The Texas Stars went 0-1-1 over the past week and are now 3-1-1 on the season. The one point the Stars did earn was an impressive one as they rallied from a 5-2 deficit in the third period to force overtime against Oklahoma City. And Travis Morin had a big week, scoring four goals and adding two assists. Here’s an update on Dallas’ American Hockey League affiliate.
Friday October 24: Oklahoma City 5, Texas 3
The Stars suffered their first loss of the season, falling 5-3 at Oklahoma City Friday. The two teams were tied 1-1 after one period, but the Barons scored three goals in a 4:27 span of the second period to take control of the game. Cameron Gaunce, John Klingberg and Travis Morin scored goals for Texas. Jack Campbell started in goal for the Stars and stopped 21 of 26 shots.
Saturday October 25: Oklahoma City 6, Texas 5 (OT)
The Stars lost their second straight game, dropping a 6-5 overtime decision to Oklahoma City at Cedar Park Center Saturday night. But they were able to salvage a point after rallying from a 5-2 deficit in the third period to force overtime.
Down 5-2 entering the third, the Stars outshot the Barons 21-5 and received two goals from Travis Morin and the game-tying goal from Greg Rallo with two seconds left in regulation. But Oklahoma City scored at 4:46 of overtime with the two sides playing three-on-three to pick up the extra point.
“You’ve got to give the guys credit,” Texas coach Derek Laxdal told media following the game. “That’s a big point we didn’t have going into the third period. Give our guys credit for never saying die.”
Morin, who also scored in the first period, had a hat trick on the night. Derek Meech also had a goal. John Klingberg, Scott Glennie and Derek Hulak had two assists each. Jussi Rynnas started in goal and stopped 27 of 33 shots.
The week ahead
Wednesday October 29, Oklahoma City at Texas, 7:30 p.m.
Friday October 31, Texas at Lake Erie, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday November 1, Texas at Lake Erie, 5:00 p.m.
*Center Travis Morin is tied for second in the AHL in scoring with nine points (five goals, four assists) in five games played. Morin is tied for second in goal scoring with five.
*John Klingberg (two goals, two assists) and Julius Honka (one goal, three assists) are tied for fourth in scoring among AHL rookie defensemen.
*Right wing Brett Ritchie ranks second in the AHL with 30 shots on goal in five games, but he has yet to find the back of the net.
*Texas is tops in the league with an average of 37.7 shots per game.
*Texas is allowing 29.8 shots per game and ranks 13th in the league.
Texas lineup in last game
Brendan Ranford – Travis Morin – Scott Glennie
Kevin Henderson – Justin Dowling – Brett Ritchie
Greg Rallo – Radek Faksa – Matej Stransky
Gemel Smith – Taylor Peters – Derek Hulak
Derek Meech – John Klingberg
Cameron Gaunce – Julius Honka
William Wrenn – Maxime Fortunus
10/23: C Jesse Root assigned to Idaho (ECHL) from Texas (AHL)
The Idaho Steelheads, Dallas’ ECHL affiliate, won both their games over the past week to improve to 3-1-0 on the season. The Steelheads play three games at home – all of them against Stockton – this week.
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