STARS WEEKLY (WEEK 11)
Stars Carry Four-Game Home Win Streak into Friday Showdown with Chicago at Cedar Park Center
2013-14 Record: 14-8-2-2, 32 points (10-2-0-1 Home, 4-6-2-1 Road), Second Place – West Division
Week 10 Recap:
The Texas Stars earned a sweep of their weekly schedule for just the second time this season, by winning all three games in Week 10. The Stars narrowly edged the Oklahoma City Barons 5-4 on Tuesday night in OKC and then took both games against the Iowa Wild this weekend at Cedar Park Center. The only other time Texas swept its week came on November 8th and 9th when it took maximum points in a two-game weekend series with Milwaukee in early November.
Closing a three-game road trip, the Stars made their way to Oklahoma City and rallied from 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 deficits in a wild 5-4 win over their division rivals. Colton Sceviour led all scorers with four points (2 goals, 2 assists, including the game-winning goal in the third period and Curtis McKenzie also chipped in with two goals to paced Texas to victory.
On Friday night, second year goaltender Jack Campbell made his first start since October 23rd and he improved to 3-0-0 on the season by stopping 24-of-26 shots in a 4-2 victory over the Iowa Stars in the first-ever meeting between the two teams at Cedar Park Center. Mike Hedden and Jyrki Jokipakka each had a goal and an assist, including a five-on-three power play goal from Jokipakka which broke a 2-2 tie late in the second period. Chris Mueller finished off the scoring with a shorthanded, empty-net goal with 1:33 left in regulation.
Texas completed their fourth straight two-game home weekend sweep 2-1 over the Wild on Saturday night in a fantastic goaltenders duel between Cristopher Nilstorp and Darcy Kuemper. The two teams combined for 31 shots on goal in the first period, but nothing eluded the two net-minders. In the final minute of the second period, a Scott Glennie shot slipped by a screened Kuemper to open the scoring and extend Glennie’s current point streak to five games. The Wild tied the game on the power play halfway through the third period, just the second power play goal allowed by Texas in the last eight games. The Stars won the game with only 1:11 left in overtime when Maxime Fortunus and Justin Dowling combined to find Colton Sceviour in the slot and the AHL’s leading goal scorer lifted his shot from just above the crease into the roof of the net for his team-leading third game-winning goal of the season.
Week 11 Preview:
Texas has a fairly light game schedule this week with just two games on the docket. The Stars will host the Chicago Wolves on Friday, December 13th at 7:30 p.m. at Cedar Park Center and then will travel to San Antonio to take on the Rampage on Sunday, December 15th at 4:00 p.m. at AT&T Center.
Friday’s game against Chicago is another $3 Draft Beer Night and $4 Robert Mondavi Private Selection Wine Night. It is the second and final trip by the Wolves to Cedar Park Center this season. The Stars then make their second of six regular season trips to San Antonio on Sunday to take on their West Division rival. Sunday’s game marks the first of four games against the Rampage in a 14-day period. After traveling to San Antonio to end the week, Texas hosts the Rampage on Wednesday, December 18th at 7:30 p.m. and then plays a home-on-home series on Friday, December 27th at AT&T Center and Saturday, December 28th at Cedar Park Center.
RW Colton Sceviour (18-12-30) leads the league in goals and shots (116), is second in points and has five points (3 goals, 2 assists) and a +3 rating in his last three games. RW Scott Glennie (4-7-11) is currently on a five-game point streak, with five points (2 goals, 3 assists) and a +2 rating in his last five games. D Maxime Fortunus (3-11-14) is on a three-game assist and point streak with five points (1 goal, 4 assists) and a +2 rating during that span.
Week 11 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 13 – 7:30 p.m. – Cedar Park Center – Cedar Park, TX
vs. Chicago Wolves (11-10-1-0, 24 pts.)
Fourth Place, Midwest Division
• Team Notes: The Chicago Wolves will make their second and final trip of the 2013-14 season to Cedar Park Center this Friday. Texas still had two games to play against the Wolves at Allstate Arena in mid-March. Chicago won five straight games in early November, but is now 2-4-0-1 (5 pts.) over the last seven games. The Wolves are fourth in the Midwest Division and tied for ninth in the Western Conference standings. Chicago has been without veteran forward Keith Aucoin, who has missed the last five games due to a lower body injury, but they did get Alexandre Bolduc back in the lineup last weekend against Oklahoma City. Bolduc missed eight straight games after being injured on Nov. 9th against Charlotte. Goaltender Jake Allen has started 12 of the last 15 games for the Wolves, while Matt Climie’s shootout win over the Barons on Sunday was just his second victory in six appearances this year. Allen is third in the AHL in saves (454) and fifth in minutes (1,023:42). The Wolves will play three road games this week; they travel to Grand Rapids on Wednesday, face Texas on Friday and then go to San Antonio on Saturday. Chicago has a strong road record of 7-3-0-2, 16 pts. (0.667), but have struggled on home ice (4-7-0-0, 8 pts.). The Wolves rank 29th in the AHL in power play (11.3%), but are fifth in penalty kill (86.5%).
