The Texas Stars won two of three games last week (2-1-0), and they had a big offensive night in North Carolina over the weekend. The Stars are 6-3-2 on the season, ranking first in the West Division and third in the Western Conference. Here’s an update on Dallas’ American Hockey League affiliate.
Wednesday November 5: Texas 3, Toronto 1
Jussi Rynnas stopped 25 shots, and Radek Faksa scored his first goal of the season as the Stars defeated Toronto, 3-1, at Cedar Park Center on Wednesday. Greg Rallo and Faksa scored in the first period to stake Texas to a 2-0 lead and Brett Ritchie sealed the win with a late empty net goal. Rynnas, who was pulled from the net in his previous start, improved to 3-1-1 on the season.
“We really needed that win and we gave up too many goals the last game,” Rynnas told media after the game. “We played better today and didn’t give too many chances to Toronto. I am really happy.”
Saturday November 8: Texas 8, Charlotte 2
The Stars scored five goals in a 6:10 span of the first period then added three more over the next two periods in routing the Charlotte Checkers, 8-2, in Charlotte Saturday night. Derek Hulak led the way with three goals and Travis Morin had three assists. John Klingberg and Scott Glennie both had one goal and two assists. Justin Dowling and Brendan Ranford both had one goal and one assist. Radek Faksa also scored. Jussi Rynnas stopped 30 of 32 shots for his fourth win of the season.
Monday November 10: Charlotte 3, Texas 1
There were no offensive fireworks Monday night in Charlotte. The Stars were held to just one goal in a 3-1 loss to the Checkers. Travis Morin scored the lone goal for Texas, tying the game 1-1 in the second period. But Charlotte would score less than five minutes after Morin’s goal to take the lead for good and then add a late empty net goal. Jack Campbell got the start in net for the Stars and stopped 29 of 31 shots.
The week ahead
Friday November 14, Texas at Grand Rapids, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday November 15, Texas at Grand Rapids, 6:00 p.m.
Sunday November 16, Texas at Rockford, 3:00 p.m.
Checkers player suspended for punching Gemel Smith
The AHL suspended Charlotte forward Carter Sandlak four games for punching unsuspecting Stars forward Gemel Smith in Saturday’s game. Sandlak received a match penalty and a misconduct at the time of the incident. Smith, who was injured by the punch, left the game and did not return. He did not play in Monday’s game in Charlotte.
*C Travis Morin is tied for the AHL scoring lead with 18 points (six goals, 12 assists) in 11 games.
*D John Klingberg, who has been called up to Dallas, ranks second among AHL defensemen in scoring with 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in ten games. He ranks third among rookies in scoring and is 11th among all players in the league.
*D Julius Honka, Dallas first round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, has six points (one goal, five assists) in 11 games. He is tied for seventh among rookie defensemen in scoring.
*G Jussi Rynnas is 4-1-1 with a 2.75 goals against average and .907 save percentage.
*G Jack Campbell is 2-2-1 with a 3.06 goals against average and .894 save percentage.
Texas lineup last game
Here’s how the Texas Stars lined up in their last game.
Derek Hulak – Travis Morin – Brett Ritchie
Brendan Ranford – Justin Dowling – Scott Glennie
Kevin Henderson – Radek Faksa – Greg Rallo
Branden Troock – Jesse Root – Matej Stransky
Cameron Gaunce – Maxime Fortunus
Derek Meech – William Wrenn
Jyrki Jokipakka – Julius Honka
11/10: RW Branden Troock recalled to Texas (AHL) from Idaho (ECHL)
11/10: D Mike Dalhuisen recalled to Texas (AHL) from Idaho (ECHL)
11/10: F Jesse Root recalled to Texas (AHL) from Idaho (ECHL)
11/9: D John Klingberg recalled to Dallas (NHL) from Texas (AHL)
11/8: LW Curtis McKenzie recalled to Dallas (NHL) from Texas (AHL)
11/4: D Mike Dalhuisen assigned to Idaho (ECHL) from Texas (AHL)
11/3: D Jyrki Jokipakka assigned to Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL)
The Idaho Steelheads, Dallas ECHL affiliate, went 1-1-1 over the past week. The Steelheads are 7-2-1 and rank second in both the Pacific Division and Western Conference. Forward Branden Troock scored his first professional goal in a 5-1 loss to Colorado on Wednesday.
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