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Texas Stars Game Preview 11.6.11
Texas Stars Game Preview 11.6.11
Texas Stars (5-5-0-0, 10 points) at San Antonio Rampage (4-5-0-0, 8 points)

The Texas Stars and the San Antonio Rampage meet for the second time this season. The Rampage took the season-series opener on October 20th, a 4-3 San Antonio win at Cedar Park Center. This marks the 24rd 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 14-7-0-2 record. The Stars are 9-2-0-1 in 12 games at Cedar Park Center against the Rampage. Texas is 5-5-0-1 all-time at AT&T Center.

The Stars recently returned from a four-game road trip, posting a 4-3 overtime victory over Toronto at home on Thursday night. The Stars were 2-2-0-0 on their recent trip. Texas is 2-3-0-0 on the road this season, having been outscored 22-16 away from home ice. The Stars lead the AHL with 17 power-play goals and a 34% conversion rate. Texas’ scoring has been spread out this season, with 12 first-period tallies and 13 second-period markers. The Stars have outscored their opponents 11-10 in the third period of play. The Stars are the top ranked offensive team in the Western Conference with a 3.80 goals per game average. The Stars have wins in four of their last six games.

San Antonio is coming off a 6-1 win at home Saturday night over Toronto. The win snapped a four-game losing skid for the Rampage. The Rampage concludes a six-game home stand on Sunday with Texas. San Antonio is 2-5-0-0 at the AT&T Center this season, having been outscored 23-15 by the visitors this season. Prior to its six-goal outburst on Saturday, San Antonio had struggled to score, ranking among the lowest scoring teams in the AHL. The Rampage has ten goals scored in the last five games. San Antonio has been outscored 29-23 this season, including an 11-5 differential in the third period.

Road Swing Ends on High Note
One of the longest road trips of the season is already in the rear-view mirror for Texas. The Stars returned from their four-game road trip after posting two wins and two losses. The Stars posted a 2-2-0-0 record last week with all the games coming on the road. Texas started the week with a 6-2 win in Rockford on Tuesday, followed up by a 5-3 loss in Peoria on Thursday. The Stars fell 2-1 in Chicago on Saturday and finished the week with a 5-3 win in Milwaukee on Sunday. The four-game swing spanned six days and stretched over 2,911 miles. The four-game trip matches a similar four-game roadie in mid-January as the longest road trip of the season.

Multiple players stood out on the road trip. Stars right wing Raymond Sawada collected a goal and six assists in the four away games. Texas winger Tomas Vincour had had a point in every game. Vincour scored a goal in the last three games of the road trip, including the game-winning goal in Milwaukee last Sunday. Over the course of the road trip, Vincour posted three goals and two assists. Centers Travis Morin and Ryan Garbutt each scored once and set up three others for four points. Rookie Matt Fraser had four goals in his last five games. In his two starts on the road, goalie Tyler Beskorowany was 1-1-0 with a 2.02 goals against average and a .930 save percentage.

October Rewind
In the first month of the season, the Texas Stars did a lot of things that had not been done in team history. In the month of October, the team scored 34 goals, topping the previous total of most goals to start a season. In 2010-11, Texas scored 25 goals in the first nine games. They needed 14 games to score their 34th goal. Through the first nine games, the current Texas Stars have surrendered 36 goals, the most allowed in one month of team play all-time. The 2009-10 team was the stingiest, allowing 19 goals in the first nine games. It took 20 games for the inaugural season Stars to allow the 36th goal. The 2009-10 and the 2010-11 team combined to score 15 power-play goals in their first nine games. The current Stars have 17 power-play goals, the most ever scored in one month of action by Texas.

