Texas Stars Weekly Update - Jan. 2, 2017Jan 2, 2017
Stars Welcome Defending Champions to Town this Weekend
Last week’s record: 0-3-0-0
Overall record: 15-13-1-1
CEDAR PARK, Texas – The Texas Stars kick off the new year with a weekend pair of home games against the American Hockey League’s defending Calder Cup Champions, the Cleveland Monsters.
-- THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE --
January 6 at 7:30 p.m. CST and January 7 at 7 p.m. CST vs. Cleveland Monsters:
The Texas Stars and Cleveland Monsters face off in their first two of four total meetings this season. The Monsters are the AHL’s defending Calder Cup Champions after winning the honor last season. Cleveland is currently fourth in the Central Division at 16-12-1-2. TJ Tynan leads the Monsters with 21 points this season (4-17=21). Historically, the Stars hold a 15-9-2-2 record against the Monsters all-time and won three of the four matchups last season.
-- LAST WEEK’S RESULTS --
December 27 vs. San Antonio Rampage, 2-1 Loss:
On a night where offense was at a premium, Spencer Martin made the final save when needed in the closing seconds for the San Antonio Rampage to hold on for a 2-1 win over the Texas Stars on Tuesday night at AT&T Center. Martin stopped 33 shots in net for the Rampage while Landon Bow of the Stars was also impressive stopping 23 of 25. The Stars saw their four-game win streak over their in-state rivals snapped in the loss. Brandon DeFazio was the lone goal-scorer in the game for Texas.
December 29 vs. San Diego Gulls, 4-0 Loss:
Andy Welinski opened the scoring two minutes into the game and rookie goaltender Kevin Boyle took care of the rest to lead the San Diego Gulls to a 4-0 win over the Texas Stars on Thursday at H-E-B Center. Boyle made 22 saves in the shutout effort and also earned the first win in his AHL career. Landon Bow stopped 22 of 26 shots in the loss for Texas. With the win, the Gulls snapped a seven-game winless skid.
December 31 vs. San Diego Gulls, 3-1 Loss:
The offensive woes continued for the Texas Stars as rookie goaltender Kevin Boyle stopped 37 shots in net to lead the San Diego Gulls to a 3-1 win on Saturday night at H-E-B Center at Cedar Park. Brendan Ranford was the lone goal-scorer for the Stars. Boyle picked up his second career AHL win and finished the two-game set between the two teams stopping 59 of 60 shots in net for the Gulls. Stefan Noesen tallied the game-winning goal on the power play at 11:28 of period two.
-- NEWS, NOTES AND UPCOMING MILESTONES --
Last Thursday’s game against San Diego was the 400th in the professional career of Brandon DeFazio and the 500th game with the Stars for Travis Morin. Justin Dowling is two goals back of Matt Fraser for fourth all-time in goals scored (70) in franchise history. The Stars lead the AHL with eight shorthanded goals this season. The franchise record for shorthanded goals in a season is 13, set last year.
-- UPCOMING PROMOTIONS --
Friday’s matchup is Star Wars Night with the Stars. Fans can save money with a Texas Stars Two-Pack of tickets to the game, and it’s a Hat Trick Friday with $3 specials on beer and soda, plus $4 specials on Robert Mondavi Private Selection wine.
Saturday’s game features a Stars headphones giveaway. The game is also a Texas Lottery Lucky Row Night and will feature Coke Zero Family Four-Packs. The first Stars player to score wins free scratch tickets for a lucky row of seats at H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, courtesy of the Texas Lottery, and fans can purchase four tickets, four hot dogs and four soft drinks starting at just $16 per person, courtesy of Coke Zero.
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.