Texas Stars Home Openers
The Stars look to retain momentum from last season's playoff run
In their inaugural campaign, the Texas Stars took the first two games of the American Hockey League's Calder Cup Finals from the Hershey Bears (on the road!), only to lose the next four games to the favored squad from Pennsylvania. Central Texas fans fell in love with their newest sports franchise and were rewarded with an exciting playoff run that packed the new Cedar Park Center with longtime hockey fans and newbies alike. How to follow such an impressive showing? A 3-0 road win last Sunday vs. the San Antonio Rampage and former Stars goalie Matt Climie is a pretty good start. Current Stars goalie Brent Krahn fought off 26 shots for the shutout, and forward Scott McCulloch netted the game-winner, and also assisted on one of Travis Morin's two goals. The Rampage look to even the score this Saturday at the Stars' home opener. Fellow Western Conference West Division opponents the Peoria Rivermen visit Sunday, affording the Stars an excellent opportunity to get an early jump on two divisional foes. The Stars offer a Family Four Pack for every Saturday home game: four tickets, four hot dogs, and four sodas for $44. Vs. San Antonio: Sat., Oct. 16, 7pm. Vs. Peoria: Sun., Oct. 17, 5pm. Cedar Park Center, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park, 467-8277. $10-50. www.texasstarshockey.com.