The Texas Stars lost both their games last week, extending their winless streak to six games (0-4-2). Texas is 6-6-4 on the season, ranking third in the West Division and 10th in the Western Conference. Here’s an update on Dallas’ American Hockey League affiliate.
Friday November 21: San Antonio 7, Texas 1
The Stars’ winless streak hit five games with a 7-1 loss to San Antonio Friday night at Cedar Park Center. The Rampage scored 1:19 into the game to take a 1-0 lead and extended their lead to 2-0 with a goal 29 seconds into the second period. It was a 4-1 game by the end of the second and then San Antonio scored three more times in the third. Texas was outshot 44-26.
“We weren’t good. That’s the bottom line,” said Texas center Travis Morin.
Justin Dowling scored the lone goal for Texas.
Jack Campbell got the start in goal and stopped 28 of 34 shots before being pulled early in the third period. Maxime Lagace, who dressed due to Jussi Rynnas being ill, finished the game and stopped nine of ten shots in his AHL debut.
Sunday November 23: San Antonio 3, Texas 0
The Stars dropped their sixth straight game, losing 3-0 at San Antonio Sunday. Former Dallas goaltender Dan Ellis stopped 32 shots for the Rampage. Mark Mancari’s goal with 1:05 left in the first period held up as the game-winner for San Antonio. Jack Campbell stopped 32 of 34 shots for Texas.
The week ahead
Wednesday November 26, Oklahoma City at Texas, 7:30 p.m.
Friday November 28, Oklahoma City at Texas, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday November 29, Iowa at Texas, 7:00 p.m.
*Texas has scored seven goals over the last six games.
*Texas has been outscored 21-7 during its six-game winless streak.
*Center Travis Morin ranks third in the AHL in scoring with 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists) in 16 games.
*Texas is averaging 2.75 goals per game, which ranks 18th in the AHL.
*Texas is allowing 3.25 goals per game, which ranks 26th in the league.
*Texas is averaging 34.1 shots per game, which ranks second in the league.
*Texas is allowing 32.2 shots per game, which ranks 22nd in the AHL.
*Texas ranks seventh on the power play at 19.5 percent.
*Texas ranks 23rd on the penalty kill at 80.8 percent.
Here’s the lineup from Texas’ last game. Among the players out due to illness recently are goaltender Jussi Rynnas and forwards Brett Ritchie and Kevin Henderson.
Brendan Ranford – Travis Morin – Greg Rallo
Gemel Smith – Justin Dowling – Scott Glennie
Derek Hulak – Radek Faksa – Matej Stransky
Ludwig Karlsson – Taylor Peters – Branden Troock
Cameron Gaunce – Maxime Fortunus
Derek Meech – Julius Honka
Scott Valentine – Mike Dalhuisen
11/24: LW Curtis McKenzie assigned to Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL)
11/20: LW Ludwig Karlsson recalled to Texas (AHL) from Idaho (ECHL)
11/19: D Scott Valentine signed to contract by Texas (AHL)
11/18: D Jyrki Jokipakka recalled to Dallas (NHL) from Texas (AHL)
The Idaho Steelheads, Dallas’ ECHL affiliate, went 1-2-0 over the past week. The Steelheads are 11-5-1 on the season and rank first in the Pacific Division and first in the Western Conference.
Stars goaltending prospect Henri Kiviaho won his only start of the week, stopping 24 of 27 shots in a 4-3 win over Ontario. Kiviaho is 3-1-1 with a 3.10 goals against average and .885 save percentage.
Dallas defense prospect Troy Vance has four assists and a plus-three rating in 13 games with Idaho this season.
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