The Texas Stars went 3-0-0 over the past week to improve to 14-8-4 on the season. The Stars rank second in the West Division and fourth in the Western Conference.
Texas got a boost in goal as Jack Campbell returned after missing six weeks with a knee injury. Colton Sceviour scored three goals in three games and continues to lead the AHL in goal scoring with 18 in 26 games.
Here’s a look at the past week for Dallas’ AHL affiliate.
Tuesday, December 3: Texas 5, Oklahoma City 4
The Stars wrapped up a three-game road trip with a 5-4 win at Oklahoma City on Tuesday. Colton Sceviour notched two goals and two assists in the game. Curtis McKenzie scored two goals and Maxime Fortunus also scored. Sceviour’s second goal of the game, which came midway through the third period, snapped a 4-4 tie and held up as the game-winner. Cristopher Nilstorp got the start in goal and stopped 28 of 32 shots.
Friday, December 6: Texas 4, Iowa 2
Jack Campbell returned from injury and stopped 24 of 26 shots as the Stars defeated Iowa, 4-2, at Cedar Park Center Friday night. Campbell had been out since Oct. 23 with a knee injury.
“I thought he played really good,” said Texas coach Willie Desjardins. “It’s tough to come back in, he hasn’t played for a while. I thought he made some good saves and he looked quick in net.”
Defenseman Jyrki Jokipakka had a goal and an assist in the game. The goal was his first in the AHL. Chris Mueller, Mike Hedden and Brendan Ranford also scored for Texas.
Saturday, December 7: Texas 2, Iowa 1
The Stars made it three straight wins with a 2-1 overtime victory over Iowa at Cedar Park Center. Sceviour scored the game-winner with 1:11 left in overtime. Scott Glennie scored the regulation goal for the Stars. Nilstorp got the start in goal and stopped 38 of 39 shots.
“He was huge for us,” Sceviour said of Nilstorp. “You expect your goalies to make the saves they have to, but he was making saves you don’t even expect sometimes. That kept us in the game, and it was a huge reason we won.”
The week ahead
Friday December 13, Chicago at Texas, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday December 15, Texas at San Antonio, 4:00 p.m.
*Colton Sceviour leads the AHL in goal scoring with 18 in 26 games.
*Sceviour ranks second in the AHL in points with 30.
*Travis Morin is third in the AHL in points with 29 (11 goals, 18 assists) in 20 games.
*Curtis McKenzie is seventh in AHL rookie scoring with 19 points (8 goals, 11 assists) in 25 games.
*Brett Ritchie is tied for 11th in AHL rookie scoring with 17 points (4 goals, 13 assists) in 26 games.
*Texas ranks fourth in goal scoring at 3.42 per game.
*Texas is 18th in goals against at 2.88 per game.
*Texas has the top power play in the AHL at 28.8 percent. The Stars’ home power play is also tops in the league at 36.0 percent.
*Texas ranks sixth in penalty killing at 84.8 percent.
12/9: RW Colton Sceviour recalled to Dallas (NHL) from Texas (AHL)
12/6: C Travis Morin assigned to Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL)
12/6: William Wrenn released from PTO and signed to standard player contract by Texas (AHL)
12/5: G Allen York released from PTO
12/3: D Hubert Labrie assigned to Texas (AHL) from Idaho (ECHL)
Here is the lineup Texas rolled out in its last 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
Jyrki Jokipakka – Cameron Gaunce
Patrick Nemeth – Ryan Button
Hubert Labrie – Maxime Fortunus
The Idaho Steelheads went 2-1-0 over the past week and are now 11-6-4 on the season. The Steelheads are third in the Mountain Division and fourth in the Western Conference.
RW Austin Smith scored his first goal since being assigned to Idaho, tallying in the Steelheads’ 4-3 loss to Stockton on Saturday. Smith has one goal and no assists in four games with Idaho.
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.