Texas Stars (1-2-0, 2 PTS)
The Texas Stars (AHL) sprinted out of the gate to start the 2011-12 campaign with a 7-0 win over the Oklahoma City Barons at the season opener in Cedar Park on Oct. 9. Matt Fraser
and Brenden Dillon
each pitched in with three-point efforts to help Texas head coach Jeff Pyle win his first game at the helm of the Stars.
Texas dropped a 5-2 decision to the Houston Aeros on Oct. 14 in the team’s second game of the season. Despite Dillon igniting the scoring early in the first period, the Aeros outscored the Stars 5-1 the rest of the way. Raymond Sawada
sprinkled in a goal between Houston’s tallies. Travis Morin
posted assists on both goals, his second straight game with at least one helper.
The Stars embarked on their first road contest of the year against the same Oklahoma club they beat 7-0 in the opener. Unfortunately, the Stars were unable to replicate that same effort against the Barons, and eventually fell to Oklahoma City by a final score of 10-1. Oklahoma City scored the first nine goals of the game before Francis Wathier
scored the lone goal for Texas in the third period.TEXAS STARS OFFENSIVE-MINDED DEFENSE
FRASER SCORES GOALS
- Texas defensemen have combined for 12 of 29 Texas points.
- Brenden Dillon and Dan Spang lead the team with one goal and three assists each.
- Jordie Benn picked up a goal and an assist in the opener.
COMING UP FOR TEXAS
- After showing a strong preseason with the Dallas Stars, Matt Fraser continued his offensive surge in the AHL, notching two goals in the shutout against the Barons in the season opener.
Thursday, October 20: vs. San Antonio (NHL affiliate: Florida)
Saturday, October 22: vs. Peoria (NHL affiliate: St. Louis)
Tuesday, October 25: at Rockford (NHL affiliate: Chicago)
With a home and away schedule that nearly mirrors the Dallas Stars – four home games in the first five games overall – Texas welcomes in the San Antonio Rampage and the Peoria Rivermen for the final home tilts before a five-game road swing.
The Rampage (2-1-0, 4 PTS) are led by Bracken Kearns, who has scored one goal in each of San Antonio’s first three games of the season. Both of San Antonio’s wins have come via the shootout, with a 3-2 win over the Chicago Wolves and a 4-3 victory over the Houston Aeros.
The first match-up outside the West Division comes against Peoria (0-3-1, 1 PT). Brett Sterling and T.J. Hensick lead the offensive charge for the Rivermen, with both players racking up four points through the first four games.
The road trip begins with a battle against the Rockford IceHogs (3-1-0, 6 PTS). Former Star Brandon Segal has found a scoring touch in the first four games, registering four goals, including a pair of game-winning goals against the Grand Rapids Griffins and the Abbotsford Heat.