The Texas Stars won both their games this past weekend to improve to 3-0-0 on the season. Travis Morin became the franchise’s all-time leading goal scorer and Jussi Rynnas earned his first shutout as a Texas Star. Here’s the latest on Dallas’ American Hockey League affiliate.
Texas 3, Oklahoma City 2
Jack Campbell made 37 saves in his first start of the season and Jyrki Jokipakka scored the game-winning goal as Texas defeated the Oklahoma City Barons, 3-2, in Oklahoma City Friday night.
Derek Meech and Derek Hulak scored first period goals, but Oklahoma City bounced back with two goals to tie in the second period.
Late in the second, with the Stars on a power play, Gemel Smith sent a pass from the right corner to Jokipakka, who scored from the left circle to make it a 3-2 Texas lead. The assist was Smith’s first AHL point.
Texas 1, Utica 0
Travis Morin’s scored the game’s only goal and 1:07 of the third period and Jussi Rynnas pitched a 29-save shutout as the Stars defeated Utica, 1-0, at Cedar Park Center.
Morin banged home a rebound of a Brendan Ranford shot off the rush early in the third. It was his 100th goal as a Texas Star.
“It’s nice. It shows I’ve been a pretty good player here for a while,” Morin told media after the game. “It’s nice to do it with the same team. Other than that, it’s just another goal. I guess I’ve got to hit that at some time if I am going to be here for a while.”
With the goal, Morin passed Colton Sceviour as the all-time leading goal scorer for the Texas franchise.
Twenty-three of Rynnas’ 29 saves came over the first two periods. Rynnas has stopped 49 of 51 shots in his first two starts for Texas.
The week ahead
Friday October 24, Texas at Oklahoma City, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday October 25, Oklahoma City at Texas, 7:00 p.m.
*Texas has scored eight goals from eight different players over the first three games.
*Travis Morin and Justin Dowling lead Texas with three points. Both players have one goal and two assists.
*Morin is one point shy of 300 for his AHL career.
*Brett Ritchie, Brendan Ranford and Max Fortunus are tied for the team lead in assists with two each.
*Goaltender Jussi Rynnas is 2.00 with a 1.00 goals against average and .961 save percentage in his first two starts for Texas.
*Defenseman Julius Honka, Dallas first round pick in 2014, has one goal and one assist in three games.
Texas lineup in last game
Brendan Ranford – Travis Morin – Brett Ritchie
Gemel Smith – Justin Dowling – Scott Glennie
Kevin Henderson – Radek Faksa – Matej Stransky
Derek Hulak – Taylor Peters – Branden Troock
Jyrki Jokipakka – Maxime Fortunus
Derek Meech – Julius Honka
Cameron Gaunce – John Klingberg
*10/19: D Jyrki Jokipakka recalled to Dallas (NHL) from Texas (AHL)
*10/17: G Maxime Lagace recalled to Texas (AHL) from Idaho (ECHL)
*10/15: C Jess Root recalled to Texas (AHL) from Idaho (ECHL)
*10/15: D Mike Dalhuisen recalled to Texas from Idaho (ECHL)
*10/14: LW Curtis McKenzie recalled to Dallas (NHL) from Texas (AHL)
The Idaho Steelheads, Dallas’ ECHL affiliate, opened the season by splitting a pair of games with the Utah Grizzlies over the weekend. Dallas goaltending prospect Henri Kiviaho started the second game, played 31 minutes and gave up three goals on 20 shots in Idaho’s 3-2 loss. Forward Ludwig Karlsson scored a goal in Idaho’s 3-1 victory on opening night.
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.