Cedar Park, TX –
The Texas Stars defeated the Chicago Wolves 3-2 on Wednesday night at Cedar Park Center in Game 4 of the West Division Finals. Stars defenseman Dan Jancevski
broke a 2-2 tie with 6:17 remaining in the third period, leading Texas to victory over the Wolves. Stars center Travis Morin
scored twice as Texas tied the best-of-seven series 2-2. Goalie Brent Krahn
(6-2) picked up the win, stopping 21 of 23 Chicago shots. Wolves’ winger Brett Sterling scored twice in the loss. Chicago goalie Peter Mannino (6-4) stopped 20 of 23 Texas shots. Game 5 of the West Division Finals is on Friday at 7:30 PM in Cedar Park.
Texas took an early 1-0 lead when center Travis Morin
scored on a breakaway after going one-on-one with Wolves goalie Peter Mannino. Morin's first goal and eighth point of the postseason came at 6:23 of the opening period. Chicago tied the game 1-1 with a power-play goal at 11:12. Defenseman Nathan Oystrick fired a shot from the blue-line and Brett Sterling redirected the puck in the Texas crease past goalie Brent Krahn. The goal was Sterling’s second of the playoffs.
After a scoreless second period, the Stars jumped ahead 2-1 as Morin scored his second goal of the game at 6:06 of the final frame. Morin found a rebound in front of the net from Greg Rallo's shot and fired a backhander past Mannino on the stickside. Defenseman Matt Stephenson also tallied an assist on the rookie's team-leading ninth point. Just 2:31 later, the Wolves tied the game 2-2. Sterling scored his second goal of the night, finishing off a centering pass from winger Anthony Stewart for his second goal of the night. With 6:17 remaining in the third period, Stars defenseman Dan Jancevski
scored off a rebound in the crease, giving Texas a 3-2 victory over the Wolves. Francis Wathier
and Greg Rallo both notched assists on the game-winning goal.West Division Finals Schedule (best of seven)Game 1 - Texas 4 at Chicago 3 (OT)
Game 2 - Texas 3 at Chicago 4 (OT)
Game 3 - Chicago 5 at Texas 3
Game 4 – Chicago 2 at Texas 3 (Series tied 2-2)
Game 5 - Fri., May 7 - Chicago at Texas, 7:30 p.m.
Game 6 - Sun., May 9 - Texas at Chicago, 3:00 p.m.
Game 7 - Tues., May 11 – Texas at Chicago, 7:00 p.m. -XX = If Necessary
The West Division Finals wrap up in Cedar Park for Game 5 on Friday, May 7th at 7:30 PM. The best-of-seven series moves to Chicago for Game 6 and a possible Game 7. Game 6 is slated for Sunday, May 9th at 3:00 PM and Game 7 is on Tuesday, May 11th at 7:00 PM.
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.
2010-11 Season ticket packages to see the Stars play in their second season at the Cedar Park Center are on sale now, starting as low as $12.00 a seat. For more information on Texas Stars season tickets call (512) GO-STARS (467-8277) or visit www.TexasStarsHockey.com
. Anyone interested in purchasing season tickets, suites, group tickets or mini-plans may call the Texas Stars front office.STARGAZING
-- The Idaho Steelheads held serve over the weekend, winning the first two games of the ECHL's National Conference Finals over the Stockton Thunder. Game 1 was a solid 4-2 victory while Game 2 was a dominant 4-0 effort. Game 3 is in Stockton Wednesday night. Stars prospect Richard Bachman
has been stellar tending the Idaho net.