STARS WEEKLY (WEEK 4)
Stars Carry Three-Game Winning Streak into Week 4 Action
2013-14 Record: 4-1-1-0, 9 points (3-1-0-0 Home, 1-0-1-0 Road), First Place – West Division
Week 3 Recap:
The Texas Stars stormed back into action this week, following an eight-day layoff after their opening weekend. In a flurry of roster moves, Texas received NHL defenseman Aaron Rome on a conditioning loan, while Dallas recalled goaltender Jack Campbell after starter Kari Lehtonen suffered a minor injury. Texas recalled goalie Josh Robinson from the ECHL’s Idaho Steelheads and sent Taylor Vause, Ryan Button and Hubert Labrie to Boise.
The Stars began the week by hitting the road for the first time in 2013-14. Texas traveled to Oklahoma City last Tuesday and battled into extra time to earn a point in 2-1 overtime loss to the Barons. The Stars then went to San Antonio on Friday and secured their first road victory of the season, 3-1, on goals by Chris Mueller, Brendan Ranford and Travis Morin; it was Ranford’s first pro goal. Saturday night the two teams met again, this time at Cedar Park Center, and Josh Robinson made his AHL debut in goal for Texas. Robinson stopped all 26 shots he faced, while Morin, Mueller and Ranford scored for the second straight game and the Stars went 3-for-7 on the power play in a 6-0 rout of the Rampage.
Sunday’s home game against Abbotsford started off slowly, as the Heat overcame an early Mike Hedden goal to take a 3-1 at 8:23 of the second period. Texas then rallied in record-breaking fashion, scoring eight unanswered goals to demolish Abbotsford 9-3. Colton Sceviour set a new single-game franchise record with five points (3 goals, 2 assists), Morin had four points and Mueller had three as they both extended their goal streaks to three games. The power play was in full swing by going 5-for-8 on the power play, four of those coming in a record-tying six-goal third period. Rookie Matej Stransky picked up his first pro goal with 14 seconds left in regulation, the team’s ninth goal of the night, which set a new Stars record for most goals in a game.
Week 4 Preview:
This week Texas will play three games, beginning on Wednesday, October 23rd against the Oklahoma City Barons at 7:30 p.m. at Cedar Park Center. It is the first of six visits by the Barons to Cedar Park in 2013-14 and marks the first H-E-B Night and first Winning Wednesday of the new season. The Stars will then hit the road for their longest trip of the year, a 10-day, five-game foray that spans two weekends of AHL action. Texas will depart from Austin on Friday and will fly north to face the Milwaukee Admirals on Saturday, October 26th at 7:00 p.m. at BMO Harris Bradley Center in Wisconsin. The Stars will complete their Week 4 schedule on Sunday, October 27th against the Rockford IceHogs with a 4:00 p.m. afternoon matinee at BMO Harris Bank Center in western Illinois.
On Monday, Travis Morin was named the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for Week 3, following a dazzling nine-point week (4 goals, 5 assists) in four games. Also on Monday, Dallas recalled defenseman Aaron Rome from his conditioning loan, activated goalie Kari Lehtonen from injured reserve and returned goaltender Jack Campbell to Texas. Will Campbell back in Cedar Park, goalie Josh Robinson was sent back to the Idaho Steelheads.
Center Travis Morin (7-8-15) is currently on a 13-game point streak (11-15-26) dating back to April 6th vs. Hamilton; he leads the AHL in assists and points and is tied for third in plus-minus (+7). Center Chris Mueller (3-5-8) is on three-game goal and point streaks and has eight points (3 goals, 8 assists) and a +4 rating during that span. Right wing Colton Sceviour (5-4-9) ranks second in the AHL in shots (25), he is tied for second in plus-minus (+8), is tied for third in goals and is tied for fourth in assists. Left wing Curtis McKenzie (2-3-5) is tied for fourth amongst all AHL rookies in points and has five points (2 goals, 3 assists) and a +2 rating in his last four games.
Week 4 Schedule:
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Wednesday, October 23 – 7:30 p.m. – Cedar Park Center – Cedar Park, TX
vs. Oklahoma City Barons (3-3-0-1, 7 pts.)
