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Texas Stars Game Preview 10.15.11
Texas Stars Game Preview 10.15.11
Texas Stars (1-1-0-0, 2 points) at Oklahoma City Barons (1-1-0-0, 2 points)

The Texas Stars and the Oklahoma City Barons meet for the second time this season. Texas leads the series after taking the first game of regular season with a 7-0 win at Cedar Park Center last Sunday. The Stars and Barons will meet eight more times this season, including five more games at Cedar Park Center. Saturday’s game marks the 12th all-time meeting between the two teams. The Stars are 7-3-0-1 all-time against the Barons after going 6-3-0-1 in 2010-11. Texas is 3-2-0-0 all-time in five games at Oklahoma City. Last year, Texas finished 19-17-1-3 on the road, improving to 41-31-3-5 all-time over the first two seasons. Oklahoma City went 18-16-2-4 on home ice last year. The Barons host their first home game of 2011-12 season.

The Stars are coming off a 5-2 loss at home to the Houston Aeros on Friday night at Cedar Park Center. The Barons posted their first win of the year with a 3-2 victory at San Antonio on Friday night. In their only meeting this season, Texas goalie Richard Bachman made 21 saves for the shutout, a 7-0 victory over Oklahoma City. Rookies Matt Fraser and Brenden Dillon each have three points in one game against the Barons, leading all scorers in the season series. Oklahoma City goalie Yann Danis has an 8.47 goals against average and a .789 save percentage in one appearance against the Stars.

Larsen Joins Texas
The Dallas Stars announced on Friday that the club has assigned defenseman Philip Larsen to the Texas Stars, Dallas’ primary affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).

Larsen, 21, has appeared in 11 career NHL games with three points (3 assists) and a +2 rating. Dallas' fifth-round selection in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Larsen has appeared in three games this season with the Stars, averaging 13:30 time-on-ice per game. The 6-1, 190-pound defenseman from Esbjerg, Denmark, spent the majority of the 2010-11 season with the Texas Stars, appearing in 54 games and collecting 22 points (4 goals, 18 assists) as a rookie.

Dallas Assigns Glennie and Vincour to Texas This Week
The Dallas Stars assigned right wing Tomas Vincour on Wednesday and followed up by sending center Scott Glennie to Texas on Thursday.

Glennie joined the Texas Stars in April of 2011, playing in the team’s final four regular season games as well as the Calder Cup Playoffs. The rookie winger scored his first career playoff goal in six playoff appearances for Texas this past spring. He enters his first full season of professional hockey.

Prior to turning pro, he completed a four-year run with the Western Hockey League’s Brandon Wheat Kings. Glennie finished second in team scoring last season with a career-high 91 points, including 35 goals and 56 assists in 70 regular season games played. The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder was chosen by the Dallas Stars in the first round (8th overall) of the 2009 National Hockey League Entry Draft.

Tomas Vincour, a 6-2, 204-pound forward from Brno, Czech Republic, has appeared in 27 NHL games in his career with Dallas, collecting two points (1 goal, 1 assist). As a rookie in 2010-11, the 20-year old split time between the Texas Stars and the Dallas Stars. In 24 games with Dallas, he scored one goal and set up another. In 44 games with Texas, the right wing scored five goals and totaled 12 points. Dallas drafted Vincour in the fifth round (#129 overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

LAST GAME RECAP
Houston 2 at Texas 5 10/14/11
The Texas Stars were defeated by the Houston Aeros 5-2 in front of 5,361 fans on Friday night at Cedar Park Center. Texas center Travis Morin posted his 100th career point with Texas, surpassing the previous team record of 98 points set by Greg Rallo. Morin registered an assist on both Texas power-play goals. Stars’ right wing Ray Sawada had a multi-point night with a goal and assist. Defenseman Brenden Dillon also netted a goal for the Stars. Houston center David McIntyre scored twice, while right wing Jed Ortmeyer notched a goal and an assist. Texas goalie Richard Bachman (1-1-0) stopped 26 of 30 shots faced in the loss. Houston goalie Matt Hackett (2-0-0) stopped 34 of 36 shots for the victory.

