Texas Stars Report on Defending Big D: Five Games in Seven Days

The Texas Stars Report on Defending Big D...
The Texas Stars finally ended their long and ugly seven games in ten days stretch. You better believe you'd never see anything like that in the NHL, but in the AHL, with preferences for weekend games and trips by bus, it's a regular occurrence. The NHLPA would have a cow.

Texas played five games this past week and came away with a 3-2-0-0 record. First year AHLer Richard Bachman took four of the five starts, going 2-2 on the week. Brent Krahn played one the Stars three games in three nights stretch and then fell ill with a flu-like issue. The Texas Stars needed a backup goaltender for Sunday's game against the Houston Aeros. Texas couldn't get anyone from Idaho or Allen in time for the 4:05 PM start so they went to not the ECHL or CHL but the AA league. That would be the AA amateur recreational adult league at the Chaparral Ice here in Austin. Goaltender Joel Paprocki has backstopped various AA and A league teams since at least 2004 here in the Austin area and will certainly have a heck of a story to tell in the locker room at this Thursday's AA league game. I hope to interview him as well.

Inside we'll break down how the Stars did this past week, including power play struggles, the blossoming of one Fabian Brunnstrom, and the play of rookie Richard Bachman. Also, we'll look at who's hot, who's not, the schedule for next week and the heavy injury load for the Texas Stars squad.
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