Tied-Second Place, West Division
Team Notes: Oklahoma City lost its first three games of the 2013-14 season, then has since taken points in four straight games (3-0-0-1). The Barons had their three-game winning streak snapped last Saturday in a 2-1 shootout loss to Abbotsford, conceding the tying goal in the final minute of regulation. Goaltender Richard Bachman has started six of the team’s first seven games and currently ranks second in the AHL in minutes played and saves. Wednesday’s game is the first visit by Oklahoma City this season. The two teams will face each other a total of 12 times, with 11 remaining on the schedule. The Barons currently boast the lowest average penalty minutes in the AHL (10.57), taking 74 penalty minutes in their first seven games. Oklahoma City is tied for sixth in the AHL in power play percentage (22.6%) going 7-for-31, while sitting in third in penalty kill at 92.0% (23-for-25). The Barons rank 28th in the league in goals scored (2.14), but are fifth in goals-against (2.14).
Leading Scorer: Linus Omark (LW) – 6 points (3 goals, 3 assists) and a -3 in 7 GP.
Leading Goaltender: Richard Bachman (G) – 1.99 GAA, 0.934 save pct., 2-3-1, 0 SO in 6 GP.
Who’s Hot: LW Linus Omark (3-3-6) leads the team in points, is tied for the lead in goals and assists and has six points (3 goals, 3 assists) in his last four games. LW Derek Nesbitt (3-2-5) is tied for the team lead in goals, ranks tied for second in points and had five points (3 goals, 2 assists) and a +2 rating in his last four games. C Anton Lander (2-3-5) has four points (2 goals, 2 assists) and a +1 rating in his last four games.
Saturday, October 26 – 7:00 p.m. – BMO Harris Bradley Center – Milwaukee, WI
@ Milwaukee Admirals (2-0-2-0, 6 pts.)
Tied-Second Place, Midwest Division
Team Notes: The Milwaukee Admirals have had a very light game schedule to start 2013-14. They did not play during Week 1, opening up their season on the road at Abbotsford in Week 2, before beating Grand Rapids 3-2 last Friday amidst the Griffin’s Calder Cup Championship banner-raising celebration. The Admirals played their home opener last Saturday and lost to the Chicago Wolves 3-2 in overtime. Milwaukee has gone to overtime three times in its first four games, losing in overtime twice and winning in a shootout once. This Saturday-Wednesday sojourn to Wisconsin is the only visit by Texas for the entire 2013-14 season. Saturday’s game will be the first meeting between the two teams since the Stars eliminated the Admirals in the first round of the 2013 Calder Cup Playoffs. Former Texas Stars forward Mathieu Tousignant, now playing for Milwaukee, should get his first chance to face his old team this weekend.
Leading Scorer: Colton Sissons (C) – 4 points (2 goals, 2 assists) and a -1 in 4 GP. Leading Goaltender: Magnus Hellberg (G) – 2.23 GAA, 0.913 save pct., 1-2-0, 0 SO in 3 GP.
Who’s Hot: C Colton Sissons (2-2-4) leads the team in points and has 4 points (2 goals, 2 assists) and a -1 rating in his first four games of the season. D Anthony Bitetto (2-1-3) is tied for the team lead in goals and has three points (2 goals, 1 assist) and a -3 rating in his first four games. D Joe Piskula (0-2-2) is on a two-game assist streak and has two assists and a team-leading +2 rating in his first four games.
Sunday, October 27 – 4:00 p.m. – BMO Harris Bank Center – Rockford, IL
@ Rockford IceHogs (4-2-0-0, 8 pts.)
First Place, Midwest Division
Team Notes: In a scheduling oddity, the Stars and IceHogs will complete their 2013-14 season series in the opening month. After Sunday’s game at Rockford, the two teams will not play again this year, unless they meet in the 2014 Calder Cup playoffs. The IceHogs won the first installment, rallying from a 2-0 deficit to win 4-3 on October 6th at Cedar Park Center. The road team has won the last five games in the head-to-head series; the last time the home team won was on January 16, 2012 when Rockford blanked Texas 2-0 at BMO Harris Bank Center. Left wing Jeremy Morin currently leads the AHL in shots (29), while left wing Brad Winchester is third in the league in minor penalties (7). The IceHogs, who are leading the Midwest Division, are tied for sixth in the AHL in goals per game (3.50), but are tied for 20th in goals-against (3.33).
Leading Scorers: Adam Clendening (D) – 8 points (2 goals, 6 assists) and a +2 in 6 GP.
Leading Goaltender: Kent Simpson (G) – 2.77 GAA, 0.932 save pct., 2-1-0, 0 SO in 3 GP.