• Leading Scorer: Corey Locke (C) – 19 points (5 goals, 14 assists) and a +3 in 22 GP.
• Leading Goaltender: Jake Allen (G) – 2.34 GAA, 0.919 save pct., 9-6-2, 1 SO in 17 GP.
• Who’s Hot: D Cade Fairchild (0-9-9) is currently on a four-game assist streak, with seven assists and a +2 rating during that span. C Corey Locke (5-14-19) leads the team in assists and points and has six assists in his last four games. RW Ty Rattie (8-5-13) leads the team in goals, is second in points and has six points (3 goals, 3 assists) and a +1 rating in his last five games. LW Dmitrij Jaskin (6-5-11) is second on the team in goals, is tied for third in points and has four points (3 goals, 1 assist) and a +3 rating in his last four games.
Sunday, December 15 – 4:00 p.m. – AT&T Center – San Antonio, TX
at San Antonio Rampage (10-12-0-2, 22 pts.)
Fourth Place, West Division
• Team Notes: The San Antonio Rampage are on a four-game winless streak (0-3-0-1) and are just 1-4-0-1 since rallying to beat Texas 4-3 in a shootout on November 22nd at Cedar Park Center. That win ended a string of six-straight losses to the Stars. The Rampage play four games this week: Tuesday and Thursday at Charlotte, then back home to host Chicago on Saturday and Texas on Sunday. Goaltender Jacob Markstrom has started nine of the last 11 games since being assigned to San Antonio by the Florida Panthers. Last Saturday, Florida loaned defenseman Matt Gilroy, a veteran of 225 career NHL games, to the Rampage. San Antonio also added former Dallas Stars defenseman Doug Janik, signing him to an AHL contract on November 23rd. Janik has played in 190 career NHL games with Buffalo, Tampa Bay, Dallas, Montreal and Detroit, but has yet to make his Rampage debut. San Antonio has been without defensemen Ryan Whitney and Colby Robak and captain Greg Rallo for the last two games due to injury. Whitney and Rallo are expected to return to action this week in Charlotte.
• Leading Scorer: Vincent Trocheck (C) – 21 points (11 goals, 10 assists) and a +2 in 24 GP.
• Leading Goaltender: Jacob Markstrom (G) – 2.51 GAA, 0.923 save pct., 4-4-1, 0 SO in 9 GP.
• Who’s Hot: RW Bobby Butler (8-9-17) is second on the team in goals and points and is currently on a five-game point streak with five points (3 goals, 2 assists) during that span. C Vincent Trocheck (11-10-21) leads the team in goals, assists and points and has three points (2 goals, 1 assist) in his last three games. D Denny Urban (0-6-6) has six assists and a +3 rating in his last seven games.
Week 10 Game Results:
December 3, 2013 Texas 5 @ Oklahoma City 4
December 6, 2013 Iowa 2 @ Texas 4
December 7, 2013 Iowa 1 @ Texas 2 – OT
Stars Player of the Week: (Week 10)
Colton Sceviour – RW – #7 3 GP, 5 points (3 G, 2 A), +3, 2 PIMs, 2 GWGs
Right wing Colton Sceviour led the Texas Stars in points for the second straight week, this time racking up five points (3 goals, 2 assists) in three games during Week 10 action. The Red Deer, Alberta native had a monster performance on Tuesday night at Oklahoma City, scoring four points (2 goals, 2 assists) including the game-winning goal in the third period to lift the Stars to a 5-4 win over the Barons. It was Sceviour’s eighth multi-point game of the season and the second time he has posted four or more points in a game this year. He followed it up with his second game-winner of the week on Saturday night, and his team-leading third of the season, with a dazzling toe-drag move in the low slot to beat a defender before roofing the puck over Iowa goaltender Darcy Kuemper for a thrilling 2-1 overtime victory. Sceviour leads the AHL in goals (18) and shots (116), while ranking second in the league in points (30). On Monday, he earned his first NHL recall of the season and will be looking to play in his third career NHL game.
Stars Quick Hits:
• TOP OF THE LEAGUE – Right wing Colton Sceviour leads the AHL in goals (18) and shots (116) and ranks second in points (30). His dramatic overtime-winning goal on Saturday lifted Texas to a 2-1 win over the Iowa Wild and made him the second player in the league this season to reach the 30-point mark.
