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Texas wraps up season this week, Honka in the mix for World Championship

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Texas Stars wrap up their season this week with three games, all of them against the San Antonio Rampage. The Stars, who have been eliminated from playoff contention, went 1-2-0 last week with a depleted lineup due to all the call-ups to injury-plagued Dallas. Texas (32-36-5) will get reinforcements this week now that Dallas' season is done. In the ECHL, the Idaho Steelheads open the Kelly Cup Playoffs this week against Colorado. Here's the latest on the minor league affiliates of the Dallas Stars.

Wednesday, April 5: Texas 4, Bakersfield 3

The Stars jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period and then held on for a 4-3 win over Bakersfield at H-E-B Center Wednesday. Cole Ully registered one goal and one assist for Texas and Ethan Werek, Caleb Herbert, and Austin Fyten also scored. Justin Peters stopped 16 of 19 shots to get the win in net.

Saturday, April 8: Charlotte 9, Texas 3

With more players heading to Dallas to help cover injuries, Texas started Saturday with just ten forwards. They added another forward on a PTO, but the depleted Texas team got run over in Charlotte Saturday night. The Stars were outshot 16-2 and outscored 4-0 in the first period and ended up falling, 9-3 to the Checkers. Matej Stransky, who was questionable to play due to injury, scored two goals. Ethan Werek also scored. Justin Peters started the game in net and allowed five goals on 21 shots before being pulled in the second period. Max Lagace played the rest of the way and allowed four goals on 17 shots.

Sunday, April 9: Charlotte 3, Texas 1

Texas added three more players on PTOs Sunday, and all three were in the lineup as the Stars fell, 3-1, at Charlotte on Sunday. Defenseman Gavin Bayreuther scored the lone goal for Texas. Justin Peters stopped 27 of 29 shots.

Notes: Honka looking to land spot on Finland's World Championship roster    

*Texas Stars defenseman Julius Honka is in the mix to play at the 2017 World Championship. Honka joined the Finnish national team Tuesday in order to attend a camp in hopes of making the final roster for the tournament, which gets underway next month in France and Germany.

*Dallas forward prospect Nick Caamano, who joined Texas on an amateur tryout last week, picked up one assist in his AHL debut Wednesday against Bakersfield. Caamano, a fifth-round pick in 2016, played with Flint in the OHL this season.

*Dallas defense prospects Ondrej Vala and Chris Martenet both joined Texas this past week after their junior seasons concluded. Both players suited up for two games. Vala, a free agent signing who played with Kamloops in the WHL, picked up one assist in two games with Texas. Martenet, a fourth-round pick in 2015 who played with both London and Ottawa in the OHL, had no points in his first two AHL games.

*Texas has used a total of 49 players this season, including 25 forwards, 20 defensemen and four goaltenders. Last season, Texas used a total of 36 players.

Texas Lineup

Here is the Texas lineup from the last game.

Brandon DeFazio - Mike McMurtry - Matej Stransky
Cole Ully - Matt Mangene - Caleb Herbert
Ethan Werek - Angelo Miceli - Brandon Alderson
Nick Caamano - Allan McPherson - Reid Sturos

Gavin Bayreuther - Nick Ebert
Dillon Heatherington - Joe Houk
Ondrej Vala - Chris Martenet

Justin Peters
Max Lagace

Week Ahead

Wed., April 12: San Antonio at Texas, 7:30 p.m.
Fri., April 14: Texas at San Antonio, 7:30 p.m.
Sat., April 15: San Antonio at Texas, 7:00 p.m.

Transactions

4/10: C Mike McMurtry assigned to Idaho (ECHL) from Texas (AHL)

4/9: C Jason Dickinson assigned to Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL)

4/9: LW Remi Elie assigned to Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL)

4/9: RW Denis Gurianov assigned to Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL)

4/9: D Julius Honka assigned to Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL)

4/9: C Gemel Smith assigned to Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL)

4/9: C Mark McNeill assigned to Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL)

4/9: D Joe Houk released from PTO

4/9: C Allan McPherson released from PTO

4/9: C Angelo Miceli released from PTO

4/9: RW Brandon Alderson released from PTO

4/9: D Joe Houk signed to PTO

4/9: C Allan McPherson signed to PTO

4/9: C Angelo Miceli signed to PTO

4/8: RW Brandon Alderson signed to PTO

4/7: RW Denis Gurianov recalled to Dallas (NHL) from Texas (AHL)

4/7: C Mark McNeill recalled to Dallas (NHL) from Texas (AHL)

4/7: D Ondrej Vala reassigned to Texas (AHL) from Kamloops (WHL)

4/4: D Chris Martenet reassigned to Texas (AHL) from Ottawa (OHL)

Idaho Steelheads

The Idaho Steelheads finished the season 43-22-7 (93 points) and ranked third in the ECHL's Mountain Division. They'll take on second-place Colorado in the first round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs.

Idaho goaltender Landon Bow finished the season 19-6-2 and led the league in goals-against average (2.08) and ranked second in save percentage (.933).

Here's the playoff schedule for Idaho and Colorado. All times are Central.

Game 1: Idaho @ Colorado - Friday, April 14th, 8:05 pm
Game 2: Idaho @ Colorado - Saturday, April 15th, 8:05 pm
Game 3: Colorado @ Idaho - Wednesday, April 19th, 8:05 pm
Game 4: Colorado @ Idaho - Friday, April 21st, 8:05 pm
Game 5: Colorado @ Idaho - Saturday, April 22nd, 8:05 pm *
Game 6: Idaho @ Colorado - Tuesday, April 25th, 8:05 pm *
Game 7: Idaho @ Colorado - Wednesday, April 26th, 8:05 pm *

*If necessary

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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