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AHL Report: Texas Stars can't find footing on California road swing

Texas loses the first three games of its trip to extend its road losing skid to five games

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The first three games of a four-game California road trip did not go well for the Texas Stars.

They lost all three games in regulation and were outscored 12-3. The Stars, who have lost five straight games on the road, fell to 5-6-1 on the season. Texas has one game left on the trip before returning home for a three-game homestand. And in the ECHL, the Idaho Steelheads will be in town this weekend to take on the Allen Americans. 

Here's the latest on the minor league affiliates of the Dallas Stars.

 

Thursday, November 2: Bakersfield 5, Texas 2

The Stars led 2-0 after two periods on a pair of goals by Brian Flynn, but Bakersfield scored five times in the third period on eight shots to defeat the Stars 5-2. The Condors scored twice 5-on-5, twice on the power play and once into an empty net in the final 20 minutes. Mike McKenna got the start in goal for Texas and stopped 16 of 20 shots.

 

Saturday, November 4: Stockton 1, Texas 0

Landon Bow made his second start of the season and stopped 24 of 25 shots, but didn't get any goal support as Texas fell, 1-0, to Stockton Saturday night. Stockton's Garnet Hathaway scored the game's only goal eight minutes into the second period. With the Heat on the power play, Hathaway's shot from close range deflected into the net off the skate of Stars defenseman Dillon Heatherington.

 

Sunday, November 5: San Jose 6 Texas 1

Ludwig Bystrom's power-play goal at 14:06 of the first period tied the game 1-1, but San Jose scored five straight goals and defeated the Stars 6-1 Sunday evening. The loss extended the Stars' road losing streak to five games. Mike McKenna stopped 30 of 36 shots.

 

Notes
  • Texas is 1-5-0 on the road this season and has been outscored 21-8.

  • Travis Morin leads Texas in scoring with 11 points (two goals, nine assists) in 12 games.

  • Despite missing last week's three games due to his NHL call-up, Jason Dickinson still leads Texas in goal scoring with six in nine games.

  • Gavin Bayreuther leads Texas in rookie scoring with six points (one goal, five assists) in eleven games.

  • Roope Hintz leads Texas in rookie goal scoring with three in 12 games.

  • Goaltender Mike McKenna leads the AHL in minutes played with 644:04 and ranks second with 249 saves.

  • Texas ranks 23rd in the AHL in scoring at 2.67 goals per game.

  • Texas ranks 28th in goals against at 3.83 per game.

  • Texas ranks last in the league on the power play at 8.0 percent (4-50).

  • Texas ranks last in the league on the penalty kill at 76.3 percent (45-59).

 

Texas Lineup

Here is the Texas lineup from the last game.

Travis Morin - Justin Dowling - Mark McNeill
Curtis McKenzie - Roope Hintz - Brian Flynn
Denis Gurianov - Sheldon Dries - Colin Markison
Cole Ully - Tommy Thompson - Matt Mangene

Ludwig Bystrom - Julius Honka
Dillon Heatherington - Brent Regner
Gavin Bayreuther - Niklas Hansson

Mike McKenna
Landon Bow

 

Week Ahead

Wed., Nov. 8, at San Diego, 9:00 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 10, vs. Grand Rapids, 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 11, vs. Grand Rapids, 7:00 p.m.

 
Transactions

11/1: C Jason Dickinson recalled to Dallas (NHL) from Texas (AHL)

 

Idaho Steelheads

The Idaho Steelheads, Dallas' ECHL affiliate, went 2-0-1 last week and are now 4-2-4 on the season. Stars goaltending prospect Philippe Desrosiers won both his starts, stopping 45 of 52 shots. Desrosiers is 4-0-2 with a 2.60 goals against average and .903 save percentage. Dallas defense prospect Chris Martenet has played seven games for Idaho this season, registering no points. The Steelheads will be in North Texas this weekend to play the Allen Americans on Friday and Saturday at the Allen Event Center.

This story was not subject to approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on DallasStars.com reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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