Gameday Preview - Oklahoma City at TexasApril 9, 2011 - American Hockey League (AHL) Texas Stars
Texas is 22-11-3-3 at Cedar Park Center this season and 6-4-0-0 in the last ten games. The club ended a three-game losing skid in Milwaukee on Friday night. The three-game streak was preceded by a season-high five-game winning streak that was snapped by Oklahoma City last weekend. Texas has two games remaining on the season, one at home and one on the road. Texas is in the middle of a stretch of seven games over ten days to finish the season. All seven games are against division opponents. The Stars are 31-17-2-4 against the West Division this season and 10-9-2-1 against the North Division this season. Texas is the least penalized team in the league accruing 12.81 penalty minutes a game. The Stars are 22-5-4-6 in one-goal games this year and 25-1-1-1 when leading after two periods of play this season. When trailing after two periods of play, the Stars have a 9-21-2-1 mark. The nine wins are the most of any team in the AHL when trailing after two frames.
Oklahoma City is 21-12-0-5 on the road this year and 5-3-0-2 in the last ten games played. Despite one win in the last six road games, the Barons sit tied for sixth in the league and second in the conference with 21 road wins. The Barons have been outscored 123-117 on home ice, but have outscored their opponents 123-105 on the road this season. Oklahoma City has scored the first goal 41 times in 78 games played, posting a 26-10-1-4 mark when opening the scoring. The Barons are 26-21-2-7 against West Division opponents. Oklahoma City has outscored its opponents 87-62 in the second period of play this season. The 87 second-period goals rank second in the conference behind Chicago. When leading after two periods of play, the Barons are 26-1-0-4. The Barons have won three straight games heading into Saturday night's tilt in Texas.
Stars right wing Greg Rallo leads all scorers in the season series with three goals and six points in nine games. Five other skaters, including three from Texas, each have five points in the series. Texas forwards Colton Sceviour, Aaron Gagnon and Francis Wathier each has five points in the series. Oklahoma City center Brad Moran and right wing Alexandre Giroux both have five points in the season series. Sceviour, Rallo and Moran are tied for the series lead with three goals each. Rallo and Wathier represent Texas in the series lead with three assists each. Giroux leads all skaters with four assists in the series.
Stars goalie Richard Bachman is 6-1-1 with a 1.75 goals against average and a .943 save percentage. Bachman has stopped 251 of 262 Barons shots in seven appearances. Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers is 1-3-1 with a 2.29 goals against average and a .926 save percentage in five games against Texas. Barons' goalie Martin Gerber is 1-1-1 with a 2.27 goals against average and a .931 save percentage. Bryan Pitton is 1-0-0 with a 2.29 goals against average and a .931 save percentage.
Barons Close in on Final Playoff Spot in the Western Conference
The Barons are attempting to secure the final playoff spot available in the Western Conference. Oklahoma City can clinch the playoffs with a win on Saturday night in Texas. Three other teams are still alive for the final spot. A loss in regulation for San Antonio, Chicago or Abbotsford would eliminate each team from the playoff picture. San Antonio is in Chicago on Saturday night, while Abbotsford is in Lake Erie. If the Barons can get to 91 total points by the end of the season on Sunday, they will be the final team in the Western Conference to punch a ticket to the Calder Cup Playoffs.
First Round Pick Scott Glennie Joins Texas Stars
Cedar Park, TX - The Texas Stars announced on Wednesday the club has signed forward Scott Glennie to an Amateur Tryout Agreement (ATO).
Glennie recently completed a four-year run with the Western Hockey League's Brandon Wheat Kings. He finished second in team scoring this season with a career-high 91 points, including 35 goals and 56 assists in 70 regular season games played. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder was chosen by the Dallas Stars in the first round (8th overall) of the 2009 National Hockey League Entry Draft. The Winnipeg native led Brandon in playoff scoring with three goals and 10 points in six games. The Wheat Kings fell to the Medicine Hat Tigers in their best-of-seven opening round playoff series.
The 19-year old played in 252 career games for the Wheat Kings and he became the first Brandon player since Marty Murray in 1994 to eclipse the 300-point plateau. Glennie is one of only eleven players to score over 300 career points in franchise history. During his Wheat King career, Glennie scored 121 goals and totaled 308 points. In 39 playoff games with Brandon, he had ten goals and 39 points - good for 15th on the club's all-time list.
PK Finds Groove
The Texas Stars penalty kill is 26th overall at 80.6% this year. The Stars penalty kill has been superb since March 5, stopping 53 of the last 57 attempts (91.2%). Texas went five games without giving up a power-play goal from March 5 - March 13. The Stars' streak ended on March 19 while visiting the Manitoba Moose, allowing one goal off three attempts. In the last nine games, the team has only given up four power-play goals on the last 38 penalty kills (89.5%).