What’s Ahead:
DATE OPPONENT TIME RADIO
Friday, November 11 vs. Abbotsford 7:00 PM 104.9 FM
Saturday, November 12 vs. Abbotsford 6:00 PM 104.9 FM
Sunday, November 13 at San Antonio 3:30 PM 104.9 FM
Friday, November 18 at Houston 7:35 PM 104.9 FM
Saturday, November 19 vs. Houston 7:00 PM 92.5 FM
*All times listed are central time
LAST THREE GAMES
Toronto 3 at Texas 4 OT 11/3/11
Cedar Park, TX - The Texas Stars defeated the Toronto Marlies 4-3 in overtime in front of 5,781 fans at Cedar Park Center on Thursday night. Texas left wing Francis Wathier scored the game-winning goal, 45 seconds into overtime to lift the Stars to victory. Texas forward Colton Sceviour set up the game-winning tally, as well as scored the team’s third goal of the night. The Stars held off a late charge from Toronto, which resulted in a 3-3 tie with less than a minute remaining in regulation. Marlies forward Ryan Hamilton forced the overtime with his second goal of the night. Stars rookie center, Scott Glennie posted his first career multi-point night with a goal and an assist. Texas forward Tomas Vincour scored for the fourth straight game, and Luke Gazdic set up two goals as the Stars improved to 3-2-0-0 at home this year. Marlies’ center Joe Colborne continued to pace the AHL in scoring, registering a goal and an assist. Texas goalie Richard Bachman stopped 31 of 34 shots in the overtime win. Toronto goalie Jussi Rynnas stopped 28 of 32 shots faced for the loss.

Texas 5 at Milwaukee 3 10/30/11
Milwaukee, WI – The Texas Stars defeated the Milwaukee Admirals 5-3 at the Bradley Center on Sunday afternoon. Texas right wing Tomas Vincour blasted a one-timer past Milwaukee goalie Jeremy Smith with 3:35 remaining in regulation to break a 3-3 tie and put the Stars in the lead for good. Texas forward Raymond Sawada was instrumental in the club’s second road win of the year, finishing with a goal and two assists. Travis Morin and Francis Wathier also added tallies as the Stars finished up their four-game road trip 2-2-0-0. Rookie Matt Fraser scored his team-leading eighth goal of the year and defenseman Philip Larsen added two assists in the victory. Texas goalie Richard Bachman stopped 22 Admirals’ shots in the win, while Jeremy Smith suffered the loss with 25 saves on 29 shots.

Texas 1 at Chicago 2 10/29/11
Chicago, IL – The Texas Stars were defeated by the Chicago Wolves 2-1 at Allstate Arena on Saturday night. Wolves center Darren Haydar scored both Chicago goals, including the game-winning goal with 4:39 remaining in regulation to lead Chicago past Texas. Stars forward Tomas Vincour scored the team’s lone goal, as Texas fell to 1-3-0-0 on the road. Chicago goalie Eddie Lack made 33 saves, missing a shutout by 3:51. Texas goalie Tyler Beskorowany stopped 20 shots in the defeat.

Texas Stars
Center Travis Morin and right wing Raymond Sawada lead Texas in scoring; both have nine assists and 12 points in ten games played. Morin is among the AHL leaders with seven power-play assists. Sawada and Morin are seven points back of the league lead in scoring. Rookie forward Matt Fraser is third in team scoring with ten points. He leads the team with eight goals scored and 41 shots on net. Fraser is tied for the AHL lead with five power-play goals and ranks among the best in the league for shots on net. Sawada is first in the AHL with nine power-play points, followed by Morin with eight.

Dan Spang and Philip Larsen lead all Texas defensemen in scoring. Larsen leads all defensemen with eight assists and nine points in eight games. Spang is second on the team in scoring by defenders with six assists and eight points in ten games played. Larsen is also tops in power-play assists for a defenseman, setting up five extra-man advantage tallies.

Forwards Tomas Vincour and Ryan Garbutt round out the top scorers for Texas. Vincour has eight points in nine games played. He has scored a goal in four straight games and is riding a five-game point streak. Garbutt has seven points in ten games. He is tied for first on the team with a +3 and is third with 27 shots on goal. Left wing Luke Gazdic leads the team in penalty minutes with 23, while Matt Fraser comes in second with 21 minutes.

