The Texas Stars had a rough weekend as they picked up just one of a possible six points in a three-game weekend series against Pacific Division rival San Antonio. The Stars, who went 0-2-1 over the weekend, have dropped four straight games since opening the season with three wins and are now 3-3-1.
Forward Jason Dickinson scored his team-leading fifth goal of the season, and Denis Gurianov picked up four assists in the three games. Here's the latest on the AHL affiliate of the Dallas Stars.
Friday, October 20: San Antonio 3, Texas 2 (SO)
The Texas Stars dominated play for the first two periods, were on their heels in the third and ended up falling, 3-2, in a shootout to San Antonio Friday at H-E-B Center. The Stars outshot the Rampage 28-7 over the first 40 minutes but headed into the third period tied 2-2. They were outshot 14-3 in the third, but survived and went to extra playing time, where San Antonio's Rocco Grimaldi scored the game-deciding goal in the shootout. Curtis McKenzie and Jason Dickinson scored goals in regulation for Texas, and Denis Gurianov had two assists. Mike McKenna stopped 24 of 26 shots in regulation and overtime, and one of three in the shootout. Texas went 0-for-5 on the power play.
Saturday, October 21: San Antonio 6, Texas 2
The Stars' losing streak hit three games (0-2-1) with a 6-2 loss to San Antonio Saturday in Cedar Park. Travis Morin gave Texas a 1-0 lead 4:50 into the second period, but the Rampage would tie the game 39 seconds later and begin a stretch where they would score five goals in 6:25 to take a 5-1 lead. Curtis McKenzie also scored for Texas, and Denis Gurianov had two assists. Landon Bow made his first start of the season in goal and was pulled midway through the game after allowing five goals on 14 shots. Mike McKenna played the rest of the way and stopped all 12 shots he faced.
Sunday, October 22: San Antonio 3, Texas 1
The Stars lost 3-1 at San Antonio Sunday, pushing their losing streak to four games (0-3-1). The Stars outshot the Rampage 30-14 but misfired on six power plays in the game. Dillon Heatherington scored the lone goal for the Stars. Mike McKenna stopped 11 of 13 shots in goal.
Texas is 1-for-18 on the power play during its four-game winless slide. For the season, the Stars are 3-for-26 (11.5 percent).
Texas is 24-for-30 (80.0 percent) on the penalty kill.
Forward Jason Dickinson leads Texas with five goals in seven games.
Travis Morin leads Texas with eight points (two goals, six assists) in seven games.
Dickinson (five goals, one assist) and Curtis McKenzie (three goals, three assists) are tied for second on the team with six points.
Gavin Bayreuther leads Texas defensemen in scoring with five points (one goal, four assists) in seven games.
Forward Denis Gurianov picked up four assists over the past week and now has five points -- all assists - - in seven games. He and Bayreuther are tied for fourth on the team in scoring.
Dickinson leads Texas with 27 shots on goal.
Bayreuther leads Texas with a plus-five rating.
Here is the Texas lineup from the last game.
Travis Morin - Jason Dickinson - Mark McNeill
Denis Gurianov - Roope Hintz - Greg Rallo
Cole Ully - Justin Dowling - Matt Mangene
Colin Markison - Sheldon Dries - Max French
Andrew Bodnarchuk - Niklas Hansson
Dillon Heatherington - Brent Regner
Gavin Bayreuther - Ludwig Bystrom
Fri., Oct. 27, vs. San Diego, 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 28, vs. San Jose, 7:00 p.m.
The Idaho Steelheads went 1-1-1 over the past week and are 2-2-1 on the season. Dallas goaltending prospect Philippe Desrosiers played in two games, stopping 33 of 34 shots in a 3-1 win over Utah on Wednesday and turning away 25 of 29 shots in a 4-3 overtime loss to Utah on Friday. Desrosiers is 2-0-1 with a 2.28 goals against average and .920 save percentage. The Steelheads play two games at Quad City this weekend.
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