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Texas Stars Report

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

The Texas Stars went 1-1-1 over the past week. The Stars are 8-7-7 on the season and rank 11th in the AHL’s Western Conference. Anders Lindback, assigned to the AHL from Dallas last week, got two starts in goal for Texas. Here’s the latest on Dallas’ American Hockey League affiliate.

Wednesday December 3: Utica 4, Texas 3 (OT)

The Stars had a 3-1 lead going into the third period but couldn’t hold it, and fell 4-3 in overtime to Utica Wednesday at Cedar Park Center. The Comets scored two goals 1:45 apart early in the third to tie and then scored on the power play in OT.

“A 3-1 lead going into the third period, we’ve got to learn to lock it down,” said Texas coach Derek Laxdal. “That’s twice in the last week that we’ve given up a two-goal lead in our building. There’s no excuse for it.”

Texas had a chance to take the lead midway through the third with a five-on-three power play, but failed to cash in on the opportunity.

Justin Dowling registered one goal and two assists, and Brett Ritchie had one goal and one assist for Texas. Travis Morin also scored. Jack Campbell got the start in goal and stopped 26 of 30 shots.

Friday December 5: Adirondack 3, Texas 2

Goaltender Anders Lindback made his first start for the Texas Stars and stopped 23 of 26 shots, but Texas fell 3-2 at Adirondack Friday night. Brett Ritchie scored both goals for Texas, which had a 39-26 shots advantage in the game. Former Texas Star Taylor Vause tallied twice for the Flames.

Sunday December 7: Texas 2, Hamilton 1 (OT)

Anders Lindback stopped 36 of 37 shots as the Stars won 2-1 in overtime at Hamilton Sunday. It was the first win in 2014-15 for Lindback, who was 0-5-0 in Dallas and had lost his first start with Texas on Friday. Scott Glennie scored in regulation for the Stars, and Maxime Fortunus scored the game-winner at 5:04 of overtime.

The week ahead

Wednesday December 10, Oklahoma City at Texas, 7:30 p.m.
Friday December 12, Charlotte at Texas, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday December 13, Charlotte at Texas, 7:00 p.m.

Honka on Finland’s World Junior roster

Finland named Texas defenseman Julius Honka to its preliminary roster for the 2015 World Junior Championship, which will be played Dec. 26 – Jan. 5 in Toronto and Montreal. Honka, who played on Finland’s gold medal team at the 2014 tournament, is considered a lock for the roster and will be Finland’s top defenseman. The Dallas Stars have told Finland that Honka will be available to play at the tournament as long as he is not on the NHL roster on Dec. 23.

Notes

*RW Brett Ritchie has five points (three goals, two assists) in three games since returning from injury.

*RW Scott Glennie is on a four-game points streak (one goal, three assists).

*Anders Lindback is 1-1-0 with a 1.94 goals against average and .937 save percentage in his first two games with Texas.

*C Travis Morin is tied for fourth in the AHL in scoring with 24 points (10 goals, 14 assists) in 22 games.

*Texas is 5-1-4 at home this season and 3-6-3 on the road.

*The Stars are 2-7 in games settled beyond regulation. All those games have been settled in four-on-four or three-on-three overtime. The Stars have not gone to a shootout.

*Here is where Texas ranks in some key statistical categories:

Goals for: 2.64 (19th)
Goals against: 3.09 (26th)
Shots for: 34.1 (4th)
Shots against: 32.1 (24th)
Power play: 19.7 percent (7th)
Penalty kill: 83.2 (14th)

Texas lineup

Here is the Texas lineup from the last game.

Brendan RanfordTravis Morin – Greg Rallo
Scott GlennieRadek FaksaBrett Ritchie
Derek Hulak – Jesse Root – Matej Stransky
Gemel SmithTaylor PetersBranden Troock

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

Anders Lindback
Jack Campbell

Transactions

12/5: G Henri Kiviaho assigned to Idaho (ECHL) from Texas (AHL)

12/4: G Anders Lindback assigned to Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL)

12/4: Texas signed D Connor Hardowa to PTO

12/3: LW Curtis McKenzie recalled to Dallas (NHL) from Texas (AHL)

12/3: G Jussi Rynnas recalled to Dallas (NHL) from Texas (AHL)

12/3: G Henri Kiviaho assigned to Texas (AHL) from Idaho (ECHL)

12/3: C Taylor Peters assigned to Texas (AHL) from Idaho (ECHL)

Idaho Steelheads

The Idaho Steelheads, Dallas’ ECHL affiliate, went 2-1-0 last week. The Steelheads are 13-8-2 on the season and rank first in the Pacific Division.

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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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