What’s Ahead:

DATE OPPONENT TIME RADIO
Thursday, October 20 vs. San Antonio 7:30 PM 92.5 FM
Saturday, October 22 vs. Peoria 7:00 PM 104.9 FM
Tuesday, October 25 at Rockford 7:05 PM 104.9 FM
Thursday, October 27 at Peoria 7:00 PM 92.5 FM
Saturday, October 29 at Chicago 7:00 PM 104.9 FM
*All times listed are central time
A New Era Begins in Texas
When the Dallas Stars promoted Texas Stars Head Coach Glen Gulutzan to become the head coach of the NHL club, the Texas Stars were guaranteed a new beginning. Gulutzan picked up his first NHL coaching victory on October 7th, when the Dallas Stars defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 at American Airlines Center. With his departure comes the addition of new Texas Stars head coach Jeff Pyle from the Gwinnett Gladiators of the ECHL. Pyle enters his first season as a head coach in the AHL.

During his time with Gwinnett, Pyle posted a 309-210-57 record. He guided the Gladiators to the 2006 Kelly Cup Finals in his best season as head coach with a 50-15-7 record (.743), which also marked only the ninth time in the ECHL's 24-year history that a team achieved 50 wins. The Gladiators also compiled five straight 40-win seasons from 2003-08 with Pyle at the helm. Gwinnett qualified for the playoffs in six of Pyle’s eight seasons. Overall, his teams qualified for the playoffs nine out of 12 years in the ECHL.

Assistant Coach Paul Jerrard was also promoted by Dallas from Texas with Gulutzan. He was replaced by San Antonio Rampage Assistant Coach Jeff Truitt. Truitt brings a wealth of hockey experience to Texas, joining newly appointed Head Coach Jeff Pyle behind the Stars bench. He comes to the Stars after spending the 2010-11 season as an assistant coach with San Antonio, helping the Rampage post its best record in four seasons (40-33-4-5, 87 points).

Third Time is a Charm
Nine players return to the Texas Stars for their third season with the club. Forwards Luke Gazdic, Colton Sceviour, Raymond Sawada, Travis Morin, Francis Wathier and Mathieu Tousignant return for another season with the club. Defenseman Brad Lukowich and Maxime Fortunus are also back to lead the defense. Goalie Richard Bachman is also back for his third campaign in Cedar Park.

Sceviour is the team’s all-time leader for games played, having missed only three of the team’s 162 total games. He missed games while making his NHL debut for Dallas in February of 2011. He is fifth all time with 25 goals and he ranks fourth with 48 assists. He also is fifth with 73 points after posting career highs in 2010-11.

Morin and Wathier are tied for fourth on the team’s games played list with 146 games played. Morin is the club’s all-time leader in points (100) and assists (58). He surpassed Greg Rallo’s previous record of 98 points on Friday, October 14th. Wathier is fourth all-time in points (75) and goals (38), and third in penalty minutes (179).

Gazdic is the team’s all-time leader in penalty minutes, as well as major penalties. The third-year pro amassed 272 penalty minutes and 39 major penalties over 123 games in two years. He set career highs with nine goals and 17 points in 72 games last season. Sawada is also coming off a career year, where he yielded 11 goals and 18 assists for 29 points in 57 games played. Tousignant returns after posting career highs in goals (10), assists (13) and points (23) in 78 games played. Tousignant led Texas with 120 minutes in penalties last year.

Veteran defenseman Maxime Fortunus and Captain Brad Lukowich are both back to lead a defensive unit that has ranked in the top ten each of the last two seasons. Lukowich posted career numbers with 27 points in 67 games played with Texas. The two-time Stanley Cup Champ served as team captain in 2010-11. Fortunus is the Stars all-time leader for games, assists and points by a defenseman.

Goalie Richard Bachman set five teams records last season including wins, shutouts, saves, minutes played and appearances. The third-year pro is the Stars all-time leader in most goalie categories. Bachman is 32-23-5 all-time in 63 appearances with Texas. He has played 3,637 minutes, posting a 2.19 goals against average and a .927 save percentage with seven shutouts.

