 – ADD – Josh Robinson (G) – Recalled from loan to Idaho (ECHL).
December 24 – ADD – Maxime Fortunus (D) – Loaned by Dallas (NHL).

Texas Stars Team Leaders:

Games Played:              Justin Dowling & Brett Ritchie (33)
Goals:                            Colton Sceviour (20)
Assists:                          Travis Morin (23)
Points:                            Travis Morin (39)
Plus/Minus:                    Chris Mueller (+13)
Penalty Minutes:            Curtis McKenzie (51)
Power Play Goals:         Chris Mueller & Colton Sceviour (7)
Short Handed Goals:     Five Players Tied (1)
Game-Winning Goals:   Colton Sceviour (3)
Shots:                            Colton Sceviour (120)
Shooting Percentage:   Travis Morin (17.8%)
Saves:                           Cristopher Nilstorp (539)
Wins:                             Cristopher Nilstorp (9)
GAA:                             Jack Campbell (1.40)
Save Percentage:         Jack Campbell (0.947)
Shutouts:                      Josh Robinson & Allen York (1)

The Stars begin a three-game road trip by taking on the Oklahoma City Barons tonight at 6:00 p.m. 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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Posted on 12/31/13

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