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Texas Victorious in First Franchise Meeting with Utica
Texas Victorious in First Franchise Meeting with Utica

STARS WEEKLY (WEEK 8)

Stars Host Annual Teddy Bear Toss This Saturday at Cedar Park Center

2013-14 Record: 9-5-2-1, 23 points (6-2-0-0 Home, 3-3-2-1 Road), Second Place – West Division

Week 7 Recap:

The Texas Stars took three points out of a possible six in Week 7, going 1-1-0-1. The Stars fell to the Abbotsford Heat 7-3 on Wednesday, November 13th at Cedar Park Center as the Heat exacted some revenge from the 9-3 drubbing the Stars dished out on October 20th. Blair Jones led all scorers with a five-point game, scoring a hat trick and adding two assists, while Ben Street had a four-point game (2 goals, 2 assists) for Abbotsford. Colton Sceviour had a goal and an assist for Texas, while Francis Wathier scored a thrilling shorthanded goal, the team’s fifth overall this season.

Texas then hit the road for a three-game road trip, all against North Division opponents. The Stars began the trip with their first ever meeting with the Utica Comets on Saturday at Utica Memorial Auditorium. Mike Hedden had a big night for Texas, scoring the first goal of the game and assisting on Matej Stransky’s second period power play goal which proved to be the game-winning goal in a 2-1 Stars victory. Hedden was named the first star of the game, extending his point streak to eight games. Goaltender Cristopher Nilstorp was the game’s second star after he stopped 28-of-29 shots to record his third win of the season.

The Stars completed Week 7 with a Sunday afternoon game against the Toronto Marlies. Texas had to make a five and a half hour bus ride following Saturday night’s win at Utica and arrived in Toronto in the wee hours of Sunday morning. About 12 hours after getting to the team hotel, the game began and Justin Dowling scored just 2:21 into the first period for his first goal of the season. Tied at one late in the first, Maxime Fortunus’ slap shot from the high slot went off the hip of rookie Curtis McKenzie and found the top right corner of the net to give Texas a 2-1 lead. The Marlies tied the game midway through the second period and the game remained level through the end of regulation and overtime. The shootout, the first of the year for both teams, was a nerve-racking 10-round affair. Spencer Abbott scored on the first shot of the shootout, then rookie Brett Ritchie beat Drew MacIntyre with the very last shot of the fifth round to keep the shootout goal. John-Michael Liles scored for Toronto in the seventh round and rookie Brendan Ranford again kept the Stars in the contest with a clutch goal in the first shootout attempt of his pro career. Sam Carrick would score for Toronto in the 10th round and Toby Petersen was denied by McIntyre to end the game.

Week 8 Preview:

On Monday, AHL leading scorer Travis Morin was returned to the Texas Stars, after spending a week in the NHL with Dallas and playing in three NHL games with the Stars. Morin returns to the lineup Tuesday night as the Stars complete their three-game road trip against the Hamilton Bulldogs at 6:30 p.m. CT at Copps Coliseum, with a chance to take five-out-of-six points from the trip.

Texas then returns home for a two-game weekend at Cedar Park Center. The Stars will host the San Antonio Rampage on Friday, November 22nd for a 7:30 p.m. face off and then welcome the Toronto Marlies on Saturday, November 23rd at 7:00 p.m. Friday’s game is a $3 Beer & $4 Robert Mondavi Private Selection Wine Night and is the Stars Fleece Ear Warmer giveaway. Saturday is the Stars’ annual Teddy Bear Toss Night. It is also a Coke Zero Family Four Pack night, a Texas Lottery Lucky Row night and the Sweatshirt Drawstring Backpack giveaway presented by University Federal Credit Union.

Center Travis Morin (10-14-24) is tied for the AHL lead in points, is third in the league in plus-minus (+11), is tied for third in assists, is tied for fifth in goals and has six points (2 goals, 4 assists) and a +2 rating in his last five games played; Morin has points in 12 of his 13 AHL games this year. Left wing Mike Hedden (5-6-11) had his eight-game point streak snapped on Sunday at Toronto; he has nine points (3 goals, 6 assists) and a +4 rating in his last nine games. Right wing Colton Sceviour (12-7-19) leads the AHL in shots (74), ranks third in the AHL in goals, is tied for sixth in the league in points and has seven points (4 goals, 3 assists) and a +1 rating in his last six games. Center Chris Mueller (6-10-16) ranks second on the team in assists, third in goals and points and has seven points (2 goals, 5 assists) and a +6 rating in his last seven games.

