The Texas Stars went 1-1-1 over the past week and are now 4-2-2 on the season. Defenseman John Klingberg has been on a roll lately, posting points in five straight games. Here’s an update on Dallas’ American Hockey League affiliate.
Wednesday October 29: Texas 5, Oklahoma City 4 (OT)
Curtis McKenzie scored on the power play with 4:43 remaining in regulation to tie the game 4-4, and Justin Dowling scored on the power play 42 seconds into overtime to lift the Stars to a 5-4 victory over Oklahoma City Wednesday at Cedar Park Center.
Brendan Ranford, Brett Ritchie and Maxime Fortunus also scored for Texas. John Klingberg picked up two assists. Jack Campbell stopped 24 of 28 shots to notch his first win of the season.
Friday October 31: Lake Erie 5, Texas 2
Lake Erie outshot the Stars 16-7 in the first period and built a 2-0 lead and then extended its lead to 4-0 five minutes into the second period on the way to a 5-2 victory over the Stars in Cleveland Friday.
Maxime Fortunus and Derek Meech scored for Texas to cut Lake Erie’s lead to 4-2, but the Monsters sealed the win with a late empty net goal.
John Klingberg ran his points streak to four games with an assist. Jussi Rynnas got the start in goal and stopped 16 of 20 shots before being pulled early in the second period. Jack Campbell played the rest of the way and stopped all 12 shots he faced.
Saturday November 1: Lake Erie 4, Texas 3 (OT)
The Stars overcame 2-0 and 3-1 deficits to force overtime before falling 4-3 to Lake Erie in Cleveland Saturday. Brett Ritchie scored with 21 seconds left in regulation forced the extra playing time, but Lake Erie’s Michael Schumacher scored 3:47 into OT to give the Monsters the extra point.
John Klingberg ran his points streak to five games with one goal and one assist. Brendan Ranford also tallied for Texas. Jack Campbell stopped 20 of 24 shots in goal.
The week ahead
Wednesday November 5, Toronto at Texas, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday November 8, Texas at Charlotte, 6:00 p.m.
Monday November 10, Texas at Charlotte, 5:00 p.m.
*Defenseman John Klingberg ranks second among AHL rookies and second among all league defensemen with nine points (three goals, six assists) in eight games.
*Klingberg’s five-game points streak (two goals, six assists) is the longest by an AHL rookie this season.
*Travis Morin ranks third in the league in scoring with 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in eight games.
*Dallas forward Valeri Nichushkin had one assist during his two-game conditioning assignment with Texas.
Texas lineup in last game
Curtis McKenzie – Travis Morin – Valeri Nichushkin
Brendan Ranford – Radek Faksa – Brett Ritchie
Kevin Henderson – Taylor Peters – Scott Glennie
Gemel Smith – Derek Hulak – Greg Rallo
Derek Meech – John Klingberg
Cameron Gaunce – Maxime Fortunus
Julius Honka – William Wrenn
11/3: D Jyrki Jokipakka assigned to Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL)
11/2: RW Valeri Nichushkin recalled to Dallas (NHL) from Texas (AHL)
10/31: RW Branden Troock assigned to Idaho (ECHL) from Texas (AHL)
10/30: RW Valeri Nichushkin assigned to Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL)
10/29: LW Curtis McKenzie assigned to Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL)
The Idaho Steelheads, Dallas’ ECHL affiliate, went 3-0-0 last week and are 6-1-0 on the season. Dallas goaltending prospect Henri Kiviaho picked up his first North American win last week. The Finnish netminder stopped 23 of 27 shots in a 5-4 win over Stockton on Friday. Stars defense prospect Troy Vance picked up two assists in two games played over the past week.
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