As they play: Stars host Marlies (11/23/13)

Welcome to the Cedar Park Center for tonight’s Teddy Bear Toss game against the Toronto Marlies. For those who don’t know, when Texas scores its first goal fans will rain teddy bears onto the ice.

Hopefully the Teddy Bear Toss will go smoother than it has for the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye.

Tonight will also be the first experiment with a live twitter timeline in the post. Set up by Aaron Westendorf, this should show tweets from all of the media members in attendance tonight.

Basic plan will be to have live tweets provide in-game coverage all in one place. Any pressing or important in-game news will be posted in the body of this post below the tweets.

Occasionally hit re-fresh for updated news in the body of this post

End of the second, Texas leads 4-2. Stars have 26-17 advantage in shots.

(Second period, 3:50)

Carter Ashton scores for Toronto to cut lead to 4-2. York went for stick sweep on goal and missed. High-risk, high-reward play for a goalie.

(Second period, 10:19)

4-1 Texas, Travis Morin tips home a blast by Gaunce.

(Second period, 12:25)

Chris Mueller makes it 3-1 Texas on a tip in front of the net. Toronto takes their timeout to calm things down.

(Second period, 12:52)

Texas takes a 2-1 lead on the power play by Curtis McKenzie. Great pass by Travis Morin to set up the one-timer.

(Second period, 19:31)

Toronto ties it up 1-1 on a goal by Spencer Abbot. Pass from behind the net that caught York off guard in Texas’ net.

End of the first period, Texas leads 1-0. Stars have 13-8 advantage in shots.

(First period, 1:31)

We just lost power for about 30 seconds on the main lights. Back up and running, could have been a long night if that was a longer delay.

(First period, 5:39)

The Teddy Bears have come down after a goal by Brett Ritchie, his fourth of the year. Rebound popped over to the right of Macintyre and Ritchie put it home on a second effort.

Cameron Gaunce and Scott Glennie picked up assists on the goal.

Bears came down after the goal, as we expected. Pretty good showing from the fans, that should make a lot of kids happy this Christmas. (I’ll have a photo up later, likely in tweet form)

(First period, 13:09) Stars get break on a whistle

Power play goal for Toronto is called back because of a very quick whistle. Puck slipped through York’s pads and should have counted. Going forward don’t expect many quick whistles from officials.

(Pre-game) Tonight’s lines for Texas:
Curtis McKenzie-Travis Morin-Colton Sceviour
Brendan Ranford-Justin Dowling-Mike Hedden
Scott Glennie-Chris Mueller-Brett Ritchie
Francis Wathier-Taylor Peters-Toby Petersen

William Wrenn-Jamie Oleksiak
Cameron Gaunce-Jyrki Jokipakka
Maxime Fortunus-Ryan Button

Allen York (starter)
Josh Robinson

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