Texas Stars Weekly (Week 7)
Cristopher Nilstorp’s Back-to-Back Shutouts Leads Stars to Week 6 Sweep
STARS WEEKLY (WEEK 7)
2012-13 Record: 6-6-0-1, 13 points (4-4-0-1 Home, 2-2-0-0 Road), Fourth Place – South Division
Week 6 Recap:
There were some who hypothesized that momentum was shifting positively following Texas’ dramatic third period comeback to earn a point in a 4-3 shootout loss to Lake Erie on November 10th. The trend was confirmed this week as the Stars posted back-to-back home shutouts against South Division rivals and got their record back to .500.
Texas began the week with a clinical 3-0 blanking of the San Antonio Rampage on Thursday night at Cedar Park Center. All the scoring came in the second period as Matt Fraser scored twice and Scott Glennie tallied his first goal of the season. Swedish goaltender Cristopher Nilstorp stopped all 21 shots he faced to record his first AHL shutout and the Stars’ penalty kill went a perfect 6-for-6 on the night.
On Saturday the Charlotte Checkers returned to town for the second time this season and once again 60 minutes of play would not determine a victor. Unlike their last meeting, which saw Cody Eakin score a shorthanded goal late in the third period to tie the game at three, the goaltenders dominated the headlines. Nilstorp and Checkers’ starter Dan Ellis were spectacular in regulation and overtime, combining for 53 saves and each registered a shutout as the game went to a shootout. Jerome Samson scored in the second round for Charlotte and Matt Fraser found the net in the fourth round for Texas. After four unsuccessful sudden death rounds, Nilstorp turned away Justin Faulk’s attempt and Toby Petersen won the game for the Stars with the last shot of the ninth round.
Week 6 was a very successful week for Texas as the team won both games and collected heaps of food and stuffed animals for local charities. The Stars and their fans collected approximately 1,500 lbs. of food for the Capital Area Food Bank of Central Texas during their second annual H-E-B Food Drive Night on Wednesday and then brought in 1,000 stuffed animals for Operation Blue Santa on Saturday during their fourth annual Teddy Bear Toss Night.
Week 7 Preview:
This week the Stars will complete their four-game home stand and then kick off a span of six road games in eleven days. First on the docket for Texas is a home game on Wednesday, November 21st against the Oklahoma City Barons at 7:30 p.m. Then on Friday, November 23rd at 7:30 p.m. the Abbotsford Heat come to Cedar Park Center for the first time this year. The Stars will complete their week on Sunday, November 25th with a trip south to San Antonio for a 3:30 p.m. face off with the Rampage at AT&T Center. Wednesday’s home game with the Barons is another Winning Wednesday and H-E-B Night, while Friday’s game with the Heat is the second $3 Beer Night of the season.
Week 7 Schedule:
(All games are broadcast LIVE over the Internet at www.TexasStarsHockey.com and can be viewed via internet pay-per-view video on www.ahllive.com.)
Wednesday, November 21 – 7:30 pm – Cedar Park Center – Cedar Park, TX
vs. Oklahoma City Barons (8-5-1-1, 18 pts)
Second Place, South Division
• Team Notes: The Barons are on a four-game point streak (3-0-1-0) and have won seven of their last ten games. Rookie defenseman Justin Schultz leads the AHL in points (21), while right wing Jordan Eberle ranks second (19) and center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is tied for third (17). Oklahoma City boasts the second best power play rating in the AHL 25.0%, but is tied for last in penalty kill (75.4%). The Barons are coming off a two-game sweep of Milwaukee at home and now begin a seven-game road trip, traveling to Texas for the first of six games against the Stars at Cedar Park Center this season.
• Leading Scorer: Justin Schultz (D) – 21 points (8 goals, 13 assists) and +7 in 15 GP.
• Leading Goaltender: Yann Danis (G) – 2.76 GAA, 0.914 save pct., 6-4-1 in 11 GP.
