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TEXAS SPANKS ABBOTSFORD 6-1
Stars Host Abbotsford Again on Saturday at 7:00 PM

Cedar Park, TX – The Texas Stars (26-13-3-4, 59 points) defeated the Abbotsford Heat (21-20-4-3, 49 points) 6-1 on Friday night in front of 5,661 fans at Cedar Park Center. Five Stars scored a team-record six goals as the team improved to 14-6-1-2 at home. Stars winger Francis Wathier registered three points, scoring a goal and adding two assists in Texas’ first five-goal win this season. Defenseman Garrett Stafford scored twice, and centers Aaron Gagnon and Travis Morin also recorded a goal each. Texas goalie Matt Climie (12-13-3) stopped 36 of 37 Heat shots in the victory. The Texas Stars will host Abbotsford again on Saturday, January 30th at 7:00 PM.

Texas opened the scoring at 9:16 of the first period. Winger Francis Wathier sprung center Travis Morin for a breakaway. Morin fired a shot past Heat goalie David Shantz on the stickside, for an early 1-0 Texas lead. Center Greg Rallo also tallied an assist on Morin’s tenth goal of the year. Abbotsford countered at 12:35 when Jason Jaffrey poked in his own rebound, tying the game 1-1. Just 1:19 later, defenseman Garrett Stafford fired a shot and beat Shantz on the gloveside. The defenseman’s fourth goal of the season gave Texas a 2-1 lead.

The Stars increased their lead to 3-1 after Garrett Stafford scored his second goal of the night just 1:39 into the middle period. Stafford sent a shot from the right-wing corner and the puck bounced into the net off a Heat defender. At 4:04, center Aaron Gagnon redirected a shot from Ivan Vishnevskiy during a power play for a 4-1 Texas lead. Francis Wathier recorded his second assist of the night on Gagnon’s tenth goal of the season.

Texas extended their lead to 5-1 when Francis Wathier tipped in Ivan Vishnevskiy’s shot from the blueline during a power play. Wathier’s third point of the game came at 7:04 of the third period. Texas right wing Sergei Korostin scored at 12:36 for the 6-1 final score. Gagnon and Trevor Ludwig tallied assists on Korostin’s 11th goal this year, sealing the victory over the Abbotsford Heat.

Texas will host Abbotsford on Saturday, January 30th at 7:00 PM. The first 2,000 fans will receive a Texas Stars youth t-shirt. Also, fans may purchase the State Farm Family four-pack (four tickets, four sodas and four hot dogs for $44). On Saturday, Stars wives and girlfriends will be selling autographed pictures and pucks. All proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross International Relief Fund for the Haiti disaster. The team heads to Peoria on Sunday, January 31st for a game at 6:00 PM and then to Milwaukee on Tuesday, February 2nd for a game at 7:00 PM. All games can be heard on the Stars flagship station ESPNAustin 104.9 FM “The Horn” or ESPNAustin 1530-AM.

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.

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Posted on 01/29/10

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