The Texas Stars went 1-1-1 over the past week and are now 9-5-3 on the season. Texas, which is 4-1-1 in its last six games, is second in the American Hockey League’s West Division and fourth in the Western Conference.
Goaltender Cristopher Nilstorp returned from injury last week and started the last three games for Texas. Jack Campbell remains out with a knee injury. The Stars have also been without defenseman Patrik Nemeth due to a hand injury.
Here’s a look at the past week for Dallas’ AHL affiliate.
Wednesday, November 13: Abbotsford 7, Texas 3
The Stars had a three-game winning streak come to an end with a 7-3 loss to Abbotsford at Cedar Park Center. Abbotsford jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the game. The Stars got to within 3-2 and 4-3, but Abbotsford put the game away with two quick goals early in the third. Cristopher Nilstorp, back in net after missing a couple weeks with a lower body injury, allowed six goals on 39 shots. He was pulled early in the third period. Scott Glennie, Colton Sceviour and Francis Wathier scored for Texas, which outshot Abbotsford 48-32 in the game in the game.
“To be honest, we played a great game,” Wathier said. “It was probably one of our best as far as putting pressure on their D, and not giving them much. We didn’t give them much. The only thing we gave them were power play goals and controlled breakouts. Every chance they had, they just buried it. It’s not that we played bad.”
Abbotsford was 3-3 on the power play in the game.
Saturday November 16: Texas 2, Utica 1
The Stars opened a three-game road trip with a 2-1 win in Utica, New York Saturday night. Mike Hedden and Matej Stransky scored for Texas. Stransky’s power play goal early in the second period snapped a 1-1 tie and held up as the game-winner. Nilstorp stopped 28 of 29 shots, including all 11 shots he faced in the third period as Utica pushed to tie the game.
Sunday, November 17: Toronto 3, Texas 2 (SO)
The Stars picked up a point in Toronto Sunday, falling in a ten-round shootout to the Marlies. Justin Dowling and Curtis McKenzie scored in regulation for Texas. Nilstorp stopped 28 of 30 shots in regulation and overtime, and stopped seven of ten in the shootout.
The week ahead
Tuesday, November 19, Texas at Hamilton, 6:30 p.m.
Friday, November, 22, San Antonio at Texas, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 23, Toronto at Texas, 7:00 p.m.
*Despite missing the last three games with Texas due to his NHL call-up, Travis Morin is still tied for the AHL scoring lead with 24 points (10 goals, 14 assists) in 13 games played.
*Colton Sceviour ranks sixth in AHL scoring with 19 points (12 goals, 7 assists) in 17 games.
*Sceviour ranks third in goal scoring in the league, and Morin is tied for fifth.
*Curtis McKenzie is tied for sixth in rookie scoring with 13 points (5 goals, 8 assists) in 16 games.
*Brett Ritchie is tied for tenth in rookie scoring with 12 points (3 goals, 12 assists) in 17 games.
*Texas has the AHL’s top ranked power play at 27.6 percent. It’s home power play is tops in the league at 37.8 percent.
*Texas ranks 16th in the league in penalty killing at 82.7 percent.
*Texas is fifth in goal scoring at 3.65 per game.
*Texas ranks ninth in goals against at 2.71 per game.
*11/18: D Aaron Rome recalled to Dallas (NHL) from Texas (AHL)
*11/18: C Travis Morin assigned to Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL)
*11/17: D Aaron Rome assigned to Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL)
*11/15: G Josh Robinson assigned to Idaho (ECHL) from Texas (AHL)
*11/12: D Hubert Labrie recalled to Texas (AHL) from Idaho (ECHL)
*11/12: C Travis Morin recalled to Dallas (NHL) from Texas (AHL)
Here is how the Texas lineup looked in the most recent game.
Curtis McKenzie – Chris Mueller – Colton Sceviour
|Mike Hedden – Justin Dowling – Brett Ritchie
Toby Petersen – Scott Glennie – Brendan Ranford
Francis Wathier – Taylor Peters – Matej Stransky
Kevin Connauton – Maxime Fortunus
Jamie Oleksiak – William Wrenn
Jyrki Jokipakka – Cameron Gaunce
The Idaho Steelheads, Dallas’ ECHL affiliate, went 2-0-1 last week. The Steelheads are 6-4-2 on the season, ranking third in the Mountain Division and fifth in the Western Conference.
Ryan Button, who has points in seven of his last eight games, is tied for the league lead in defensemen scoring with 10 points (2 goals, 8 assists) in 12 games.
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.