The Texas Stars played two games over the past week, picking up three of a possible four points by going 1-0-1. The Stars are 19-9-5, ranking second in the AHL’s West Division and fourth in the Western Conference.
Colton Sceviour returned to the AHL over the weekend after an impressive run with Dallas, and recorded a Gordie Howe Hat Trick in his first game back with Texas.
And the Texas Stars set a new franchise mark for consecutive wins at home.
Here’s a look at the past week for Dallas’ AHL affiliate.
Friday, December 27: San Antonio 3, Texas 2 (SO)
The Stars came out of a five-day break and fell 3-2 in a shootout at San Antonio Friday night. Brett Ritchie and Ryan Button scored for the Stars, who outshot the Rampage 47-34 in the game. Button’s goal with 1:40 left in regulation tied the game at 2-2 and forced the overtime. Cristopher Nilstorp stopped 32 of 34 shots and then two of four in the shootout.
Saturday, December 28: Texas 5, San Antonio 2
The Stars bounced back and defeated the Rampage, 5-2, at Cedar Park Center the following night. The win was the seventh straight at home for Texas, a new franchise record. After falling behind 2-1 in the game, the Stars rattled off four-unanswered goals.
The final two goals came from Colton Sceviour, who had been assigned to Texas earlier in the day from Dallas. Sceviour also had an assist and fight in the contest, giving him the Gordie Howe Hat Trick. Sceviour spent almost three weeks in the NHL, registering three goals and one assist in seven games with Dallas.
“I had a blast up there,” Sceviour said. “Things went really well, probably better than I could have hoped for even. I can’t complain and now I want more of that. I enjoyed it. Success down here leads to opportunity up there, so I need to come down here and play as hard as I can, and hopefully get another shot.”
Travis Morin registered one goal and two assists in the Texas victory. Brendan Ranford and Ritchie also scored. Curtis McKenzie notched three assists. Nilstorp stopped 22 of 24 shots.
The week ahead
Tuesday December 31, Texas at Oklahoma City, 6 p.m.
Thursday January 2, Texas at Charlotte, 6 p.m.
Friday January 3, Texas at Charlotte, 6 p.m.
*Despite spending almost three weeks in the NHL, Colton Sceviour continues to lead the AHL in goal scoring. His two goals on Saturday give him 20 in 27 games this season. Sceviour ranks second in the AHL with 33 points.
*Texas center Travis Morin leads the AHL in scoring with 39 points (16 goals, 23 assists) in 27 games.
*LW Curtis McKenzie ranks second among AHL rookies and 12th among all players in scoring with 28 points (11 goals, 17 assists) in 32 games.
*RW Brett Ritchie is 14th in rookie scoring with 20 points (6 goals, 14 assists) in 33 games.
*Texas, which has won a franchsise-record seven straight at home, has the best home record in the league at 13-2-1 (.844).
*The Stars have outscored their opponents 68-39 (4.25 to 2.43 per game) at home this season.
*Texas’ home power play is clicking along at a league-best 35.8 percent (24-67) so far this season.
*Texas goaltender Jack Campbell has been out with a knee injury. He has been in Dallas recently, working out at the Stars’ practice facility.
*Defenseman Jyrki Jokipakka returned from concussion-like symptoms and played in both games over the past week.
*Scott Glennie (shoulder) and Patrik Nemeth (foot) remain out.
12/28: RW Colton Sceviour assigned to Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL)
12/27: RW Brock Montgomery recalled to Texas (AHL) from Idaho (ECHL)
12/26: G Josh Robinson recalled to Texas (AHL) from Idaho (ECHL)
12/23: D Maxime Fortunus assigned to Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL)
Here is the lineup Texas rolled out in its last game.
Curtis McKenzie – Travis Morin – Colton Sceviour
Brendan Ranford – Chris Mueller – Brett Ritchie
Mike Hedden – Justin Dowling – Matej Stransky
Francis Wathier – Taylor Peters – Taylor Vause
Jamie Oleksiak – William Wrenn
Jyrki Jokipakka – Maxime Fortunus
Hubert Labrie – Ryan Button
The Idaho Steelheads, Dallas’ ECHL affiliate, went 2-1-0 over the past week. The Steelheads are 16-10-4, ranking third in the Mountain Division and fifth in the Western Conference.
This story was not subject to the 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.