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April 4, 2011 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Texas Stars News Release

What's Ahead:


Wednesday, April 6 at Peoria 7:05 PM 104.9 FM

Friday, April 8 at Milwaukee 7:00 PM 1530 AM

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

Upcoming Home Games and Promotions:

Oklahoma City at Texas Stars on Saturday, April 9 at 7:00 PM

- Fan Appreciation Night - Final Regular Season Home Game

- State Farm Family Four Pack (4 tickets, 4 sodas, 4 hot dogs for $44)

For tickets go to or call (512)-GO-STARS

Magic Number -

Texas is currently four points away from clinching a spot in the 2011 Calder Cup Playoffs. The Stars are battling four other teams for three playoff spots. Peoria, Oklahoma City, Chicago and San Antonio are all still mathematically eligible for the playoffs. If the playoffs started today, Texas would be the three seed in the West playing a best of seven series with Houston. Milwaukee would be the one seed in a best of seven with Peoria. Oklahoma City would slide over to the North Division as the four seed up against Manitoba.

Games to Watch This Week -

Tuesday, April 5

Rockford at San Antonio - A San Antonio loss in overtime or regulation reduces the Stars magic number by one.

Wednesday, April 6

Texas at Peoria - A Texas win reduces the magic number by two. A regulation or shootout loss will reduce the number by one.

Friday, April 8

Texas at Milwaukee - Depending on all games during the week, Texas could potentially clinch a berth in the 2011 Calder Cup Playoffs on this day.

Chicago at Peoria - Both teams are battling for one of the final playoff spots. A regulation loss for Chicago would nearly eliminate the Wolves.

Oklahoma City at San Antonio -Both teams are battling for one of the final playoff spots in the West.

Saturday, April 9

Oklahoma City at Texas -Both teams could be in a position to potentially clinch based on games earlier in the week and Friday's action.

Milwaukee at Peoria -Milwaukee could potentially clinch the West Division with a win.

San Antonio at Chicago - The losing team could potentially be mathematically eliminated from the 2011 Calder Cup Playoff picture.

Special Teams

After finishing second overall last season on the penalty kill, the Texas Stars penalty kill is 20th overall at 80.4% this year. The Stars penalty kill has been superb since March 5, stopping 45 of the last 47 attempts (95.7%). 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 seven games, the team has only given up two power-play goals on the last 28 penalty kills (92.3%).

The Stars Streak

The Stars season-long, five-game winning streak came to an end on Saturday night in Oklahoma City. Over that span, the team outscored its opponents 21-8. The Stars were seven for 28 on the power play (25%) and 20-for-21 on the penalty kill. Over the five games stretch, Greg Rallo had five goals and five assists for ten points, while also posting a +7. Colton Sceviour had five goals and four assists over the five games. Six skaters had at least one point per game over the streak. Defenseman Maxime Fortunus was a +7 over that span. In his five starts, goalie Richard Bachman was 5-0-0-0 with a 1.40 goals against average and a .947 save percentage. He stopped 126 of the last 133 shots he has faced.

Watch Party Wednesday

The Stars are hosting a Watch Party for their road game in Peoria on Wednesday, April 6. Fans are encouraged to arrive at the Pluckers Lakeline Location early for the 7:05 PM faceoff.


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.

Texas 0 at Oklahoma City 2 4/2/11

The Texas Stars were defeated by the Oklahoma City Barons 2-0 in front of 8,833 fans at Cox Convention Center on Saturday night. Oklahoma City goalie Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers made 22 saves for his second consecutive shutout. Despite 33 saves, Texas goalie Richard Bachman suffered the loss. Oklahoma City defenseman Kevin Montgomery and forward Alexandre Giroux each scored for the Barons, ending the Stars five-game winning streak.

Chicago 2 at Texas 3 OT 4/1/11

The Texas Stars defeated the Chicago Wolves 3-2 in overtime in front of 5,710 fans at Cedar Park Center Friday night. Defenseman Philip Larsen scored the game-winning goal for Texas just 38 seconds into overtime, reducing the team's magic number to clinch a playoff spot to four points. The win also extended the team's streak to five straight. Right wing Colton Sceviour and defenseman Maxime Fortunus each tallied a goal in regulation on the night as Texas improved to 22-10-3-3 at home. Texas goalie Richard Bachman stopped 29 of 31 shots for the win as Chicago outshot Texas 31-24. Defenseman Jaime Sifers and center Andre Deveaux each notched a goal in the Wolves loss. Chicago goalie Peter Mannino stopped 21 shots for the loss.

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