Who’s Hot: LW Jeremy Morin (3-4-7) leads the team in goals, ranks second in points and has four points (2 goals, 2 assists) in his last two games. D Adam Clendening (2-6-8) leads the team in assists and points; he is tied for sixth in the AHL in points (8) and has four assists and a +2 rating in his last two games. RW Drew LeBlanc is tied for fourth amongst AHL rookies in points and is currently on a four-game point streak, with five points (2 goals, 3 assists) during that span.
Week 3 Game Results:
October 15, 2013 Texas 1 @ Oklahoma City 2 – OT
October 18, 2013 Texas 3 @ San Antonio 1
October 19, 2013 San Antonio 0 @ Texas 6
October 20, 2013 Abbotsford 3 @ Texas 9
Stars Player of the Week: (Week 3)
Travis Morin – C – #23 4 GP, 9 points (4 G, 5 A), +4, 0 PIMs
Center Travis Morin continued his blazing hot start the season by accumulating a monumental nine points (4 goals, 5 assists) in the Texas Stars four games of Week 3 and was selected as the CCM/AHL Player of the Week. The Brooklyn Park, Minnesota native started the week with an assist in a 2-1 overtime loss at Oklahoma City, then continued his point streak on Friday with a goal in a 3-1 win at San Antonio. Morin raised his game during the weekend homestand, scoring twice on Saturday, including one on a penalty shot and also had the game-winning goal, and adding an assist in a 6-0 shutout of the Rampage. He finished off the week with a virtuoso performance on Sunday against Abbotsford. Trailing 3-1 midway through the second period, Morin scored a goal at 11:22 that sparked an eight-goal rally in a 9-3 win. He ended the game with four points (1 goal, 3 assists) for the second time this season.
Morin has recorded points in all six games to begin the 2013-14 season and currently leads the American Hockey League in both points (15) and assists (8) and ranks second in the league in goals (7). He has a hand in 57.7% of the Stars 26 total team goals this year and is averaging 2.5 points per game. Morin is the Stars’ all-time points leader with 223 career points (74 goals, 149 assists) in 290 career games for Texas. Currently on a six-game point streak to open the campaign, he has registered points in 13 consecutive regular season AHL games, dating back to April 6, 2013 vs. Hamilton. In his last 13 AHL games, Morin has a colossal 26 points (11 goals, 15 assists).
Stars Quick Hits:
· RECORD GOAL FEST – The Texas Stars set a new team record for goals in a game with a 9-3 win over the Abbotsford Heat. The previous record was eight goals, accomplished three times over the first four seasons of the franchise’s history. The Stars scored six times in the third period and scored five power play goals, which tied club records that were both originally set during an 8-2 win over the Chicago Wolves on November 16, 2010. The 12 combined goals between the Stars and Heat on Sunday was one shy of the Texas club record of 13, set in a 9-4 loss to the Rochester Americans on February 10, 2012 at Blue Cross Arena.
· A MEMORABLE 300TH – Colton Sceviour’s 300th career AHL game was a record-breaking affair. The Red Deer, Alberta native scored a hat trick, his first as a pro, and added two assists to break the Stars single game franchise points record. Sceviour’s five points on Sunday vs. Abbotsford is also the most by any AHL player in the 2013-14 season. The AHL single-game record is nine points set by Art Stratton with the Buffalo Bisons on March 17, 1963 when he tallied nine assists against the Pittsburgh Hornets. Sceviour recorded his 300th career pro game on Friday at San Antonio. He has 300 AHL games and two NHL games on his resume.
· DEBUTANTS – Josh Robinson made his AHL debut on Saturday vs. San Antonio, stopping all 26 shots he faced to record his first career AHL win and shutout. On Sunday, Jack Campbell made his NHL debut for the Dallas Stars, making 41 saves on 47 shots in a 6-3 loss at Anaheim.
· NEW ACCOUNTS – Rookie forwards Brandon Ranford and Matej Stransky each scored their first career pro goals in Week 3. Ranford made his pro debut last Tuesday at Oklahoma City and then scored his first pro goal, the game-winner, on Friday at San Antonio. Stransky has dressed in five of Texas’ first six games and scored his first pro goal on the power play in the final seconds of Sunday’s 9-3 win over Abbotsford.
· STREAKING – Centers Travis Morin and Chris Mueller are both currently riding three-game goal streaks. Morin has a six-game point streak this season (7 goals, 8 assists) and has points in 13 consecutive regular season games dating back to April 6, 2013 vs. Hamilton, totaling 26 points (11 goals, 15 assists). Mueller did not register a point in his Stars debut on Tuesday at Oklahoma City, but he has goals (3) and points (8) in each of the last three games.
