Stars Weekly Update - Dec. 12, 2015Dec 7, 2015
Stars Prepare for a Four-Game Week Beginning Tuesday
Last week’s record: 0-1-1-0
Overall record: 12-9-1-1, .565 Win Pct. (3rd, Pacific Division)
CEDAR PARK, Texas – The Texas Stars prepare for a four-game week beginning on Tuesday at home when they face off against the Rockford IceHogs.
-- THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE --
December 8 vs. Rockford IceHogs, 7:30 p.m. CST:
The Stars are 2-0-1-0 against the IceHogs this season and have outscored Rockford, 17-10, overall in the season series. The road team has won all three games in the matchup so far this season. Tuesday’s game is the finale of the four-game season series between the two clubs. Devin Shore and Travis Morin lead all skaters in the series with five points each.
December 11 vs. Charlotte Checkers, 7:30 p.m. CST:
Friday’s game is the second of four total matchups this season between the Stars and Checkers. Texas won the first matchup by a 6-2 final back on Nov. 20. John Muse stopped 27 of 29 shots against his former club in the Stars’ win. Greg Rallo, Esa Lindell, and Branden Troock each tallied two-point games against Charlotte in the first meeting.
December 12 vs. Stockton Heat, 7 p.m. CST:
The Stars and Heat hook up for their third of six total matchups on Saturday. Texas has dropped the previous two meetings against Stockton, both at Cedar Park Center. Stockton is led by Freddie Hamilton with 14 points on the year (6-8=14).
December 13 at San Antonio Rampage, 4 p.m. CST:
The I-35 Rivalry resumes on Sunday when Texas heads to San Antonio for their sixth matchup this season against the Rampage. Texas is 2-3-0-0 against San Antonio this season. San Antonio’s Mikko Rantanen leads all skaters in the series with eight points (2-6=8).
-- LAST WEEK’S RESULTS --
December 2 vs. Rockford IceHogs, 6-5 Overtime Loss:
In a game that saw five lead changes and 11 total goals scored, Dennis Rasmussen buried the overtime-winner to lead the Rockford IceHogs to a 6-5 win over the Texas Stars on Wednesday night at Cedar Park Center. Rasmussen's game-winner came on the power play with 1:57 remaining in overtime from the right circle to beat a screened Jack Campbell. Trailing with just over four minutes to play in regulation, Curtis McKenzie scored a rebound goal for the Stars to force the extra frame.
December 6 at Milwaukee Admirals, 5-2 Loss:
In what was a tightly contested game through the first 40 minutes of play, the Milwaukee Admirals added a pair of third period goals to pull away from the Texas Stars for a 5-2 win on Sunday evening in front of 5,764 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Marek Mazanec stopped 29 of 31 shots in net to lead the Admirals to the win. Curtis McKenzie and Matej Stransky each scored for the Stars.
-- PRACTICE/TRAVEL SCHEDULE --
Monday: Travel Day
Tuesday: Texas Stars vs. Rockford IceHogs, 7:30 p.m. CST
Wednesday: Practice, TBD
Thursday: Practice, TBD
Friday: Texas Stars vs. Charlotte Checkers, 7:30 p.m. CST
Saturday: Texas Stars vs. Stockton Heat, 7 p.m. CST
Sunday: Texas Stars at San Antonio Rampage, 4 p.m. CST
-- NEWS, NOTES AND UPCOMING MILESTONES –
Sunday’s game at Milwaukee was the 900th game of Derek Laxdal’s head coaching career. Justin Dowling currently has 149 assists in his AHL career. Devin Shore’s team-high point streak has reached nine games with an assist on Sunday. Radek Faksa appeared in his 50th career AHL and Texas Stars game on Sunday.
-- UPCOMING PROMOTIONS --
Tuesday’s game against Rockford is the Stars’ fifth annual H-E-B Food Drive. The H-E-B Food Drive will begin at 10 a.m. in the East Lobby of Cedar Park Center and will run until the opening puck drop at 7:30 p.m. Fans who donate eight or more non-perishable food items will receive a voucher for a free ticket to the game and the fan who makes the single largest food donation will win a Texas Stars suite night. Every fan who donates will be entered to win prizes, including autographed Stars memorabilia. Once the arena doors open to fans at 6:30 p.m., food will be collected at each of the three Cedar Park Center entrances until game time. Since its inception during the 2011-12 season, the Texas Stars Annual H-E-B Food Drive has brought in more than 7,000 pounds of food and over 6,000 meals for the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas.
Friday’s game against Charlotte is night one of Sing for Santa Weekend, presented by Samsung, and a Fun Food Friday. Holiday music will be performed at the game and fans can enjoy $3 specials on beer, chicken tenders and flatbreads, plus $4 specials on Robert Mondavi Private Selection wine. Texas Stars Two-Packs are also available to save $12 on a pair of executive or luxury level tickets.
Saturday’s game against the Stockton Heat is night two of Sing for Santa Weekend and will feature a Stars Knit Cap giveaway, courtesy of Samsung. It is also a Coke Zero Family Four Pack and Texas Lottery Lucky Row Night. Fans can purchase four tickets, four soft drinks and four hot dogs for as low at $16 per person, courtesy of Coke Zero, and the first Stars player to score wins free scratch-off tickets for a lucky row of seats, courtesy of the Texas Lottery. Saturday’s contest will also have open ice for fans to walk on after the game, presented by the Pond Hockey Club.
The Texas Stars are the primary development affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars and currently in their seventh season at Cedar Park Center. Full season, 24-game and 12-game ticket packages for the 2015-16 campaign are on sale now. For more information, call (512) GO-STARS (467-8277) or visit TexasStars.com.