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Stephen Johns helps Texas sweep two-game series with San Antonio

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Texas Stars played two games against San Antonio over the weekend, winning both to push their record to 10-6-2. The Stars are in third place in the AHL's Pacific Division.

Defenseman Stephen Johns, who was on a two-game assignment from Dallas, played a big role for Texas, scoring three goals in the two victories, including the game-winner in both games.

"It was good to have him, two game-winners," Texas coach Derek Laxdal told media. "He brought a lot of energy to our lineup. Big, heavy body. He was down here to get some ice time, find his game. He came down here with the right frame of mind, trying to build some confidence, scored three goals in two games, and hopefully that translates into some success for him up in Dallas."

And goaltender Max Lagace posted his first shutout of the season. Here's the latest on the AHL affiliate of the Texas Stars.

Friday, November 25: Texas 4, San Antonio 3 (OT)

Stephen Johns scored two goals, including the game-winner in overtime, as the Stars won 4-3 at San Antonio Friday. Johns, who had been assigned to Texas earlier in the day, scored on a two-on-zero rush 2:15 into the extra period. Johns scored shorthanded in the second period to give Texas a 2-1 lead. Justin Dowling and Travis Morin also scored and Max Lagace stopped 26 shots to get the win in goal.

Saturday, November 26: Texas 3, San Antonio 0

Max Lagace stopped 28 shots for his first shutout of the season as the Stars defeated San Antonio, 3-0, at H-E-B Center Saturday night. Stephen Johns scored on the power play, Brandon DeFazio tallied shorthanded, and Cole Ully scored at even strength for Texas, which won for the third time in the past four games.

Notes

*Texas leads the AHL in scoring at 3.72 goals per game.

*Brandon DeFazio leads Texas in scoring with 16 points (7 goals, 9 assists).

*DeFazio, Cole Ully, Matej Stransky and Travis Morin are tied for the team lead in goals with 7 each.

*Justin Dowling leads Texas in assists with 10.

*Defenseman Mattias Backman leads Texas with a plus-9 rating.

*Texas leads the AHL with 6 shorthanded goals this season.

*Six different players have scored shorthanded for the Stars: Travis Morin, Justin Dowling, Stephen Johns, Brandon DeFazio, Austin Fyten, and Ethan Werek.

*Stephen Johns scored both game-winning goals for Texas over the weekend, tying him for the league lead in game-winners among AHL defensemen.  

Texas Lineup

Here is the Texas lineup from the last game.

Brandon DeFazio - Justin Dowling - Remi Elie
Brendan Ranford - Travis Morin - Matej Stransky
Cole Ully - Jason Dickinson - Matt Mangene
Bryce Van Brabant - Gemel Smith - Denis Gurianov

Andrew Bodnarchuk - Stephen Johns
Mattias Backman - Nick Ebert
Dustin Stevenson - Ludwig Bystrom

Max Lagace
Landon Bow

Week Ahead

Wed., Nov. 30, Texas at Chicago, 7:00 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 3, Texas at Manitoba, 2:00 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 4, Texas at Manitoba, 2:00 p.m.

Transactions

11/27: D Stephen Johns recalled to Dallas (NHL) from Texas (AHL)

11/27: G Landon Bow recalled to Texas (AHL) from Idaho (ECHL)

11/27: G Philippe Desrosiers assigned to Idaho (ECHL) from Texas (AHL)

11/27: RW Branden Troock assigned to Idaho (ECHL) from Texas (AHL)

11/27: D Brandon Anselmini recalled to Texas (AHL) from Idaho (ECHL)

11/25: D Stephen Johns assigned to Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL)

Idaho Steelheads

The Steelheads won two games against the Allen Americans last week to push their points streak to seven games (6-0-1). Idaho (11-5-2) is in second place in the ECHL's Mountain Division. Goaltender Landon Bow won his fourth straight start on Saturday, stopping 30 of 32 shots. He is now 8-3-1 with a 2.75 goals-against average and .916 save percentage.

Photo credit: Michael Connell

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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