Texas Stars Weekly Update - Mar. 20, 2017Mar 20, 2017
Stars Return Home to Start a Four-Game Stretch
Last week’s record: 1-1-0-1
Overall record: 28-30-1-4
CEDAR PARK, Texas – Coming off a weekend road split in Cleveland, the Texas Stars will play three games at H-E-B Center at Cedar Park this week as part of a four-game homestand for the club.
-- THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE --
March 22 at 7:30 p.m. CST vs. Tucson Roadrunners:
The Texas Stars face the Tucson Roadrunners for the sixth and final time this season on Wednesday night at H-E-B Center at Cedar Park. The Stars have a 3-2-0-0 record over their Pacific Division rivals this season, with two of the three wins occurring on home ice. Netminder Justin Peters earned two of the wins for Texas against his former team, posting a .927 SV% and a 2.00 GAA in the process. Tucson forward Christian Fischer leads all skaters in the series with eight points (4-4=8) in five games played.
March 24 at 7:30 p.m. CST and March 25 at 7:00 p.m. CST vs. Stockton Heat:
The Texas Stars and Stockton Heat meet for a back-to-back weekend matchup, and the start of a three-game set between the two clubs, on Friday and Saturday. Stockton has won all three meetings between the teams this season and currently sits one spot above Texas in the Pacific Division standings. Forward Linden Vey leads all skaters in the series with five points (1-4=5) in three games played for the Heat while Austin Fyten, Cole Ully, and Ethan Werek have all scored for the Stars.
-- LAST WEEK’S RESULTS --
March 15 at Chicago Wolves, 1-0 Loss (SO):
Justin Peters stopped 25 shots in net to corral one of the AHL's top offensive teams, but Jordan Binnington was better in a 1-0, shootout win for the Chicago Wolves over the Texas Stars at Allstate Arena on Wednesday. Peters and Binnington traded saves all night long and combined to stop 55 shots through 65 minutes of play. Kenny Agostino and Ty Rattie each scored in the shootout for the Wolves, who extended their point streak to 11 games in the win. It was the second straight game for Texas that resulted in a shootout loss.
March 17 at Cleveland Monsters, 4-0 Win:
Rookie Gavin Bayreuther scored in his first career game, Justin Dowling tallied a milestone goal and Justin Peters stopped 24 shots in net to record his first shutout win for the Texas Stars in a 4-0 final on St. Patrick's Day over the Cleveland Monsters at Quicken Loans Arena. Caleb Herbert also scored for Texas, and the Stars snapped a four-game winless skid (0-2-0-2) in the win. Cole Ully and Julius Honka each registered a pair of assists for the Stars.
March 18 at Cleveland Monsters, 6-3 Loss:
After erasing a three-goal deficit, a bad bounce off the boards gave the Cleveland Monsters their go-ahead goal en route to a 6-3 win over the Texas Stars at Quicken Loans Arena on Saturday. TJ Tynan's dump into the corner kicked the puck back in front and left Texas goaltender Justin Peters trapped behind the net as Ryan Craig tapped in an open-net goal with 4:53 to play after the Monsters rallied back from a 3-0 deficit. Sonny Milano finished with a three-point game (2-1=3) for Cleveland. Peters saw his career-high shutout streak come to an end at 161:17, while the Monsters snapped their scoreless drought of 149:16 in the win.
-- NEWS, NOTES AND UPCOMING MILESTONES --
The month of March is the busiest for the Texas Stars this season. Texas plays 15 games, including a stretch of seven games in 11 days that began March 8 against Grand Rapids. Nine of the Stars 15 March games are being played at H-E-B Center. Texas currently leads the AHL, and has tied a franchise record, with 13 shorthanded goals this season. Gavin Bayreuther made his professional debut on March 17, and scored his first career goal, after signing with the team on an amateur tryout agreement. Justin Dowling’s goal on March 17 was the 71st of his Texas career, passing Matt Fraser for fourth all-time, and his 200th point as a Star.
-- UPCOMING PROMOTIONS --
The Stars return home on Wednesday, March 22 to host the Tucson Roadrunners at 7:30 p.m. on a Winning Wednesday matchup. If the Stars win, fans can redeem their ticket stub for a free ticket to the team’s next Wednesday home game on April 5 against the Bakersfield Condors.
This weekend against Stockton is Military Appreciation Weekend, presented by Round Rock Honda, Toyota and Hyundai.
The Stars will wear camouflage specialty jerseys during both games which fans can bid on through a silent auction Friday and Saturday. The winning bidders can receive their jerseys off the players’ backs and get their jerseys signed after Saturday’s game.
Fans can save money on a pair of tickets to Friday’s game with a Texas Stars Two-Pack. It’s also a Hat Trick Friday with $3 specials on beer and soda, plus $4 specials on Robert Mondavi Private Selection wine.
Saturday’s game will feature a Stars Camo Hat giveaway, presented by Round Rock Honda, Toyota and Hyundai. It 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 playing 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.