The Texas Stars had a rough week, losing all three of their games in regulation. The Stars, one of the league's top scoring teams, scored just two goals in the three losses.
"We're not going to score four or five goals a night," Texas coach Derek Laxdal told media after a 3-1 loss to San Diego on Saturday. "We've got to learn to grind out a 1-0 game, a 2-1 game. … We're just in a bit of funk here offensively. The league tightens up the second half. You have to battle through these types of games. The league tightens up the second half, and you have to battle through these types of games. Right now, our guys aren't dealing with it well, and we have to learn how to deal with it better moving forward."
The Stars are 15-13-2 on the season and are in sixth place in the AHL's Pacific Division. Here's an update on the AHL affiliate of the Dallas Stars.
Tuesday, December 27: San Antonio 2, Texas 1
San Antonio goaltender Spencer Martin stopped 33 shots as the Rampage edged the Stars, 2-1, at AT&T Center Tuesday night. Brandon DeFazio scored on the power play for Texas, tying the game 1-1 at 8:05 of the third period. But less than three minutes later the Rampage tallied on the power play to take a 2-1 lead that Martin would make stand. Landon Bow got the start in goal for the Stars and stopped 23 of 25 shots.
Thursday, December 29: San Diego 4, Texas 0
San Diego scored 2:00 into the game and Gulls goaltender Kevin Boyle kept Texas off the scoreboard the rest of the way, stopping 22 shots in a 4-0 win over the Stars Thursday at H-E-B Center. San Diego snapped a seven-game losing streak, and Texas was shutout for the first time since April of last season. Landon Bow stopped 22 of 26 shots in goal for Texas.
Saturday, December 31: San Diego 3, Texas 1
The Stars lost their third straight game, falling 3-1 to San Diego Saturday in Cedar Park. Brendan Ranford scored 6:29 into the second period to give Texas a 1-0 lead, but San Diego scored the final three goals of the game including two on the power play. Texas was 0-4 on the power play. Max Lagace got the start in goal and stopped 20 of 23 shots.
*Travis Morin leads Texas in goals (11) and points (25) in 30 games played.
*Matej Stransky and Brandon DeFazio are tied for second on the Stars in goal scoring with 10.
*Morin, DeFazio and Justin Dowling are tied for the team lead in assist with 14.
*Julius Honka (3 goals, 13 assists) and Andrew Bodnarchuk (4 goals, 12 assists) are tied for the lead in scoring among Texas defensemen with 16 points.
*Ludwig Bystrom leads Texas with a plus-12 rating.
Here is the Texas lineup from the last game.
Brandon DeFazio - Travis Morin - Cole Ully
Gemel Smith - Justin Dowling - Remi Elie
Brendan Ranford - Jason Dickinson - Matej Stransky
Austin Fyten - Mike McMurtry - Caleb Herbert
Ludwig Bystrom - Julius Honka
Andrew Bodnarchuk - Matt Mangene
Dustin Stevenson - Nick Ebert
Injured: Mattias Backman
Fri., Jan. 6: Cleveland at Texas, 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 7: Cleveland at Texas, 7:00 p.m.
12/30: D Joe Faust released from PTO
12/28: G Philippe Desrosiers assigned to Idaho (ECHL) from Texas (AHL)
12/28: C Jason Dickinson assigned to Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL)
The Idaho Steelheads went 2-1-0 last week and are 18-11-3 on the season, ranking fourth in the ECHL's Mountain Division.
Defenseman Miro Karjalainen, a Dallas draft pick under contract to the Texas Stars, scored his first North American pro goal in Idaho's 3-0 win over Rapid City on Friday. Karjalainen's goal midway through the first gave the Steelheads a 1-0 lead and held up as the game-winner.
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