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Denis Gurianov scores first AHL goal as Texas splits weekend series with San Jose

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Texas Stars went 1-1-0 in a two-game series with San Jose over the weekend. The Stars are 7-5-1 on the season and sit in fourth place in the Pacific Division.

Forward Denis Gurianov scored his first AHL goal over the weekend and has been on a nice run, picking up points in four of the past five games.

Texas now hits the road where they will play their next four games and seven of the next eight.

Friday, November 11: Texas 5, San Jose 3

Travis Morin scored two goals, and Denis Gurianov registered one goal and one assist as the Stars defeated San Jose, 5-3, at H-E-B Center Friday night. Gurianov's first AHL goal, which came from the slot at 2:20 of the third period, gave Texas a 4-1 lead and proved to be the game-winner.

"I felt great. So happy we won," Gurianov told media after the game.

Mattias Backman and Mike McMurtry also scored for the Stars. Max Lagace got the start in goal and stopped 29 of 32 shots.

Saturday, November 12: San Jose 8, Texas 5

The Stars lost a wild one Saturday night at H-E-B Center, falling 8-5 to San Jose. The game went back and forth through the first 40 minutes, and the Stars took a 5-4 lead into the third period, but the Barracuda scored four times in the third, including two empty-net goals, to take the two points. Brandon DeFazio scored two goals for Texas and Brendan Ranford, Dustin Stevenson and Mike McMurtry also scored. Remi Elie recorded three assists. Max Lagace got the start in goal but was pulled eight minutes into the second after allowing four goals on 21 shots. Philippe Desrosiers played the rest of the way and stopped 16 of 18.

Notes

*F Denis Gurianov has points in four of his past five games, registering 5 points (1 goal, 4 assists) during that stretch. The 19-year-old forward, Dallas' first-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, has 6 points (1 goal, 5 assists) and a plus-1 rating in 13 games this season.

*F Matej Stransky leads Texas in goals (6) and points (12) through the first 13 games of the season.

*F Cole Ully and F Brandon DeFazio are tied for second on the team in goal scoring with 5.

*D Julius Honka and C Travis Morin are tied for the team lead in assists with 7.

*D Mattias Backman leads the team with a plus-8 rating.

Texas Lineup

Here is the Texas lineup from the last game.

Brendan Ranford - Travis Morin - Matej Stransky
Brandon DeFazio - Jason Dickinson - Remi Elie
Denis Gurianov - Mike McMurtry - Branden Troock
Austin Fyten - Ethan Werek - Matt Mangene

Mattias Backman - Julius Honka
Andrew Bodnarchuk - Nick Ebert
Dustin Stevenson - Ludwig Bystrom

Max Lagace
Philippe Desrosiers

Week Ahead

Wed., Nov. 16: Texas at Grand Rapids, 6:00 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 18: Texas at Grand Rapids, 6:00 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 19: Texas at Rockford, 6:00 p.m.

Transactions

11/12: RW Caleb Herbert assigned to Idaho (ECHL) from Texas (AHL)

11/9: D Miro Karjalainen assigned to Idaho (ECHL) from Texas (AHL)

Idaho Steelheads

The Idaho Steelheads went 2-1-0 last week and are now 7-5-1 on the season. They rank second in the Mountain Division.

Goaltender Landon Bow, who is under contract to the Texas Stars, went 1-1-0 over the past week. He stopped 30 of 32 shots in a 4-2 win over Adirondack on Saturday. Bow is 5-3-1 with a 2.91 goals-against average and .911 save percentage.

Defenseman Miro Karjalainen, a Dallas draft pick who is under contract to Texas, made his North American pro debut in Saturday's game against Adirondack. He had no points, two shots on goal and an even rating.

This story was not subject to 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.

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