The Texas Stars went 1-1-1 over the past week and are now 6-4-2 on the season. They are second in the West Division and sixth in the Western Conference.
The Stars, who were already without goaltender Jack Campbell due to a knee injury, lost goalie Cristopher Nilstorp to an injury last week as well.
Here’s a look at the past week for Dallas’ AHL affiliate.
Wednesday October 30, Milwaukee 3, Texas 2 (OT)
The Stars winless streak hit three games (0-2-1) with a 3-2 overtime loss at Milwaukee. Colton Sceviour and Brett Ritchie scored first period goals to stake the Stars to a 2-0 lead, but the Admirals scored twice in the third period to force overtime and then won it in the extra period. It was the third straight game Texas had a 2-0 lead and failed to win. Cristopher Nilstorp got the start in goal and stopped 24 of 27 shots.
Friday November 1, Iowa 4, Texas 2
The Stars winless streak hit four games (0-3-1) with a 4-2 loss at Iowa on Friday. Nilstorp was out due to injury, so Josh Robinson got the start in goal and the Stars signed local Iowa goaltender Derek Hender to an amateur tryout contract to backup Robinson for the game. Iowa built a 3-0 lead by early in the second period. Texas cut the lead to 3-2 on goals by Brendan Ranford and Chris Mueller, but Iowa sealed the win with a power play goal at 8:54 of the third period.
Saturday November 2, Texas 5, Iowa 0
Allen York, signed to a professional tryout contract Saturday afternoon, got the start in goal that night and stopped all 26 shots he faced as Texas snapped its four-game slide with a 5-0 win at Iowa. It was the second career AHL shutout for York, whose first one came with Springfield on April 11, 2011 vs. Bridgeport. Matej Stransky, Mueller, Mike Hedden, Jamie Oleksiak and Sceviour scored for Texas, which ended its five game road trip with a 1-3-1 record.
Friday November 8, Milwaukee at Texas, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday November 9, Milwaukee at Texas, 7:00 p.m.
*The Stars are without their top two goaltenders. Jack Campbell has a knee injury. Cristopher Nilstorp has a lower body injury. It’s not clear when either will return.
*Texas has used four goaltenders already this season and they have had total of 6 goaltenders on the roster.
*Travis Morin was named the CCM/AHL Player of the Month for October. Morin registered 19 points (8 goals, 11 assists) in 9 games during October, tallying at least one point in each game. He had five multi-point games, including two four point games during the month.
*Morin is tied for the league lead in points (20) and is tied for third in goal scoring (8).
*RW Colton Sceviour ranks second in the AHL in goal scoring (9) and is tied for fifth in points (14).
*LW Curtis McKenzie (3 goals, 6 assists, 9 points) and Brett Ritchie (2 goals, 7 assists, 9 points) are tied for ninth among AHL rookies in scoring.
*Texas ranks third in the league in goal scoring at 3.58 per game.
*Texas ranks third in the league in goals against at 2.25 per game.
*Texas is averaging a league-high 38.2 shots per game.
*Texas is allowing 25.8 shots per game, ranking fourth in the AHL.
*Texas ranks fourth in the league on the power play at 26.3 percent.
*The Texas penalty kill ranks second at 88.5 percent.
*11/2: G Allen York signed to PTO
*11/1: G Derek Hender released from ATO
*11/1: G Derek Hender signed to ATO
*10/30: C Travis Morin assigned to Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL)
Here is how the Texas lineup looked in recent games.
Curtis McKenzie – Travis Morin – Colton Sceviour
Mike Hedden – Justin Dowling – Brett Ritchie
Toby Petersen/Austin Smith – Chris Mueller – Brendan Ranford
Francis Wathier – Taylor Peters – Matej Stransky
Jamie Oleksiak/Max Fortunus – Aaron Rome
Patrik Nemeth/Jamie Oleksiak – William Wrenn
Jyrki Jokipakka – Cameron Gaunce
The Idaho Steelheads, Dallas’ ECHL affiliate, went 1-0-1 last week. Iowa is 3-2-1 on the season, ranking third in the Mountain Division and fifth in the Western Conference.
This story was not subject to the 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.