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Texas Takes 2-0 Series Lead; Beats Rockford, 3-1

by Staff Writer / Dallas Stars

Colton Sceviour
Cedar Park, TX -  The Texas Stars (2-0) defeated the Rockford IceHogs (0-2) 3-1 on Saturday night in front of 6,212 fans at Cedar Park Center. The Stars now lead the best-of-seven series 2-0. Texas forwards Travis Morin and Colton Sceviour each notched two assists as the Stars took Game 2 of the West Division Semifinals. Texas defenseman Maxime Fortunus and forward Colton Sceviour each scored in the first period, and right wing Raymond Sawada added a third-period tally in the victory. Stars goalie Brent Krahn (2-0) stopped 31 of 32 Rockford shots in the win. IceHogs goalie Corey Crawford (0-2) made 31 saves in loss. Texas travels to Rockford for Game 3 on Wednesday April 21st at 7:05 PM.

Texas took at 1-0 lead 7:08 into the first period. Defenseman Maxime Fortunus picked up a rebound at the right point and blasted a shot past IceHogs goalie Corey Crawford. At 17:12 Stars center Perttu Lindgren found a loose puck in front of the Rockford net and fired a shot past Crawford, increasing the Texas lead to 2-0. Forwards Travis Morin and Colton Sceviour assisted both goals.

After a scoreless second period, Texas extended its lead to 3-0 over Rockford just 1:06 into the final frame. Winger Ray Sawada fired a shot from the right-wing circle, beating Crawford on the gloveside. Center Warren Peters set up Sawada's second goal of the playoff season. Rockford got on the board with 5:44 remaining in the third period. Left wing Kyle Beach scored from the right-wing corner during a power play for the 3-1 final score.

West Division Semifinals Schedule (best of seven)

Game 1 - Rockford 1 at Texas 2
Game 2 - Rockford 1 at Texas 3 (Texas leads series 2-0)
Game 3 - Wed., April 21 - Texas at Rockford, 7:05 p.m.    
Game 4 - Fri., April 23 - Texas at Rockford, 7:05 p.m.       
Game 5 - Sat., April 24 - Texas at Rockford, 7:05 p.m. - X
Game 6 - Mon., April 26 - Rockford at Texas, 7:30 p.m. - X
Game 7 - Tues., April 27 - Rockford at Texas, 7:30 p.m. - X
X = If Necessary

The series shifts to Rockford for Games 3 and 4, as well as Game 5 if necessary. Game 3 is on Wednesday, April 21st at 7:05 PM. Game 4 will be on Friday, April 23rd at 7:05 PM. The series would return to Cedar Park Center for Games 6 and 7 if needed.

All games can be heard on the Stars flagship station ESPNAustin 104.9 FM "The Horn" or ESPNAustin 1530-AM.

To purchase a Calder Cup playoff package, which offers fans the same seat for all 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

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