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AHL Report: Texas Stars split home-and-home with San Antonio

Curtis McKenzie scores two goals in his first game as Texas' new captain

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Texas Stars split a home-and-home series with San Antonio last week and are now 8-8-1 on the season. Texas named forward Curtis McKenzie the team's captain last week and McKenzie responded by scoring two goals in his first game wearing the "C."

Texas had delayed naming a captain this season and was using several different players as alternate captains before deciding on McKenzie.

Here's more on the American Hockey League affiliate of the Dallas Stars.

 

Wednesday, November 15: Texas 4, San Antonio 3

Forward Curtis McKenzie, who was named team captain earlier in the day, scored two power-play goals as the Texas Stars defeated San Antonio, 4-3, at H-E-B Center Wednesday night.

"I loved the win tonight," McKenzie told media after the game. "I thought the guys were great, the whole way we were working hard. [Landon Bow] was great in net again. We battled the whole night."

Matt Mangene's goal off a San Antonio turnover put Texas ahead 4-3 with 6:35 remaining in the third period. Roope Hintz also scored for the Stars. Bow stopped 26 of 29 shots to get the win in goal.

 

Saturday, November 18: San Antonio 5, Texas 2

The Stars led 1-0 after one period on a goal from Max French, but San Antonio scored three goals in the second period to take control of the game and went on to defeat Texas, 5-2, at AT&T Center Saturday night. Jason Dickinson also scored for the Stars. Landon Bow got the start in goal and stopped 24 of 29 shots.

 

Notes
  • Texas is 6-2-0 at home and 2-6-1 on the road.

  • Travis Morin is on a five-game points streak (one goal, eight assists).

  • Morin ranks fourth in the AHL with 20 points (three goals, 17 assists) in 17 games.

  • Curtis McKenzie is on a four-game points streak (five goals, four assists).

  • McKenzie is tied for ninth in the AHL in goal scoring with eight in 15 games.

  • Jason Dickinson's goal on Saturday was his seventh in 11 AHL games this season. 

  • Roope Hintz's goal last week was his fourth of the season. Hintz leads Texas rookies in scoring with seven points (four goals, three assists) in 17 games. Hintz ranks fifth on Texas with 32 shots on goal.

  • Forward Denis Gurianov has not registered a point in the past six games. Gurianov has six assists in 15 games.

 

Texas Lineup

Here is the Texas lineup from the last game.

Jason Dickinson - Roope Hintz - Brian Flynn 
Curtis McKenzie - Justin Dowling - Travis Morin 
Denis Gurianov - Sheldon Dries - Matt Mangene 
Samuel Laberge - Max French - Colin Markison

Andrew Bodnarchuk - Julius Honka 
Dillon Heatherington - Brent Regner 
Reece Scarlett - Niklas Hansson

Landon Bow 
Mike McKenna

 

Week Ahead

Tue., Nov. 21, at Chicago, 7 p.m. 
Fri., Nov 24, at Cleveland, Noon 
Sat., Nov. 25, at Cleveland, 6 p.m.

 

Transactions

11/20: G Philippe Desrosiers assigned to Texas (AHL) from Idaho (ECHL)

11/20: G Mike McKenna recalled to Dallas (NHL) from Texas (AHL)

11/20: D Julius Honka recalled to Dallas (NHL) from Texas (AHL)

11/15: C Jason Dickinson assigned to Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL)

 

Idaho Steelheads

The Idaho Steelheads went 3-0-0 in the ECHL over the past week to improve to 8-3-4 on the season. Philippe Desrosiers made one start in goal, stopping 22 of 24 shots in a 3-2 win over Rapid City on Saturday. Desrosiers, who was called up to Texas of the AHL on Monday, is 6-1-2 in the ECHL with a 2.61 goals against average and .906 save percentage.

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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