Friday, June 4, 2010

Texas gives Hershey first Home Loss of the playoffs, Wins Game 1 2-1

Texas was able to do something that no one else was able to do in this year's playoffs. Beat them on home ice, going into the Calder Cup Final Opener last night, the Hershey Bears were 8-0 on home ice during this year's playoffs. But the Stars sent the Bears a message as this first year team is for real with a strong defense and a strong goaltending duo of Matt Climie and Brent Krahn if he comes back for this year's series.

After Hershey's Francois Bouchard scored to make it 1-0 early in the 2nd. Texas has comeback like they have done so many times in this year's playoffs as they tied at it 1-1 at the halfway mark of the game with Winger Greg Rallo scoring only his 2nd goal of the playoffs. After some great back-and-fourth action. Shaun Mcculloch gave the Stars a 2-1 lead early in the 3rd and Climie would stopped all 12 Hershey shots in the 3rd period to give the team a 2-1 win in Game 1 of this year's Final.

In addition to Hershey's first home playoff loss this year, the Stars won their 3rd road playoff game in a row and 7th overall of this year's playoffs.

As for Jamie Benn, he's looking to break the AHL Rookie Playoff Record for Goals with 14 that was set back in 1982.

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From the Texas Stars Website:

In Hershey, Pennsylvania: The Texas Stars defeated the Hershey Bears 2-1 on Thursday Night in front of 10,013 fans at the Giant Center in Game 1 of the Calder Cup Finals. Left Winger Scott Mcculloch scored 2:10 into the third period to give Texas the lead and Stars held on to win the first game of the series.

Texas Goalie Matt Climie made 26 saves, handing Hershey its first loss at home in the playoffs and the first loss since March 21st. Right wing Greg Rallo also scored, as Texas improved to 7-4 on the road in the playoffs. Hershey Goalie Michael Neuvirth stopped 24 Texas shots in the loss. Bears forward Francois Bouchard scored the lone Hershey Goal. Texas will remain in Hershey for Game 2 of the Calder Cup Finals on Saturday Night at 6:00 PM (CDT).

After a scoreless first period, Hershey opened the scoring with the first goal of the Calder Cup Finals at 4:25 into the 2nd period. Right wing Francois Bouchard wrapped the puck through the Stars crease and around goalie Matt Climie. Scoring his third goal of the playoffs. Bears forward Mathieu Perrault and defensemen Patrick Mcneil assisted on the opening goal.

It marked the 11th straight game that Texas allowed the first goal of the night in the playoffs. The Stars countered to tie the game at 9:57 of the period. Right wing Greg Rallo carried the puck through the neutral zone and snapped a wrist shot over the glove Goalie Michal Neuvirth. Rallo's second goal of the playoffs was set up by center Aaron Gagnon.

Texas claimed the lead at 2:10 of the third period. Winger Scott Mcculloch carried the puck into the Hershey Zone, stickhandled past a Bears defensemen and lifted a backhand shot through the legs of Neuvirth for his third goal of the playoffs and a 2-1 final.

Calder Cup Finals Schedule Update

Game 1: Texas Stars 2 Hershey Bears 1 (0-0, 1-1, 1-0)

Game 2, 6/5: Texas Stars VS. Hershey Bears 6:00 PM CDT

Game 3, 6/7: Hershey Bears VS. Texas Stars 7:30 PM CDT

Game 4, 6/9: Hershey Bears VS. Texas Stars 7:30 PM CDT

Game 5, 6/11: Hershey Bears VS. Texas Stars 7:30 PM CDT

Game 6, 6/14: Texas Stars VS. Hershey Bears 6:00 PM CDT

Game 7, 6/16: Texas Stars VS. Hershey Bears 6:00 PM CDT

To purchase a Calder Cup Finals Playoff Package, which offers fans the same seat for all three possible home games, fans may call 512-GO-STARS. To rent a suite for a home playoff game or book a group, those interested may call 512-GO-STARS. Ind. tickets for playoff games at Cedar Park Center also can purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 , visiting any TicketMaster outlet or the Cedar Park Center box office, or online at

The Texas Stars are asking fans to wear WHITE to Cedar Park Center for every home game of the 2010 Calder Cup Finals. For Game 3, the first 5,000 fans will receive a Texas Stars Playoff T-Shirt, compliments of State Farm. For Games 4 & 5, the first 5,000 fans will receive a pair of Texas Stars Thundersticks. Cedar Park Center will provide $2.00 domestic beers and $1.00 hot dogs for all three home games.

Fans who want to watch Game 2 of the Calder Cup Finals may do so at the Cedar Park Center. The Texas Stars will host a watch party inside the bowl of Cedar Park Center. The Austin Diamond District Ice Girls will be on hand, providing numerous giveaways. The game will be broadcast on the four sided HD Video Board above Center Ice and the audio of the radio broadcast will be played through the state-of-the-art Sound System. Fans may sit in the Club Section and receive in-seat services for food and beverages.

Admittance and parking to the event is free. The parking lot and doors at Cedar Park Center will open at 5:00 PM with the games starting at 6:00 PM. Cedar Park Center is running food and Beverage for the watch parties.

Texas Stars Lead Series 1-0

Game 1 Boxscore

Texas Stars 2 Hershey Bears 1 (0-0, 1-1, 1-0)

0-1 HER: Francois Bouchard (Perreault, Mcneil) 4:25 2nd

1-1 TEX: Greg Rallo (Gagnon) 9:57 2nd

2-1 TEX: Scott Mcculloch (Unassisted) 2:10 3rd

Game Stats

SOG: TEX 26 HER 27

PP: TEX 0/4 HER 0/2

PIM: TEX 8 Minutes on 4 Infractions HER 12 Minutes on 6 Infractions

Goalies: TEX Matt Climie 26 SVS on 27 Shots HER Michal Neuvirth 24 SVS on 26 Shots

ATT: 10,505

3rd Star: Matt Climie (TEX)

2nd Star: Michal Neuvirth (HER)

1st Star: Scott Mcculloch (TEX)

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