The Texas Stars went 2-1-1 over the past week and are 14-10-3 on the season, ranking second in the AHL’s Pacific Division. Right wing Brett Ritchie returned last week after missing the first two months of the season with a wrist injury and registered five points (four goals, one assist) in four games. But Texas lost center Devin Shore to an injury that is expected to keep him out 4-6 weeks. And the Idaho Steelheads were in town to play a couple of games against the Allen Americans. Here’s the latest on Dallas’ minor league affiliates.
Shore injured, out 4-6 weeks
Texas forward Devin Shore is expected to be out 4-6 weeks after he was injured in Friday’s game against Charlotte. Shore was hurt when he was hit low and upended by Checkers defenseman Ryan Murphy. There was no penalty on the play, but the AHL later suspended Murphy three games for clipping.
Shore, who is in his first full pro season, is tied for the AHL lead in goal scoring with 15 and ranks third in points with 26 in 23 games played.
Tuesday, December 8: Rockford 5, Texas 2
Brett Ritchie returned to the lineup for Texas and picked up one assist, but the Stars fell to Rockford 5-2 at Cedar Park Center Tuesday. Justin Dowling, Derek Hulak and Jesse Blacker scored goals for Texas. John Muse got the start in goal and stopped 27 of 30 shots.
Friday, December 11: Charlotte 5, Texas 4 (OT)
The Stars dropped their fourth straight game (0-2-2) falling 5-4 in overtime to Charlotte at Cedar Park Center Friday night. The Stars overcame a 3-1 deficit to take a 4-3 lead, but the Checkers tied the game with 6:06 remaining in regulation. Charlotte’s Brock McGinn, who scored the game-tying goal, won it with a power-play goal at 1:23 of overtime. Radek Faksa scored two goals for Texas and Julius Honka and Matej Stransky also scored. Jack Campbell got the start in goal, was pulled late in the first after allowing three goals but returned to start the second period and finished the game. He ended up stopping 22 of 27 shots.
Saturday, December 12: Texas 5, Stockton 2
Brett Ritchie scored three goals to lead the Stars to a 5-2 win over Stockton Saturday night at Cedar Park Center. Ritchie scored 1:20 into the game to give the Stars a 1-0 lead and then tallied on the power play in the second period to put the Stars up 4-1. He sealed the victory with an empty-net goal late in the third period. Julius Honka registered one goal and one assist and Radek Faksa also scored a goal. John Muse stopped 32 of 34 shots.
Sunday, December 13: Texas 3, San Antonio 2
The Stars made it two straight wins, winning 3-2 in San Antonio on Sunday. Julius Honka scored at 7:26 of the third period to put the Stars up 3-2. Brett Ritchie scored a goal, giving him four goals in two games. Justin Dowling also scored. John Muse stopped 31 of 33 shots.
*Center Radek Faksa has recorded seven points (five goals, two assists) in his past seven games.
*Defenseman Julius Honka has registered six points (four goals, two assists) over his past six games.
*In his first four games of the season, right wing Brett Ritchie tallied four goals, one assist and 18 shots on goal.
*Texas is tied for the AHL lead in goal scoring (3.93 per game).
*Texas ranks 28th in goals against (3.37 per game).
Here is the Texas lineup from the last game.
Curtis McKenzie – Travis Morin – Brendan Ranford
Derek Hulak – Justin Dowling – Brett Ritchie
Jason Dickinson – Radek Faksa – Matej Stransky
Remi Elie – (various centers) – Greg Rallo
Esa Lindell – Julius Honka
Ludwig Bystrom – Stephen Johns
Mattias Backman – Matt Mangene/Brennan Evans
12/14: C Gemel Smith assigned to Texas (AHL) from Idaho (ECHL)
12/14: LW Cole Ully assigned to Texas (AHL) from Idaho (ECHL)
Thursday, December 17: Texas at Chicago, 11:00 a.m.
Friday, December 18: Texas at Grand Rapids, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 19: Texas at Grand Rapids, 7:00 p.m.
Idaho Steelheads update
The Idaho Steelheads went 2-2-0 over the past week. The Steelheads are 9-14-4 on the season and are in fourth place in the ECHL’s West Division.
The Steelheads played two games against the Allen Americans at the Allen Event Center over the past week, losing 4-0 on Wednesday and then winning 3-2 in overtime on Sunday. Max Lagace got the start in goal on Wednesday and stopped 23 of 27 shots.
Cole Ully scored the game-winning goal in overtime on Sunday and chipped in an assist, and Emil Molin scored a power play goal for Idaho. Molin has 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists) in 24 games for the Steelheads.
Philippe Desrosiers got the start in goal and stopped 16 of 18 shots. Desrosiers, who is in his first pro season, improved to 4-6-2 on the season with a 2.62 goals-against average and .904 save percentage.
“Honestly, I am having a lot of fun. Even though we want more wins, every day is a new day, and I am improving my game a lot,” said Desrosiers, a second-round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft. “I am more sharp every night. I still need to make that one more save every night to get the win. But overall, I am pretty happy with the start of the season.
“I don’t focus on the numbers. When they sent me down they said go play, go learn how to be a pro goalie. That’s what I am here for. If I focus on the next shot every game, the numbers will be there. Right now, my focus is on winning.”
After Sunday’s game, Ully and Gemel Smith were both assigned from Idaho back to the Texas Stars. Ully registered six points (one goal, five assists) in six games during his assignment with Idaho. Smith recorded four points (one goal, three assists) in four games.
Several members of the Dallas Stars organization were on hand to watch Idaho play in Allen. Included in that group were GM Jim Nill, director of hockey operations and Texas Stars GM Scott White, assistant GM Les Jackson, head coach Lindy Ruff, assistant coach Curt Fraser, goaltending coach Jeff Reese, director of goalie development Mike Valley and player development coordinator J.J. McQueen.
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