The Texas Stars went 0-1-2 over the past week while playing three games in three nights, pushing their winless streak to four games (0-2-2). Texas, which had several players battling illness, lost twice late in overtime, once in the final second. Texas is 6-4-4 on the season, ranking second in the West Division and seventh in the Western Conference. Here’s an update on Dallas’ American Hockey League affiliate.
Friday November 14: Grand Rapids 3, Texas 2 (OT)
Grand Rapids scored with 1:14 left in regulation to tie the game and then Teemu Pulkkinen scored with 0.8 seconds left in three-on-three overtime to lift the Griffins to a 3-2 victory over the Stars in Michigan. Travis Morin and Brendan Ranford scored for Texas. Jack Campbell stopped 36 of 39 shots for Texas.
Saturday November 15: Grand Rapids 2, Texas 1 (OT)
Grand Rapids forward Kevin Porter scored on a breakaway with 40 seconds left in three-on-three overtime give the Griffins a 2-1 victory over the Stars in Michigan. Mike Dalhuisen scored the lone goal for the Stars, tying the game 1-1 at the 9:23 mark of the third period. Jussi Rynnas got the start in goal and stopped 34 of 36 shots.
Sunday November 16: Rockford 3, Texas 2
The Stars’ winless streak hit four games (0-2-2) with a 3-2 loss at Rockford Sunday evening. Jack Campbell turned in a stellar performance in net for the Stars, stopping 42 of 45 shots. Matej Stransky and Derek Hulak scored goals for Texas, which dressed only 17 players due to several being out with illness.
The week ahead
Friday November 21, San Antonio at Texas, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday November 23, Texas at San Antonio, 4:00 p.m.
*Travis Morin leads the AHL in scoring with 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists) in 14 games.
*Texas is 1-4 in games that have gone beyond regulation. All those games have been settled in the four-on-four/three-on-three OT. The Stars have yet to go to a shootout this season.
*The Stars are 4-0-1 at home and 2-4-3 on the road.
*Texas ranks 10th in the league in offense at 3.07 goals per game.
*Texas ranks 19th in goals against at 3.00 per game.
*Texas leads the AHL in shots per game with 34.9.
*Texas ranks 20th in shots against, allowing 31.7 per game.
*Texas ranks fourth in the AHL on the power play at 21.7 percent.
*Texas ranks 14th on the penalty kill at 83.9 percent.
Here’s the lineup for the Stars’ game in Grand Rapids on Friday. It’s the last game they had close to a full contingent of players and did not have several players out due to illness/injury.
Derek Hulak – Travis Morin – Brett Ritchie
Brendan Ranford – Justin Dowling – Scott Glennie
Kevin Henderson – Radek Faksa – Greg Rallo
Branden Troock – Gemel Smith – Matej Stransky
Cameron Gaunce – Maxime Fortunus
Jyrki Jokipakka – Julius Honka
Mike Dalhuisen – William Wrenn
The Idaho Steelheads, Dallas’ ECHL affiliate, went 3-1-0 over the past week. The Steelheads are 10-3-1 on the season and are in first place in both the Pacific Division and Western Conference.
Dallas goaltending prospect Henri Kiviaho stopped 24 of 26 shots in a 6-2 win over Alaska on Wednesday. Kiviaho is 2-1-1 this season with a 3.12 goals against average and .883 save percentage. He is 1-0-1 in November with a 2.15 GAA and .911 save percentage in three appearances.
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