The Texas Stars went 1-1-1 over the past week, and are 10-6-4 on the season. Texas is second in the West Division and fourth in the Western Conference.
Travis Morin and Colton Sceviour, are among the AHL’s top scorers, continue to produce for Texas. Morin had four points (one goal, three assists) and Sceviour tallied three points (two goals, one assist) in last week’s three games.
Here’s a look at the past week for Dallas’ AHL affiliate.
Tuesday, November 20: Hamilton 5, Texas 1
The Stars wrapped up a three-game road trip with a 5-1 loss at Hamilton on Tuesday. The Stars went 1-1-1 on the trip. Colton Sceviour scored the lone goal for Texas. Cristopher Nilstorp got the start in goal, allowed four goals on 25 shots and was pulled midway through the game.
Friday, November 22: San Antonio 4, Texas 3 (SO)
The Stars returned home and lost 4-3 in a shootout to San Antonio Friday at Cedar Park Center, pushing their overall winless streak to three games (0-1-2). Sceviour, Maxime Fortunus and Brendan Ranford scored for the Stars. Texas had a 2-0 lead, gave up three unanswered goals to fall behind, but rallied to get a point out of the game.
“Guys worked hard. We had kind of a rough road trip, so it was important for us to come home and play our best,” said Fortunus. “We did that. We started really strong, they found a way to get back in the game. But no matter the score, we stick to our same game plan, our same mindset and we knew we could get back into it.”
Nilstorp was out due to injury, so Allen York got the start in goal and stopped 31 of 34 shots in regulation and overtime, and 5 of 7 in the shootout.
Saturday, November 23: Texas 5, Toronto 2
The Stars got back in the win column with a 5-2 victory over Toronto at Cedar Park Center Saturday night. Goals from Curtis McKenzie, Chris Mueller and Travis Morin in a 2:33 span of the second period helped turn a 1-1 tie into a 4-1 Texas lead. Brett Ritchie and Mike Hedden also scored for Texas. Morin had two assists to go along with his goal. York got the start again in goal, and stopped 24 of 26 shots for the Stars.
Saturday was the Stars’ annual Teddy Bear Toss and Ritchie’s goal 14:51 into the game triggered the tossing of almost 1,100 stuffed animals onto ice at Cedar Park Center.
“I had a celebration planned if I scored it, but I totally forgot to do it once I scored,” Ritchie said. “I was going to put my stick in the air and shoot the bears out of the air, like a machine gun.”
The week ahead
Wednesday, November 27, Oklahoma City at Texas, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, November 29, Texas at Grand Rapids, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 30, Texas at Grand Rapids, 6:00 p.m.
*G Cristopher Nilstorp, who missed two games due to injury last week, should be back this week.
*G Jack Campbell, who has been out since late October with a knee injury, is skating.
*D Patrik Nemeth has missed the last six games with a hand injury.
*Travis Morin leads the AHL in scoring with 28 points (11 goals, 17 assists) in 16 games, and is tied for fourth in goal scoring.
*Colton Sceviour leads the AHL in goals with 14 in 20 games, and ranks fourth in scoring with 22 points.
*Brett Ritchie is tied for seventh in rookie scoring with 15 points (4 goals, 11 assists) in 20 games.
*Curtis McKenzie is tied for 12th in rookie scoring with 14 points (6 goals, 8 assists) in 19 games.
*Texas ranks fourth in the league in goal scoring at 3.55 per game.
*Texas ranks 15th in the league in goals against at 2.85 per game.
*Texas’ power play is tops in the league at 27.2 percent.
*Texas’ penalty kill ranks 16th at 83.3 percent.
11/25: D Hubert Labrie assigned to Idaho (ECHL) from Texas (AHL)
11/25: G Josh Robinson assigned to Idaho (ECHL) from Texas (AHL)
11/22: G Josh Robinson recalled to Texas (AHL) from Idaho (ECHL)
11/21: D Ryan Button recalled to Texas (AHL) from Idaho (ECHL)
11/20: D Kevin Connauton recalled to Dallas (NHL) from Texas (AHL)
Here is how the Texas lineup looked in the most recent game.
Curtis McKenzie – Travis Morin – Colton Sceviour
Scott Glennie – Chris Mueller – Brett Ritchie
Mike Hedden – Justin Dowling – Brendan Ranford
Francis Wathier – Taylor Peters – Toby Petersen
Jamie Oleksiak – William Wrenn
Ryan Button – Maxime Fortunus
Jyrki Jokipakka – Cameron Gaunce
The Idaho Steelheads, Dallas’ ECHL affiliate, went 2-1-1 over the past week. The Steelheads are 8-5-3 on the season, ranking third in the Mountain Division and fifth in the Western Conference.
D Carl Sneep left the Steelheads and was suspended by the team. Sneep was briefly with the Dallas organization after being acquired from Pittsburgh in January 2013 for a seventh round draft pick. He played 25 games with the Texas Stars last season.
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.