Sunday, October 20, 2013

Stars Demolish Rampage 6-0 in Josh Robinson's First AHL Shutout

Josh Robinson (Credit: Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)
It wasn't just the third line getting in on the scoring tonight as the Stars fired on all cylinders at forward, defense and especially in net with a six goal outburst and a shutout performance from their rookie goaltender. Josh Robinson, recently called up from the Idaho Steelheads and making his first AHL start, stopped 26 of 26 for a clean sheet.

"I tried to keep my day as normal as possible," said Robinson. "I had some nerves but once I got a few shots, I felt good. You try not to think about anything but stopping the next shot."

San Antonio's Scott Clemmensen had a lot of 'next shots' to worry about on the other side as Texas put 41 on the veteran goalie. Travis Morin scored on a penalty shot and on the power play while each of the players on the Stars' new third line picked up a goal, totalling six points on the night among Chris Mueller, Toby Petersen and rookie Brendan Ranford.

With time dying in the third, William Wrenn finished off Texas' scoring with an unassisted shot from the point finding twine for the 6-0 mark.

Here's the release:
Josh Robinson, playing in his first AHL game, stopped all 26 shots he faced to lead the Texas Stars to a 6-0 win over the San Antonio Rampage Saturday night in front of 4,795 fans at Cedar Park Center.

The Stars got on the board early when Travis Morin extended his point streak to 12 games, dating back to last season, by capitalizing on a penalty shot, beating goalie Scott Clemmensen five-hole. The penalty shot at 3:37 was the first awarded to Texas since April 14, 2012. Stars goalie Josh Robinson started the game off hot, stopping all 15 shots that he faced in the first period.

Texas doubled their lead at 6:15 in the second when Brendan Ranford fired a seeing-eye slap shot from the left boards into the corner of the net. The goal, assisted by Toby Petersen, gave Ranford his third point in just three pro games. Petersen added a goal of his own with a quick wrister, beating Clemmensen through the five-hole at 11:44, assisted by Chris Mueller. The Stars extended their lead to four after a beautiful cross ice pass from Jamie Oleksiak found Mueller, who roofed a backhand shot at 15:32 for a power play goal.

The Stars continued to pour it on in the third with two more power play strikes. Morin notched his third point of the game with his second goal of the night at 2:27, assisted by Curtis McKenzie and Mueller. Rookie defenseman William Wrenn capped off the scoring with an unassisted blast from the top of the left circle to make it 6-0 Texas. Robinson stood tall late, fending off a strong surge from the Rampage to finish off the shutout. He had a lot of help from his defenseman as well, as they successfully killed all five San Antonio power plays. Tempers flared late, with both teams combining for 94 penalty minutes for the game. 

Josh Robinson recorded his first career AHL win and shutout, making 26 saves in his AHL debut for Texas. San Antonio goalie Scott Clemmensen took the loss as he allowed six goals on 41 shots. The Stars out-shot the Rampage 41-26 in the game and went 3-for-7 on the power play; the Rampage were 0-for-5 with the man-advantage.


Tonight's lines:
McKenzie-Morin-Sceviour
Hedden-Dowling-Ritchie
Petersen-Mueller-Ranford
Wathier-Peters-Stransky

Oleksiak-Wrenn
Fortunus-Nemeth
Jokipakka-Gaunce

Robinson

Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Campbell (callup)
Smith, Montgomery, Rome (scratch)

Tonight's attendance was 4,795.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas v. San Antonio - October 19 2013

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