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Texas Stars Report

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

The Texas Stars went 0-1-1 over the past week. The Stars are 15-12-9 on the season and ranked ninth in the Western Conference through Monday, one point out of a playoff spot. Here’s the latest on Dallas’ American Hockey League affiliate.

Friday January 9: Iowa 2, Texas 1

The Stars had a 36-21 shots advantage but fell 2-1 to the Iowa Wild Friday night at Cedar Park Center. Greg Rallo scored in the first period to stake the Stars to a 1-0 lead, but Iowa scored in the second to tie and then tallied in the third for the win. Wild goaltender Johan Gustafsson stopped 35 shots. Jack Campbell made 19 saves for the Stars.

“I liked the effort. I thought we deserved a better fate,” said Texas coach Derek Laxdal. “Iowa worked hard and their goaltender was outstanding. Two turnovers cost us goals.”

Saturday January 10: Toronto 4, Texas 3 (OT)

The Stars dropped their second straight game, falling 4-3 in overtime to the Toronto Marlies at Cedar Park Center Saturday. Texas twice overcame one-goal deficits in the game and took a 3-2 lead in the third. But Toronto scored with 2:08 left in regulation to tie the game, and then Stuart Percy scored the game-winner 3:16 into extra playing time. Brendan Ranford scored two goals for the Stars. Jyrki Jokipakka also scored a goal for Texas. Jack Campbell got the start in goal and stopped 27 of 31 shots.

The week ahead

Wednesday January 14, Rochester at Texas, 7:30 p.m.
Friday January 16, Texas at Oklahoma City, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday January 17, Texas at Oklahoma City, 7:00 p.m.

Notes

*Texas center Radek Faksa is going to be out for a while after undergoing shoulder surgery last week.

*Defenseman Jyrki Jokipakka has two goals and one assist in four games since being assigned to Texas on Jan. 3.

*Forward Brendan Ranford has 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in his past 15 games.

*Texas captain Maxime Fortunus played in his 800th professional game on Friday.

*Texas is 2-9 in overtime games this season.

*Texas is one of four AHL teams that have not gone to a shootout this season.

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

Goals for: 2.83 (10th)
Goals against: 3.00 (23rd)
Shots for: 32.7 (5th)
Shots against: 30.9 (19th)
Power play: 16.0 (17th)
Penalty kill: 86.7 (6th)

Texas lineup

Here is the Texas lineup from the last game.

Curtis McKenzieTravis Morin – Greg Rallo
Brendan RanfordGemel Smith – Derek Hulak
Matej Stransky – Eric Faille – Scott Glennie
Kevin Henderson – Taylor Peters – Scott Valentine

Cameron GaunceMaxime Fortunus
Derek Meech – Mike Mangene
Julius HonkaJyrki Jokipakka

Jack Campbell
Jussi Rynnas

Transactions

1/7: F Eric Faille signed to PTO by Texas (AHL)

Idaho Steelheads

The Idaho Steelheads, Dallas’ ECHL affiliate, won both of its games over the past week, sweeping a weekend series with Alaska. The Steelheads are 22-10-3 on the season and rank first in the Pacific Division.

Dallas goaltending prospect Max Lagace, who is playing for Missouri of the ECHL, went 0-1-1 in two starts last week and stopped 66 of 73 shots. Lagace is 5-5-3 with Missouri and has a 2.82 goals against average and .892 save percentage.

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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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