Texas Stars Weekly Update - Nov. 16, 2015Nov 16, 2015
Stars Prepare for a Three-Game Week
Last week’s record: 1-2-0-0
Overall record: 8-5-0-1, .607 Win Pct. (4th, Pacific Division)
CEDAR PARK, Texas – The Texas Stars face off against their in-state rival, the San Antonio Rampage, on Tuesday before returning home for a pair of games at Cedar Park Center this weekend.
-- THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE --
November 17 at San Antonio Rampage, 10:30 a.m.:
The Texas Stars and San Antonio Rampage hook up for a Tuesday morning matchup and their fourth meeting in the last five games. Both teams have split their previous four contests this season, with two of the games being decided by a goal. San Antonio’s Joey Hishon leads the series with seven points (two goals, five assists). Brendan Ranford leads the Stars in the series with five points (three goals, two assists).
November 20 vs. Charlotte Checkers, 7:30 p.m.:
Texas and Charlotte square off in their first of four total meetings this season. The Stars went 5-3-0-0 against the Checkers last season. Derek Hulak and Brendan Ranford each led the series with seven points. The Checkers are off to a 7-7-0-0 start this season and are led by Phil Di Giuseppe with 11 points this season (four goals, seven assists).
November 21 vs. Ontario Reign, 7 p.m.:
Saturday is a matchup of the AHL’s past two Calder Cup Champions as the Texas Stars host the Ontario Reign at Cedar Park Center in a Pacific Division matchup. Ontario is off to a hot start at 8-2-2-0 this season, led Sean Backman and his 11 points (two goals, nine assists). Saturday’s game will be the first-ever meeting between the Stars and Reign franchises.
-- LAST WEEK’S RESULTS --
November 11 vs. San Antonio Rampage, 6-3 Win:
Jack Campbell stopped 23 shots in his season debut, but a four-goal first period was the difference on Wednesday night as the Texas Stars blew out the rival San Antonio Rampage in a 6-3 final in front of 5,526 at Cedar Park Center. Campbell earned his franchise-leading 50th career win in net and Jason Dickinson scored a pair of goals for the Stars, including one shorthanded, to extend his point streak to five games. Roman Will stopped 35 shots for the Rampage, who were the last team to record a regulation loss in the AHL this season.
November 14 vs. Stockton Heat, 5-3 Loss:
The Texas Stars rallied back from a three-goal deficit, but a pair of third period goals was the difference for the Stockton Heat as they skated away with a 5-3 win on Saturday night in front of 4,350 at Cedar Park Center. Branden Troock finished with a goal and an assist for the Stars and Stephen Johns tallied a pair of assists. Blair Riley was credited with the game-winning goal midway through the third after the Stars erased a 3-0 deficit in the game.
November 15 at San Antonio Rampage, 3-1 Loss:
Despite 47 shots on goal and controlling the play for the final two periods, the Texas Stars fell short to the San Antonio Rampage on Sunday evening in a 3-1 road loss at AT&T Center. Spencer Martin stopped 46 shots for the Rampage in his AHL debut. Gemel Smith scored the lone goal for Texas to extend his point streak to four games. The Stars outshot the Rampage 34-16 in the final two periods combined.
-- PRACTICE/TRAVEL SCHEDULE --
Monday: Day Off
Tuesday: Texas Stars vs. San Antonio Rampage, 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday: Practice, 10 a.m.
Thursday: Practice, 10 a.m.
Friday: Texas Stars vs. Charlotte Checkers, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday: Texas Stars vs. Ontario Reign, 7 p.m.
Sunday: Day Off
-- NEWS, NOTES AND UPCOMING MILESTONES –
Gemel Smith is currently on a four-game point streak for the Stars. Jack Campbell made his season debut and earned his 50th career win on Wednesday against San Antonio. Radek Faksa returned to Texas over the weekend after appearing in 14 games for the NHL’s Dallas Stars and recording a goal and an assist. Branden Troock has three points in his last two games with a goal and two assists. Stephen Johns has three assists over his last four games.
-- UPCOMING PROMOTIONS --
Friday’s contest against Charlotte is Star Wars Night with the Texas Stars. Fans can bid on specialty Rebel Alliance warmup jerseys worn by the players, and the proceeds will benefit the Leander ISD Education Excellence Foundation. Costumed characters from the movie franchise will be in attendance at the game. Special movie-themed food items will be served on the concourse, temporary tattoos will be available for kids and clips from the movie will be played throughout the game. More information can be found at TexasStars.com or by calling 512-GO-STARS.
Friday’s game is also a Fun Food Friday with $3 specials on beer, chicken tenders and flatbreads, plus $4 specials on Robert Mondavi Private Selection wine. Fans can also take advantage of a Texas Stars Two-Pack and save $12 on a pair of tickets in the executive or luxury seating levels at Cedar Park Center.
Saturday is Teddy Bear Toss Night with the Stars. Fans are encouraged to bring a teddy bear or other new stuffed animal to the game and throw it on the ice when the Stars score their first goal. All stuffed animals collected at the Teddy Bear Toss will be donated to Operation Blue Santa as part of the Stars’ participation in the Chuy’s Children Giving to Children Parade. Fans who bring a stuffed animal to the game will also receive a voucher for one free ticket to a future Stars home game.
Saturday’s game also features a Stars Scarf giveaway, courtesy of HealthTronics, for fans that arrive early. It is also a Coke Zero Family Four-Pack and Texas Lottery Lucky Row Night. Fans can purchase four tickets, four soft drinks and four hot dogs starting at $16 per person, and the first Stars player to score wins free scratch-off tickets for a lucky row of seats from 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.