After winning their first two games of the season at home, the Texas Stars hit the road last week, and it was a rough trip. The Stars played three games in California, went 0-2-1 and were outscored 16-10. The Stars, who are 2-2-1 on the season, play three games at home this week. Here's an update on the AHL affiliate of the Dallas Stars.
Wednesday, October 19: Stockton 5, Texas 1
The Stars opened their road trip with a 5-1 loss at Stockton on Wednesday. The Heat scored three goals in a 4:58 span early in the first period to build a 3-0 lead and chase Texas starter Maxime Lagace from the net. Lagace, who surrendered three goals on eight shots, was replaced by Philippe Desrosiers, who stopped 22 of 24 shots. Austin Fyten scored the lone goal for Texas.
Friday, October 21: Ontario 6, Texas 5 (OT)
The Stars overcame 4-1 and 5-3 deficits in the game to force overtime but fell 6-5 when Ontario's Jonny Brodzinski scored 56 seconds into the extra period Friday night. Cole Ully and Travis Morin scored in the third period to erase a 5-3 deficit and get the game to overtime. Defenseman Andrew Bodnarchuk registered one goal and two assists in the game. Julius Honka and Matej Stransky also scored. Justin Dowling, Remi Elie, and Mike McMurtry all had two assists. Max Lagace got the start in goal and stopped 25 of 31 shots. Former Stars goaltender Jack Campbell stopped 30 of 35 shots for Ontario.
Saturday, October 22: San Diego 5, Texas 4
The Stars lost their third straight game, falling 5-4 at San Diego Saturday. The Stars trailed 3-1 entering the third period but took a 4-3 lead on goals by Cole Ully, Remi Elie, and Brandon DeFazio. But the Gulls bounced back to score twice in 23 seconds to regain the lead and then held on for the win. Matt Mangene scored in the first period for Texas. Philippe Desrosiers got the start in goal and stopped 33 of 38 shots.
*C Justin Dowling is tied for second in the AHL in scoring with 8 points (2 goals, 6 assists) in 5 games.
*Andrew Bodnarchuk is tied for second in scoring among defenseman with 5 points (2 goals, 3 assists) in 5 games.
*Texas forward Brandon DeFazio ranks third in the league with 19 shots on goal.
*Texas forward Cole Ully leads the AHL with a plus-6 rating. Stars defenseman Ludwig Bystrom is second with a plus-5.
*Texas ranks third in the league in scoring at 4.00 goals per game.
*Texas is tied for 27th in goals against at 4.00 goals per game.
*Texas is 6-20 (30.0 percent) on the power play.
*Texas is 20-27 (74.1 percent) on the penalty kill.
Here is the Texas Stars lineup from the last game.
Brandon DeFazio - Justin Dowling - Matej Stransky
Remi Elie - Travis Morin - Brendan Ranford
Cole Ully - Mike McMurtry - Denis Gurianov
Bryce Van Brabant - Austin Fyten - Branden Troock
Mattias Backman - Julius Honka
Andrew Bodnarchuk - Matt Mangene
Dustin Stevenson - Nick Ebert
Tue., Oct. 25: San Antonio at Texas, 7:30 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 28: Ontario at Texas, 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 29: Ontario at Texas, 7:00 p.m.
10/24: C Justin Dowling recalled to Dallas from Texas (AHL)
10/24: RW Caleb Herbert recalled from Idaho (ECHL) to Texas (AHL)
10/23: C Jason Dickinson assigned to Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL)
10/21: C Gemel Smith recalled to Dallas (NHL) from Texas (AHL)
The Idaho Steelheads, the ECHL affiliate of the Dallas Stars, went 1-0-1 last week in a two-game series against Utah in Boise. The Steelheads won 8-4 on Friday and then lost 6-5 in overtime on Saturday. Idaho is 1-2-1 this season.
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