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Texas Stars Reach the 40-Point Mark at AHL Holiday Break
Texas Stars Reach the 40-Point Mark at AHL Holiday Break

STARS WEEKLY (WEEK 13)
Stars Play Home & Home with San Antonio; Go for New Home Record Saturday

 
2013-14 Record: 18-9-2-2, 40 points (12-2-0-1 Home, 6-7-2-1 Road), Second Place – West Division

 

Week 12 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 13 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 12 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)

Friday, December 27 – 7:30 p.m. – AT&T Center – San Antonio, TX
at San Antonio Rampage (11-17-0-3, 25 pts.)
Tied-Fourth Place, West Division

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Saturday, December 28 – 7:00 p.m. – Cedar Park Center – Cedar Park, TX
vs. San Antonio Rampage (11-17-0-3, 25 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.

 

Week 12 Game Results:

December 18, 2013 San Antonio 2 @ Texas 4
December 20, 2013 Texas 0 @ Oklahoma City 2
December 21, 2013 Texas 7 @ Oklahoma City 2

 

Stars Player of the Week: (Week 12)

Toby Petersen – C – #19 3 GP, 3 points (2 G, 1 A), +1, 0 PIMs
Center Toby Petersen did not lead the Texas Stars in points during Week 12, but he was just one point off the pace and continued to be the ultimate team contributor. The Bloomington, Minnesota native scored two goals and added an assist during the Stars’ three games. He started with a key unassisted goal late in the first period of Wednesday’s 4-2 win over the San Antonio Rampage. However, Petersen’s biggest game of the week came on Saturday at Oklahoma City. With Texas’ blue line core running thin due to both injuries and NHL call-ups, Petersen offered to fill in a defense Saturday night, skating with Russ Sinkewich as the team’s third pairing. He assisted on the game-winning power play goal in the second period and later scored a goal of his own to help lead the Stars to a 7-2 rout of the Barons. On the season Petersen has 10 points (4 goals, 6 assists) in 28 games played.

 

Stars Quick Hits:

• LONESTAR DOMINATION – Texas is currently carrying an 18-game point streak against San Antonio (14-0-2-2), taking 32 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 12-2-0-1 at Cedar Park Center this season after beating San Antonio 4-2 last Wednesday, extending their current home winning streak to six games and their current home point streak to seven games (6-0-0-1, 13 pts.). The Stars lead the AHL in points on home ice (25) and home goal differential (+26). Texas leads the Western Conference and is tied for second overall in the league in point percentage (0.833).


• SO MANY “A’s” – Last weekend’s two-game series at Oklahoma City featured a rare moment with six “A’s” (alternate captains) in the lineup and no “C’s” (captains).  Texas captain Maxime Fortunus and Oklahoma City captain Anton Lander are currently called-up to their respective NHL affiliates in Dallas and Edmonton.

 

• ALMOST A NEW RECORD – The Texas Stars equaled the club records for longest winning streak and longest home winning streak when they extended both to six consecutive games with a 4-2 win over the San Antonio Rampage on December 18th at Cedar Park Center. The Stars fell one-game shy of breaking the team record for longest winning streak when they lost to the Oklahoma City Barons 2-0 last Friday at Cox Convention Center.


• ONE WIN AWAY – If Texas is victorious against the San Antonio Rampage on Saturday, December 28th at Cedar Park Center, the Stars will break their franchise record for longest home winning streak. It current stands at six-games, which tied a mark set during the 2012-13 season.

 

• AND THEN THERE WERE TWO – An injury to Jyrki Jokipakka suffered during Friday’s game at Oklahoma City held the Finnish defenseman out of Saturday’s rematch at Cox Convention Center. It was the first game Jokipakka has missed all season and it leaves just two players who have appeared in all 31 games for Texas in 2013-14: center Justin Dowling and rookie right wing Brett Ritchie. Five players have missed just one game for the Stars: Mike Hedden, Jyrki Jokipakka, Curtis McKenzie, Taylor Peters and Francis Wathier.


