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AHL Report: Texas Stars end slide with pair of wins

Texas climbs back to the .500 mark by taking 2 of 3 games over the past week

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Texas Stars won two of three games over the past week to improve to 7-7-1 on the season. The Stars ended rough a California road trip with a win in San Diego and then came home to split a pair of games with Grand Rapids. And the Idaho Steelheads came to North Texas and split two games with the Allen Americans in the ECHL.

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

 

Wednesday, November 8: Texas 6, San Diego 2

The Stars snapped a three-game losing streak and ended their four-game California road trip on a positive note, defeating San Diego, 6-2, on Sunday. Curtis McKenzie led the way for Texas scoring three goals and assisting on two others for the Stars.

"I was beating myself up because I had gone without a point for five games which might have been the longest in my AHL career," McKenzie said. "It was nice to come out of a drought in that fashion."

Brian Flynn had one goal and two assists and Max French and Colin Markison also scored. Travis Morin recorded four assists, and Landon Bow stopped 13 of 15 shots for the Stars who went 1-3-0 on the trip.

 

Friday, November 10: Texas 2, Grand Rapids 1

Landon Bow stopped 33 shots and Sheldon Dries' shorthanded goal 8:47 into the third period snapped a 1-1 tie and held up as the game-winner as the Stars opened a three-game homestand with a 2-1 win over Grand Rapids Friday. Colin Markison also scored for the Stars.

 

Saturday, November 11: Grand Rapids 5, Texas 1

Travis Morin staked the Stars to a 1-0 lead 11:03 into the game but Grand Rapids scored five straight goals and defeated the Stars, 5-1, Saturday night at H-E-B Center. Mike McKenna got the start in goal, allowed four goals on 24 shots and was replaced by Landon Bow after two periods. Bow stopped 12 of 13 shots in the third.

 

Notes
  • Dallas made a trade last week that affected the Texas roster, acquiring defenseman Reece Scarlett from the Florida Panthers in exchange for defenseman Ludwig Bystrom. The 24-year-old Scarlett, a right-handed shot, has played 229 AHL games, registering 95 points (18 goals, 77 assists).

  • In his last four appearances, goaltender Landon Bow has posted a 1.51 goals against average and .943 save percentage (82 saves on 87 shots).

  • Since being assigned to Texas at the end of October, defenseman Julius Honka has no points and 11 shots on goal in six games.

  • Travis Morin leads Texas in scoring with 17 points (three goals, 14 assists) in 15 games. Morin has registered points in 12 of 15 games this season.

  • Morin is tied for fourth in the league in scoring.

  • Curtis McKenzie ranks second on Texas in scoring with 12 points (six goals, six assists).

  • McKenzie ranks fifth in the AHL with 47 shots on goal.

 

Texas Lineup

Here is the Texas lineup from the last game.

Travis Morin - Roope Hintz - Curtis McKenzie
Brian Flynn - Justin Dowling - Max French
Cole Ully - Sheldon Dries - Matt Mangene
Samuel Laberge - Tommy Thompson - Colin Markison

Dillon Heatherington - Brent Regner
Andrew Bodnarchuk - Julius Honka
Gavin Bayreuther - Niklas Hansson

Mike McKenna
Landon Bow

 

Week Ahead
  • Wed., Nov. 15, vs. San Antonio, 7:30 p.m.

  • Sat., Nov. 18, at San Antonio, 7:00 p.m.

 

Transactions
  • 11/11: LW Curtis McKenzie reassigned to Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL)

  • 11/10: D Reece Scarlett assigned to Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL), which had acquired him from Florida (NHL) in exchange for D Ludwig Bystrom

  • 11/10: LW Curtis McKenzie recalled to Dallas (NHL) from Texas (AHL)

 

Idaho Steelheads

The Idaho Steelheads were in North Texas over the weekend to play two games against the Allen Americans. The Steelheads came away with a split, losing 2-1 on Friday night and then rallying for a 5-4 shootout victory on Saturday. The Steelheads are 5-3-4 on the season.

Stars goaltending prospect Philippe Desrosiers started both games against Allen. The 22-year-old Desrosiers, a second-round pick in 2013, stopped 31 of 33 shots in the 2-1 loss on Friday and then 29 of 33 shots in regulation and overtime and all three shooters in the shootout in the win on Saturday. Desrosiers is 5-1-2 on the season with a 2.68 goals against average and .905 save percentage.

"So far, so good," Desrosiers said of his season. "A couple of wins and [Friday] was my first loss in regulation. Overall, I am playing pretty good. I am seeing a lot of minutes. I have the confidence from [coach Neil Graham], so I am happy."

"He's matured," Graham said. "I've seen him as a first-year pro, a second-year pro and now a third-year pro and I think you can see him take a step in maturity on and off the ice. Just his presence when he comes in the room in the morning; he's a little more outgoing, a little more sociable. That happens especially when you come from Quebec where all your teammates are French, and you are used to speaking that language. Now, he feels more comfortable, and he's right in the mix."

Defenseman Chris Martenet played in both games against Allen, registering no points. The 21-year-old Martenet, a fourth-round pick in 2015, is in his first full professional season. It got off to a rough start when he missed all of training camp due to mono. He's played nine games with Idaho, registering no points and an even rating.

"It's been going good so far. I am learning a lot," Martenet said. "With the whole mono thing, I missed the NHL camp and the AHL camp, so I was behind the eight-ball there at the start. Right now, I am just working hard to get back and play well like I know I can."

The Steelheads are in the middle of an 11-day road trip. They headed from Allen to Rapid City where they play three games this week.

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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