· PENALTY SHOT MAGIC – Travis Morin scored a penalty shot goal on Saturday night vs. San Antonio in the Stars 6-0 romp over the Rampage. It was Morin’s first penalty shot goal on four career attempts with Texas. Mike Hedden was the last Stars player to score a penalty shot goal when he beat Oklahoma City goalie David LeNeveau on April 14, 2012 at Cedar Park Center. Morin’s penalty shot was the second for or against the Stars this season; Cristopher Nilstorp saved Alex Broadhurst’s penalty shot attempt on October 6, 2013 vs. Rockford.
· THE 450 CLUB – Left wing Francis Wathier played his 450th career AHL game on Sunday vs. Abbotsford. The St. Isidore, Ontario native has 176 points (82 goals, 94 assists) and 600 penalty minutes in his AHL career with the Iowa Stars, Iowa Chops and Texas Stars.
· AHL LEADERS – Travis Morin is currently leading the AHL in assists (8), points (15) and power play points (6). He is second in goals (7) and is tied for fourth in plus-minus (+7). Colton Sceviour is second in the league in shots (25), is tied for second in plus-minus (+8), is tied for third in goals (5) and is tied for fourth in the league in points (9). Chris Mueller is tied for sixth in the AHL in points (8). Josh Robinson currently leads the AHL in goals-against average (0.00) and save percentage (1.000) and is tied for the league lead in shutouts (1). Curtis McKenzie is tied for fourth amongst AHL rookies in points (5).
· SUPER SPECIAL TEAMS – The Stars went 8-for-15 on the power play combined in their last two games (53.3%) and are currently ranked second in the AHL with a 30.3% success rate (10-for-33), just 0.1% behind the Binghamton Senators. Texas is currently leading the AHL in penalty kill percentage (92.6%), going 25-for-27 so far this season. The Stars have killed off their last 18 power plays against, going back to Andrew Miller’s power play goal at 0:50 of the second period at Oklahoma City.
· TEAM NUMBERS – Texas leads the AHL in shots on goal per game (37.33), firing 224 total shots over their first six games. The Stars rank second in the league in both goals-per-game (4.33) and goals-against average (1.83). Texas has scored 26 total goals and have allowed only 11 goals.
· APPROACHING MILESTONES – Travis Morin is 2 points away from his 400th career pro point; he needs 1 assist for his 150th career AHL assist and 10 GP for his 300th career AHL game. C Toby Petersen needs 1 point for his 450th career pro point. C Chris Mueller is 3 points shy of his 200th career AHL point and 5 goals shy of his 100th career AHL goal. LW Mike Hedden is 8 GP away from playing in his 150th career AHL game. LW Francis Wathier needs 6 assists to record his 100th career AHL assist.
Stars Week 3 Transactions:
October 21 – ADD – Jack Campbell (G) – Returned on loan from Dallas (NHL).
October 21 – DELETE – Aaron Rome (D) – Recalled from conditioning loan by Dallas (NHL).
October 21 – DELETE – Josh Robinson (G) – Returned on loan to Idaho (ECHL).
October 15 – DELETE – Taylor Vause (C) – Loaned to Idaho (ECHL).
October 15 – DELETE – Hubert Labrie (D) – Reassigned by Dallas (NHL) to Idaho (ECHL).
October 15 – DELETE – Ryan Button (D) – Reassigned by Dallas (NHL) to Idaho (ECHL).
Texas Stars Team Leaders:
Games Played: 13 Players Tied (6)
Goals: Travis Morin (7)
Assists: Travis Morin (8)
Points: Travis Morin (15)
Plus/Minus: Colton Sceviour (+8)
Penalty Minutes: Matej Stransky (19)
Power Play Goals: Curtis McKenzie, Chris Mueller & Colton Sceviour (2)
Short Handed Goals: N/A
Game-Winning Goals: Four Players Tied (1)
Shots: Colton Sceviour (25)
Shooting Percentage: Chris Mueller (33.3%)
Saves: Cristopher Nilstorp (100)
Wins: Cristopher Nilstorp (2)
GAA: Josh Robinson (0.00)
Save Percentage: Josh Robinson (1.000)
Shutouts: Josh Robinson (1)
The Texas Stars will carry their three-game winning streak into their next game, a West Division 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.
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