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AHL Report: Condra leads Texas Stars to pair of road wins

The veteran forward earns league honors after helping pace Texas with eight points in three games

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Texas Stars were on the road this past weekend and won two of three games to improve to 10-9-2 on the season.

The Stars have been on a roll offensively, scoring 44 goals over the past 10 games and now rank third in the league in goal scoring at 3.90 per game. They got a big performance over the weekend from veteran forward Erik Condra, who tallied eight points in the three games including two goals and three assists in a 7-3 win in Chicago on Sunday.

This weekend's performance earned Condra honors from the American Hockey League. The Stars have some other players who have been on a roll lately including forwards Adam Mascherin, Joel L'Esperance, Denis Gurianov, and Justin Dowling.

Here's the latest on the AHL affiliate of the Dallas Stars.

 

Friday, November 30: Texas 4, Milwaukee 1

Landon Bow stopped 23 shots in his first game back from the NHL, Mascherin scored two goals, and Condra tallied one goal and one assist as won as Texas won, 4-1, at Milwaukee on Friday. Condra staked the Stars to a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal at 14:32 of the first and Mascherin scored twice in the second to push the lead to 3-0. L'Esperance scored in the third period to give the Stars a 4-0 lead before the Admirals scored late in the game on the power play to spoil Bow's shutout bid.

 

Saturday, December 1: Grand Rapids 6, Texas 3

Texas battled back from 2-0 and 3-2 deficits to tie the game 3-3 early in the second period, but Grand Rapids scored three unanswered goals to defeat the Stars, 6-3, at Van Andel Arena Saturday. Condra, Mascherin, and L'Esperance all scored goals for Texas. Bow got the start in goal and stopped 24 of 29 shots.

 

Sunday, December 2: Texas 7, Chicago 3

Condra recorded five points (two goals, three assists) to lead the Texas Stars to a 7-3 win at Chicago on Sunday. Condra factored in the first four Texas goals -- scoring two and assisting on two -- as the Stars built a 4-1 lead in the game by the 6:19 mark of the second period. Nick Caamano and Travis Morin both scored twice for Texas, and Dowling also found the back of the net. Philippe Desrosiers got the start in goal and stopped 18 of 22 shots for his first AHL win of the season.

 

Prospect spotlight
  • Veteran forward Erik Condra was named the AHL's Player of the Week after tallying eight points (four goals, four assists) in three games over the weekend. Condra is currently riding an eight-game points streak during which he has 14 points (six goals, eight assists) and he has tallied 21 points (10 goals, 11 assists) in his last 12 games. The 32-year-old Condra, whom Dallas signed as a free agent in the offseason, is tied for third in AHL scoring with 26 points (11 goals, 15 assists) in 21 games.

  • Forward Joel L'Esperance is on a five-game points streak (three goals, three assists). L'Esperance leads AHL rookies in both goals (11) and points (21) in 21 games played.

  • Forward Adam Mascherin scored six goals in a three-game span from Nov. 25 to Dec. 1 and now has 15 points (nine goals, six assists) in 20 games and is tied for second in goal scoring among AHL rookies.

  • Forward Denis Gurianov picked up three assists in three games over the weekend, giving him 22 points (eight goals, 14 assists) in 20 games. Gurianov, who has 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in 9 games since returning from the NHL, ranks second on Texas in points behind Condra and is tied for 10th in the league.

  • Forward Justin Dowling is on a six-game points streak (three goals, six assists) and now has 21 points (six goals, 15 assists) in 17 games.

  • Forward Nick Caamano's two goals in Sunday's 7-3 win at Chicago snapped a 13-game goal scoring drought. Caamano has six points (four goals, two assists) in 20 games.

  • Defenseman Ben Gleason returned from injury this past weekend and tallied three assists in three games.

  • Forward Michael Mersch returned to the lineup this weekend after missing almost one month due to injury.

 

Texas lineup

Denis Gurianov - Justin Dowling - Adam Mascherin
Erik Condra - Joel L'Esperance - Travis Morin
Nick Caamano - Colton Hargrove - Michael Mersch
Sam Laberge - James Phelan - Colin Markison

Ben Gleason - Shane Hanna
Dillon Heatherington - Niklas Hansson
Ondrej Vala - Brady Norrish

Philippe Desrosiers
Landon Bow

 

Upcoming schedule

Wed., Dec. 5, Milwaukee at Texas, 7:30 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 7, Milwaukee at Texas, 7:00 p.m.

 

Idaho Steelheads

The Idaho Steelheads won both their games last week to extend their winning streak to three games. The Steelheads are 11-8-3 on the season. Stars forward prospect Tony Calderone scored his first ECHL goal of the season in a 4-1 win over Jacksonville on Friday. Calderone has four points (one goal, three assists) in 11 games with the Steelheads.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club.

Mark Stepneski has covered the Stars for DallasStars.com since 2012. Follow him on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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