The Texas Stars went 1-1-1 on a road trip in Michigan and Illinois over the past week and are now 8-6-2 on the season, ranking fourth in the AHL's Pacific Division.
Forward Denis Gurianov, Dallas' first-round pick in 2015, is on a nice run with Texas, picking up points in six of his past eight games. He scored his second goal of the season this past week.
Here's the latest on the AHL affiliate of the Dallas Stars.
Wednesday, November 16: Grand Rapids 6, Texas 3
The Stars began a stretch of four straight on the road with a 6-3 loss at Grand Rapids on Wednesday. The Stars were outshot 17-7 and outscored 3-1 in the first period, and they could never catch up. Travis Morin, Ethan Werek and Bryce Van Brabant scored for Texas. Philippe Desrosiers played the first period, stopping 14 of 17 shots. Max Lagace played the final two periods and stopped 21 of 23 shots.
Friday, November 18: Texas 4, Grand Rapids 3
Gemel Smith returned to the Texas lineup after his stint in the NHL and was among the goal scorers as the Stars rallied for a 4-3 victory at Grand Rapids on Friday. Jason Dickinson registered one goal and one assist for Texas, which fell behind 3-1 in the game. Smith scored late in the second to cut the lead to 3-2, Travis Morin tied the game at 12:44 of the third and Matej Stransky scored the game-winner with 2:40 remaining. Max Lagace got the start in goal and stopped 41 shots, 34 of them over the final two periods.
Saturday, November 19: Rockford 5, Texas 4 (SO)
The Stars rallied from a 4-1 deficit to get the game to extra playing time but ended up falling in a shootout, 5-4, at Rockford on Saturday. Cole Ully, Brandon DeFazio, and Andrew Bodnarchuk scored third-period goals to help wipe out the three-goal deficit and tie the game 4-4. After a scoreless overtime period, the IceHogs won the shootout, 2-1. Denis Gurianov also scored in regulation for Texas. Max Lagace stopped 28 of 32 shots in the game and one of three in the shootout.
*Travis Morin leads Texas in scoring with 14 points (6 goals, 8 assists) in 16 games.
*Morin has points in 5 straight games (4 goals, 2 assists).
*Matej Stransky leads Texas with 7 goals.
*Julius Honka is tied for fourth among AHL defensemen in scoring with 12 points (3 goals, 9 assists) in 16 games.
*Forward Denis Gurianov has registered points in six of his past eight games and has 7 points (2 goals, 5 assists) during that span. For the season, Gurianov has 8 points (2 goals, 6 assists) in 16 games.
Here is the Texas lineup from the last game.
Brandon DeFazio - Justin Dowling - Matej Stransky
Remi Elie - Travis Morin - Brendan Ranford
Jason Dickinson - Gemel Smith - Denis Gurianov
Cole Ully - Mike McMurtry - Matt Mangene
Andrew Bodnarchuk - Esa Lindell
Mattias Backman - Julius Honka
Ludwig Bystrom - Dustin Stevenson
Fri., Nov. 25, Texas at San Antonio, 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 26, San Antonio at Texas, 7:00 p.m.
11/20: D Julius Honka recalled to Dallas (NHL) from Texas (AHL)
11/20: D Esa Lindell recalled to Dallas (NHL) from Texas (AHL)
11/18: C Gemel Smith assigned to Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL)
11/17: D Esa Lindell assigned to Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL)
11/15: C Justin Dowling assigned to Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL)
The Idaho Steelheads went 2-0-1 over the past week and are atop the ECHL's Mountain Division with a 9-5-2 record. The Steelheads have points in five straight games (4-0-1).
Goaltender Landon Bow, who is under an AHL contract with Texas, won both his starts, stopping 72 of 77 shots. Bow is 7-3-1 with a 2.82 goals-against average and .914 save percentage.
Defenseman Miro Karjalainen, a Dallas draft pick under an AHL contract with Texas, picked up his first pro point in North America, registering an assist in the Steelheads' 4-3 overtime loss to Norfolk on Friday. Karjalainen, who joined the Steelheads earlier this month, has played in three games.
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