Week 8 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)

Tuesday, November 19 – 6:30 p.m. – Copps Coliseum – Hamilton, ON
@ Hamilton Bulldogs (6-7-0-3, 15 pts.)
Fourth Place, West Division
Team Notes: The Hamilton Bulldogs snapped a five-game losing streak and a six-game winless streak (0-5-0-1) last Saturday with a 3-2 shootout win over the Lake Erie Monsters at Quicken Loans Arena. During their six-game winless streak the Bulldogs were out-scored 25-11. Prior to their winless streak, the team had started the 2013-14 season with a 5-2-0-2 record. Hamilton ranks 18th in the league in penalty minutes per game (16.50), but are fourth in the AHL in total minor penalties (101) in 16 games. By comparison, Texas has 88 minors in 17 games. The Bulldogs rank 26th in the AHL in goals per game (2.44) and 23rd in goals-against average (3.19). Texas has never won at Copps Coliseum, going 0-2-1-1 in four games at Hamilton. The Stars are 1-5-1-1 all-time in eight regular season meetings.
Leading Scorer: Sven Andrighetto (RW) – 11 points (7 goals, 4 assists) and a +4 in 15 GP.
Leading Goaltender: Dustin Tokarski (G) – 2.28 GAA, 0.920 save pct., 5-3-1, 0 SO in 11 GP.
Who’s Hot: RW Sven Andrighetto (7-4-11) leads the team in goals and points and has four goals and a -1 rating in his last five games. D Greg Pateryn (3-5-8) is tied for fourth on the team in points and has four points (1 goal, 3 assists) and a +2 rating in his last four games. RW Mike Blunden (3-3-6) has three points (1 goal, 2 assists) and a +3 rating in his last four games.

Friday, November 22 – 7:30 p.m. – Cedar Park Center – Cedar Park, TX
vs. San Antonio Rampage (7-8-0-1, 15 pts.)
Fourth Place, West Division
Team Notes: On November 8th, the San Antonio Rampage had their head coach, Peter Horachek, promoted to the NHL to become head coach of the Florida Panthers. On the same day the Rampage announced that Tom Rowe would take over the reins. Since the coaching swap, San Antonio has gone 4-2-0-0 in six games, including back-to-back shootout victories at home against Oklahoma City and Milwaukee. The Rampage routed the Barons on Tuesday 6-1, getting a three-point game (1 goal, 2 assists) from Vincent Trocheck and two point games from Bobby Butler (1 goal, 1 assist), Jed Ortmeyer (1 goal, 1 assist) and Jared Gomes (2 assists). San Antonio received goalie Jacob Markstrom from Florida on November 10th, he is 2-1-0 in his first three AHL starts of the season. Texas is 2-0-0-0 against San Antonio this season and is 31-11-2-4 (68 pts.) all-time against the Rampage. San Antonio has scored first in seven of 16 games this season and has a record of 6-1-0-0 when scoring the first goal.
Leading Scorer: Vincent Trocheck (C) – 18 points (9 goals, 9 assists) and a +7 in 17 GP.
Leading Goaltender: Jacob Markstrom (G) – 2.02 GAA, 0.938 save pct., 2-1-0, 0 SO in 3 GP.
Who’s Hot: C Vincent Trocheck (9-9-18) leads the team in goals, assists and points and is on a three-game point streak, with six points (3 goals, 3 assists) and a +4 rating during that span. RW Bobby Butler (5-7-12) is tied for second on the team in points and is currently on a four-game point streak with five points (2 goals, 3 assists) during that span. D Ryan Whitney (1-3-4) has four points (1 goal, 3 assists) and an Even rating in his first four AHL games this season. Drew Shore (0-7-7) has four assists and a +1 rating in his last five games.

Saturday, November 23 – 7:00 p.m. – Cedar Park Center – Cedar Park, TX
vs. Toronto Marlies (8-6-1-0, 17 pts.)
Tied-Second Place, North Division
Team Notes: The Toronto Marlies have won their last two games as they enter Week 8 action. The Marlies will host the Charlotte Checkers on Tuesday at Ricoh Coliseum before making their first Texas trip of the year, facing the Stars on Saturday night at Cedar Park Center and then playing in San Antonio on Sunday at AT&T Center. Goalie Drew MacIntyre has started 12 of the team’s 15 games, including seven of the last eight, and is tied for third in the AHL in wins (8), is fifth in minutes played (726:38) and is sixth in goals-against average (2.23). Rookie left wing Jamie Devane, who scored his first goal of the season against Texas on Sunday, was suspended by the AHL for one game for a boarding incident last Saturday against Charlotte and will not be able to play in Tuesday’s rematch with the Checkers. The Marlies beat the Stars 3-2 in a shootout on Sunday, the last two AHL teams to participate in a shootout in 2013-14. Texas will play at Toronto again on Monday, February 17th at 2:00 p.m. CT.
Leading Scorer: T.J. Brennan (D) – 19 points (10 goals, 9 assists) and a +6 in 15 GP & Spencer Abbott (RW) – 19 points (1 goal, 18 assists) and a +5 in 14 GP.
Leading Goaltender: Drew MacIntyre (G) – 2.23 GAA, 0.912 save pct., 8-4-0, 0 SO in 12 GP.
Who’s Hot: RW Spencer Abbott (1-18-19) leads the AHL in assists, is tied for sixth in points, has points in 13-of-14 games this season and has six assists and a +1 rating in his last five games. D T.J. Brennan (10-9-19) leads all AHL defensemen in goals and points, is tied for fifth overall in goals, is tied for sixth in the league in points and has four assists and a +1 rating in his last four games. RW Josh Leivo (4-4-8) ranks fifth on the team in points and has five points (3 goals, 2 assists) and an Even rating in his last five games.

