Spoiler Alert

The Texas Stars once again split a pair over the weekend, losing to Abbotsford 2-1 on Friday before beating them 4-1 on Sunday. Six of the eight goals were scored on the Power Play. Sunday’s game drew a pathetic 2,403 to the Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre. Sadly that’s not the smallest crowd the Stars have played in front of—for that, we need to go back to 2009 and a mid-November game in Rockford, where the attendance reached just 1,795.

The crowds are never good in Abbotsford or Rockford, or Milwaukee for that matter, despite Milwaukee fans ranking as my personal favorites. The Admirals Roundtable is the coolest forum in the AHL.

Clear Day Rosters are published today. According to the authoritative Texas Stars blog Hundred Degree Hockey, Texas can only lose three of its remaining nineteen games to keep its playoff hopes alive. In other words,

Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch’intrate’.

Despite a letdown of a season, several franchise records have fallen. Among them, Colton Sceviour picked up his fifth game-winning goal this weekend, giving him eleven all-time and putting him in sole possession of that franchise record.

The Houston Aeros are in free-fall, I don’t hate that. They play the Heat next, a team they haven’t beaten yet this year.

San Antonio just might make the playoffs. Looks like losing the Coyotes as their affiliate and switching back to Florida might pay off in the form of its eleventh playoff game in ten seasons. That and trading for Jon Matsumoto.  We’re hosting the Rampage in a pair of games this weekend, and that doesn’t bode well for San Antonio, as they have traditionally struggled in our barn. Even this season, when they should be better.

On that note, San Antonio’s AT&T center is incontestably the most hideous arena on the AHL circuit. Too big. Achingly cavernous.

Here’s to playing spoiler.


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