The Texas Stars went 1-0-1 over the past week, and improved to 33-16-8 on the season. They currently rank first in the American Hockey League’s West Division and second in the Western Conference.
Goaltender Jack Campbell returned from a knee injury, but his start was cut short when Saturday’s game in San Antonio was suspended due to problems with the ice. The game will be finished at a later date, according to the AHL.
Rookie forward Curtis McKenzie scored three goals last week, pushing him to 21 on the season. McKenzie is tied for fourth among AHL rookies in goal scoring and leads all first-year players in points with 54.
Here’s the latest on Dallas’ AHL affiliate.
Tuesday, February 25: Texas 2, Lake Erie 1
Cristopher Nilstorp stopped 32 of 33 shots and Mike Hedden and Curtis McKenzie scored goals as the Stars defeated Lake Erie, 2-1, Tuesday in Cleveland. McKenzie’s power play goal at 12:57 of the second period snapped a 1-1 tie and held up as the game-winner for the Stars, who ran their winning streak to three games. Nilstorp won for the fifth time in his last six starts.
Wednesday, February 26: Lake Erie 3, Texas 2
The Stars picked up a point Wednesday at Lake Erie, but fell 3-2 in a shootout. McKenzie and Chris Mueller scored goals. Nilstorp stopped 31 of 33 shots in regulation and overtime and three of five in the shootout. The point gave the Stars points in eight of their last nine games (5-1-3).
Saturday, March 1: Texas at San Antonio (game suspended)
The Stars game at San Antonio was suspended 7:59 into the first period due to problems with the ice. The Stars were leading 2-0 on goals by Scott Glennie and McKenzie when the game was stopped. The game marked the return of goaltender Jack Campbell, who had been out with a knee injury and was making his first start since Dec. 18. The AHL said the game would be completed at a later date.
The week ahead
Tuesday March 4, Texas at Abbotsford, 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday March 5, Texas at Abbotsford, 9:00 p.m.
Saturday March 8, Charlotte at Texas, 7:00 p.m.
Sceviour gets extension
The Dallas Stars announced last week that they signed Texas forward Colton Sceviour to a two-year contract extension. The deal, which is one-way for both years, pays Sceviour $600,000 in the first year and $700,000 the second year. The 24-year-old Sceviour leads the AHL in goal scoring with 31 in 51 games. He’s played eight games with Dallas this season, registering three goals and one assist.
*Although Saturday’s game in San Antonio was suspended after eight minutes and has yet to be completed, the statistics already are included in players’ totals for the season. For example, Curtis McKenzie has been credited with his 21st goal of the season and Scott Glennie with his ninth.
*McKenzie scored three goals over the past week and climbed to seventh in the league in scoring with 54 points (21 goals, 33 assists) in 57 games. He leads all AHL rookies in points and is tied for fourth among rookies in goal scoring.
*Travis Morin continues to lead the AHL in scoring with 72 points (28 goals, 44 assists) in 52 games.
*Colton Sceviour leads the AHL in goals (31) and is third in points (62) in 51 games played.
*Chris Mueller is tied for eighth in scoring with 52 points (24 goals, 28 assists) in 56 games played.
*Goaltender Cristopher Nilstorp is 6-2-2 with a 2.06 goals against average and .932 save percentage in his last ten starts.
Here is the lineup Texas rolled out in its last game.
Curtis McKenzie – Travis Morin – Colton Sceviour
Brendan Ranford – Chris Mueller – Scott Glennie
Mike Hedden – Justin Dowling – Brett Ritchie
Francis Wathier – Dustin Jeffrey – Matej Stransky
Jamie Oleksiak – Cameron Gaunce
Patrik Nemeth – Jyrki Jokipakka
Hubert Labrie – Maxime Fortunus
Injured: Toby Petersen, Taylor Vause
3/1: G Josh Robinson assigned to Idaho (ECHL) from Texas (AHL).
The Idaho Steelheads, Dallas ECHL affiliate, went 2-2-0 over the past week. The Steelheads are 29-20-7, ranking third in the Mountain Division and fourth 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.