The Texas Stars won both their games over the weekend, improving to 23-16-11 on the season and moving into the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Goaltender Jussi Rynnas had a big week and earned some AHL honors. And goaltender Jack Campbell got in three games with the ECHL’s Idaho Steelheads. Here’s the latest on Dallas’ American Hockey League affiliate.
Friday February 13: Texas 3, Iowa 1
Jussi Rynnas stopped 35 shots, and Greg Rallo scored two goals as the Stars opened a six-game road trip with a 3-1 win at Iowa Friday night. Justin Dowling also scored a goal and Gemel had two assists for the Stars, who improved to 6-1-2 over their past nine games.
Saturday February 14: Texas 2, Iowa 0
Rynnas stopped 26 shots for his fourth shutout of the season as the Stars defeated Iowa, 2-0, Saturday night. Rallo scored again, running his goal-scoring streak to five games. Brendan Ranford also scored for the Stars, who are 7-1-2 over their past ten games.
Rynnas named AHL’s Player of the Week
Texas goaltender Jussi Rynnas was named the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Feb. 15, 2015. Rynnas posted a 3-0-0 record with a 0.67 goals-against average and .978 save percentage during that span. Rynnas stopped 89 of 91 shots in the three games. Rynnas is 16-4-6 with a 2.46 goals-against average, a .921 save percentage and four shutouts for Texas this season.
The week ahead
Wednesday February 18, at Utica, 6:00 p.m.
Friday February 20, at Rochester, 6:05 p.m.
Saturday February 21, at Toronto, 2:00 p.m.
Here is where Texas ranks among AHL teams in some key statistical categories.
Goals for: 2.94 (9th)
Goals against: 2.86 (21st)
Shots for: 32.0 (6th)
Shots against: 31.6 (22nd)
Power play: 19.2 (5th)
Penalty kill: 87.9 (2nd)
Here is the Texas lineup from the last game.
Derek Hulak – Gemel Smith – Greg Rallo
Matej Stransky – Justin Dowling – Brendan Ranford
Branden Troock – Eric Faille – Kevin Henderson
Taylor Peters – Jesse Root – Matt Mangene
Cameron Gaunce – Jamie Oleksiak
Derek Meech – Julius Honka
William Wrenn – Scott Valentine
2/15: C Travis Morin assigned to Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL)
2/14: RW Brett Ritchie recalled to Dallas (NHL) from Texas (AHL)
2/14: C Travis Morin recalled to Dallas (NHL) from Texas (AHL)
2/14: C Jesse Root recalled to Texas (AHL) from Idaho (ECHL)
2/11: RW Brett Ritchie assigned to Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL)
Idaho Steelheads: Campbell gets three games
Goaltender Jack Campbell got in three games in four days after being assigned to the Idaho Steelheads from Texas. Campbell, who was sent to Idaho to get playing time, started on Friday, Saturday and Monday, posting a 1-2-0 record, 2.04 goals-against average and .919 save percentage.
In his first start on Friday, Campbell stopped 21 of 24 shots as the Steelheads lost 3-2 to the Utah Grizzlies. Utah rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the third, scoring three goals including two on shorthanded breakaways.
“Jack played well,” Idaho coach Brad Ralph told the team’s official site. “I feel bad for him that we let him down in the third period, but you win and lose as a team.”
On Saturday, Campbell stopped 22 of 23 shots as the Steelheads defeated the Grizzlies, 4-1.
“Honestly, after playing two games I feel night and day differently,” Campbell told the Steelhead’s official site. “I just feel comfortable again. I feel confident again. I just want to keep playing. It’s been a great opportunity the Steelheads have given me to play. I just want to keep building off of it.”
Campbell got his third start in four days on Monday, stopping 20 of 22 shots in a 2-0 loss at Utah.
The Steelheads are 29-16-4 and rank third in the ECHL’s Pacific Division.
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