The Texas Stars have lost forward Devin Shore for the season and struggling goaltender Jack Campbell has been assigned to the ECHL. Texas went 1-1-0 over the past week. The Stars are 15-13-4 and rank fifth in the AHL’s West Division. Here’s the latest on Dallas’ AHL affiliate.
Shore out for season
What started out as a spectacular season for Texas Stars rookie Devin Shore is now over. Shore underwent shoulder surgery just before Christmas and is out for the season.
“It’s unfortunate,” said Scott White, Dallas Stars director of hockey operations and Texas Stars GM. “Our experience is to get it fixed now. Short-term it hurts him, and it hurts the team down there, but at the end of the day, it will prepare him more for next year.”
Shore was injured in the Dec. 11 against game Charlotte 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.
“It was a bad hit,” White said. “[Murphy] got three games and Devin got 48 games. It’s disappointing, but that is hockey sometimes.”
Shore, a second-round pick by Dallas in the 2012 NHL Draft, registered 26 points (15 goals, 11 assists) in 23 games with Texas this season. Despite missing the past seven games, Shore is still tied for second in the league in goal scoring.
Campbell to Idaho
Goaltender Jack Campbell has had a rough season so far in Texas. He’s posted a 3-6-3 record, 4.27 goals-against average and .868 save percentage. His goals-against average and save percentage rank last among the 48 AHL goaltenders who have played at least 540 minutes this season.
Over the weekend, Campbell was assigned to the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL.
“You follow our game, you follow the numbers, and we just haven’t been getting it done in that position,” White said. “He’s just got to go and play. No set time, just go play and see what happens.”
With Campbell heading to Idaho, Maxime Lagace was assigned to Texas.
Saturday, December 26: San Antonio 5, Texas 4
The Stars battled back from 2-0, 3-2 and 4-3 deficits in the game, but San Antonio’s Joey Hishon’s power-play goal with 22 seconds left in the third period lifted the Rampage to a 5-4 win over Texas at Cedar Park Center. Radek Faksa, Travis Morin, Esa Lindell and Curtis McKenzie all scored goals for Texas. John Muse got the start in goal and stopped 21 of 26 shots.
Sunday, December 27: Texas 3, San Antonio 2
Maxime Lagace stopped 34 shots in his first game since being recalled from Idaho as the Stars won 3-2 at San Antonio. Brett Ritchie and Julius Honka scored in the first period to stake Texas to a 2-0 lead. Greg Rallo scored early in the third to extend the Texas lead to 3-0. San Antonio scored late in the second and then early in the third to cut the lead to 3-2, but couldn’t crack the Stars and Lagace for the equalizer.
*Texas center Travis Morin is tied for second in the AHL in scoring with 30 points (8 goals, 22 assists) in 32 games.
*Esa Lindell is tied for fifth in scoring among AHL defensemen with 22 points (7 goals, 15 assists) in 32 games.
*Defenseman Julius Honka has 8 points (4 goals, 4 assists) in his past 8 games. Honka ranks 12th among AHL defensemen in scoring with 18 points (6 goals, 12 assists) in 31 games.
*Maxime Lagace has played nine games for Texas this season, posting a 5-4-0 record, 2.81 goals-against average and .910 save percentage.
*Texas ranks second in the AHL in goal scoring at 3.78 per game.
*Texas ranks 29th in the AHL in goals against at 3.53 per game.
*The Texas power play ranks sixth in the league at 19.3 percent.
*The Texas penalty kill ranks 29th in the league at 78.2 percent.
Here is the Texas lineup from the last game.
Curtis McKenzie – Travis Morin – Matej Stransky
Jason Dickinson – Justin Dowling – Brett Ritchie
Brendan Ranford – Radek Faksa – Greg Rallo
Remi Elie – Gemel Smith – Branden Troock
Esa Lindell – Julius Honka
Ludwig Bystrom – Stephen Johns
Brennan Evans – Mattias Backman
12/27: G Jack Campbell assigned to Idaho (ECHL) from Texas (AHL)
12/27: G Maxime Lagace assigned to Texas (AHL) from Idaho (ECHL)
Tuesday, December 29: San Antonio at Texas, 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 31: San Diego at Texas, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 2: Texas at Stockton, 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 3: Texas at San Jose, 7:00 p.m.
Idaho Steelheads update
Emil Molin scored two goals and Philippe Desrosiers stopped 24 of 25 shots as Idaho ran its points streak to seven games (6-0-1) with a 4-1 win at Utah Monday night. Idaho is 13-14-5 on the season and is in second place in the ECHL’s West Division.
Desrosiers is 5-0-1 in his past six games with a 2.01 goals against average and .913 save percentage. He is 8-6-3 on the season with a 2.46 goals-against average and .907 save percentage.
Molin has tallied 16 points (7 goals, 9 assists) in his past 14 games. Molin ranks second on the Steelheads in scoring with 25 points (11 goals, 14 assists) in 29 games.
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