Returning Stars
Numerous other Stars skaters are returning for another tour of duty with Texas. Defenseman Dan Spang is back for his second season with the team, after setting the team mark for power-play assists in one season (18). Spang had one of the best offensive outputs for a blueliner in team history with 37 points in 77 games... After joining the team for the final ten games of the regular season and the 2011 Calder Cup Playoffs, Brenden Dillon (D) enters his first full season as a pro. He posted 59 points in his final junior year... Jordie Benn played his first full season in the AHL in 2010-11 with 12 points in 60 games... Winger Ondrej Roman returns for his second pro season after putting up 22 points in 72 games played as a rookie... Forward Stephen Schultz joined the Stars at the end of the regular season in March of 2011. He enters his first full pro season after posting 45 points at Colorado College in 2010-11... Goalie Tyler Beskorowany looks to improve on his first season. The netminder posted a 7-8-1 record with a 2.58 GAA and a .921 save percentage in 18 games with Texas in 10-11.

New Faces
Veteran center Tyler Arnason joins the Stars for the 2011-12 season. The former AHL rookie of the year (2001-02 Norfolk) is an 11th year pro with over 500 games of NHL experience between Chicago, Ottawa and Colorado. Arnason posted 15 points in 18 games while playing in Switzerland in 2010-11… Veteran winger Eric Godard joins Texas on assignment from Dallas. Godard spent last season with the Pittsburgh Penguins, picking up three assists and 110 penalty minutes over 19 games. The 12th year pro has seen action in over 300 NHL games and nearly 300 AHL games. He has 1,780 career penalty minutes in 615 career pro games…Center Ryan Garbutt joins Texas after scoring 19 goals and racking up 37 points in 65 games with the Chicago Wolves. Garbutt led the team with a +27 and was third with 118 penalty minutes…Rookie forward Matt Fraser had 36 goals in 66 games with the WHL’s Kootenay Ice last year. He followed up with 17 more in 19 playoff games… Forward Mike Hedden, who spent most of the 2010-11 season with Toledo (ECHL), is looking to play his first full season in the AHL…Rookie defensemen Jace Coyle and Hubert Labrie both turn pro after stellar junior careers. Coyle put up 28 points in 49 WHL games with Medicine Hat. Labrie missed a good chunk of the regular season in Gatineau with an injury. In nine games, Labrie posted seven points.

The Oklahoma City Barons
The Barons have experienced a fair share of roster turnover over the offseason. The top three leading scorers from last year have moved on. Leading scorer Alexandre Giroux (78 points in 70 games) bolted for the Columbus Blue Jackets. Second leading scorer Brad Moran (72 points in 72 games) left for Europe. Finally, Bill MacDonald, who led the AHL in goals scored with 42, departed for the Pittsburgh Penguins system.

The Barons return Teem Hartikainen and Milan Kytnar after their rookie campaigns last year. Hartikainen was fifth on the team with 17 goals and Kyntar finished with 13 tallies. Ryan O’Marra, a former first round pick of New York Islanders (15th overall in 05), split last season between Edmonton and Oklahoma City. O’Marra had 22 points in 53 games with the Barons, including 20 assists.

Defenseman Bryan Helmer is also back for his second season with the Barons. Helmer is a three-time Calder Cup Champion (Hershey 09 and 10, Albany 95). He is a veteran of 19 pro seasons and is the AHL’s all-time leader in playoff games played and games played by a defenseman. His 538 AHL points heading into tonight’s game are the highest in league history for a blueliner.

Ryan Keller and Josh Green were added by Oklahoma City. Keller captained the Binghamton Senators to the 2011 Calder Cup. The veteran right wing was second in playoff scoring with 23 points. He tallied 32 goals in the regular season. Green has played in over 300 NHL games with Edmonton, New York (Rangers and Islanders), Calgary, Washington, Vancouver and the Los Angeles Kings. He is in his 16th pro season. Rookies Tyler Pitlick and Curtis Hamilton are second round picks in 2010 that have turned pro this year.

Two veteran tenders, Yann Danis and David LeNeveu man the net for the Barons. Danis is an eighth year pro who won a Calder Cup with Hamilton in 2007. He was 8-17-3 with a 3.05 GAA and a .911 save percentage in 31 games last year in the KHL. LeNeveu is in his 9th year. He has appeared in 280 AHL games with Oklahoma City, Springfield, Iowa, Hartford, San Antonio and Utah.
Posted on 10/15/11

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