The Texas Stars went 2-1-1 over the past week and are now in seventh place in the Western Conference with a 25-17-12 record. Goaltender Jack Campbell had a strong week with the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL. Here’s the latest on Dallas’ minor league affiliates.
Wednesday February 18: Utica 5, Texas 2
The Stars had a three-game winning streak snapped with a 5-2 loss at Utica last Wednesday. The Stars and Comets were tied 1-1 late in the first, but Utica scored three unanswered goals over a 13-minute span to blow the game open. Jesse Root and Derek Meech scored for Texas. Jussi Rynnas got the start in goal and stopped 19 of 23 shots.
Friday February 20: Texas 5, Rochester 2
Justin Dowling scored three goals as the Stars won, 5-2, at Rochester Friday night. Greg Rallo’s goal at 5:05 of the second period broke a 2-2 tie and proved to be the game-winner. Scott Glennie had one goal and one assist for the Stars. Jussi Rynnas stopped 30 of 32 shots.
Saturday February 21: Texas 3, Toronto 1
Jussi Rynnas stopped 31 shots, and Kevin Henderson, Scott Glennie and Eric Faille scored for the Stars, who defeated Toronto, 3-1, on Saturday. The Stars had a 1-0 lead heading into the third period and then took control with goals 35 seconds apart by Glennie and Faille. It was the fifth win in the last six games for Texas, which moved into seventh place in the Western Conference with the two points.
Tuesday February 24: Oklahoma City 3, Texas 2 (OT)
The Stars had a two-game winning streak snapped with a 3-2 overtime loss at Oklahoma City on Tuesday. The Stars took a 2-0 lead on goals by Eric Faille and Julius Honka, but the Barons rallied to tie and then won the game on an Andrew Miller goal 3:33 into overtime. Jussi Rynnas stopped 27 of 30 shots for Texas. The Stars are 2-11 in games settled in the AHL’s four-on-four/three-on-three overtime.
The week ahead
Friday, February 27, Rockford at Texas, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 28, Rockford at Texas, 7:00 p.m.
*Texas picked up nine of a possible 12 points on its just completed six-game road trip, posting a 4-1-1 record.
*The Stars are 7-2-2 in their last 11 games overall.
*Defenseman Patrik Nemeth, assigned to Texas from Dallas last week, has played three games with Texas. He no points and a minus-four rating.
Here is where Texas ranks in some key statistical categories.
Goals for: 2.94 (9th)
Goals against: 2.85 (19th)
Shots for: 32.0 (6th)
Shots against: 31.4 (22nd)
Power play: 18.8 (10th)
Penalty kill: 87.5 (3rd)
Here is the Texas lineup Feb. 21 game at Toronto. (Video replay of the last game was not available)
Derek Hulak – Travis Morin – Greg Rallo
Gemel Smith – Justin Dowling – Scott Glennie
Kevin Henderson – Eric Faille – Matej Stransky
Taylor Peters – Jesse Root – Matt Mangene
Jamie Oleksiak – Cameron Gaunce
Patrik Nemeth – Derek Meech
Scott Valentine – Julius Honka
2/22: LW Brendan Ranford assigned to Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL)
2/22: LW Brendan Ranford recalled to Dallas (NHL) from Texas (AHL)
2/21: LW Brendan Ranford assigned to Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL)
2/19: D Patrik Nemeth assigned to Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL)
2/18: LW Brendan Ranford recalled to Dallas (NHL) from Texas (AHL)
Idaho Steelheads: Campbell wins all three starts
Goaltender Jack Campbell won all three of his starts in Idaho last week, stopping 107 of 112 shots for a .955 save percentage. Campbell started the week with a 34-save shutout in Idaho’s 1-0 win over Stockton on Friday. He stopped 35 of 38 in a 6-3 win over Stockton on Saturday and then turned away 38 of 40 in a 5-2 victory over Stockton on Sunday.
Since being assigned to Idaho from the Texas Stars, Campbell is 4-2-0 with a 1.85 goals-against average, .941 save percentage and one shutout.
The Idaho Steelheads improved to 32-16-4 on the season, and rank second in the Pacific Division.
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