• A NEW ACCOUNT – Defenseman Ryan Button scored his first career AHL goal on Saturday night at Oklahoma City, helping the Texas Stars earn a 7-2 win over the Barons. Button’s goal was a power play strike at 18:47 of the first period, which at the time gave Texas a 2-1 lead. The Edmonton, Alberta native now has four points (1 goal, 3 assists) in 69 career AHL games; it was his ninth game for the Stars.

 

• QUINCENTENNIAL – Left wing Francis Wathier played in his 500th career pro game on Friday at Oklahoma City. The St. Isidore, Ontario native has played in 474 career AHL games, along with 17 ECHL games with Idaho and 10 NHL games with Dallas. Wathier has 194 career pro points (89 goals, 105 assists) and 659 penalty minutes.


• FIRST TIME SCORELESS – Former Texas goaltender Richard Bachman pitched a 39-save shutout of the Stars, carrying Oklahoma City to a 2-0 win on Friday at Cox Convention Center. It was the first time in the 2013-14 season that Texas has been held scoreless in a game and it was the first time since February 12, 2012 at Hamilton that the Stars have been shut out on the road; coincidentally Nathan Lawson had 39 saves that night in a 2-0 Bulldogs win. Friday’s loss was Texas’ first loss of December, it was the first Stars’ regulation loss when allowing three goals or less in a game and it was the first time the team had lost a road game in regulation to a West Division opponent (4-1-1-0).

 

• 350 GAMES – C Chris Mueller played in his 350th career AHL game last Wednesday at San Antonio. In 352 career AHL games, Mueller has 216 points (104 goals, 112 assists) and 170 penalty minutes. He also has 38 career NHL games on his resume, all with the Nashville Predators. Mueller is two games shy of his 400th career pro game.


• APPROACHING STARS MILESTONES – C Justin Dowling needs 1 GP to record his 100th career AHL game. C Chris Mueller is 2 GP away from his 400th 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 Jyrki Jokipakka is 6 GP from his 100th career pro game. D William Wrenn is 8 GP away from his 100th career pro game.

 

Stars Week 12 Transactions:

December 21 – DELETE – Anthony Nigro (C) – Released from PTO, returned to Idaho (ECHL).
December 19 – DELETE – Maxime Fortunus (D) – Released from SPC; signed one-year, two-way NHL contract with Dallas.
December 19 – ADD – Anthony Nigro (C) – Signed PTO, called up from Idaho (ECHL).
December 18 – ADD – Jamie Oleksiak (D) – Returned on loan from Dallas (NHL).
December 18 – ADD – Russ Sinkewich (D) – Signed PTO, called up from Toledo (ECHL).

 

Texas Stars Team Leaders:

Games Played: Justin Dowling & Brett Ritchie (31)
Goals: Colton Sceviour (18)
Assists: Travis Morin (21)
Points: Travis Morin (36)
Plus/Minus: Chris Mueller (+11)
Penalty Minutes: Curtis McKenzie (44)
Power Play Goals: Chris Mueller (7)
Short Handed Goals: Five Players Tied (1)
Game-Winning Goals: Colton Sceviour (3)
Shots: Colton Sceviour (116)
Shooting Percentage: Travis Morin (18.1%)
Saves: Cristopher Nilstorp (485)
Wins: Cristopher Nilstorp (8)
GAA: Jack Campbell (1.40)
Save Percentage: Jack Campbell (0.947)
Shutouts: Josh Robinson & Allen York (1)

 

The Stars will enjoy a five-day holiday break before completing their three-game road trip Friday, December 27th against the San Antonio Rampage at 7:30 p.m. at AT&T Center. Texas will return home to face San Antonio on Saturday, December 28th with a 7:00 p.m. face off at Cedar Park Center. Next Saturday’s home game against the Rampage is another Texas Lottery Lucky Row Night, a Coke Zero Family Four Pack Night and is the 2014 Texas Stars Calendar Giveaway night presented by The Parking Spot. 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 12/23/13

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