DATE OPPONENT TIME RADIO
Saturday, April 9 vs. Oklahoma City 7:00 PM 1530 AM
Sunday, April 10 at San Antonio 4:30 PM 104.9 FM
* All times listed are central time
LAST GAMES RECAP:
Texas 3 at Milwaukee 2 4/8/11
Milwaukee, WI - The Texas Stars defeated the Milwaukee Admirals 3-2 on Friday night in front of 5,893 fans at the Bradley Center. Center Travis Morin scored two goals, including the eventual game-winning goal with 3:19 left in regulation to lead the Stars to victory. Texas goalie Richard Bachman stopped 30 shots in the win, as the Stars clinched a spot in the 2011 Calder Cup Playoffs. Right wing Raymond Sawada had a goal and an assist, as Texas ended a three-game slide. Milwaukee defenseman Grant Lewis had a goal and an assist as the Admirals dropped their third straight decision and failed to clinch the West Division. Milwaukee goalie Jeremy Smith made 20 saves in the defeat.
Texas 2 at Peoria 3 4/6/11
The Texas Stars were defeated by the Peoria Rivermen 3-2 on Wednesday night in front of 2,668 fans at Carver Arena. Defenseman Jake Gannon scored his second goal of the season with 1:55 left in regulation to cap off a Peoria two-goal comeback. Fellow defender Nathan Oystrick started the rally with a goal midway through the third period to tie the game 2-2. Peoria goalie Jake Allen made 20 saves in the win, as Texas goalie Richard Bachman stopped 28 shots in the defeat. Stars forward Francis Wathier and defenseman Philip Larsen each scored in the loss, which prevented Texas from clinching a 2011 Calder Cup Playoff spot. The game marked the Stars third straight loss. It also marked the first time all year that Texas surrendered a lead after two periods of play. Prior to Wednesday night the Stars were 24-0-1-1 when leading after two periods of play.
Rockford 5 at Texas 1 4/3/11
The Texas Stars were defeated by the Rockford IceHogs 5-1 in front of 4,756 fans at Cedar Park Center on Sunday night. Rockford goalie Hannu Toivonen stopped 30 of 31 shots faced for the win. IceHogs center Jeff Taffe had a goal and two assists, while forwards Ben Smith and Brandon Pirri both had a goal and an assist on the night. Texas center Travis Morin had the lone goal for Texas, as the Stars fell to 22-11-3-3 at home this season. Texas goalie Tyler Beskorowany stopped 30 shots in the loss.
The Texas Stars
After 78 games of action, right wing Greg Rallo leads the team in points with 54 (26g-28a). Ralllo also leads the team with 26 goals and 254 shots on net. He is tied for second in the league with seven game-winning goals and he ranks in the top five for shots on goal. Center Travis Morin is second for Texas in scoring with 21 goals and 24 assists for 45 points in 62 games played. Morin returned to the lineup on March 7th after missing 14 games with an injury. Colton Sceviour is third on the team with 41 points and he is fourth with 25 assists in 76 games played. Dan Spang is tied for fourth overall on the team with 37 points. He is third on the team in assists (27), as well as leading all defensemen in goals (10) and shots on goal (167). Left wing Francis Wathier is third on the team with 19 goals and 172 shots in 66 games played. Defenseman Maxime Fortunus leads the team with 29 assists in 72 games played. Center Mathieu Tousignant leads the team with 120 penalty minutes.
Texas Stars goalies Richard Bachman and Tyler Beskorowany fill the net for the Stars. Bachman has appeared in 54 games, going 28-18-5 with a 2.20 goals against average and a .926 save percentage. Bachman ranks in the top five of the AHL for goals against average and save percentage. Bachman has started 37 of the last 49 games and he ranks third in the AHL with 3,131 minutes played in net. Overall, Beskorowany is 7-7-1 with a 2.19 goals against average and a .927 save percentage. Goalie Brent Krahn has appeared in 12 games, posting a 6-6-0 mark, a 3.20 goals against average and a .895 save percentage. Krahn is out with an injury.
The Oklahoma City Barons
The Oklahoma City Barons are the AHL Affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers. Head Coach Todd Nelson is the first coach in team history, guiding the club in its inaugural season. Nelson spent the last two years as an assistant coach with the NHL's Atlanta Thrashers prior to his first head coaching job in the AHL.
Left wing Alexandre Giroux leads the Barons in scoring with 32 goals and 78 points in 69 games played. He is second in the AHL in points and tied for third in goals scored. The veteran forward is also tied for the league lead with 40 power-play points (14 g- 26 a). Giroux spent the last four years with Hershey, winning two Calder Cups and making three Finals appearances. Giroux led the AHL in goals scored each of the last two seasons.
Former Hershey teammate Bryan Helmer joined the Barons on January 7th. In 41 games with the Barons, Helmer has 19 assists and 25 points. Helmer is the AHL's all-time points leader among blueliners, and he became the seventh player in league history to play in 1,000 games earlier in the season. Helmer played with Giroux in Hershey the last two seasons, winning Calder Cups with the Bears in 2009 and 2010. Helmer was also a Calder Cup champion with Albany in 1995.
