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Texas Stars Game Preview 10.20.11
Texas Stars Game Preview 10.20.11
San Antonio Rampage (2-1-0-0, 4 points) at Texas Stars (1-2-0-0, 2 points)

The Texas Stars and the San Antonio Rampage meet for the first time this season. This marks the 23rd all-time meeting between the two teams that will play a total of 12 games this season. San Antonio will host Texas six times, while the Rampage visits the Stars five more times this year. Texas posted a 6-2-0-2 mark over San Antonio in 2010-11 and they own the all-time series with a 14-6-0-2 record. The Stars are 9-1-0-1 in 11 games at Cedar Park Center against the Rampage. Texas is 5-5-0-1 all-time at AT&T Center. The Stars are coming off a 10-1 loss in Oklahoma City on Saturday night. Texas is coming off back-to-back losses where the team has been outscored 15-3 over that span. San Antonio is coming off a 4-3 shootout win at Houston on Saturday night.

San Antonio returns two skaters who played against Texas in 2010-11. Center Bracken Kearns played in nine games and was the leading scorer against Texas. He netted one goal and three assists for four points. Defenseman Nolan Yonkman played in seven games, amassing 13 penalty minutes and two assists. Former Texas Star Greg Rallo played in ten games against San Antonio registering eight points overall. Aaron Gagnon played in eight games with six points. Texas goalie Richard Bachman had a 4-1-1 record in six games against the Rampage. Bachman generated a .915 save percentage and a 2.46 goals against average. Goalie Tyler Beskorowany also minded the net against the Rampage. Beskorowany had a .949 save percentage and a 1.46 goals against average while going 0-1-1.

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.

What’s Ahead:

DATE OPPONENT TIME RADIO
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
Sunday, October 30 at Milwaukee 3:00 PM 92.5 FM
*All times listed are central time
LAST THREE GAMES
Texas 1 at Oklahoma City 10 10/15/11
The Texas Stars were defeated by the Oklahoma City Barons 10-1 in front of 5,554 fans on Saturday night at the Cox Convention Center. Barons’ winger Ryan Keller led the charge with two goals and two assists, as Oklahoma City enjoyed multi-point nights from ten different skaters. The Barons offense posted three goals in the first period and six more in the second period to take a nine-goal lead through two periods of play. The loss takes Texas below .500 for the first time since the team dropped the first game in team history on Friday, October 2nd, 2009. Left wing Francis Wathier scored the team’s lone goal. Stars goalie Tyler Beskorowany gave up five goals on 20 shots in 43:12 of work, while Richard Bachman surrendered five goals on 13 shots in 16:48 of play. Barons’ goalie Yann Danis won his first game of the year with 27 saves.

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 stopped 26 of 30 shots faced in the loss. Houston goalie Matt Hackett stopped 34 of 36 shots for the victory.

Oklahoma City 0 at Texas 7 10/9/11
The Texas Stars defeated the Oklahoma City Barons 7-0 in front of 6,295 fans on Sunday, October 9th, at Cedar Park Center. Texas goalie Richard Bachman stopped all 21 shots faced for his first shutout of the year. Four Texas skaters had multi-point nights as the team posted seven goals on Opening Night. Left wing Matt Fraser registered two goals and an assist. Defensemen Brenden Dillon tallied three assists and Jordie Benn notched a goal with an assist in the win. Fellow defender Dan Spang scored once and set up another in the lopsided game. The Stars netted two power-play goals within 15 seconds of each other during the first period and scored six goals in the first 40 minutes of play. Oklahoma City goalie Yann Danis suffered the loss after stopping 15 of 19 shots before he was pulled 28 minutes in. David LeNeveu relieved him and finished with 10 of 13 shots in 31 minutes of play.

Record Breaker
Last Saturday night in Oklahoma City, the Stars suffered the worst loss in franchise history at 10-1. The team had three records broken in the lopsided defeat. The Stars set a new team mark with ten goals allowed in one game. The previous record was eight goals allowed in one game at Rockford on December 8th, 2010 – an 8-5 defeat to the Ice Hogs. Texas allowed a team-record six goals in the second period of Saturday night’s game at Oklahoma City. The Stars allowed five goals in the second period of their game at Rockford on December 8th, 2010. Prior to Saturday night, the Stars largest margin of defeat was five goals, suffered in a 6-1 loss at Oklahoma City on November 5th, 2010.

Morin and Milestones
In Texas’ 5-2 loss to Houston at home on Friday night, the Stars saw Travis Morin become the club’s all-time scoring leader. Morin set up the team’s first goal of the night at 5:11 of the first period. The assist gave Morin 99 career points with the Stars, surpassing the previous record of 98 set by Greg Rallo (09-11). In the second period, Morin assisted on Ray Sawada’s goal at 5:53, making him the first Texas Stars skater to reach 100 points with the team. In his first 152 games with Texas, Morin has a franchise-leading 59 assists and 100 points. Morin will skate in his 300th professional game on Saturday against Peoria. Left wing Francis Wathier (77 points) and forward Colton Sceviour (73 points) are the closest active players to reaching 100 points with the team. Captain Brad Lukowich plays in his 100th game as a Texas Star against San Antonio on Thursday.

