The Texas Stars played just one game over the past week, falling in overtime to Iowa. The Stars currently hold the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Texas is one point out of seventh place, but three teams are one point behind the Stars in the race for eighth.
One of Dallas’ top prospects will join the Texas Stars soon after wrapping up his collegiate career and signing a contract with the NHL club.
And the Idaho Steelheads, Dallas’ ECHL affiliate, set a franchise record with nine straight wins before falling in overtime to Bakersfield Monday night.
Here’s the latest on Dallas’ American Hockey League and ECHL affiliates.
Devin Shore signs with Dallas, will join Texas Stars
The Dallas Stars signed prospect Devin Shore to a three-year entry-level contract Tuesday. Shore will join the Texas Stars on an amateur tryout contract.
Shore, Dallas’ second-round pick (61st overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft, just concluded his junior year at the University of Maine, where he tallied 104 points (34 goals, 70 assists) in 112 games. Shore led Maine in scoring this past season with 35 points (14 goals, 21 assists) in 39 games.
Friday March 6: Iowa 2, Texas 1 (OT)
The Stars winless streak hit four games (0-1-3) with a 2-1 overtime loss to Iowa at Cedar Park Center Friday night. Texas forward Derek Hulak scored with 4:15 left in regulation to tie the game, but Tyler Graovac scored 16 seconds into overtime to give Iowa the victory. Texas fell to 2-13 in the AHL’s four-on-four/three-on-three overtime this season. Jussi Rynnas got the start in goal and stopped 14 shots for the Stars, who outshot the Wild 35-16.
The week ahead
Wednesday March 11, Lake Erie at Texas, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday March 14, Milwaukee at Texas, 7:00 p.m.
Sunday March 15, Milwaukee at Texas, 5:00 p.m.
*Monday was the trade deadline in the AHL. Texas did not make any moves prior to the deadline.
*Texas defenseman Julius Honka is tied for seventh in scoring among AHL rookie defensemen with 19 points (six goals, 13 assists) in 52 games.
*Texas forward Derek Hulak is tied for 11th in AHL rookie scoring with 32 points (13 goals, 19 assists) in 52 games.
Here is where Texas ranks in some key statistical categories.
Goals for: 2.91 (10th)
Goals against: 2.91 (19th)
Shots for: 31.8 (6th)
Shots against: 31.3 (21st)
Power play: 18.6 (10th)
Penalty kill: 86.7 (4th)
Here is the Texas lineup from the last game.
Derek Hulak – Travis Morin – Greg Rallo
Gemel Smith – Justin Dowling – Brendan Ranford
Kevin Henderson – Eric Faille – Matej Stransky
Taylor Peters – Jesse Root – Branden Troock
Jamie Oleksiak – Cameron Gaunce
Derek Meech – Maxime Fortunus
Matt Mangene – Julius Honka
3/8: D Jamie Oleksiak recalled to Dallas (NHL) from Texas (AHL)
The Idaho Steelheads went 3-0-1 over the past week. They are 38-16-5 and are in first place in the ECHL’s Pacific Division. The Steelheads swept a three-game series against Stockton to run their winning streak to nine games, a franchise record.
Idaho’s winning streak came to an end Monday night when the Steelheads fell 4-3 in overtime to Bakersfield. Stars goaltending prospect Max Lagace, who was in net for Bakersfield, stopped 39 of 42 to secure the win. Lagace, who has played for both Bakersfield and Missouri this season, is 9-7-4 with a 2.71 goals-against average and .901 save percentage.
Stars goaltending prospect Henri Kiviaho was in goal for four of the wins during Idaho’s nine-game streak. Kiviaho is 10-5-2 this season with a 2.83 goals-against average and .898 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.