• Who’s Hot: Jordan Eberle (RW) – Tied for the team lead in assists, second in points and has 8 assists and a +1 rating in his last four games played. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (C) – Ranks second on the team in goals, third in points and has 7 points (4 goals, 3 assists) in his last four games played. Justin Schultz (D) – Leads the AHL in scoring and has 6 points (2 goals, 4 assists) and a +1 rating in his last four games played.
Friday, November 23 – 7:30 pm – Cedar Park Center – Cedar Park, TX
vs. Abbotsford Heat (10-2-1-2, 23 pts)
First Place, North Division
• Team Notes: The Heat make their first trip to the Lone Star State this week to face the Texas Triangle; they will be in Cedar Park on Friday, then in San Antonio on Saturday and at Houston on Sunday. Abbotsford is coming off a 5-0 loss at Toronto last Sunday, the first time this season they have been shutout. It was the team’s first regulation loss of November and only second regulation loss of the season. Goaltender Barry Brust has recorded three straight shutouts and leads the AHL in goals-against and save percentage. Although he is in a three-way time share with Leland Irving and Danny Taylor, Brust is currently on a scoreless streak of 231:41 and is just 18:11 away from breaking the AHL shutout streak record of 249:51 set by Johnny Bower with the Cleveland Barons in 1957. The Heat have the AHL’s best penalty kill (93.2%) and rank 14th in power play percentage (18.0%).
• Leading Scorer: Sven Baertschi (LW) – 14 points (6 goals, 8 assists) and +4 in 15 GP.
• Leading Goaltender: Barry Brust (G) – 0.25 GAA, 0.991 save pct., 4-0-0 in 4 GP.
• Who’s Hot: Ben Street (C) – Is second on the team in points and has seven points (1 goal, 6 assists) and a +6 rating in his last six games played. Kris Kolanos (RW) – Has four points (2 goals, 2 assists) and a +3 rating in his last four games played. Quintin Laing (C) – Has two goals and a +2 rating in his last three games played.
Sunday, November 25 – 3:30 pm – AT&T Center – San Antonio, TX
vs. San Antonio Rampage (4-8-0-2, 10 pts)
Fifth Place, South Division
• Team Notes: The Rampage are currently on a five game winless streak (0-4-0-1). Their 3-0 loss at Texas last Thursday was the first time this season they had been held off the scoreboard. Following the shutout loss, they lost to Charlotte 4-3 at home last Friday and then led three times on Sunday before falling to the Checkers 4-3 in a shootout. San Antonio will complete a five-game home stand with three games at AT&T Center in three days; Friday vs. Houston, Saturday vs. Abbotsford and then Sunday afternoon against the Stars. The Rampage have a very strong penalty kill that is 9th in the league (86.6%) and are ranked 18th in the AHL in power play percentage (16.4%).
• Leading Scorer: Drew Shore (C) – 11 points (3 goals, 8 assists) and 10 PIMs in 14 GP.
• Leading Goaltender: Dov Grumet-Morris (G) – 2.24 GAA, 0.927 save pct., 2-3-2 and 2 SO in 8 GP.
• Who’s Hot: Jon Rheault (RW) – Leads the team in goals, is second in points and has eight points (5 goals, 3 assists) in his last seven games played. Drew Shore (C) – Leads the team in points and assists and has five points (1 goal, 4 assists) in his last four games played. Casey Wellman (C) – Tied for fourth on the team in points and has three points (1 goal, 2 assists) in his last four games played.
Week 6 Game Results:
November 15, 2010 San Antonio 0 @ Texas 3
November 17, 2010 Charlotte 0 @ Texas 1 – SO
Stars Player of the Week: (Week 6)
Cristopher Nilstorp – G – #41 2 GP, 2-0-0, 43 saves, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 Sv. %, 2 SO
Goaltender Cristopher Nilstorp firmly announced his arrival on the North American hockey scene in Week 6. The Malmö, Sweden native did everything that could have been asked of him, other than perhaps scoring goals, as he blocked every single shot that came his way. First Nilstorp stopped 21 shots against San Antonio Thursday night for his first AHL shutout. Then on Saturday, against the first place Charlotte Checkers, he posted a 22 save shutout that included stopping 8-of-9 attempts in his first ever AHL shootout. The 28-year old struggled a bit to adapt to the North American game and ice surface in October, but has now won three straight starts. With back-to-back shutout performances, Nilstorp has built up a shutout streak of 153:09, spanning back to the second period at Houston on November 11th. For the season he has a 4-4-0 record in nine appearances with a 2.33 goals-against average and a 0.901 save percentage; his two shutouts put him in a tie for fourth in the league.
