The Texas Stars went 1-1-1 over the past week. Those three games wrapped up five straight on the road for the Stars, who went 2-1-2 during the stretch.
The Stars, who are 30-16-7 on the season, rank second in the West Division and fourth in the Western Conference.
Colton Sceviour became the first American Hockey League player to hit the 30-goal mark this season, and both Sceviour and Travis Morin picked up points in the AHL’s All-Star Classic.
And the Stars got a boost on defense with the return of Patrik Nemeth, who had been out since December with a broken foot.
Here’s the latest on Dallas’ AHL affiliate.
Saturday, February 15: Texas 3, Hamilton 2 (OT)
Chris Mueller’s goal at 1:33 of overtime lifted the Stars to a 3-2 victory at Hamilton on Saturday. Travis Morin and Curtis McKenzie also scored for Texas, which rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the game. Mueller had a three point game, picking up two assists to go along with the OT winner. Defenseman Patrik Nemeth returned to the lineup after missing more than two months with a broken foot, and assisted on Mueller’s overtime goal. Cristopher Nilstorp got the start in goal and stopped 25 of 27 shots.
Sunday, February 16: Rochester 5, Texas 4 (OT)
The Stars jumped out to a 3-0 first period lead, but couldn’t hold it and fell, 5-4, in overtime at Rochester on Sunday. Phil Varone scored the game-winner 48 seconds into the extra period for the Americans. Cameron Gaunce, Colton Sceviour, Matej Stransky and Taylor Peters scored for the Stars, who ran their points streak to four games (2-0-2) with the point. Josh Robinson started in goal and stopped 28 of 33 shots.
Monday, February 17: Toronto 4, Texas 1
The Stars had their four-game points streak snapped with a 4-1 loss at Toronto on Monday afternoon. Brett Ritchie scored late in the second period to stake the Stars to a 1-0 lead, but the Marlies scored four unanswered goals, including two empty-net tallies to secure the victory. Nilstorp got the start in goal and stopped 27 of 29 shots.
The week ahead
Friday February 21, Charlotte at Texas, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday February 22, Charlotte at Texas, 7:00 p.m.
AHL All-Stars defeat Swedish club
The AHL All-Stars rolled over Farjestad of the Swedish Hockey League, 7-2, in the AHL All-Star Classic Wednesday in St. John’s Newfoundland. Texas Stars center Travis Morin scored one goal in the game and Texas right wing Colton Sceviour had one assist. Dallas Stars defense prospect Ludwig Bystrom (second round/2012) played for Farjestad and picked up one assist in the game.
*RW Colton Sceviour scored one goal over the past week and became the first player in the AHL to hit the 30-goal mark. Sceviour leads the AHL with 30 goals in 46 games.
*C Travis Morin ranks second with 28 goals in 47 games.
*C Chris Mueller ranks sixth with 22 goals in 51 games.
*Morin leads the league in scoring with 70 points.
*Sceviour is third with 55 points.
*Mueller and LW Curtis McKenzie are tied for sixth with 48 points. McKenzie leads all AHL rookies in points.
*RW Brett Ritchie has scored eight goals in his last 16 games.
*Texas ranks second in the AHL in scoring at 3.62 goals per game. Binghamton is tops at 3.82 per game.
*Texas ranks first in the AHL on the power play at 27.4 percent.
*The Stars lead the league with an average of 37.6 shots per game.
Here is the lineup Texas rolled out in its last game.
Curtis McKenzie – Travis Morin – Colton Sceviour
Dustin Jeffrey – Chris Mueller – Scott Glennie
Mike Hedden – Justin Dowling – Brett Ritchie
Francis Wathier – Taylor Peters – Matej Stransky
Jamie Oleksiak – Derek Meech
Jyrki Jokipakka – Cameron Gaunce
Patrik Nemeth – William Wrenn
Injured: Jack Campbell, Toby Petersen, Taylor Vause
The Idaho Steelheads, Dallas’ ECHL affiliate, went 3-1-0 over the past week. The Steelheads, who are 7-1-0 over their last eight games, are 27-17-5 on the season. They rank second in the Mountain Division and third 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.