The Texas Stars won both their games over the weekend, and it took extra playing time in each case.
The Stars notched a 5-4 overtime win over San Diego and a 3-2 shootout win over San Jose. The Stars snapped a four-game losing streak and improved to 5-3-1 on the season, including 4-1-1 at home.
Jason Dickinson scored his team-leading sixth goal of the season, and Roope Hintz also scored. Texas hits the road for three games in California this week.
Here's the latest on the AHL affiliate of the Dallas Stars.
Friday, October 27: Texas 5, San Diego 4 (OT)
Andrew Bodnarchuk's scored 3:29 into overtime as the Texas Stars snapped a four-game slide with a 5-4 victory over San Diego at H-E-B Center Friday night. Dillon Heatherington scored two goals, and Jason Dickinson and Sheldon Dries also scored for the Stars. Mike McKenna stopped 16 of 20 shots. The game featured 86 penalty minutes, 40 of them to San Diego's Stu Bickel who was given the lone fighting major and three game misconducts late in the first after he jumped and started throwing punches at Stars forward Justin Dowling, who was down on the ice and covering up. Dowling left the game with an "upper body" injury. The AHL suspended Bickel five games.
"There's a lot of stuff going on these days with head injuries and stuff, and there's no reason in a game like that to be taking advantage of a player like Dowling down on the ice," Bodnarchuk told reporters after the game. "That's disappointing."
San Diego's Scott Sabourin also picked up a single fighting major at the same time for going after Texas forward Curtis McKenzie. The end result was Texas going on a five-minute five-on-three power play, but the Stars were unable to score.
"The referees handled it well. They made the right call on the two one-man fights," Texas coach Derek Laxdal told media after the game. "That's where we have to learn to take advantage. If a team wants to come in here and try to have a physical presence in our building, we have to take advantage of the power play."
Saturday, October 28: Texas 3, San Jose 2 (SO)
The Stars went to extra playing time for a second straight night, and this time they won in a shootout topping San Jose, 3-2. Travis Morin scored the lone goal of the shootout, and Mike McKenna stopped all three San Jose shooters and turned away 26 of 28 shots in regulation and overtime. Roope Hintz and Matt Mangene scored in regulation. Texas improved to 3-1 in games that have decided in overtime or the shootout.
Forward Jason Dickinson leads Texas with six points and ranks second on the team with seven points.
Travis Morin leads Texas in scoring with 10 points (two goals, eight assists).
Dillon Heatherington (three goals, three assists) and Gavin Bayreuther (one goal, five assists) are tied for team lead in scoring among defensemen.
Forward Roope Hintz leads Texas rookies in goal scoring with three.
Bayreuther and Curtis McKenzie are tied for the team lead with a plus-six rating.
Forward Denis Gurianov has five assists in his past five games and has six assists in nine games this season, but he has registered just nine shots on goal.
Defenseman Niklas Hansson picked up his first points of the season, registering two assists in Friday's 5-4 overtime win over San Diego including the lone assist on Andrew Bodnarchuk's overtime winner.
Here is the Texas lineup from the last game.
Travis Morin - Jason Dickinson - Denis Gurianov
Curtis McKenzie - Roope Hintz - Mark McNeill
Cole Ully - Sheldon Dries - Greg Rallo
Tommy Thompson - Colin Markison - Matt Mangene
Dillon Heatherington - Brent Regner
Andrew Bodnarchuk - Niklas Hansson
Gavin Bayreuther - Ludwig Bystrom
Thu., Nov. 2, at Bakersfield, 8:30 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 4, at Stockton, 8:00 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 5, at San Jose, 7:00 p.m.
10/25: Texas (AHL) signed RW Tommy Thompson to PTO
The Idaho Steelheads, the ECHL affiliate of the Dallas Stars, went 0-0-2 last week, losing 3-2 in a shootout to Quad City on Friday and then 3-2 in overtime to Quad City on Saturday. The Steelheads are 2-2-3 on the season. Stars goaltending prospect Philippe Desrosiers got the start in goal Friday and stopped 23 of 25 shots and one of two in the shootout. Desrosiers is 2-0-2 with a 2.17 goals against average and .920 save percentage.
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