Colin MacDonald leads the Barons with 40 goals in 78 games played. His 54 points place him third highest on the club. MacDonald is first in the AHL with 18 power-play goals and second in the league in goals scored. Center Brad Moran is second on the team in scoring with 71 points on 20 goals and a team-high 51 assists. His 51 assists sit fourth best in the AHL and his 71 points rank fifth in the league. Moran is fourth in the league with 36 power-play points. Kevin Montgomery is the top scoring defenseman on the team. He has four goals and 26 points in 65 games played.
In net, the Barons feature goalies Martin Gerber, Bryan Pitton and Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers. Drouin-Deslauriers is a second-round pick (#31 overall) of Edmonton in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. Drouin-Deslauriers played in 48 games for Edmonton last season, going 16-28-4 with a 3.26 goals against average and a .900 save percentage. Drouin-Deslauriers is 15-13-4 this year, sporting a 2.90 goals against average and an .904 save percentage. Gerber recently returned from an injury. He is 20-15-4 on the year with four shutouts. The veteran goalie has a 2.51 goals against average and a .914 save percentage. Pitton is 3-2-1 with a 3.09 goals against average.
The Stars rank 26th overall at 80.2% on the penalty kill. Texas converts 17.5% of its chances, ranking 19th in the AHL on the power play. The Barons are 12th overall on the power play, converting 18.9% of the time. Oklahoma City is 12th in the AHL on the penalty kill, stopping 83.0% of its opponents' power plays.
Offense and Defense
The Texas Stars are tied for tenth overall in team defense, allowing 2.65 goals against per game. Texas is ranked 21st out of 30 teams, scoring an average of 2.73 goals per game. Oklahoma City's defense ranks 16th overall with a 2.92 goals against per game. The Barons sit ninth offensively, averaging 3.08 goals per game.
American Hockey League Stories from April 9, 2011
- Second Place And Home Ice Clinched With Win - Lake Erie Monsters
- 2010-11 IceHogs Team Awards Announced - Rockford IceHogs
- IceHogs Knock Off Griffins 4-2 In Home Finale - Rockford IceHogs
- Bulldogs Defeat Moose 3-1 And Clinch North Division Title - Hamilton Bulldogs
- IceHogs Double up on Griffins, 4-2 - Grand Rapids Griffins
- Sound Tigers get past Whale - Connecticut Whale
- Admirals Stun Rivermen in Regular Season Finale - Peoria Rivermen
- Admirals Capture West Division Crown - Milwaukee Admirals
- Moose Buried By Bulldogs 3-1 In Last Regular Season Game - Manitoba Moose
- Barons beat Texas - Texas Stars
- B-Sens Display Playoff Intensity With Loss To Phantoms In Season Finale - Binghamton Senators
- Rampage Fall To Wolves 5-3 - San Antonio Rampage
- Crunch Nip Norfolk in Home Finale, 5-4 - Syracuse Crunch
- Whale to Meet Portland in First-round Calder Cup Playoff Series - Connecticut Whale
- Wolves Best Rampage, 5-3 - Chicago Wolves
- Special Teams Doom Admirals in Loss at Syracuse - Norfolk Admirals
- More than 11,000 on hand for 6-2 win; Playoffs begin Thursday in Hershey - Charlotte Checkers
- Shootout Loss Spoils TUC Sendoff - Albany Devils
- Matt Read Scores Game-Winner - Adirondack Phantoms
- Sound Tigers Sink Whale 4-3 - Bridgeport Sound Tigers
- Sharks drop season finale 6-2 in Charlotte - Worcester Sharks
- Pirates to Meet Whale in Opening Round - Portland Pirates
- Pirates Shade Devils, Capture Atlantic Division Title - Portland Pirates
- P-Bruins Defeat Falcons 3-2 - Providence Bruins
- Moose Announce Year-End Award Winners - Manitoba Moose
- Ottawa Senators Announce Changes to Coaching Staff - Binghamton Senators
- B-Sens Present 2010-11 Player Awards - Binghamton Senators
- Sound Tigers Sign Mike Sgroi to PTO - Bridgeport Sound Tigers
- Marlies Hand Amerks Fourth Straight Loss - Rochester Americans
- Stars Game Sold Out - Texas Stars
- Klingberg Gets the Call from Atlanta - Chicago Wolves
- Lavin Signs ATO, Rockford's Home Finale Sold Out - Rockford IceHogs
- 2011 Calder Cup Playoff Tickets on Sale Now - Texas Stars
- Admirals Sign Ben Ryan to ATO - Milwaukee Admirals
- Gameday Preview - Oklahoma City at Texas - Texas Stars
- AHL Announces Suspension - AHL
- Falcons Host Bruins in Home Finale - Springfield Falcons
- Senators Recall Forward Cody Bass from Binghamton - Binghamton Senators
- B-Sens Single Game Playoff Tickets Set to Go on Sale Monday - Binghamton Senators
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