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by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

The Texas Stars went 1-0-2 over the past week. The Stars’ saw their winless streak hit eight games (0-4-4) before they snapped it with a victory over Iowa on Sunday. Texas is 7-6-6 on the season and ranks ninth in the AHL’s Western Conference. Here’s the latest on Dallas’ American Hockey League affiliate.

Wednesday November 26: Oklahoma City 3, Texas 2 (OT)

The Stars’ dropped their seventh straight game with a 3-2 overtime loss to Oklahoma City at Cedar Park Center Wednesday night. The Stars built a 2-0 lead on goals by Justin Dowling and Travis Morin, but the Barons scored twice in the final half of the third period to tie and Matthew Ford scored the game-winner at 4:01 of overtime. Jussi Rynnas got the start in goal and stopped 34 of 37 shots.

Friday November 28: Oklahoma City 2, Texas 1 (OT)

Texas’ winless streak hit eight games with a 2-1 overtime loss to Oklahoma City Friday night at Cedar Park Center.

“Frustrating is an understatement,” Texas defenseman Derek Meech told media after the game.

Brandon Davidson scored 3:02 into overtime for the Barons, who got a 34-save effort from former Stars goaltender Richard Bachman. Maxime Fortunus scored the lone goal for Texas. Jussi Rynnas stopped 21 of 23 shots.

Saturday November 29: Texas 4, Iowa 3

The Stars snapped their winless streak with a 4-3 win over Iowa at Cedar Park Center Saturday night. Curtis McKenzie, just back from a brief stint with Dallas, scored at 1:19 of the third period to snap a 3-3 tie. Julius Honka, Travis Morin and Greg Rallo also scored for the Stars. Jussi Rynnas stopped 27 of 30 shots.

“It feels pretty good to get back on track,” Honka told media after the game. “We just have to build on that one and keep going.”

The win was the first for Texas since an 8-2 victory in Charlotte on Nov. 8.

“It just goes to show you how tough it is to win in this league,” said Texas coach Derek Laxdal. “You think you are never going to win a game again. It’s been a while since Charlotte.”

The week ahead

Wednesday December 3, Utica at Texas, 7:30 p.m.
Friday December 5, Texas at Adirondack, 6:00 p.m.
Sunday December 7, Texas at Hamilton, 2:00 p.m.

Notes

*Travis Morin is tied for second in the AHL in scoring with 22 points (nine goals, 13 assists) in 19 games.

*Defenseman Julius Honka, Dallas’ first round pick (14th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft, has seven points (two goals, five assists) in 19 games.

*Goaltender Jussi Rynnas is 5-1-4 with a 2.58 goals against average and .913 save percentage.

*Texas is 4-1-6 in one-goal games this season.

*Texas is 1-6-0 in games settled beyond regulation.

*Forward Brett Ritchie has been out with a lower body injury.

Texas lineup

Here is Texas’ lineup from the last game.

Derek Hulak – Travis MorinBrendan Ranford
Curtis McKenzieJustin DowlingScott Glennie
Kevin Henderson – Radek Faksa – Greg Rallo
Branden Troock – Jesse Root – Matej Stransky

Cameron GaunceMaxime Fortunus
Derek Meech – Julius Honka
Scott Valentine – William Wrenn

Jussi Rynnas
Jack Campbell

Transactions

11/29: LW Curtis McKenzie assigned to Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL)

11/28: LW Curtis McKenzie recalled to Dallas (NHL) from Texas (AHL)

11/28: LW Ludwig Karlsson assigned to Idaho (ECHL) from Texas (AHL)

11/25: G Maxime Lagace assigned to Missouri (ECHL) from Texas (AHL)

11/25: C Taylor Peters assigned to Idaho (ECHL) from Texas (AHL)

Idaho Steelheads

The Idaho Steelheads, Dallas’ ECHL affiliate, went 0-2-1 over the past week. The Steelheads are 11-7-2 on the season and rank first in the Pacific Division.

Dallas goaltending prospect Henri Kiviaho was 2-1-1 in November with a 2.32 goals against average and .909 save percentage. He is 3-2-1 for the season with a 2.91 goals against average and .891 save percentage.

Dallas goaltending prospect Maxime Lagace, who was assigned to Missouri of the ECHL last week, lost his first start with the Mavericks, stopping 22 of 26 shots in a 4-1 loss to Wichita.

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This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on DallasStars.com reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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