The Texas Stars went 3-0-0 over the past week and continue to zero in on a playoff spot in the AHL’s Western Conference. The Stars are 35-21-14 on the season and sit in sixth place in the West. They have an eight-point lead over the ninth-place team with six games left in the regular season. And center Justin Dowling won some AHL honors over the past week. Here’s the latest on Dallas’ American Hockey League affiliate.
Wednesday April 1: Texas 7, Adirondack 4
Justin Dowling scored two goals and assisted on another as the Stars wrapped up a three-game homestand with a 7-4 win over Adirondack at Cedar Park Center. Brett Ritchie, Travis Morin, Scott Glennie Greg Rallo and Scott Valentine also scored for Texas. Valeri Nichushkin picked up three assists in the final game of his conditioning assignment. Jack Campbell got the start in goal and stopped 23 of 27 shots.
Friday April 3: Texas 3, Milwaukee 2 (SO)
The Stars opened a three-game road trip with a 3-2 shootout win at Milwaukee Friday. Travis Morin and Derek Hulak scored in regulation, and Justin Dowling scored the deciding goal in the shootout. Jack Campbell stopped 34 of 36 shots and three of five in the shootout.
Saturday April 4: Texas 6, Chicago 2
Justin Dowling scored two goals and Jack Campbell stopped 36 shots as the Stars ran their winning streak to three games with a 6-2 victory at Chicago Saturday. Brett Ritchie, Greg Rallo, Derek Hulak and Matt Mangene also scored for Texas, which swept the four-game season series from the Wolves.
The week ahead
Tuesday April 7, Texas at Iowa, 7:00 p.m.
Friday April 10, Hamilton at Texas, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday April 11, Hamilton at Texas, 7:00 p.m.
Notes: Dowling AHL’s Player of the Week
*Texas center Justin Dowling was named the AHL’s Player of the Week after racking up six points (four goals, two assists) in three games for the week ending April 5. Texas went 3-0-0 in those three games. Dowling has 47 points (21 goals, 26 assists) in 59 games this season.
*Texas forward Derek Hulak has scored eight goals in his past 14 games. Hulak is tied for third in AHL rookie goal scoring with 20 in 65 games.
*Defenseman Julius Honka is tied for fourth among AHL rookie defensemen in scoring with 27 points (seven goals, 20 assists) in 62 games.
*With his win in Chicago Saturday, Jack Campbell tied Cristopher Nilstorp for the all-time franchise lead with 46 wins.
*Forward Curtis McKenzie has missed the past two games due to injury.
Here is where Texas ranks in some key statistical categories.
Goals for: 3.11 (4th)
Goals against: 2.87 (18th)
Shots for: 31.7 (9th)
Shots against: 32.3 (25th)
Power play: 19.7 (3rd)
Penalty kill: 86.5 (6th)
Here is the Texas lineup from the last game.
Brendan Ranford – Travis Morin – Greg Rallo
Derek Hulak – Justin Dowling – Brett Ritchie
Matej Stransky – Devin Shore – Scott Glennie
Kevin Henderson – Gemel Smith – Branden Troock
Jamie Oleksiak – Maxime Fortunus
Julius Honka – Cameron Gaunce
Ludwig Bystrom – Matt Mangene
4/3: C Taylor Peters assigned to Idaho (ECHL) from Texas (AHL)
4/2: RW Valeri Nichushkin recalled to Dallas (NHL) from Texas (AHL)
3/31: RW Brett Ritchie assigned to Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL)
3/31: LW Curtis McKenzie assigned to Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL)
The Idaho Steelheads went 2-1-0 last week. The Steelheads (47-18-6) have clinched a playoff spot and the Pacific Division title. The Steelheads wrap up regular season play this week and then it will be onto the Kelly Cup Playoffs.
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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.