Texas Stars Weekly ReleaseOct 27, 2014
CEDAR PARK, Texas – The Texas Stars, American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars, prepare for three games this week as the team will host the Oklahoma City Barons on Wednesday and travel to Cleveland, Ohio to face the Lake Erie Monsters in a pair of games over Halloween weekend.
Last week’s record: 0-1-1-0, 1 pt.
Overall record: 3-1-1-0, 7 pts. (2nd, West Division)
-- THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE --
Oct. 29 vs. Oklahoma City Barons:
Both teams are closing out a stretch where they have faced each other in four of their last five games. Wednesday’s meeting will be the fourth of 12 matchups this season between the Texas Stars and Oklahoma City Barons. The Barons have won two of the previous three meetings in the series this season, outscoring the Stars 13-11 overall. Travis Morin for the Stars leads all skaters in the series with six points (four goals, two assists) and the Barons have been led by Tyler Pitlick with five points (one goal, four assists).
Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 at Lake Erie Monsters:
Friday and Saturday the Stars travel to Cleveland for their first two matchups of the season against the Lake Erie Monsters. The two clubs will face off four total times this year. Last season, the Stars took the overall series going 3-0-0-1 against the Monsters. Brett Ritchie and Justin Dowling each had six points in the season series to lead all skaters. The Monsters are currently 2-4-0-1 this year.
Broadcast Info: TexasStarsHockey.com, Texas Stars Mobile App, and AHLlive.com
-- LAST WEEK’S RESULTS --
Oct. 24 at Oklahoma City, 5-3 Loss:
A three-goal second period for the Barons was the difference on Friday night in the Stars’ first loss of the season. Travis Morin appeared in his 349th career game, passing Colton Sceviour for the top spot in franchise history. The forward also tallied a goal and an assist in the contest for his 200th career AHL assist and 300th career AHL point. Iiro Pakarinen scored a pair of power play goals for Oklahoma City in the win.
Oct. 25 vs. Oklahoma City, 6-5 (OT) Loss:
In an offensive showing for both clubs, the Texas Stars rallied from a three-goal deficit in the third period to force overtime after Greg Rallo scored the tying goal with 1.9 seconds left in regulation. Oklahoma City’s Matthew Ford tallied the game-winner with 2:14 remaining in overtime for the 6-5 final. Stars forward Travis Morin led all skaters with four points in the game, including a hat trick.
-- PRACTICE/TRAVEL SCHEDULE –
Monday: Practice, 10:00 a.m.
Tuesday: Practice, 10:00 a.m. (at Chaparral Ice Center, 2525 West Anderson Lane)
Wednesday: Texas Stars vs. Oklahoma City Barons, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday: Travel day
Friday: Texas Stars at Lake Erie Monsters, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday: Texas Stars at Lake Erie Monsters, 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: Off day
**All times Central (CST)
-- NEWS, NOTES AND UPCOMING MILESTONES –
Travis Morin tallied the first hat trick of the season for the Texas Stars on Saturday in a 6-5, overtime loss to the Oklahoma City Barons, and finished the game with four points overall. Morin also tallied his 200th career assist for the Stars franchise.
Scott Glennie recorded his 50th assist of his AHL and professional career on Saturday against the Barons.
Through the first five games this season, rookie skaters for the Stars have all made early contributions. Julius Honka (one goal, three assists), Derek Hulak (one goal, two assists), John Klingberg (two goals, two assists), Gemel Smith (one assist), and Branden Trook (one assist) have all found their way onto the scoresheet.
Derek Meech is 3 games shy of 400 in his AHL career, and 6 points shy of 200 in his AHL career. Justin Dowling is 3 games shy of 150 in his AHL career
-- UPCOMING PROMOTIONS --
On Wednesday night against Oklahoma City, the Texas Stars will hold their first Winning Wednesday promotion of the season. If the Stars win the game, fans in attendance will receive a ticket to the next Wednesday home game on Nov. 5 against the Toronto Marlies.
Wednesday’s game is also an H-E-B Night. Fans can receive five dollars off their ticket purchase by donating any H-E-B branded, non-perishable food item at the Cedar Park Center box office.
The Wednesday game will also feature the Raising Cane’s Challenge. If the Stars score at least three goals, fans attending will receive a Buy One, Get One free offer good at the Raising Cane’s Cedar Park and Georgetown locations.
The Texas Stars are the AHL’s defending Calder Cup Champions for the 2014-15 season. Single-game tickets and season ticket packages for the 2014-15 campaign are on sale now. For more information, call (512) GO-STARS (467-8277) or visit TexasStarsHockey.com.