Another great defensive showing plus goals by Sawada, Fortunus and Lindgren, along with 2 assists from Colton Sceviour have put the Texas Stars up 2-0 and have them half way to winning the team's first ever Playoff Series as the Series will shift to Rockford, Illinois for Games 3, 4 & 5 coming up this week.
Brent Krahn has been amazing so far in the playoffs. Giving up just 2 goals so far which gives him a .967 SV% and a rock solid 1.00 GAA and he has been next to impossible for him to beat. And the goals he has given up, have been generally late in the game where the result was pretty much determined.
If they can continue this great play in Rockford this week, expect this series to be a short one and getting ready for the West Division Final either against the Chicago Wolves or the Milwaukee Admirals in the 2nd Round.
From the Texas Stars Website: http://www.texasstarshockey.com/
From Austin, Texas: The Texas Stars defeated the Rockford Icehogs 3-1 on Saturday Night in front of 6212 fans at Cedar Park Center. The Stars now lead the best-of-7 series 2-0. Texas Forwards Travis Morin and Colton Sceviour each notched two assists as the Stars took Game 2 of the West Division Semifinal.
Texas Defensemen Maxime Fortunus and forward Colton Sceviour each scored in the first period, and right wing Raymond Sawada added a third period tally in the victory. Stars Goalie Brent Krahn stopped 31 of 32 Rockford Shots in the win. Icehogs goalie Corey Crawford made 31 saves in the loss. Texas travels to Rockford Game 3 on Wednesday April 21 at 7:05 PM.
Texas took a 1-0 lead 7:08 into the first period. Defensemen Maxime Fortunus picked up a rebound at the right point and blasted a shot past Icehogs goalie Corey Crawford. At 17:12 Stars Center Perttu Lindgren found a loose puck in front of the Rockford Net and fired a shot pass Crawford, increasing the Texas lead to 2-0. Forwards Travis Morin and Colton Sceviour assisted on both goals.
After a scoreless 2nd period, Texas extended its lead to 3-0 over Rockford just 1:06 into the frame. Winger Ray Sawada fired a shot past the Right-Wing circle, beating Crawford on the gloveside. Center Warren Peters set up Sawada's second goal of the playoff season. Rockford got on the board with 5:44 remaining in the 3rd period. Left Wing Kyle Beach scored from the right wing corner during a power for the 3-1 final score.
Current AHL West Division Semifinal Schedule
Game 1: Rockford 1 Texas 2
Game 2: Rockford 1 Texas 3
Game 3: 4/21 @ Rockford 7:05 PM
Game 4: 4/23 @ Rockford 7:05 PM
Game 5: 4/24 @ Rockford 7:05 PM*
Game 6: 4/26 @ Texas 7:30 PM*
Game 7: 4/27 @ Texas 7:30 PM*
The Series shifts to Rockford, Illinois for Games 3 and 4, as well as Game 5 if Necessary. Game 3 is on Wednesday April 21st at 7:05 PM. Game 4 will be on Friday, April 23 at 7:05 PM. The Series would return to Cedar Park for Games 6 & 7 if needed. All Games can be heard on the Flagship station ESPN Austin 104.9 FM The Horn and on ESPN 1530 AM.
To purchase a Calder Cup Package, which offers fans the same seat for all 16 possible home games, fans may call 512-GO-Stars. To rent a suite for home playoff games 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 Ticket Master at 1-800-745-3000, visiting any TicketMaster outlet or the Cedar Park Box Office, or online at http://www.ticketmaster.com/
Texas Stars Lead Series 2-0
Rockford Icehogs 1 Texas Stars 3 (0-2, 0-0, 1-1)
0-1 TEX: Maxime Fortunus (Morin, Sceviour) 12:52 1st
0-2 TEX: Perttu Lindgren (Sceviour, Morin) 17:12 1st
0-3 TEX: Raymond Sawada (Peters, Wathier) 1:06 3rd
1-3 RFD: Kyle Beach (PP) (Connelly, Cullen) 14:16 3rd
SOG: RFD 32 TEX 34
PP: RFD 1/3 TEX 0/5
PIM: RFD 34 Minutes on 10 Penalties TEX 30 Minutes on 8 Penalties
Goalies: RFD Corey Crawford 31 SVS on 34 Shots TEX Brent Krahn 31 SVS on 32 Shots
3rd Star: Maime Fortunus (TEX)
2nd Star: Perttu Lindgren (TEX)
1st Star: Brent Krahn (TEX)
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