The Texas Stars lost three of four games over the past week, posting a 1-3-0 record. They are 16-15-9 on the season and – as of Tuesday night – they ranked 10th in the Western Conference and were one point out of a playoff spot. Travis Morin hit a career milestone and players from last year’s team received their 2014 Calder Cup championship rings. Here’s the latest on Dallas’ American Hockey League affiliate.
Texas players get Calder Cup championship rings
Players from last year’s team received their 2014 Calder Cup championship rings prior to last Wednesday’s game against Rochester at Cedar Park Center. Dallas Stars and Texas Stars owner Tom Gaglardi and Dallas GM Jim Nill were on hand.
“It was nice,” Gaglardi told media in Cedar Park. “They were nice enough to make me a ring as well. I am thrilled about that. I got to give each of the players their rings today, along with Jim Nill and (Texas GM) Scott White. It was a thrill for me and it was a thrill for those kids. To win a Calder Cup is a heck of an accomplishment. We told them that today.”
“That’s how teams are built,” Nill told media. “When you know you have a successful team down in the minors that ends up winning a Calder Cup, you know there are some good pieces in place. That’s important for our development up in Dallas and it is going to pay dividends for us down the road.”
Wednesday January 14: Rochester 6, Texas 5
The Stars took a 4-1 lead in the game Wednesday night at Cedar Park Center but couldn’t hold it and fell, 6-5, to the Rochester Americans. The loss came on a night when players from last year’s Calder Cup team received their championship rings and Dallas Stars/Texas Stars owner Tom Gaglardi dropped the ceremonial first puck.
“We ruined a special night,” said Texas coach Derek Laxdal. “You’ve got your owner in the building; you get your rings handed out to you before the game. That should be all energy you can build off. We go and lay an egg after we get the 4-1 [lead].”
Travis Morin registered two goals and one assist in the game, and picked up his 500th career point as a professional. Justin Dowling scored two goals, and Greg Rallo notched one goal and two assists. Jussi Rynnas got the start in goal, played the first two periods and stopped 18 of 22 shots. Jack Campbell played the final period and stopped nine of 11 shots.
Friday January 16: Texas 2, Oklahoma City 0
Jussi Rynnas stopped 39 shots for his second shutout of the season as the Stars won 2-0 at Oklahoma City Friday night. Travis Morin and Maxime Fortunus scored second-period goals for Texas, which snapped a three-game winless streak and won for the fifth time in nine games against the Western Conference’s top team. Rynnas improved to 10-3-5 on the season. Scott Glennie played in his 200th professional game and registered an assist.
Saturday January 17: Oklahoma City 5, Texas 2
The Stars lost for the fourth time in the last five games (1-3-1), falling 5-2 at Oklahoma City Saturday night. The Stars scored first, but the Barons scored three straight goals to take a 3-1 lead. The Stars pulled to within 3-2, but that was as close as they got. Derek Hulak tallied one goal and one assist. Derek Meech also scored. Jussi Rynnas stopped 29 of 33 shots.
Tuesday January 20: San Antonio 5, Texas 2
The Stars fell to 1-4-1 over their past six games with a 5-2 loss at San Antonio on Tuesday. Jesse Root staked the Stars to a 1-0 lead 4:40 into the game, but the Rampage scored five unanswered goals to build a 5-1 advantage by early in the third. Scott Glennie scored at 8:11 of the third to make it a 5-2 game. Jack Campbell got the start in goal and stopped 21 of 26 shots.
The week ahead
Friday January 23, Chicago at Texas, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday January 24, Chicago at Texas, 7:00 p.m.
*Travis Morin registered his 500th point in his pro career last week. Morin has 503 points (175 goals, 328 assists) in 539 professional games, including the AHL, ECHL and NHL.
*Texas forward Derek Hulak has 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in his past ten games.
*Here is where Texas ranks in some key statistical categories.
Goals for: 2.83 (13th)
Goals against: 3.10 (26th)
Shots for: 32.1 (7th)
Shots against: 31.1 (21st)
Power play: 16.8 (14th)
Penalty kill: 87.7 (1st)
Here is the Texas lineup from the last game.
Curtis McKenzie – Travis Morin – Greg Rallo
Derek Hulak – Justin Dowling – Brendan Ranford
Gemel Smith – Jesse Root – Scott Glennie
Taylor Peters - Eric Faille – Matej Stransky
Cameron Gaunce – Maxime Fortunus
Scott Valentine – Julius Honka
Matt Mangene – William Wrenn
1/20: LW Curtis McKenzie assigned to Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL)
1/17: D Jyrki Jokipakka recalled to Dallas (NHL) from Texas (AHL)
1/17: LW Curtis McKenzie recalled to Dallas (NHL) from Texas (AHL)
1/13: D Mike Dalhuisen assigned to Idaho (ECHL) from Texas (AHL)
The Idaho Steelheads, Dallas’ ECHL affiliate, went 2-1-1 over the past week. The Steelheads are 24-11-4 on the season and rank first in the Pacific Division.
Dallas goaltending prospect Henri Kiviaho won his only start of the week, stopping 30 of 32 shots in a 3-2 win over Ontario on Friday. Kiviaho is 4-4-1 with a 2.78 goals against average and .899 save percentage this season.
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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.