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Texas hits AHL All-Star break on four-game slide

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Texas Stars went 0-3-0 over the past week to push their losing streak to four games. The Stars hit the AHL's All-Star break with a 20-19-3 record and in seventh place in the Pacific Division. Forward Matej Stransky, who leads the Stars with 16 goals, represented Texas at the AHL All-Star Classic. Here's the latest on the top minor league affiliate of the Dallas Stars.

Tuesday, January 24: Manitoba 2, Texas 1

Travis Morin scored the lone goal, and Landon Bow stopped 23 shots in a 2-1 loss to Manitoba Tuesday at H-E-B Center. Dan DeSalvo scored twice on the power play for the Moose, and former Star Scott Glennie chipped in with two assists.

Friday, January 27: Bakersfield 6, Texas 3

The Stars led 2-1 in the first period on goals by Travis Morin and Matej Stransky, but Bakersfield scored the next five goals, including two late in the first, and went on to beat the Stars, 6-3, in Cedar Park Friday. Caleb Herbert also scored for the Stars. Landon Bow got the start in goal but was pulled after allowing three goals on 13 shots in the first period. Max Lagace played the rest of the way and stopped 14 of 16 shots.

Saturday, January 28: Bakersfield 4, Texas 2

The Stars outshot Bakersfield 46-17 but suffered their fourth straight loss, falling 4-2 to the Condors Saturday night at H-E-B Center.

"That was probably our best 60 minutes of the season. The guys deserved a better fate," Texas coach Derek Laxdal told media. "We might have given up only seven scoring chances the whole game. So what does it come down to? It comes down to goaltending. Our goaltending has to be better."

Landon Bow got the start in goal and allowed four goals on 17 shots. Denis Gurianov and Brandon DeFazio scored goals.

Notes

*Stars forward Matej Stransky represented the team at the AHL All-Star Classic in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Stransky took the place of defenseman Julius Honka who was originally selected to play in the game but was unavailable since he was on recall to the Dallas Stars. Stransky picked up two assists in Monday's AHL All-Star Challenge, a 3-on-3 tournament involving the league's divisions.

*Texas captain Travis Morin is on a five-game points streak (four goals, three assists).

*Morin leads the Stars in scoring with 36 points (15 goals, 21 assists) in 39 games.

*Stransky leads Texas in goals with 16.

*Texas ranks eighth in the AHL in goals for (3.21 per game).

*Texas ranks 29th in goals against (3.43 per game).

*Texas ranks 22nd on the power play (16.1 percent).

*Texas ranks 30th on the penalty kill (75.3 percent).

Texas Lineup

Here is the Texas lineup from the last game.

Brendan Ranford - Travis Morin - Matej Stransky
Brandon DeFazio - Jason Dickinson - Denis Gurianov
Cole Ully - Gemel Smith - Remi Elie
Ethan Werek - Austin Fyten - Branden Troock

Andrew Bodnarchuk - Nick Ebert
Mattias Backman - Matt Mangene
Dustin Stevenson - Ludwig Bystrom

Landon Bow
Max Lagace

Week Ahead

Friday, February 3: Texas at San Antonio, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 4: San Antonio at Texas, 7:00 p.m.

Transactions

1/26: RW Branden Troock assigned to Texas (AHL) from Idaho (ECHL)

1/24: C Ethan Werek signed to standard player contract by Texas (AHL)

Idaho Steelheads

The Idaho Steelheads, Dallas' ECHL affiliate, went 0-2-1 last week and are 24-14-6 on the season. The Steelheads are third in the Mountain Division. Goaltender Philippe Desrosiers got one start, playing 20 minutes and allowing two goals on eight shots. Desrosiers is 5-3-2 with a 3.81 goals-against average and .893 save percentage.

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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