Texas Stars Weekly Update - Dec. 28, 2015Dec 28, 2015
Stars End 2015 at Home, Start 2016 Out West
Last week’s record: 1-1-0-0
Overall record: 15-13-2-2, .531 Win Pct. (6th, Pacific Division)
CEDAR PARK, Texas – The Texas Stars close out 2015 on home ice before starting the 2016 portion of the schedule on the West Coast this weekend.
-- THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE --
December 29 vs. San Antonio Rampage, 7 p.m. CST:
Tuesday’s contest is the ninth matchup this season in the I-35 Rivalry between Texas and San Antonio, and is the finale of a three-game stretch between the two clubs. The teams have split their previous eight matchups this season. Greg Rallo is riding a five-game point streak for the Stars entering the game.
December 31 vs. San Diego Gulls, 7 p.m. CST:
The San Diego Gulls make their first-ever visit to Cedar Park Center for their second meeting overall this year against the Stars. Texas won the previous matchup in San Diego back on Nov. 25 by a 5-3 final. The Gulls are led by rookie defenseman Brandon Montour with 26 points this season (5-21=26).
January 2 at Stockton Heat, 6 p.m. CST:
The Stars make their first visit to Stockton on Saturday to kick-off a West Coast swing. Texas is 1-2-0-0 against the Heat this season with their lone win coming on Dec. 12, 5-2. Forward Derek Grant leads the Heat with 11 goals and 16 points this season.
January 3 at San Jose Barracuda, 7 p.m. CST:
The Stars visit the Barracuda for the third time this season after splitting the previous two matchups at the end of November. The Barracuda are currently last in the Pacific Division and are led by Ryan Carpenter with 22 points (2-20=22).
-- LAST WEEK’S RESULTS --
December 26 vs. San Antonio Rampage, 5-4 Loss:
The Stars outshot their in-state rivals 48-26, but Joey Hishon's power play goal with 21 seconds left in regulation snapped a tie game and dropped Texas in a 5-4 loss to the San Antonio Rampage on Saturday night in front of 5,891 in attendance at Cedar Park Center. Hishon's game-winner came four minutes after Curtis McKenzie tied the game on the power play for the Stars. Travis Morin for Texas and Nikita Zadorov for San Antonio both finished with three points to lead all skaters. Hishon finished with a pair of goals in the game.
December 27 at San Antonio Rampage, 3-2 Win:
The Texas Stars jumped out to a 3-0 lead and Maxime Lagace took care of the rest with 34 saves in net in a 3-2 road win over the San Antonio Rampage on Sunday evening in front of 7,256 at AT&T Center. Texas tallied of pair of power play goals for the second straight game, and Greg Rallo’s second period goal held up as the game-winner. Lagace earned his fifth win of the season after being recalled on Sunday morning from the ECHL’s Idaho Steelheads, and San Antonio’s Spencer Martin made 32 saves in the loss.
-- PRACTICE/TRAVEL SCHEDULE --
Monday: Day off
Tuesday: Texas Stars vs. San Antonio Rampage, 7 p.m. CST
Wednesday: Practice, 10 a.m. CST
Thursday: Texas Stars vs. San Diego Gulls, 7 p.m. CST
Friday: Travel Day
Saturday: Texas Stars at Stockton Heat, 6 p.m. CST
Sunday: Texas Stars at San Jose Barracuda, 7 p.m. CST
-- NEWS, NOTES AND UPCOMING MILESTONES –
With a goal on Sunday at San Antonio, Greg Rallo tallied his 168th career point as a Texas Stars and passed Maxime Fortunus for third all-time in franchise history. Rallo is also sitting on 149 goals in his AHL career. The Stars have gone 9-for-28 on the power play over the past seven games (32.1%), and have scored multiple power play goals in four of those contests. Since the start of the 2014-15 season, the Stars and San Antonio Rampage have met 20 total times, splitting those games with 10 wins each. The overall goals scored are 69-64 favoring San Antonio, and 10 of the games have been decided by a goal.
-- UPCOMING PROMOTIONS --
Tuesday’s game will feature post-game open ice for fans to walk or skate on after the game. Tuesday’s and Thursday’s games are H-E-B Nights with the Stars where fans can donate an H-E-B-branded, non-perishable food item at the box office for $5 off their ticket purchase.
On Thursday, the Stars will hold a post-game New Year’s Eve Bash for fans at Cedar Park Center. It will be the first time in franchise history the Stars have played a home game on New Year’s Eve. Immediately following the game, the Cedar Park Center East Atrium and Bud Light Lounge will transform into “New Year’s Eve Central”, as Austin-based band Radiostar performs hits from the ‘70’s, ‘80s and today. At midnight, fans 21 and over can enjoy a champagne toast to ring in 2016. All ticket holders at the Dec. 31 game are invited to attend the post-game festivities.
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.