Saturday, October 6, 2012

Stars Post 3-0 Shutout in Preseason Finale

After last season's 0-3 preseason, this week's three straight preseason victories were a positive sign. The Stars finished off the preseason schedule in suburban San Antonio with a 3-0 win over the host Rampage. Texas has outscored their opponents 14-3 in the preseason. The power play was another bright spot, contributing two of the three goals. Texas is eight for twenty-four in the preseason.

Luke Gazdic, Mike Hedden and Austin Smith potted goals as Cristopher Nilstorp and Jack Campbell combined for a shutout. The Stars led shots 21-17.

Luke Gazdic opened the scoring in the first, tipping a shot from Mathieu Tousignant past starting tender Jacob Markstrom. Antoine Roussel assisted on the goal by the gritty trio.

Another early goal in the second period, this time from Mike Hedden, made the score 2-0. Just 62 seconds in, Hedden found twine on the power play, assisted by Chiasson and Oleksiak. The point was Oleksiak's first of the preseason.

The third period added another for the Stars as Austin Smith potted his first professional goal, albeit a preseason empty-netter. Taylor Vause had his second assist in as many games. Oleksiak had his second assist of the game on the play.

Cristopher Nilstorp had 10 saves and Jack Campbell seven in the split effort.

Tonight's lines:
Hedden-Glennie-Chiasson
Roussel-Tousignant-Gazdic
King-Cepis-Fyten
Carroll-Vause-A.Smith

Sloan-Case
Oleksiak-Nemeth
Labrie-Coyle
Ryder

Nilstorp
Campbell

Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Beskorowany, Dillon, Sceviour, Benn, Vincour, Fortunus, Petersen, Eakin, Barker, Morin, Fraser, R. Smith, Wathier (scratched)
Sceviour (broken hand)

Scott Howes and Jordan Hill were released before the game today. Josh Robinson was assigned to ECHL Idaho.

Today's attendance was not announced.

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