Travis Morin scores the game winning and playoff clinching goal in Milwaukee (Credit: Chris Jerina)
The Texas Stars (41-29-4-6, 92 pts, #4 West) completed their regular season on Sunday with a playoff spot already secured. Coming into the final game, there were 10 possible combinations for the final seeding in the West Conference. With the Oklahoma City Barons and Stars losing on Sunday, Texas will now play the Milwaukee Admirals in the first round.
The Admirals are a good matchup for the Stars. Despite the Ads' spot as the #1 team in the West, the Stars have taken five of six from the Predator's farm club. Certainly it is a better matchup than the alternative of Houston, who Texas struggled against this season mightily. The Stars schedule will be as follows:
Game 1: Texas at Milwaukee on Thursday, April 14 at 7:00 PM
Game 2: Texas at Milwaukee on Saturday, April 16 at 7:00 PM
Game 3: Milwaukee at Texas on Tuesday, April 19 at 7:30 PM
Game 4: Milwaukee at Texas on Wednesday, April 20 at 7:30 PM
*Game 5: Milwaukee at Texas on Friday, April 22 at 7:30 PM
*Game 6: Texas at Milwaukee on Monday, April 25 at 7:00 PM
*Game 7: Texas at Milwaukee on Tuesday, April 26 at 7:00 PM
Tickets are on sale now, and Texas is only a short jaunt down I-35.
The Stars biggest news in the past week, aside for the playoff clinch, was the addition of Scott Glennie on an amateur tryout contract. The Dallas Stars' first round draft pick from 2009 played in the last four games of the season. He has not registered a point and is minus-2 with 2 PIMs.
More about each individual game inside...
Texas had a chance to clinch a playoff spot in Peoria midweek but failed to do so after Peoria came back late in the third to win. The Stars led 2-1 on goals from Philip Larsen and Francis Wathier. However, Nathan Oystrick and Jake Gannon put Peoria over the top 3-2 in the last 10 minutes. Richard Bachman had 28 saves on 31 shots against.
With another chance to clinch in their sights, the Stars didn't miss this time. Travis Morin scored two, including the game winning goal, to put Texas past the Milwaukee Admirals in Wisconsin 3-2. Raymond Sawada also chipped in a goal in the contest. Richard Bachman had 31 saves on 33 shots.
With their playoff spot in the bag, Texas rested some high minute players including Colton Sceviour, Greg Rallo and Philip Larsen. The Oklahoma City Barons came in trying to lock up a spot of their own, so there was definitely a motivation mismatch in the contest. The Barons scored twice in the second to put them over the top. Bachman had 30 saves on 32 shots.
The Stars ended their season on the road in San Antonio. The Rampage were eliminated from the playoffs with the Barons win at Texas the night before. Texas again rested Greg Rallo and Maxime Fortunus. Tyler Beskorowany got the start, stopping 27 of 28 shots. The game was sleepy for the most part with Viktor Tikhonov getting the only goal of the game just six minutes in.
Trevor Ludwig is still out with an upper body injury.