The Texas Stars continue to roll as the American Hockey League season winds down. The Stars are currently on a 12-game points streak (11-0-1) after going 2-0-over the past week.
The Stars won their first two games of the week, pushing their franchise-record winning streak to 11 games, before falling in a shootout on Sunday.
The Stars are 47-17-10 and have clinched the top spot in the Western Conference. They are tied with Manchester for the most points in the league at 104. Texas has two games remaining and Manchester has one.
Left wing Curtis McKenzie raked in a big honor Monday, being named the AHL’s Outstanding Rookie for 2013-14.
Here’s the latest on Dallas’ AHL affiliate.
Friday, April 11: Texas 5, San Antonio 0
Jack Campbell stopped all 27 shots he faced for his third shutout of the season and five different Texas players tallied as the Stars won their 10th straight game, defeating San Antonio, 5-0, at Cedar Park Center on Friday. Chris Mueller registered one goal and two assists and Scott Glennie, Curtis McKenzie, Mike Hedden and William Wrenn also scored. Defenseman John Klingberg picked up his first AHL assist in the game. The Stars had a 4-0 lead after the first period.
“It was perfect. The game plan was to come off hot there and not give them any momentum,” said Mueller. “We had a really good first period, kind of laid back in the second and the third, but to have a good start like that, it goes a long way.”
Saturday, April 12: Texas 8, San Antonio 4
McKenzie notched a hat trick, Travis Morin registered four points (one goal, three assists) and Radek Faksa had one goal and two assists as Texas made it 11 straight wins with an 8-4 victory in San Antonio on Saturday. Texas clinched the top spot in the Western Conference with the victory. Justin Dowling, Maxime Fortunus and Kevin Henderson also tallied for the Stars. Cristopher Nilstorp got the start in goal and stopped 26 of 30 shots. For the second straight game the Stars got off to a strong start, building a 5-0 lead by the 10:34 mark of the first period.
Sunday, April 13: San Antonio 1, Texas 0 (SO)
The Stars’ winning streak ended at 11 in San Antonio on Sunday as the Rampage defeated the Stars, 1-0, in a shootout. Rampage goaltender Scott Clemmensen made 40 saves in regulation and overtime and then stopped four of five in the shootout. Campbell stopped 29 shots in regulation and overtime and three of five in the shootout. Campbell did get credit for a shutout, his second straight and fourth of the season. Forward Toby Petersen, who had been out since late January with an injury, returned to the lineup.
The week ahead
Wednesday April 16, Texas at Oklahoma City, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday April 19, Abbotsford at Texas, 7:00 p.m.
McKenzie named AHL’s rookie of the year, Morin and Sceviour honored
Stars left wing Curtis McKenzie was voted the winner of the Dudley (Red) Garrett Memorial Award as the AHL’s Outstanding Rookie for 2013-14. AHL coaches, players and media in all 30 cities in the league vote on the award.
McKenzie, Dallas’ fifth round pick (159th overall) in the 2009 NHL Draft, has registered 64 points (26 goals, 38 assists) in 73 games this season. He ranks ninth overall in the AHL in scoring and is tops among all rookies.
McKenzie was named to the AHL’s All-Rookie Team last week.
Colton Sceviour and Travis Morin were named to the AHL’s First All-Star Team last week. Morin leads the league in scoring with 86 points (32 goals, 54 assists) in 65 games. Sceviour, who is now playing with Dallas in the NHL, had 63 points (32 goals, 31 assists) in 54 games during his time with Texas this season.
Here is the lineup Texas rolled out in its last game.
Curtis McKenzie – Travis Morin – Brendan Ranford
Mike Hedden – Justin Dowling – Brett Ritchie
Toby Petersen – Taylor Peters – Scott Glennie
Kevin Henderson – Radek Faksa – Matej Stransky
Jyrki Jokipakka – Derek Meech
Jamie Oleksiak – William Wrenn
Hubert Labrie – Maxime Fortunus
Scratched: Alex Guptill, Cameron Gaunce, Derek Hulak
Injured: John Klingberg
4/12: C Chris Mueller recalled to Dallas (NHL) from Texas (AHL)
The Idaho Steelheads, Dallas’ ECHL affiliate, went 1-1-0 last week, finishing the regular season with a 39-26-7 record. The Steelheads, who finished fourth in the Western Conference, will open the ECHL’s Kelly Cup Playoffs against Colorado on Friday.
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