• HOME SWEET HOME – The Texas Stars are 10-2-0-1 at Cedar Park Center this season after sweeping a two-game weekend series with Iowa, extending their current home winning streak to four and their current home point streak to five (4-0-0-1). The Stars lead the AHL in points on home ice (21) and home goal differential (+23) and rank 1st in the Western Conference and third in the league in point percentage (0.808)
• PLUCKERS POWER PLAY – The Texas Stars have an astronomical 36.0% success rate on the power play on home ice so far this season, the best in the AHL, scoring 18 goals on 50 opportunities with the man-advantage. The Stars are tied for 5th in the league for road power play percentage (22.2%) and have the best overall power play percentage (28.8%).
• ONE HUNDRED AND COUNTING – Head Coach Willie Desjardins recorded his 100th career AHL game as a head coach last Tuesday at Oklahoma City, guiding Texas to a 5-4 win over the Barons. Desjardins has a career AHL coaching record of 57-30-7-8 (0.632) piling up 129 points and the 2012-13 AHL coach of the year honors in his short tenure as the Texas Stars’ bench boss.
• CENTENNIAL – Third year defenseman Hubert Labrie played in his 100th career pro game on Friday against the Iowa Wild. The Victoriaville, Quebec native has 17 points (5 goals, 12 assists) and 127 penalty minutes in 101 career pro games with the Texas Stars and the Idaho Steelheads (ECHL). Labrie has appeared in 67 career AHL games, all with the Stars, and has seven points (2 goals, 5 assists) and 74 penalty minutes.
• ONE-SIDED GOALTENDER CAROUSEL – Texas won both games last weekend against the Iowa Wild to improve to 3-1-0-0 against the new franchise. The Stars have started four different goaltenders in those games as, in order, Josh Robinson, Allen York, Jack Campbell and Cristopher Nilstorp all defended the Texas net against Iowa. However, the Wild have started second year goalie Darcy Kuemper in all four of those games.
• SHOTS, SHOTS, SHOTS – Texas and Iowa combined for 85 shots on goal (46-39 Texas) during the Stars’ 2-1 overtime win on Saturday, which was the most in a game involving the Stars this season. During a scoreless first period, the two teams combined for 31 shots (20-11 Texas) which was a season high and the Wild’s 39 shots in the game was the most allowed by the Stars this year.
• APPROACHING STARS MILESTONES – C Travis Morin needs 1 GP to reach his 300th career game with Texas, he ranks third on the Stars’ all-time games played chart behind Colton Sceviour (320) and Francis Wathier (305). C Toby Petersen is 2 GP shy of his 100th career game with Texas; he is 5 GP shy of his 950th career pro game and 10 GP shy of his 550th career AHL game. C Chris Mueller is 3 GP away from his 350th career AHL game and 7 GP away from his 400th career pro game. LW Francis Wathier needs 4 GP to reach his 500th career pro game. C Justin Dowling is 6 GP shy of his 100th career AHL game. D Maxime Fortunus is 6 GP away from his 300th career game with Texas and 10 GP away from his 600th career AHL game. D Cameron Gaunce needs 7 GP to record his 250th career pro game. D Jyrki Jokipakka is 10 GP shy of his 100th career pro game. D William Wrenn is 12 GP away from his 100th career pro game.
Stars Week 10 Transactions:
December 9 – DELETE – Colton Sceviour (RW) – Recalled from loan by Dallas (NHL).
December 6 – ADD – Travis Morin (C) – Returned on loan from Dallas (NHL).
December 6 – ADD/DELETE – William Wrenn (D) – Released from PTO and signed to SPC.
December 5 – DELETE – Allen York (G) – Released from PTO, returned to Evansville (ECHL).
Texas Stars Team Leaders:
Games Played: Five Players Tied (26)
Goals: Colton Sceviour (18)
Assists: Travis Morin (18)
Points: Colton Sceviour (30)
Plus/Minus: Chris Mueller (+12)
Penalty Minutes: Curtis McKenzie (38)
Power Play Goals: Curtis McKenzie, Chris Mueller & Colton Sceviour (6)
Short Handed Goals: Five Players Tied (1)
Game-Winning Goals: Colton Sceviour (3)
Shots: Colton Sceviour (116)
Shooting Percentage: Travis Morin (17.2%)
Saves: Cristopher Nilstorp (392)
Wins: Cristopher Nilstorp (6)
GAA: Jack Campbell (1.33)
Save Percentage: Jack Campbell (0.944)
Shutouts: Josh Robinson & Allen York (1)
The Texas Stars return to action on Friday, December 13th as they will host the Chicago Wolves for a 7:30 p.m. faceoff at Cedar Park Center. Friday’s game is another $3 Draft Beer and $4 Robert Mondavi Private Selection Wine Night. 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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