The Texas Stars split a home-and-home series with San Antonio over the weekend and continue to hold down the fourth and final playoff spot in the AHL's Pacific Division.
The Stars, who are 34-23-10 on the season, have nine games remaining, five at home and four on the road. And the Idaho Steelheads had a good week, clinching a playoff spot in the ECHL.
Here's the latest on the minor-league affiliates of the Dallas Stars.
Friday, March 23: Texas 2, San Antonio 1
Landon Bow stopped 37 shots, and Denis Gurianov and Sheldon Dries scored goals as Texas rallied for a 2-1 win over San Antonio in Cedar Park on Friday. The Rampage led 1-0 after two periods, but Gurianov tied the game by scoring on a partial breakaway 5:45 into the third. Dries scored the game-winner at the 9:03 mark, tallying off the rush to put Texas up 2-1. Bow made 17 of his 37 saves in the third period.
Saturday, March 24: San Antonio 2, Texas 1
Goals were hard to come by as the Stars and Rampage met in San Antonio on Saturday, and this time the Rampage skated away with a 2-1 victory. Brent Regner scored the lone goal for Texas, and Landon Bow stopped 27 of 29 shots. Andrew Hammond stopped 31 shots for San Antonio.
Texas signed forward Robbie Payne to an amateur tryout contract last week. Payne, 24, just wrapped up his career at Northern Michigan University where he tallied 24 goals in 42 games as a senior. The 5-11, 193-pound Payne played in 158 games at Northern Michigan, tallying 94 points (54 goals, 40 assists).
Forward Roope Hintz is tied for 11th among AHL rookies in goal scoring with 18 in 63 games.
Forward Sheldon Dries is tied for 17th among AHL rookies in goals with 17 in 61 games.
Gavin Bayreuther ranks ninth among AHL rookie defensemen in scoring with 24 points (6 goals, 18 assists) in 63 games.
Landon Bow is tied for third among AHL rookie goaltenders in wins with 18. Bow is 18-14-6 with a 2.91 goals against average and .903 save percentage.
Travis Morin is tied for sixth in the AHL in scoring with 56 points (9 goals. 47 assists) in 67 games.
Here is the Texas lineup from the last game.
Travis Morin - Roope Hintz - Brian Flynn
Denis Gurianov - Justin Dowling - Colin Markison
Robbie Payne - Sheldon Dries - Greg Rallo
Samuel Laberge - Austin Fyten - Max French
Andrew Bodnarchuk - Niklas Hansson
Gavin Bayreuther - Brent Regner
Andrew O'Brien - Reece Scarlett
Wed. Mar. 28, Texas at Grand Rapids, 6 p.m.
Fri. Mar. 30, Texas at Milwaukee, 7 p.m.
Sat. Mar. 31, Texas at Chicago, 7 p.m.
3/22: F Robbie Payne signed to ATO by Texas (AHL)
3/20: LW Curtis McKenzie recalled to Dallas (NHL) from Texas (AHL)
3/19: G Mike McKenna recalled to Dallas (NHL) from Texas (AHL)
The Idaho Steelheads had a good week, winning all three of their games and clinching a playoff spot for the 21st consecutive season. The Steelheads, who have won five games in a row, are 40-20-7 and currently sit in second place in the ECHL's Mountain Division.
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