Week 7 Game Results:

November 13, 2013               Abbotsford 7 @ Texas 3
November 16, 2013               Texas 2 @ Utica 1
November 17, 2013               Texas 2 @ Toronto 3 – SO

Stars Player of the Week: (Week 7)

Mike Hedden – LW – #26                3 GP, 3 points (1 G, 2 A), E, 0 PIMs
Left wing Mike Hedden led the Stars with three points (1 goal, 2 assists) and an even plus-minus rating in three games played during Week 7. The Dunnville, Ontario native began the week with an assist in the Stars’ 7-3 loss Wednesday night to Abbotsford. Hedden then had a big night as he returned to an old stomping ground, the Utica Memorial Auditorium. Hedden played against Utica College each year during his collegiate days and he put together a first star performance on Saturday as he scored a goal and added an assist in Texas’ 2-1 win over the Utica Comets. Sunday in Toronto Hedden had his eight-game point streak snapped, the first game since October 26th at Milwaukee that he did not register at least one point. On the season he has 11 points (5 goals, 6 assists) and a +2 rating in 16 games.

Stars Quick Hits:

·      FIRST SHOOTOUT – Texas and Toronto were the last two teams in the AHL that had not participated in a shootout this season heading into Sunday’s showdown at Ricoh Coliseum. The Stars lost to the Marlies 3-2 in 10 rounds, but rookies Brett Ritchie and Brendan Ranford each scored shootout goals in the first attempts of their professional careers. Cristopher Nilstorp stopped 7-of-10 shootout attempts in the loss, but passed Jack Campbell as the Stars’ all-time leader in shootout attempts faced (54). Nilstorp is 40-for-54 in shootouts in his AHL career (74.1%).

·      MORE AND LESS SHOTS – The Stars are leading the AHL in shots per game (37.00) and total shots (629), but have been out-shot in each of their last two contests. Texas has been out-shot 60-44 combined in the first two games of its three-game North Division road trip, averaging just 22 shots per game during that span.

·      THE 450 CLUB – Travis Morin played in his 450th career professional game on Sunday, but he did so while playing in the NHL with the Dallas Stars at Vancouver. The Brooklyn Park, Minnesota native has recorded 407 points (139 goals, 268 assists) in his pro career, including 297 AHL games and six NHL games. Morin is three games away from playing in his 300th career AHL game.

·      POWER PLAY PROWESS – Texas currently leads the league in power play percentage (27.6%) and total power play goals (21). The Stars have scored at least one power play goal in their last eight consecutive games, going 10-for-34 (29.4%) during the streak.

·      THE FORTY MINUTE MARK – The Stars are 8-1-1-1 when leading after two periods of play and they are 1-0-0-0 when tied at that point. However, Texas is 0-4-1-0 when trailing after forty minutes of play.

·      APPROACHING STARS MILESTONES – C Travis Morin needs 3 GP to reach his 300th career AHL game. D Hubert Labrie is 5 GP away from his 100th career pro game. RW Colton Sceviour needs 4 points to reach his 200th career pro point and 5 points for his 200th career AHL point. C Chris Mueller is 2 goals shy of his 100th career AHL goal. LW Francis Wathier needs 6 assists to record his 100th career AHL assist. C Justin Dowling is 5 GP away from his 150th career pro game. D Jamie Oleksiak needs 8 GP to reach his 100th career pro game.

Stars Week 7 Transactions:

November 18 – ADD – Travis Morin (C) – Returned on loan from Dallas (NHL).
November 18 – DELETE – Aaron Rome (D) – Recalled from loan by Dallas (NHL).
November 17 – ADD – Aaron Rome (D) – Returned on loan from Dallas (NHL).
November 15 – DELETE – Josh Robinson (G) – Returned on loan to Idaho (ECHL).

Texas Stars Team Leaders:

Games Played:              Seven Players Tied (17)
Goals:                            Colton Sceviour (12)
Assists:                          Travis Morin (14)
Points:                            Travis Morin (24)
Plus/Minus:                    Travis Morin (+11)
Penalty Minutes:            Matej Stransky (25)
Power Play Goals:         Curtis McKenzie, Chris Mueller & Colton Sceviour (4)
Short Handed Goals:     Taylor Peters & Colton Sceviour (1)
Game-Winning Goals:    Brett Ritchie & Matej Stransky (2)
Shots:                             Colton Sceviour (74)
Shooting Percentage:     Scott Glennie (25.0%)
Saves:                            Cristopher Nilstorp (252)
Wins:                              Cristopher Nilstorp (3)
GAA:                              Jack Campbell (1.00)
Save Percentage:          Jack Campbell (0.956)
Shutouts:                       Josh Robinson & Allen York (1)

The Texas Stars will complete their current road trip tonight as they face the Hamilton Bulldogs at 6:30 p.m. CT at Copps Coliseum. Texas’ next home game is on Friday, November 22nd against the San Antonio Rampage at 7:30 p.m. at Cedar Park Center. The game against San Antonio is a $3 Beer & $4 Robert Mondavi Private Selection Wine Night and is the Stars Fleece Ear Warmer giveaway. 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 11/19/13

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