Texas Stars Weekly Update - Dec. 6, 2016Dec 6, 2016
Stars Return for a Lengthy Home Stretch Beginning Friday
Last week’s record: 1-2-0-0
Overall record: 11-8-1-1
CEDAR PARK, Texas – The Texas Stars return from a three-game road trip and will now spend the next five weeks in the state of Texas beginning on Friday against the Rockford IceHogs.
-- THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE —
December 9 at 7:30 p.m. CST and December 10 at 7:00 p.m. CST vs. Rockford IceHogs:
The Texas Stars and Rockford IceHogs will meet for a back-to-back set of games on Friday and Saturday night. The IceHogs won the first meeting of the season when they edged Texas in a 5-4 shootout finish on Nov. 19. Cole Ully, Brandon DeFazio and Andrew Bodnarchuk all scored for the Stars in the third period to send the game into overtime. Erik Gustafsson scored two goals in the contest for the IceHogs, while Spencer Abbott and Martin Lundberg found the back of the net to win in the shootout. Texas currently boasts a 6-2-0-0 record at H-E-B Center while Rockford has a 2-7-1-0 record on the road
-- LAST WEEK’S RESULTS —
November 30, 2016 at Chicago Wolves, 4-3 Loss:
Kenny Agostino’s power-play goal late in the third period capped off a three-point night for the forward and locked up a 4-3 win for the Chicago Wolves over the Texas Stars on Friday evening at Allstate Arena. Agostino’s late tally came with 5:02 remaining in regulation, and the Wolves’ defense held off a late push from Texas in the final minute. Jason Dickinson tallied a goal and an assist for the Stars. Maxime Lagace suffered the loss in net stopping 20 of 24 shots.
December 3, 2016 at Manitoba Moose, 6-1 Win:
Brandon DeFazio’s record-setting goal was the start of a four-goal second period that propelled the Texas Stars to a 6-1 road win over the Manitoba Moose on Saturday afternoon at the MTS Centre. DeFazio’s tally came 11 seconds into the middle frame to set a new franchise record for the fastest goal to start a period. Denis Gurianov, Austin Fyten and Mike McMurtry also found the back of the net in the second. Maxime Lagace stopped 26 of 27 shots in net to earn his ninth win of the season, and Travis Morin recorded the 400th assist of his professional career as the Stars snapped the three-game win streak of the Moose.
December 4, 2016 at Manitoba Moose, 5-4 Loss:
Travis Morin’s power play goal for the Texas Stars evened up the game late, but Dan DeSalvo’s power play goal with 1:23 to play in regulation was the game-winner as the Manitoba Moose picked up a 5-4 win on Sunday evening at the MTS Centre. Morin’s power play goal was part of a three-point night for the Stars, who rallied from a 3-1 and 4-3 deficit in the game before DeSalvo’s dagger finally sealed it. The Moose snapped a five-game losing skid to Texas dating back to last season. Maxime Lagace suffered the loss for Texas with 26 saves in net. Morin finished with two goals in the game.
-- NEWS, NOTES AND UPCOMING MILESTONES --
Texas Stars captain Travis Morin tallied the 400th assist of his professional career on Saturday at Manitoba. Rookie defenseman Brandon Anselmini recorded the first points of his AHL career with a pair of assists on Saturday. Sunday’s game against the Moose was the 550th in the pro career of Andrew Bodnarchuk. The Stars will play nine of their next 11 games on home ice, and the two road games over that stretch are both in San Antonio against the Rampage. Justin Dowling’s 187 career points as a Star are four shy of tying Greg Rallo for third all-time in franchise history.
-- UPCOMING PROMOTIONS --
Fans can save $12 on Friday with a Texas Stars Two-Pack. It is also a Hat Trick Friday with $3 specials on beer and soda, plus $4 specials on Robert Mondavi Private Selection wine.
Saturday’s game against the IceHogs at 7 p.m. CST will feature a Stars Holiday Sweater Fleece Blanket giveaway, courtesy of Thrivent Financial. Saturday is also a Texas Lottery Lucky Row Night where the first Stars player to score wins free scratch tickets for a lucky row of seats at H-E-B Center at Cedar Park. Fans can also take advantage of Coke Zero Family Four-Packs on Saturday with four tickets, four hot dogs and four soft drinks starting at just $16 per person.
The Texas Stars are the primary development affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars, and are currently in their eighth season at H-E-B Center at Cedar Park. Full season, 24-game, 12-game and six-game ticket packages for the 2016-17 campaign are on sale now. For more information, call (512) GO-STARS (467-8277) or visit TexasStars.com.