Texas Stars Weekly Update - Feb. 22, 2016Feb 22, 2016
Stars Return Home for Pink in the Rink Weekend Starting Friday
Last week’s record: 2-1-0-0
Overall record: 32-19-3-3, .614 Win Pct. (2nd, Pacific Division)
CEDAR PARK, Texas – The Texas Stars open up a five-game homestand at Cedar Park Center beginning this Friday with the start of Pink in the Rink Weekend presented by Cedar Park Regional Medical Center.
-- THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE --
February 26 at 7:30 p.m. CST and February 27 at 7 p.m. CST vs. Ontario Reign:
This weekend, the Stars and Reign meet up for their fifth and sixth meetings of the year to close out their season series. Texas is 0-3-1-0 against Ontario and three of the four games have been decided by a goal, including one in overtime. The Reign currently sit in first place in the AHL’s Pacific Division with a points percentage of .667, while the Stars are second at .614. Ontario’s Nic Dowd leads all skaters in the season series with seven points (1-6=7). Jason Dickinson leads the Stars with five points (3-2=5).
-- LAST WEEK’S RESULTS --
February 17 at San Diego Gulls, 6-3 Win:
Brett Ritchie’s four-point game led the way for the Texas Stars in their 6-3 win over the San Diego Gulls on Wednesday night to open up a three-game road trip in front of 5,947 in attendance at Valley View Casino Center. It was the sixth straight win for the Stars. Ritchie added an empty-net goal on top of three assists in the game. Maxime Lagace stopped 42 shots in net to earn his 11th win in his last 12 starts, and the Stars (31-18-3-3) closed out their season series against the Gulls (23-20-1-1) winning five of the six matchups.
February 19 at Ontario Reign, 4-1 Loss:
Despite a superb goaltending performance from Maxime Lagace in net, the Texas Stars offense was held to just a goal in a 4-1 road loss to the Ontario Reign on Friday in a matchup of the top two teams in the AHL’s Pacific Division at Citizens Business Bank Arena. Lagace stopped 31 of 34 shots in net, including a series of acrobatic saves through the first two periods when Texas was outshot 24-11, and saw his personal 11-game win streak come to an end in net. Jason Dickinson scored the lone goal for the Stars. The loss ended Texas’ six-game win streak.
February 20 at Bakersfield Condors, 4-2 Win:
Jason Dickinson scored a power play goal and Philippe Desrosiers stopped 31 shots in net as the Texas Stars closed out their three-game road trip with a 4-2 win over the Bakersfield Condors on Saturday night in front of 4,221 at Rabobank Arena. It was the Stars’ seventh win in their past eight games. Dickinson’s goal was one of two power play goals in the game for Texas. Remi Elie’s third period tally was the game-winner as Texas won their fifth game this season over the Condors in as many meetings.
-- PRACTICE/TRAVEL SCHEDULE --
Monday: Day Off
Tuesday: Day Off
Wednesday: Practice, 10 a.m. CST
Thursday: Practice, 10 a.m. CST
Friday: Texas Stars vs. Ontario Reign, 7:30 p.m. CST
Saturday: Texas Stars vs. Ontario Reign, 7 p.m. CST
Sunday: Day Off
-- NEWS, NOTES AND UPCOMING MILESTONES –
Jason Dickinson has 13 points over his last nine games (7-6=13). Travis Morin (47 points) and Brendan Ranford (46 points) are currently fourth and fifth in the AHL scoring race. Maxime Lagace’s personal 11-game winning streak came to an end in Friday’s loss at Ontario. Lagace is 11-1-0 over his last 13 games with a 2.44 goals against average and .927 save percentage. Curtis McKenzie is on a five-game point streak with nine points over that stretch (3-6=9), and Brett Ritchie has points in eight of his last nine contests.
-- UPCOMING PROMOTIONS --
The Stars will host Pink in the Rink Weekend, presented by Cedar Park Regional Medical Center, at Cedar Park Center this Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 7 p.m. The Stars will wear specialty pink-themed jerseys as they host the Ontario Reign for both games. Throughout the weekend, breast cancer survivors and volunteers will participate in various in-game activities, such as flag presentations and intermission contests. Funds will be raised for the Breast Cancer Resource Centers of Texas (BCRC) through a game-worn jersey silent auction, mystery puck sales and Chuck-a-Puck contests during both games. Fans can also purchase special Pink in the Rink long-sleeve t-shirts from the Stars Team Store, with $5 from each sale donated to BCRC.
The Texas Stars’ Pink in the Rink jersey auction winners will have the opportunity to meet the player after the conclusion of Saturday’s game and receive the jersey “off their back”.
In addition to opening Pink in the Rink Weekend, Friday’s game will also feature Texas Stars Two-Packs and the Fun Food Friday promotion with $3 beer, chicken tenders and flatbreads, plus $4 Robert Mondavi Private Selection Wine. Saturday’s game is a Coke Zero Family Four-Pack Night, where fans can purchase four tickets, hot dogs and soft drinks for as low as $16 per person.
Saturday’s game is also a Texas Lottery Lucky Row Night and features a Stars Pink in the Rink Fleece Blanket giveaway, courtesy of Cedar Park Regional Medical Center.
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.