Stars Quick Hits:
STARS NOTABLES: WEEK 6
• RECORD ABOUT TO BE BROKEN – Stars goaltender Cristopher Nilstorp is less than ten minutes away from breaking a Texas franchise record for longest individual shutout streak. Nilstorp has not allowed a goal since the 11:50 mark of the second period on November 11th at Houston and has a current scoreless streak of 153:09. Brent Krahn has the Stars record at 162:56, which spanned four games, from 8:49 of the 2nd period on November 7, 2009 vs. Manitoba until the 11:45 mark of the 1st period on November 18, 2009 at Rockford. Nilstorp needs to hold his next opponent without a goal for a least 9:48 seconds to break Krahn’s record.
• PENALTY KILL REBORN – The Stars posted a league-worst 64.9% on the penalty kill in their first nine games this season, but have since responded in a big way. Over the last four games Texas’ penalty kill has functioned at 95.0% (19-for-20).
• THE DIFFERENCE OF FOUR GAMES – Texas is 3-0-0-1 over their last four games, posting their longest point and winning streaks so far this season. During that span the team has a +5 goal differential (12-to-7), while over the first nine games the Stars had a -14 goal differential (16-to-30).
• LEAGUE LEADERS – The Stars lead the AHL in fewest shots allowed this season. Texas has allowed a league-low 318 shots on goal; the team ranks second in the AHL in lowest average shots allowed per game (24.46), trailing only Syracuse (23.93). The Stars are tied with Albany for eighth in the AHL in shots per game (31.54).
• MILESTONE NIGHT – On Saturday against Charlotte defenseman Brenden Dillon played in his 100th career pro game and right wing Tomas Vincour played in his 150th career pro game. Dillon, who has played in one career NHL game, needs one more game to play in his 100th career AHL game. Vincour has played in 79 career AHL games and 71 career NHL games.
• SHOOTOUT MARATHON AGAIN – For the second time in as many games this season Texas and Charlotte required nine shootout rounds to decide a winner. The Stars beat the Checkers 4-3 on October 14th when Jordie Benn scored in the ninth round and then last Saturday, Texas center Toby Petersen clinched the victory in the ninth round. Jack Campbell won the game for the Stars in October and Cristopher Nilstorp was in net for the game on Saturday; Charlotte’s Dan Ellis was in goal for both games.
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Texas Stars Team Leaders:
Games Played: 12 players tied (13)
Goals: Cody Eakin (6)
Points: Cody Eakin (10)
Plus/Minus: Cody Eakin (+5)
Penalty Minutes: Antoine Roussel (53)
Power Play Goals: Matt Fraser (3)
Short Handed Goals: Cody Eakin (2)
Game-Winning Goals: Four players tied (1)
Shots: Cam Barker (44)
Shooting Percentage: Scott Glennie (33.3%)
Saves: Cristopher Nilstorp (163)
Wins: Cristopher Nilstorp (4)
GAA: Cristopher Nilstorp (2.33)
Save Percentage: Cristopher Nilstorp (0.901)
Texas continues its four-game home stand on Wednesday, November 21st as they host the Oklahoma City Barons at 7:30 p.m. for another Winning Wednesday and H-E-B Night at Cedar Park Center. Pro-rated full and partial 2012-13 season seat packages are on sale now. For more information on Texas Stars season tickets call (512) GO-STARS (467-8277) or visit www.TexasStarsHockey.com.