Texas Stars Weekly Update - Jan. 11, 2016Jan 11, 2016
Stars Return to California for Three-Game Weekend
Last week’s record: 2-0-1-0
Overall record: 19-14-3-3, .564 Win Pct. (3rd, Pacific Division)
CEDAR PARK, Texas – The Texas Stars are riding back-to-back wins and a three-game point streak into their road weekend out west beginning on Friday.
-- THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE --
January 15 at Bakersfield Condors, 9 p.m. CST:
The Stars and Condors meet up for the fourth of six total matchups this season. Texas is 3-0-0-0 against the Condors this season and Travis Morin leads the team with four points in the season series (1-3=4). The Condors are 3-2-0-1 over their last six games and led by Matthew Ford with 27 points this season (16-11=27).
January 16 at San Diego Gulls, 9:05 p.m. CST:
The Stars and Gulls face off for the third of six total matchups this season. The Stars hold a 2-0-0-0 record against the Gulls this season and have outscored San Diego 11-4 in the series so far. Texas is currently third in the Pacific Divison (.564) while San Diego is sitting in fourth (.547). The Gulls are 2-4-0-0 in their last six games.
January 17 at Ontario Reign, 5 p.m. CST:
Texas has dropped their first two meetings against the Ontario Reign in a pair of one-goal losses, including one in overtime. The Reign are currently the Pacific Division’s top team with a .661 points percentage on the season. The Reign has been struggling with just three wins in their last eight games.
-- LAST WEEK’S RESULTS --
January 5 at Ontario Reign, 3-2 Overtime Loss:
The Texas Stars scored a pair of goals late in the third period to knot the game and force overtime, but Kevin Gravel’s one-timer from the right circle ended things and handed the Ontario Reign a 3-2 win on Tuesday night at Citizens Business Bank Arena in front of 6,814 in attendance. Brett Ritchie and Jason Dickinson scored the late goals for Texas to earn the overtime point. Justin Auger finished with three points for the Reign.
January 8 vs. Chicago Wolves, 3-1 Win:
Two first period goals and a 23-save performance from Philippe Desrosiers were the difference for the Texas Stars in a 3-1 win over the Chicago Wolves on Friday night at Cedar Park Center in front of a crowd of 4,363. The win was the first at the AHL level for Desrosiers, who lost his shutout bid with 56 seconds remaining in regulation on the Wolves’ only goal. Jason Dickinson tallied two assists to extend his point streak to five games for the Stars, and Texas scored twice on the power play to snap a three-game winless skid.
January 9 vs. Chicago Wolves, 5-2 Win:
Brett Ritchie scored twice and Philippe Desrosiers turned aside 48 shots in net as the Texas Stars swept their weekend set against the Chicago Wolves with a 5-2 win in front of 6,261 fans at Cedar Park Center on Saturday night. The Stars gave up 50 shots, but Desrosiers kept the Wolves’ offense in check as he earned his second career win in as many nights. Justin Dowling finished with a goal and two assists. The Stars also extended their point streak to three games as they closed out their season series against Chicago winning three of the four matchups.
-- PRACTICE/TRAVEL SCHEDULE --
Monday: Day off
Tuesday: Practice, 12 p.m. CST
Wednesday: Practice, 11 a.m. CST
Thursday: Travel Day
Friday: Texas Stars at Bakersfield Condors, 9 p.m. CST
Saturday: Texas Stars at San Diego Gulls, 9:05 p.m. CST
Sunday: Texas Stars at Ontario Reign, 5 p.m. CST
-- NEWS, NOTES AND UPCOMING MILESTONES –
Travis Morin is currently first in the AHL scoring race with 35 points on the season. Greg Rallo is second in the league with eight power play goals. The Stars are 16-for-59 on the power play (27.1%) over their past 16 games. Philippe Desrosiers stopped 71 of 74 shots in two starts over the weekend for a .959 save percentage. Morin, Brendan Ranford, and Esa Lindell were each selected to represent Texas at the AHL All-Star Classic at the end of January.
-- UPCOMING PROMOTIONS --
Texas returns home the weekend of Jan. 22 and 23 against the San Diego Gulls.
Friday’s game is 80’s Night and will feature Texas Stars Two Packs of luxury or executive level tickets at $12 off. It’s also a Fun Food Friday with $3 specials on beer, chicken tenders and flatbreads, plus $4 specials on Robert Mondavi Private Selection Wine. More details on the 80’s Night festivities will announced at a later date.
Saturday’s game will feature a Texas Stars Lunch Bag giveaway. Saturday’s game is a Coke Zero Family Four Pack and Texas Lottery Lucky Row night. Fans can purchase four tickets, four hot dogs and four soft drinks starting at $16 per person. 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.
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.