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Trade gives Texas a new look in goal

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Texas Stars have a new look in goal following a trade last week to bring in some veteran help. Texas went 1-1-0 over the past week, splitting a weekend home-and-home with San Antonio. Texas is 21-20-3 and in seventh place in the Pacific Division. Here is the latest on the AHL affiliate of the Dallas Stars.

Goaltending changes

The Dallas Stars made a trade last week that changed the look of the team's minor league goaltending. Dallas acquired veteran goaltender Justin Peters and defenseman Justin Hache from Arizona in exchange for forwards Brendan Ranford and Branden Troock. Both Peters and Hache were assigned to the Texas Stars.

The 31-year-old Peters brings a lot of experience to Texas, including more than 270 games in the AHL and 83 in the NHL.

"We're really young down there, and now that we are in the stretch run, we wanted to get a veteran guy, a veteran presence," Dallas GM Jim Nill said. "It's a lot of pressure on those young goalies as they are fighting for their playoff lives. The injuries up here [in Dallas] have taken away a lot of players down there, so we just wanted to add a veteran presence to be in the room and on the ice to mentor guys." 

Peters and Max Lagace are the goaltenders in Texas right now. Landon Bow, who is under contract to Texas, was sent back to the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL. Dallas prospect Philippe Desrosiers, who had been with Idaho, was loaned to Norfolk of the ECHL.

"We want to keep everybody playing," Nill said. "We want the goalies playing lots."

Friday, February 3: San Antonio 3, Texas 2

The Stars' losing streak hit five games with a 3-2 loss at San Antonio Friday. Justin Peters stopped 27 shots in his Texas debut, and Denis Gurianov and Jason Dickinson scored goals for the Stars, who took a 2-1 lead into the third period but couldn't hold it.

Saturday, February 4: Texas

Justin Peters stopped 22 shots for his first win as a Star and Nick Ebert scored the game-winning goal with 2:54 remaining as Texas snapped its five-game losing streak with a 2-1 win over San Antonio at H-E-B Center Saturday night. Ebert and Ethan Werek both had one goal and one assist in the game.

Notes

*Texas forward Denis Gurianov has scored four goals in his past eight games. Gurianov has 19 points (eight goals, eleven assists) in 36 games.

*With an assist on Friday in San Antonio, Texas center Travis Morin recorded the 300th assist of his AHL career and his 450th point as a Texas Star.

*Morin leads Texas in scoring with 37 points (15 goals, 22 assists) in 44 games.

*Matej Stransky leads Texas with 16 goals.

Texas Lineup

Here is the Texas lineup from the last game.

Denis Gurianov - Travis Morin - Matej Stransky
Brandon DeFazio - Jason Dickinson - Cole Ully
Remi Elie - Gemel Smith - Matt Mangene
Ethan Werek - Austin Fyten - Mike McMurtry

Andrew Bodnarchuk - Nick Ebert
Justin Hache - Mattias Backman
Dustin Stevenson - Ludwig Bystrom

Justin Peters
Max Lagace

Week Ahead

Friday, February 10: Tucson at Texas, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 11, Tucson at Texas, 7:00 p.m.

Transactions

2/3: G Landon Bow assigned to Idaho (ECHL) from Texas (AHL)

2/3: Dallas loaned G Philippe Desrosiers loaned to Norfolk (ECHL)

2/2: C Mike McMurtry recalled to Texas (AHL) from Idaho (ECHL)

2/2: D Brandon Anselmini assigned to Idaho (ECHL) from Texas (AHL)

2/1: Dallas acquired G Justin Peters and D Justin Hache from Arizona for F Brendan Ranford and F Branden Troock. Peters and Hache were assigned to Texas (AHL)

Idaho Steelheads

The Idaho Steelheads went 0-2-1 over the past week, pushing their losing streak to six games (0-4-2). The Steelheads are 24-16-7 and in third place in the ECHL's Mountain Division.

Landon Bow was back in goal for Idaho for the first time since being assigned to the ECHL earlier in the week. He stopped 32 of 35 shots in a 3-2 overtime loss to Utah. Bow is 8-3-2 with Idaho this season with a 2.77 goals-against average and .916 save percentage.

Philippe Desrosiers played his first game since being loaned to Norfolk in the ECHL. He stopped 33 of 37 shots in a 4-3 loss to Adirondack on Saturday. Desrosiers is 5-4-0 in the ECHL with both Idaho and Norfolk with a 3.83 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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