INSIDE HOCKEY » Texas Stars Get Inside! Wed, 01 Oct 2014 02:15:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Defensive Miscues Lead to Stars’ Sweep of Wolves Sun, 16 Mar 2014 23:36:57 +0000

Last night, the Chicago Wolves said they wanted to get off to a better start against the Texas Stars following a sluggish effort in last night’s contest.

“We’ve got to come out with more urgency,” said Taylor Chorney after last night’s loss.  “Tomorrow we’ve got to find a way to start fast.”

For 46 seconds, that was the case in a 3-2 Wolves loss. Chicago (35-19-5-2) netted the opening goal after Sergey Andronov picked off a pass in the offensive zone and slid the puck to Keith Aucoin, who rifled it into an empty net to give the Wolves an early 1-0 lead.

However, a trio of Wolves misplayed the puck behind the net just 46 seconds later, and Kevin Henderson scored the easiest of goals alone in front of a vacant net to get Texas (38-17-3-5) on the board.

“We threw it behind the net and gave them a freebie,” said Anderson. “Any advantage we had was lost right there.”

Henderson gave the Stars the lead in the second period, and Ty Rattie tied it late in the third with his team-leading 24th goal of the season to send the game to extra time.  However, early in the overtime period, Mike Hedden tapped home the game-winner, set up by a turnover in the defensive zone by Taylor Chorney. Miscues and mental mistakes were the theme for Chicago in the loss.

“We shot ourselves in the foot,” said Wolves head coach John Anderson. “Just us not being smart.”

The Wolves struggled all season against Texas, winless in all four meetings.

“They’re a good team,” said Anderson. “They take the guns right out of our pockets.”

Since pulling to within a single point of division-leading Grand Rapids, the Wolves have struggled, and have dropped to seven points back.

“We’re not going to change,” said Anderson. “We just have to win our games.”

In other Wolves news, Dmitrij Jaskin was recalled to parent club St. Louis, presumably due to an injury to Vladimir Tarasenko. Jaskin has been recalled six times by the Blues this season.

“Those are the perils of the American Hockey League,” said Anderson. “It gives other guys a chance to step up play hard and show their stuff.”


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Despite St. Pat’s Unis, No Luck for Wolves Sun, 16 Mar 2014 13:21:59 +0000

Adam Cracknell’s hard collision with the linesman was the picturesque indication of the type of night it was for the Chicago Wolves.

Chicago (35-19-4-2) has been playing some of its best hockey as of late, winners of six of their last seven games coming into Saturday night’s contest at Allstate Arena against the Texas Stars. This was not one of those games. Texas (37-17-3-5) snapped the Wolves franchise-record 17-game home point streak (15-0-2-0) in a 3-0 victory. The last Wolves regulation loss at home had been Dec. 7. It was just the second shutout the Wolves have suffered this season and the first since Oct. 27.

“It’s a step back, but sometimes you have to take a step back and two steps forward,” said Wolves head coach John Anderson.

After the Wolves got off to a sluggish start, and Texas took advantage early on. Taylor Peters opened up the scoring just one minute, 34 seconds into the game. A weak shot from beyond the left face-off circle bounced by Jake Allen to give the Stars the first tally.

“They score that fluke goal there to start it off and it kind of sets you back a bit,” said Anderson.

“That’s not (Allen’s) fault at all,” said Wolves center Alexandre Bolduc. “That’s just part of hockey, bounces happen.”

A one-time rifle from Taylor Vause after a soft clearing attempt by the Wolves gave Texas a two-goal cushion midway through the period.

An uneventful second period saw no score and the Stars held a 2-0 lead heading to the final frame.

In the third period, Stars goaltender Jack Campbell was the big reason why Texas maintained its two-goal cushion. Perhaps the key moment was when he sprawled across his body to make the save on a Ty Rattie wraparound shot during a Wolves power play midway through the period. Campbell pitched his second shutout of the season and picked up his third win against Chicago this year, stopping all 24 shots he faced.

“He’s got our number,” said Anderson. “It is what it is.”

Brendan Ranford added a shorthanded empty net goal to finish it off.

“In a game like that, there’s no excuse to come out flat, no matter how they score their goals,” said Wolves defenseman Taylor Chorney.

The Stars and Wolves will meet again Sunday afternoon in the second half of a back-to-back.

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Photo Gallery: Stars @ Comets (11/16/13) Sun, 17 Nov 2013 16:09:28 +0000

On Saturday, November 16, 2013  at the Utica Memorial Auditorium, the Texas Stars defeated the Utica Comets by a score of 2 to 1 with the help of  the Stars Mike Hedden who had one goal and one assist. The “3 Stars of the Game” were #3 UTI Alexandre Grenier, #2 TEX Christopher Nilstorp, and #1 TEX Mike Hedden. Photos taken by Steve Rusyn for Inside Hockey.

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