Colton Sceviour Scores Hat Trick, Sets New Single-Game Franchise Record with Five-Point Night
Colton Sceviour broke a single-game franchise points record by scoring five points, tallying a hat trick and adding two-assists as the Texas Stars scored eight unanswered goals in a 9-3 drubbing over the Abbotsford Heat Sunday night in front of 5,630 fans at Cedar Park Center.
Stars forward Mike Hedden opened up the scoring with an unassisted goal at 8:04 of the first period, capitalizing on a fluky bounce off the corner glass that ended with a tap-in at the top of the crease. Three minutes later Abbotsford answered back on a blast from the point by defenseman Tyler Wotherspoon to tie the game. Heat forward Greg Nemisz would give Abbotsford the lead 2-1 at 17:26.
Abbotsford doubled their lead at 8:23 of the second period on a shot from the high slot that eluded goaltender Cristopher Nilstorp. Travis Morin responded at 11:22 with his team-leading seventh goal of the season to cut the lead to 3-2, assisted by Colton Sceviour. That sparked a remarkable comeback that saw Texas score eight unanswered goals to rout the Heat. Five minutes later Chris Mueller tied the game at three with a power play goal, assisted by Sceviour and Brett Ritchie. Texas out-shot Abbotsford 16-to-8 in the second period.
The Stars continued to capitalize on the power play in the third period destroying the Heat penalty kill by scoring four times with the man-advantage. Mueller set up Curtis McKenzie for a tap-in at the top of the crease for a five-on-three power play goal at 2:06. Just 22 seconds later McKenzie sent a cross-ice pass to Sceviour to slam home from the right side of the net. He added his second goal of the game on another power play at 7:21 and defenseman Cameron Gaunce followed with a blistering one-timer from the point to make 7-3.
At 15:54 of the third period Sceviour would simultaneously break the franchise record for points in one game when he completed his hat trick with an even strength goal, assisted by Morin, for his fifth point of the night. With 14 seconds left in the game rookie Matej Stransky rounded off the scoring rally with his first pro goal, tucking in a shot from the left side of the net on another five-on-three power play and a 9-3 win.
Cristopher Nilstorp finished with 20 saves on 23 shots in goal for Texas to earn the victory. Laurent Brossoit took the loss for Abbotsford allowing nine goals on 42 shots. The Stars out-shot Abbotsford 42-23 in the game and went 5-for-8 on the power play. The Heat were 0-for-3 with the man-advantage.
Notes: Travis Morin extended his current regular season point streak to 13 games, which dates back to April 6, 2013 vs. Hamilton, scoring 26 points (11 goals, 15 assists) during that span. Morin currently leads the AHL in both points (15) and assists (8) and ranks second in the league in goals (7). Sceviour’s hat trick was the first by a Texas skater this season and the first since Justin Dowling accomplished the feat with three goals against San Antonio on January 26, 2013 at Cedar Park Center.
The Stars will carry their three-game winning streak into their next game, a match up with the Oklahoma City Barons on Wednesday, October 23rd at 7:30 p.m. at Cedar Park Center. It is the first H-E-B Night and first Winning Wednesday game of the season. 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.