Texas Stars Weekly Update - Feb. 2, 2016Feb 2, 2016
Stars Open Up Season’s Second Half Friday
Last week’s record: 2-1-0-0
Overall record: 25-17-3-3, .583 Win Pct. (2nd, Pacific Division)
CEDAR PARK, Texas – After the All-Star Break, the Texas Stars open up the second half of their season on Friday, when they begin a home-and-home series against their in-state rivals, the San Antonio Rampage.
-- THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE --
February 5 at San Antonio Rampage, 7:30 p.m. CST and February 6 vs. San Antonio Rampage, 7 p.m. CST:
The Stars and Rampage face off in their 11th and 12th meetings of the season as part of a home-and-home series between the two clubs. Texas is 6-4-0-0 this season against San Antonio. Travis Morin of the Stars and Joey Hishon of the Rampage are tied for the offensive lead among all skaters in the season series with 13 points each. Six of the 10 previous matchups have been decided by one goal, including two in overtime. Texas holds a three-game winning streak over the Rampage.
-- LAST WEEK’S RESULTS --
January 27 vs. San Jose Barracuda, 3-0 Win:
Maxime Lagace’s 35-save performance was the difference on Wednesday night as the rookie goaltender led the Texas Stars to a 3-0 shutout win over the San Jose Barracuda to take over second place in the AHL’s Pacific Division in front of 4,175 in attendance at Cedar Park Center. It was the first career shutout for Lagace. Curtis McKenzie paced the Stars offense with a pair of goals and finished with a three-point night. The win was the third straight for Texas, and their 10th in the last 15 games.
January 29 at Lake Erie Monsters, 3-2 Loss:
Greg Rallo scored late in the third period to pull the Texas Stars within one, but a final push came up short in a 3-2 loss to the Lake Erie Monsters on Friday evening at Quicken Loans Arena. The loss ended a three-game win streak for the Stars. Rallo’s goal was his team-leading 19th of the season, and leaves him tied for fourth in the AHL overall, after forcing home a loose puck in front with 3:55 to play. Philippe Desrosiers suffered the loss with 23 saves.
January 30 at Lake Erie Monsters, 3-2 Win:
Radek Faksa’s two goals and Maxime Lagace’s 37 saves were the keys in leading the Texas Stars to a 3-2 road win against the Lake Erie Monsters on Saturday in front of 9,657 in attendance at Quicken Loans Arena. The win gave the Stars a split in their two-game weekend set against the Monsters. The win was also Lagace’s fifth straight and 10th overall. Faksa’s power play goal in the third period held up as the game-winner as the Stars forward now has six goals in his past 10 games.
-- PRACTICE/TRAVEL SCHEDULE --
Monday: All-Star Break
Tuesday: All-Star Break
Wednesday: All-Star Break
Thursday: Practice, 10 a.m. CST
Friday: Texas Stars at San Antonio Rampage, 7:30 p.m. CST
Saturday: Texas Stars vs. San Antonio Rampage, 7 p.m. CST
Sunday: Day Off
-- NEWS, NOTES AND UPCOMING MILESTONES –
Travis Morin is currently fifth in the AHL with 40 points (12-28=40) on the season. Greg Rallo is currently fourth in the league with 19 goals. Maxime Lagace has won his last five starts for Texas with a 1.60 goals against average and a .948 save percentage over that stretch. Brendan Ranford and Esa Lindell each represented Texas in the AHL’s 2016 All-Star Classic in Syracuse, N.Y. over the weekend. The Stars have gone 11-4-1-1 over their last 17 games to jump from sixth to second in the AHL’s Pacific Division.
-- UPCOMING PROMOTIONS --
Saturday’s game against the San Antonio Rampage will include a Stars’ Hat giveaway, presented by G’s Dental Studio.
Saturday’s game will also be a Texas Lottery Lucky Row Night and feature Coke Zero Family Four Packs for fans. The first Stars player to score wins free scratch-off tickets for a lucky row of seats at Cedar Park Center, courtesy of the Texas Lottery, and fans will be able to purchase four tickets, four hot dogs and four soft drinks for as low as $16 per person to the game.
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.