Texas Stars Weekly Update - Oct. 12Oct 12, 2015
Stars Hit the Road for a Three-Game Weekend
Last week’s record: 1-0-0-0
Overall record: 1-0-0-0, 1.000 Win Pct. (T-1st, Pacific Division)
CEDAR PARK, Texas – The Texas Stars opened their season over the weekend in thrilling fashion with an overtime win over the rival San Antonio Rampage. The team now hits the road for a three-game weekend beginning Friday in Chicago.
-- THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE --
October 16 at Chicago Wolves, 7 p.m.:
The Stars and Wolves hook up on Friday in the first of four total meetings this season. Last year the Stars swept the season series going 4-0-0-0, and hold a 21-8-1-0 all-time record against Chicago. The Wolves are led up front by returning forwards Ty Rattie and Pat Cannone. Rattie is one of the league’s top goal-scorers with 21 goals in just 59 games a season ago, and Cannone’s 47 points (14 goals, 33 assists) were second on the team last year.
October 17 at 7 p.m. and October 18 at 4 p.m. at Rockford IceHogs:
Saturday and Sunday mark the first meetings between Texas and Rockford since the opening round of the 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs last season, when the IceHogs eliminated the Stars in three games. Stars’ defenseman Stephen Johns will be facing his former club after coming to Texas through the offseason Patrick Sharp trade between the NHL’s Dallas Stars and Chicago Blackhawks. The IceHogs are led by goaltender Michael Leighton, who was one of the AHL’s best last year with a 2.20 goals against average and .920 save percentage.
-- LAST WEEK’S RESULTS --
October 10 vs. San Antonio Rampage, 5-4 (OT) Win:
The San Antonio Rampage forced overtime with an extra-attacker goal late in regulation, but Devin Shore answered back on a breakaway in overtime to lift the Texas Stars to a 5-4 win on Saturday night in front 5,913 at Cedar Park Center to open the 2015-16 regular season. Stephen Johns sprung Shore on a chip pass from his own end out to center ice and the rookie forward slipped his first of the season past Calvin Pickard 1:44 into the extra frame to win it. Curtis McKenzie led all Texas skaters with three points, all helpers.
-- NEWS, NOTES AND UPCOMING MILESTONES --
Greg Rallo’s second assist in Saturday’s win over San Antonio was the 150th of his AHL career, and the veteran forward is now one point away from 150 as a Texas Star. Derek Hulak is five games shy of 100 in his AHL career. Stephen Johns, Remi Elie, Brennan Evans, and John Muse all made their Texas Stars debut in Saturday’s win. The Stars are now 6-1-0-0 in season openers in franchise history. Their only loss came in 2009-10 at San Antonio, 3-2.
-- UPCOMING PROMOTIONS --
The Stars will return to Cedar Park Center on Wednesday, Oct. 21 for their first meeting of the season against the Stockton Heat on Back to the Future night at 7:30 p.m. Fans can purchase executive and luxury level tickets for $19.85 in honor of the movie, plus take pictures with a DeLorean before the game. It is also the team’s first Winning Wednesday promotion of the season and an H-E-B Night. If the Stars win, fans in attendance will receive a free ticket to the team’s next Wednesday game, and fans can donate an H-E-B branded, non-perishable food item at the box office for $5 off their ticket purchase.
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.