The Texas Stars won both their games last week, sweeping a weekend set against the Milwaukee Admirals at Cedar Park Center. The Stars, who improved to 8-4-2, are second in the West Division and fourth in the Western Conference.
Travis Morin and Colton Sceviour, who both rank in the top five in AHL scoring, had productive weeks. Morin had 4 points (2 goals and 2 assists) and Sceviour had 3 points (2 goals, 1 assist). Defenseman Jamie Oleksiak popped in 2 goals and had 1 assist as well for Texas.
Scott Glennie, who missed the first 12 games of the season due to a knee injury, returned to the lineup and picked up 3 points (1 goal, 2 assists) in his first two games back.
The Stars still were without goaltenders Jack Campbell and Cristopher Nilstorp, but they could get one of them back soon. Nilstorp, who has been out with a lower body injury, is close to returning and could be ready this week.
Campbell, who has been out with a knee injury, is still a ways away. He could start skating this week.
Here’s a look at the past week for Dallas’ AHL affiliate.
Friday November 8: Texas 7, Milwaukee 4
Ten different Texas players registered points in a 7-4 victory over Milwaukee Friday night at Cedar Park Center. Travis Morin had two goals and one assist, Colton Sceviour scored two goals and Jamie Oleksiak and Scott Glennie both had one goal and one assist. Brett Ritchie also scored. Milwaukee took a 1-0 lead early in the first, but goals by Oleksiak, Morin and Sceviour put the Stars up 3-1 by just before the midway point of the game. Texas, which has struggled with two-goal leads recently, was able to hold off Milwaukee the rest of the way, but it wasn’t easy. The Stars gave Milwaukee four power play chances in the third period. A Sceviour shorthanded goal with 5:55 remaining put Texas up 6-4 in the game. Glennie sealed the win with an empty net goal.
“We talked about it during the week,” said Texas coach Willie Desjardins. “One thing we talked about is if we have a lead we have to keep going after it, because if you get the next one it makes it hard. They (the Admirals) did a good job. They came back and battled hard. We took some penalties that hurt us, but in the end we battled hard and our guys made some big plays.”
Saturday November 9: Texas 5, Milwaukee 4
The Stars built a 5-1 lead and then survived a furious Milwaukee rally late in the game to defeat the Admirals, 5-4, at Cedar Park Center Saturday night. Francis Wathier, Curtis McKenzie, Mike Hedden, Oleksiak and Toby Petersen all tallied for Texas. Chris Mueller had a pair of assists. Allen York stopped 34 of 38 shots.
After Petersen scored a shorthanded goal with 7:18 left in the third to give Texas a 5-1 lead, Milwaukee scored three goals over the next 6:36 to make to make it a tight finish.
“They’re a resilient group,” said Mueller. “We ran into some penalty trouble, and that’s what happens in hockey.”
Texas forward Scott Glennie was back in the lineup Friday night after missing the first 12 games of the season due to a knee injury. Glennie, Dallas’ first round pick (8th overall) in 2009, was injured in a preseason game with Dallas.
He had a goal (empty net, an assist and a plus-two rating in his debut in Friday’s 7-4 win over Milwaukee.
“It felt great. It’s been a long time, about seven weeks now,” Glennie said about being back in the lineup. “It’s good to get back and playing with the boys. It was a great win.”
Glennie picked up an assist and a plus-one rating in Saturday’s 5-4 win over Milwaukee.
The week ahead
Wednesday November 13, Abbotsford at Texas, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday November 16, Texas at Utica, 6:00 p.m.
Sunday November 17, Texas at Toronto, 4:00 p.m.
*C Travis Morin leads the AHL in scoring with 24 points (10 goals, 14 assists) in 13 games played.
*RW Colton Sceviour ranks fourth in the AHL in scoring with 17 points (11 goals, 6 assists) in 14 games.
*Sceviour is tied for second in the AHL in goal scoring with 11 goals. He is tied with former Texas Star Matt Fraser, who is now playing for Providence.
*Morin is tied for fourth in goal scoring with 10.
*LW Curtis McKenzie ranks sixth in rookie scoring with 12 points (4 goals, 8 assists) in 14 games.
*RW Brett Ritchie is tied for seventh in rookie scoring with 11 points (3 goals, 8 assists) in 14 games.
*Texas ranks second in the AHL in scoring at 3.93 per game.
*Texas ranks fifth in goals against at 2.50 per game.
*11/9: D Hubert Labrie assigned to Idaho (ECHL) from Texas (AHL)
*11/8: D Aaron Rome recalled by Dallas (NHL) from Texas (AHL)
*11/8: D Kevin Connauton assigned to Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL) on conditioning assignment
Here is how the Texas lineup looked in the most recent game.
Curtis McKenzie – Travis Morin – Colton Sceviour
Toby Petersen – Justin Dowling – Brett Ritchie
Mike Hedden – Chris Mueller – Scott Glennie
Francis Wathier – Taylor Peters – Matej Stransky
Kevin Connauton-Jamie Oleksiak
Patrik Nemeth – Maxime Fortunus
Jyrki Jokipakka – Cameron Gaunce
The Idaho Steelheads, Dallas’ ECHL affiliate, went 1-2-0 last week. Idaho is 4-4-1 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.