Special Teams
The Texas power play was held off the board by Toronto on Thursday night, going 0-4. It marked only the third time in ten games that the Stars did not register a power-play goal. The Stars lead the AHL with 17 power-play goals and a 34% conversion percentage. The power play has connected for at least a goal in seven of the Stars first ten games. Six times the Stars have posted multiple power-play goals in a game this season. The team is 11 for the last 32. The Stars have killed off 14 of the last 18 penalties. Texas ranks 29th overall on the penalty kill at 73.3%. San Antonio is 5-of-41 on the power play this season, ranking 26th in the league at 12.2%. The Rampage trail only Texas for dead last in penalty kill rankings. San Antonio is ranked 30th with a 70.6% penalty kill completion percentage.

This Date in Stars History…. November 6
The Stars have played twice on November 6th, going 1-1-0-0 all-time on this date. On November 6th, 2009, the Stars posted a 4-0 shutout at home over the Manitoba Moose. Texas goalie Matt Climie made 24 saves as Texas improved to 5-0-0-1 in their last six. Stars Defenseman Ivan Vishnevskiy, forwards Aaron Gagnon, Greg Rallo and Perttu Lindgren each scored in the win… On November 6th, 2010, the Toronto Marlies claimed a 3-0 victory at Cedar Park Center. Marlies goalie James Reimer stopped all 32 Stars shots to notch his first win of the season. Toronto forward Ryan Hamilton opened the scoring in the first and Joey Crabb added an early goal in the third to secure the win.

The San Antonio Rampage
The Rampage is coming off its best performance of the season with a 6-1 win over the Toronto Marlies on Saturday night. Bracken Kearns and Evgeny Dadonov led the way for San Antonio. Dadonov scored twice, while Kearns scored a goal and added an assist as the Rampage ended a four-game losing skid. San Antonio scored once in the first period and carried a 3-0 lead into the third period of play. The Rampage came out firing the puck, outshooting the Marlies 14-5 in the first period of play.

Right wing Michal Repik leads the Rampage in scoring with six assists and eight points in nine games played. Repik scored a goal and set up two others in San Antonio’s 4-3 win at Cedar Park Center on October 20th. Repik was among the team leaders in Rochester in 2010-11. Last year in 53 games with the Americans, Repik set up 34 goals and totaled 45 points. He also played in 31 games with Florida, putting up six assists and eight points. Repik is second on the Rampage with 28 shots on goal.

Center Bracken Kearns leads the Rampage in goals scored with four. The second-year San Antonio forward is second on the team in points with six in seven games played. Kearns earned his first NHL call up earlier this season. He made his NHL debut for the Florida Panthers on October 20th. Kearns had 20 goals and 43 points in 70 games with San Antonio last year.

Colby Robak leads all Rampage defensemen in scoring with two goals and five points in nine games played. Robak scored the game-winning goal in San Antonio’s 4-3 win at Texas in October. Robak is a second-year pro who spent all of last season with Rochester. Robak scored seven goals and added 17 assists as a rookie. He was a second-round draft pick (#46 overall) of the Florida Panthers in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. He played junior hockey in Brandon with Texas Stars forward Scott Glennie.

Forwards Mark Cullen and Evgeny Dadonov round out the top scorers for the Rampage. Dadonov has three goals and four points in only six games played. Cullen has four assists in seven games played.

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. In his first nine games played, Rallo has one goal and two assists for three points.

San Antonio features 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 is 3-3-0 with a 3.24 goals against average and a .892 save percentage. NHL veteran Scott Clemenson is also on the roster. He was 8-11-7 in 31 games with Florida last year. Clemonson stopped 31 of 32 in Saturday night’s 6-1 win.
Posted on 11/06/11

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