Texas Stars
Two Texas skaters have averaged over a point a game in the regular season. Defensemen Brenden Dillon and Dan Spang have each accrued four points in three games played. Both have scored a goal and provided three assists. Matt Fraser leads Texas with two goals this season and he is tied for second in points with three. Fraser scored both of his first two professional goals in the season opening 7-0 win over Oklahoma City on October 9th. Mathieu Tousignant leads the team in penalty minutes with 12, while Ryan Garbutt comes in second with eight minutes.

Dillon and Spang rank among the highest scoring defensemen in the AHL, with both Stars sitting tied for third in the league. Spang currently sits in second for most power-play points in the league with three. Among the league’s rookies, Dillon is 10th in points with four. Fraser is currently tied with two other rookies for the rookie leader in most shots on goal with 17.

October 20th… This Date in Stars History
Texas Stars left wing Francis Wathier was recalled by the Dallas Stars on October 20th, 2009. It marked his first NHL call up and he made his NHL debut two days later…Texas has played one game on October 20th in team history. On October 20th, 2009, the Stars suffered their first shutout in team history, a 4-0 loss on a Tuesday night at Cedar Park Center.

Good Starts
Texas started the 2010-11 season with a 6-4-0-0 record in the first ten games played. Texas had a 3-3-0-0 record at home and a 3-1-0-0 record on the road to begin the season. In its inaugural season, Texas posted a 6-2-0-2 record in the first ten games played. The team also posted identical home and away records during that time, 3-1-0-1.

The San Antonio Rampage
After the 2010-11 season, the Phoenix Coyotes changed their AHL affiliation to the Portland Pirates. The Rampage had been affiliated with the Coyotes since 2005. On June 29, the Florida Panthers moved their AHL affiliation from the Rochester Americans to the San Antonio Rampage. This is the second time in franchise history that the Rampage has been the Panthers’ farm team. They were affiliated from 2002-05.

Because of the affiliation changes, San Antonio has undergone a coaching change. Chuck Weber serves as the new head coach as he enters his second year in the AHL. In 2010-11 Weber posted a 31-39-10 record with the Rochester Americans. Prior to his jump to the AHL, Weber led the Cincinnati Cyclones to two Kelly Cup championships between 2006-10. He has more playoff wins (45) than any other coach in ECHL history and was named ECHL Coach of the Year in 2007-08.

Jason Cipolla has taken over for Jeff Truitt as assistant coach. This is Cipolla’s fifth year as an AHL assistant. He spent the previous four seasons with the Rochester Americans and helped lead the team to a playoff berth in 2009-10. Cipolla played in 299 AHL games, registering 62 goals and 102 assists with the St. John’s Maple Leafs, Manitoba Moose and the Rochester Americans. In 1997 he won the ECHL’s Kelly Cup Championship with the South Carolina Stingrays.

The Rampage has a number of new players this season, with only two skaters returning from the 2010-11 squad. Leading scorer Alexandre Picard (24 goals in 59 games) left for the Norfolk Admirals. Second leading scorer Brett MacLean (50 points in 51 games) joined the Winnipeg Jets. Matt Beaudoin (51 points in 63 games) and Matt Watkins (35 points in 64 games) both left for the Portland Pirates.

Center Bracken Kearns is the only top scorer to return from last year. Kearns was fourth on the team in goals (20), third in assists (23) and fourth in points (43). In three games this season, Kearns has three goals for three points. Kearns is second best in the league for shooting percentage at 60 percent. Defenseman Nolan Yonkman returns from last year’s roster. Yonkman split time between San Antonio and Phoenix. He played in 56 games for San Antonio, registering 104 penalty minutes. In 16 games with the Phoenix Coyotes, he racked up 39 penalty minutes.

Over the off-season, the Rampage added former Texas Stars’ forward Greg Rallo to their roster. Rallo was the overall points leader for Texas in 2010-11 with 54. He also led the team with 26 goals, including 10 power-play goals and seven game-winning goals. In his 252 AHL games, Rallo has tallied 121 points (56g, 65a) with Albany, Rockford, Manitoba and Texas. Veteran Steven Reinprecht also joins the squad. Reinprecht has played in 663 NHL games, racking up 382 points (140g, 242a). This is his first AHL season and his 12th professional season.

San Antonio will feature two new goaltenders this season. Brian Foster joins the team from the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL where he posted an 11-6-1 record in 19 games. Foster leads the AHL with two shootout wins and is second in the league with a 0.933 shootout percentage. Tyler Plante hails from the Rochester Americans where he had a 13-17-2 record in 35 games played in 2010-11. In the same year, he was named the Reebok/AHL player of the week for in late February after stopping 156 of 165 shots faced (.945).
Posted on 10/20/11

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