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Texas Stars sweep Rampage, move back into playoff spot

Texas explodes for 13 goals in a sweep of its home-and-home series with San Antonio

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Texas Stars found some offense this weekend, exploding for 13 goals as they swept a two-game series against the San Antonio Rampage and moved back into a playoff position in the AHL's Central Division.

Denis Gurianov, Nick Caamano, and Nicklas Hansson all had big weekends offensively for the Stars, who improved to 30-25-7 and moved into fourth place in the Central.

Here is the latest on the AHL affiliate of the Dallas Stars.

Saturday, March 9: Texas 6, San Antonio 4

Gurianov tallied two goals and one assist and Hansson recorded one goal and two assists as Texas defeated San Antonio, 6-4, at AT&T Center Saturday to snap a five-game road losing streak.

Adam Mascherin, Tony Calderone, and Colton Hargrove also scored as the Stars ended San Antonio's 17-game home unbeaten streak.

After the Rampage erased a 4-2 deficit with two goals in a 1:41 span early in the third period, Calderone and Hargrove responded with goals 62 seconds apart to put the Stars ahead 6-4. Landon Bow got the start in goal for Texas and stopped 24 of 28 shots.


Sunday, March 10: Texas 7, Texas 4

The Stars completed the weekend series sweep of San Antonio, defeating the Rampage, 7-4, at H-E-B Center on Sunday. Caamano scored two goals, and Hansson recorded one goal and two assists for the Stars.

Colin Markison, Erik Condra, Colton Hargrove, and Joel Hanley also scored for the Stars. Caamano scored both his goals in the first period as Texas built a 2-1 lead and Markison, Condra, and Hargrove tallied in the second as the Stars pushed their advantage to 5-2.

Landon Bow stopped 21 of 25 shots.


Prospect spotlight
  • Defenseman Niklas Hansson had a big weekend, tallying 6 points (2 goals, 4 assists) in the two games against San Antonio. Hansson has 10 points (3 goals, 7 assists) in his last nine games. Hansson, a third-round pick in 2013, has 18 points (6 goals, 12 assists) in 53 games.

  • Forward Nick Caamano has tallied 6 points (3 goals, 3 assists) in his last 7 games. Caamano, a fifth-round pick in 2016, is in his first full pro season and has 20 points (9 goals, 11 assists) in 61 games.

  • Forward Denis Gurianov has 5 points (3 goals, 2 assists) in four games since being assigned to Texas from Dallas. Gurianov, the first-round pick in 2015, has 42 points (17 goals, 25 assists) in 43 AHL games this season and leads current Texas players in points per game (0.98).

  • Defenseman Ben Gleason has 4 assists in the past five games. Gleason, a free agent signing in 2018, ranks third among rookie AHL defensemen in scoring with 33 points (5 goals, 28 assists) in 58 games.

  • Defenseman Gavin Bayreuther has 4 assists in the past five games. Bayreuther, a free agent signing in 2017, has 17 points (4 goals, 13 assists) in 39 games.

  • Veteran forward Michael Mersch has 7 points (4 goals, 3 assists) in his last seven games.


Texas lineup

Here is the Texas lineup from the last game.

Michael Mersch - Justin Dowling - Erik Condra
Nick Caamano - Travis Morin - Denis Gurianov
Adam Mascherin - Colton Hargrove - Brad McClure
Tony Calderone - Robbie Payne - Colin Markison

Gavin Bayreuther - Joel Hanley
Dillon Heatherington - Niklas Hansson
Shane Hanna - Ben Gleason

Landon Bow
Philippe Desrosiers


Upcoming schedule
  • Wednesday, March 13, Texas at Manitoba, 7:00 p.m.

  • Friday, March 15, Texas at Manitoba, 7:00 p.m.

  • Sunday, March 17, Texas at Rockford, 4:00 p.m.


Idaho Steelheads

The Idaho Steelheads went 1-1-1 in a three-game series against Wichita. The Steelheads are 35-21-5 and are in first place in the ECHL's Mountain Division.

Stars goaltending prospect Colton Point made two appearances last week. He was pulled 11:12 into a start Friday after allowing two goals on five shots. On Saturday he came into the game late in the second period and stopped eight of nine shots but took an overtime loss. Point is 5-2-2 in the ECHL with a 3.28 goals-against average and .887 save percentage.

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 since 2012. Follow him on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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