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Down on the Farm: 1.5.12

by Tyler Bouldin / Dallas Stars

WHAT HAPPENED

Matt Fraser
Texas Stars (14-16-1, 29 PTS – 5th West Division)

12/27/11 vs. San Antonio (3-2 W) –
Texas right wing Colton Sceviour scored the game-winning goal 2:40 into overtime to lift the Stars past San Antonio. Left wing Matt Fraser netted the first two goals to help the Stars rally from a one-goal deficit heading into the third period.  Texas goalie Tyler Beskorowany stopped 24 shots for his sixth win of the season.

12/29/11 at Abbotsford (5-3 L) –
The Stars lost twice against the Heat in Cedar Park earlier this season, and the results were the same in Abbotsford. Forwards Stephen Schultz, Scott Glennie and Colton Sceviour each scored, but Texas goalie Tyler Beskorowany allowed five goals on 29 shots in the first of two losses against the Heat last week.

12/30/11 at Abbotsford (2-1 L) –
The second game was closer, but still finished with the Heat topping the Stars. Abbotsford, which has the second-highest point total in the AHL, forced enough pucks past Texas goaltender Jimmy Spratt, who made 26 saves in the loss. Forward Stephen Schultz scored the Stars’ lone goal in the defeat.


WATCH ME SHINE
  • Matt Fraser, who leads Texas with 16 goals scored, was named to the 2012 AHL Western Conference All-Star team. He is second on the Stars with 25 points in 31 games played, ranks second overall in the league in goals by a rookie, and is tied for fifth overall in points by a rookie.
MORIN SUPPORT
  • Travis Morin, who leads the team with 29 points in 31 games, has a three-game assist streak. He is also tied for sixth in the AHL in assists (25).


COMING UP FOR TEXAS

Friday, January 6: at San Antonio (NHL affiliate: Florida)

Saturday, January 7: vs. Rockford (NHL affiliate: Chicago)

Sunday, January 8: vs. Rockford

Wednesday, January 11: vs. Abbotsford (NHL affiliate: Calgary)



OTHER STARS PROSPECTS

Here we take a quick glance at a few of the Dallas Stars’ prospects and what they have done recently.
  • Patrik Nemeth and John Klingberg will be playing for Sweden in the World Junior Gold Medal game against Russia on Thursday night. Nemeth is tied for the team lead in scoring among defensemen with four points (4 assists), and is second on Sweden with a +6 rating.
  • Jack Campbell stopped 21 of 22 shots Wednesday night, lifting USA to a 2-1 win over Switzerland to take seventh place in the tournament. Campbell went 3-2 with a 2.62 goals against average and .907 save percentage in this year’s World Junior Hockey Championships. His 10 career wins at the World Juniors is a U.S. record.
  • Forward Austin Smith has picked up at least one point in nine consecutive games (10g, 8a) for Colgate University. He was selected as Player of the Month for December in the ECAC. Smith led the Raiders to an unbeaten December with a 3-0-1 record. He had 10 points on four goals and six assists. Smith has a point in all but one game this season (November 5 vs. Yale), and leads the Eastern College Athletic Conference in scoring (1.72 points-per-game), and goals (19). Smith is also the only player in the ECAC with more than one shorthanded goal (5).
  • Michigan forward Alex Guptill had his four-game point streak snapped on Dec. 30, but has still picked up five points (2g, 3a) in his last five games.
  • Saskatoon Blades (WHL) forward Matej Stransky has six points (4g, 2a) in his last two games, including a hat trick in an 8-2 win over the Brandon Wheat Kings.
  • Brett Ritchie, who missed 10 games due to a hip injury, scored a goal in the first two games after returning from the injury. He was also traded from Sarnia to Niagara in the Ontario Hockey League.
  • Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL) defenseman Troy Vance has three points (1g, 2a) in his last four games, helping his team to a four-game winning streak.




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