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Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Texas Stars Report

By Mark Stepneski

Matt Fraser sets franchise mark for goals in season

Texas Stars forward Matt Fraser has set the franchise mark for most goals in a season. When Fraser scored shorthanded against San Antonio on Saturday, it was his 28th of the season. That eclipsed the club record of 27 set by Aaron Gagnon in the 2009-10 season.

Fraser, who is on a three-game goal scoring streak and has eight goals in the last 14 games, now has 29 goals in 58 games this season.

The past week

The Texas Stars went 2-2-0-0 over the past week. The Stars are  27-30-2-2 on the season and rank 15th in the AHL’s Western Conference. They are currently 12 points out of the final playoff spot with 15 games left in the regular season.

Texas beat Grand Rapids 5-4 in overtime last Wednesday at Cedar Park Center. Francis Wathier, Travis and Luke Gazdic were among the goal scorers. Brenden Dillon had two assists. Tyler Beskorowany made 31 saves.

The Stars beat San Antonio 4-3 in overtime at CPC on Friday. Colton Sceviour scored the OT winner. Matt Fraser scored the game-tying goal with 7:08 left in regulation. Andrew Raycroft had 25 saves.

Texas lost to San Antonio 4-3 in Cedar Park on Saturday. Fraser, Wathier and Angelo Esposito scored for Texas. Raycroft started the game but left after the first period due to injury. He allowed two goals on nine shots. Beskorowany finished the game and stopped 11 of 13 shots.

The Stars lost 5-2 to Grand Rapids on Tuesday. Fraser and Dillon scored goals. Beskorowany had 22 saves on 27 shots.

The week ahead

March 16, vs. Oklahoma City
March 17, vs. Oklahoma City
March 19, vs. Abbotsford

Transactions

3/13: D Nick Layton assigned to Texas (AHL) from Allen (CHL)

3/12: D Jordie Benn recalled to Dallas (NHL) from Texas (AHL)

3/7: RW Jake Hauswirth assigned to Idaho (ECHL) from Texas (AHL)

Idaho Steelheads

The Idaho Steelheads went 3-0-0-1 over the past week. The Steelheads are 26-29-2-6 on the season and are in 7th in the ECHL’s Western Conference.