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Texas Stars Weekly Update

Jan 12, 2015

CEDAR PARK, Texas – This week the Texas Stars face off against the Rochester Americans for the first time this season on Wednesday before returning to Oklahoma City to face the division rival Barons for a two-game set.

Last week’s record: 1-1-1-0
Overall record: 15-12-9-0, 39 pts. (3rd, West Division)


-- THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE --

Jan. 14 vs. Rochester Americans, 7:30 p.m. CST:
The Stars host the Rochester Americans for the first of two total meetings this season on Wednesday at Cedar Park Center.  The Americans are currently in last place in the North Division with a record of 15-22-1-0.  Phil Varone leads Rochester with 29 points in 36 games (8 goals, 21 assists).

Jan. 16 at Oklahoma City Barons, 7 p.m. CST, and Jan. 17 at Oklahoma City Barons, 7 p.m. CST:
Texas will travel back up I-35 to Oklahoma City to face the Barons for a weekend set.  The Stars defeated Oklahoma City 5-2 during their last matchup at Cox Convention Center.  The teams have split their previous eight matchups so far, with four games decided in overtime.  Oklahoma City currently leads the West Division with a record of 26-8-2-2 and is on a three-game win streak.

Broadcast Info:  TexasStarsHockey.com, Texas Stars Mobile App, and AHLlive.com


-- LAST WEEK’S RESULTS --

Jan. 6 at Oklahoma City Barons, 5-2 Win:
Travis Morin tallied a goal and an assist in his return from the NHL snapping a seven-game win streak for the Oklahoma City Barons in a 5-2 Texas victory.  Derek Hulak was credited two of the Stars goals and Matt Mangene and Maxime Fortunus each added two assists.  Jussi Rynnas stopped 27-of-29 shots faced earning his ninth win of the season in goal for Texas.

Jan. 9 vs. Iowa Wild, 2-1 Loss:
Derek Hulak extended his point streak to five games with an assist, but the Stars failed to break goaltender Johan Gustafsson who had 35 saves Friday at Cedar Park Center.  Greg Rallo notched the only Texas goal, his tenth of the season.

Jan. 10 vs. Toronto Marlies, 4-3 Overtime Loss:
Brendan Ranford led all skaters in points Saturday at Cedar Park Center with two goals and one assist in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Toronto Marlies.  Derek Hulak added two assists, one on each Ranford goal, to extend his point streak to team-high six games.  It was an overtime goal by Marlies defenseman Stuart Percy that decided the game.


-- PRACTICE/TRAVEL SCHEDULE --

Monday: Practice, 10 a.m.
Tuesday:  Practice, 10 a.m.
Wednesday:  Texas Stars vs. Rochester Americans, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday:  Travel Day
Friday:  Texas Stars vs. Oklahoma City Barons, 7 p.m.
Saturday:  Texas Stars vs. Oklahoma City Barons, 7 p.m.
Sunday:  Travel Day
**All times Central (CST)


-- NEWS, NOTES AND UPCOMING MILESTONES --

Captain Maxime Fortunus and forward Travis Morin were selected to compete in the 2015 AHL All-Star Classic on Jan. 25 and 26 in Utica, N.Y.  Fortunus also appeared his 800th career professional game on Friday in the Stars loss to Iowa.  Brendan Ranford appeared in his 100th contest Friday night. Derek Hulak is currently on a six-game point streak, the longest of any Texas player this season.  Texas signed rookie forward Eric Faille to a professional tryout agreement on Jan. 9, and he appeared in both games this past weekend for the Stars.


-- UPCOMING PROMOTIONS --

Wednesday’s game against Rochester will be a Winning Wednesday where if the Stars win, fans in attendance receive a free ticket to the team’s next Wednesday game on March 11 vs. the Lake Erie Monsters.

Wednesday’s game is also another H-E-B Night where fans who donate any H-E-B branded, non-perishable food item will receive $5 off their ticket purchase.

The Raising Cane’s Challenge also returns for Wednesday’s contest where if the Stars score at least three goals in the game, fans in attendance receive a Buy One, Get One free coupon for any area Raising Cane’s location.

The Texas Stars entered the 2014-15 season as the AHL’s defending Calder Cup Champions.  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.

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