Rockford, IL –
The Texas Stars (4-0) defeated the Rockford IceHogs (0-4) 4-2 on Friday night in front of 2,403 fans at the Rockford MetroCentre. The Stars completed the sweep of the Hogs, winning all four games in the best-ofseven series. Stars goalie Brent Krahn
(4-0) stopped 38 of 40 Rockford shots in the win. Texas defenseman Andrew Hutchinson scored two power-play goals, helping the Stars advance to the second round for the first time in team history. Forwards Warren Peters
and Mathieu Beaudoin also scored as Texas finished the year 10-2-0-0 against Rockford. Rockford’s Kyle Beach scored twice, as the IceHogs dropped their 10th straight playoff decision. IceHogs goalie Corey Crawford (0-4) made 20 saves on 23 Stars shots in his fourth straight loss. Texas will play the winner of the Chicago and Milwaukee series. Those two teams will play Game 7 in Chicago on Monday night.
The Stars scored the only goal of the first period, taking a 1-0 lead into the locker room. It marked the fourth straight night that Texas scored the first goal of the game. The Stars worked the puck around the Rockford zone on the power play, striking for a tally at 3:56. Defenseman Andrew Hutchinson snapped a puck from the point, sending a shot through traffic and past IceHogs’ goalie Corey Crawford for the 1-0 lead. Hutchinson’s first goal of the playoffs was set up by Landon Wilson and Travis Morin
In the second period, Texas tacked on two more goals to give the Stars a 3-0 lead after two periods of play. The Stars completed a rush with their second goal of the night after a great passing play involving Jamie Benn
and Perttu Lindgren
, which was finished off by Mathieu Beaudoin. Lindgren dropped off the puck to the right wing and Benn feathered a pass to the left wing for Beaudoin, who buried his second goal in as many nights for a 2-0 Stars lead at 8:38. Less than two minutes later, Texas struck again to open up a 3-0 lead at 10:23. Lindgren played the puck to the point and Hutchinson blasted a one-timer from the high slot for his second goal of the night. Morin picked up the second assist on the power-play goal.
In the third period, Rockford’s Kyle Beach put the Hogs on the board with his second goal of the playoffs, trimming the Stars lead to 3-1 at 7:51. Beach added his second goal of the night with 25 seconds left in regulation, bringing Rockford within a goal at 3-2. Texas sealed the win with nine seconds left as Warren Peters
scored an empty-net goal at 19:51 for the 4-2 final.West Division Semifinals Schedule (best of seven)
Game 1 - Rockford 1 at Texas 2
Game 2 – Rockford 1 at Texas 3
Game 3 – Texas 6 at Rockford 1
Game 4 – Texas 4 at Rockford 2
(Texas wins series 4-0)
Texas will wait to play the winner of the Milwaukee and Chicago series. The two teams are currently tied 3-3 with Game 7 slated for Monday night in Chicago.
To purchase a Calder Cup playoff package, which offers fans the same seat for all 16 possible home games, fans may call 512-GO-STARS. To rent a suite for a home playoff game or book a group, those interested may call 512-GO-STARS. Individual tickets for playoff games at Cedar Park Center also can be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000, visiting any Ticketmaster outlet or the Cedar Park Center box office, or online at ticketmaster.com.