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Texas returns home from road trip with a couple of new faces in the lineup

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Texas Stars won two of four games over the past week and saw some new faces in the lineup. Forward Mark McNeill and defenseman Dillon Heatherington, both acquired by Dallas at the NHL trade deadline, made their Texas debuts last week. The Stars, who snapped a six-game losing streak by ending the San Jose Barracuda's 14-game winning streak on Wednesday, are 26-27-3 on the season and rank seventh in the AHL's Pacific Division. Here's the latest on the AHL affiliate of the Dallas Stars.

Tuesday, February 28: Bakersfield 5, Texas 0

The Stars' losing streak hit six games with a 5-0 loss at Bakersfield Tuesday. The Condors scored the only goal they would need late in the first, scored once more in the second and then tacked on three more in the third. Justin Peters got the start in goal and stopped 27 of 32 shots.

Wednesday, March 1: Texas 2, San Jose 1 (SO)

The Stars snapped their six-game losing streak by ending the 14-game winning streak of San Jose, topping the Barracuda 2-1 in a shootout Wednesday. Justin Peters made 43 saves and stopped all four shots he faced in the shootout. Ethan Werek scored in regulation for Texas and then tallied the lone goal of the shootout as the Stars concluded a six-game road trip through California. Forward Mark McNeill, acquired by Dallas from Chicago in the Johnny Oduya trade, made his debut with Texas.

Saturday, March 4: Grand Rapids 5, Texas 2

The Stars returned home to Cedar Park and lost, 5-2 to Grand Rapids Saturday. The game was tied 2-2 heading into the third period, but the Griffins scored three straight goals, including an empty-netter. Cole Ully and Mark McNeill scored for Texas. It was the H-E-B Center debut for McNeill.

"I had a lot of fun out there," McNeill said. "This is a great rink to play in. The fans were really loud, and that makes it exciting. I thought we played a good game tonight, but a few mistakes there in the third cost us."

Defenseman Dillon Heatherington, acquired by Dallas from Columbus in the Lauri Korpikoski trade, made his Texas debut in the game.

Justin Peters got the start in goal and stopped 25 of 29 shots.

Sunday, March 5: Texas 6, San Antonio 2

Cole Ully and Justin Dowling both scored two goals as the Stars won 6-2 at San Antonio Sunday. Travis Morin and Matej Stransky also scored for the Stars. Defenseman Dillon Heatherington picked up his first point, an assist, in his second game with Texas. Justin Peters stopped 28 of 30 shots to get the win in goal as the Stars won for the seventh time in ten meetings against the Rampage this season.

Notes

*New Texas forward Mark McNeill, 24, was a first-round pick of Chicago in 2011. He is in his fourth professional season.

"He's a young kid. Sometimes a change of scenery's good for somebody," Dallas GM Jim Nill said. "It's a great opportunity for him. He'll add some depth to us, and we'll see where it goes."

*New defenseman Dillon Heatherington, 21, was a second-round pick by Columbus in 2013. He is in his second year of pro hockey.

"Big kid, 6-4, 220, he played world juniors for Canada, so he's a good prospect," said Nill. "We'll put him down in Austin and let him continue his development."

*After going 21 games without a goal, Texas forward Cole Ully has scored four goals in his past six games.

*Matej Stransky scored shorthanded on Sunday, becoming the tenth Texas player to tally a shorthanded goal this season. Texas leads the AHL with eleven shorthanded goals.

*Texas forward Denis Gurianov remains out with a lower-body injury. He has missed the past nine games.

Texas Lineup

Here is the Texas lineup from the last game.

Jason Dickinson - Travis Morin - Mark McNeill
Brandon DeFazio - Justin Dowling - Matej Stransky
Cole Ully - Gemel Smith - Ethan Werek
Austin Fyten - Mike McMurtry - Matt Mangene

Dillon Heatherington - Julius Honka
Andrew Bodnarchuk - Nick Ebert
Dustin Stevenson - Mattias Backman

Justin Peters
Max Lagace

Week Ahead

Wed., March 8: Grand Rapids at Texas, 7:30 p.m.
Fri., March 10: Iowa at Texas, 7:30 p.m.
Sat., March 11: Iowa at Texas, 7:00 p.m.

Transactions

3/3: LW Remi Elie recalled to Dallas (NHL) from Texas (AHL)

3/3: F Brendan O'Donnell released from PTO

3/2: D Aaron Harstad released from PTO

3/1: D Dillon Heatherington assigned to Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL)

3/1: LW Remi Elie assigned to Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL)

2/28: F Mark McNeill assigned to Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL)

Idaho Steelheads

The Idaho Steelheads went 3-0-0 over the past week to improve to 33-18-7 on the season. The Steelheads are in third place in the ECHL's Mountain Division.

Goaltender Landon Bow won both his starts last week, stopping 56 of 57 shots including a 27-save shutout in a 1-0 win over Rapid City on Wednesday. Bow is 15-4-2 with a 2.15 goals-against average and .933 save percentage with Idaho.

Goaltender Philippe Desrosiers, who is playing for Norfolk in the ECHL, went 1-1-0 over the past week, stopping 45 of 53 shots. Desrosiers is 10-6-0 in the ECHL this season with a 3.56 goals-against average and .900 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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