The Texas Stars had a big weekend on the road, winning all three games on their trip and outscoring the opposition 19-7. The Stars, who are 4-0-0 on the season, are averaging 6.0 goals per game. Also, center Devin Shore racked up five goals over the weekend and captured some league honors for the performance. Here’s the latest on Dallas’ AHL affiliate.
Friday, October 16, at Chicago: Stars 7, Wolves 3
The Stars opened their three-game road trip with a 7-3 win at Chicago Friday night. Devin Shore and Greg Rallo both had two goals for the Stars and Cole Ully scored his first AHL goal. Matej Stransky and Gemel Smith scored late in the first period to stake Texas to a 2-0 lead. John Muse got the start in goal and stopped 23 of 26 shots.
Saturday, October 17, at Rockford: Stars 5, IceHogs 2
Devin Shore scored three goals and Maxime Lagace stopped 25 shots for his first AHL win as the Stars won 5-2 at Rockford Saturday night. Derek Hulak and Brendan Ranford also scored for Texas. Rockford jumped out to a 1-0 lead, but Shore scored twice in 36 seconds, including once shorthanded, to give Texas a lead it would never relinquish.
Sunday, October 18, at Rockford: Stars 7, IceHogs 3
The Stars won their fourth straight game to open the season, rolling to a 7-3 win at Rockford on Sunday. Greg Rallo scored two goals for the Stars, and Esa Lindell and Remi Elie both scored their first AHL goals. Branden Troock, Gemel Smith and Matej Stransky also for the Stars, who made it four straight wins to open the season. Maxime Lagace stopped 34 shots for his second win of the season.
Notes: Shore is AHL Player of the Week
*Stars center Devin Shore was named the AHL’s Player of the Week after registering five goals and one assist in three games over the weekend. Five of those goals came in a two-game span. Shore will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Stars home game.
*Through Monday, Shore ranked second in the AHL in both goals (six) and points (seven).
*Shore has registered points in four straight games (six goals, one assist).
*Defenseman Esa Lindell has registered points in four straight games (one goal, five assists).
*Lindell is a plus-seven through the first four games.
*Maxime Lagace is 2-0-0 with a 2.01 goals-against average and .937 save percentage in his first two starts of the season for the Stars.
*The Stars have outscored their opponents 24-11 through the first four games of the season, averaging 6.0 goals per game and allowing 2.75.
*The Stars have scored at least five goals in each of the four games.
Here was the lineup the Texas Stars used in their last game. The Stars dressed eleven forwards and seven defensemen:
Remi Elie – Travis Morin – Brendan Ranford
Jason Dickinson – Devin Shore – Greg Rallo
Derek Hulak – Gemel Smith – Matej Stransky
Cory Kane – Branden Troock
Esa Lindell – Stephen Johns
Mattias Backman – Julius Honka
Ludwig Bystrom – Brennan Evans
10/16: C Radek Faksa recalled by Dallas (NHL)
10:14: LW Curtis McKenzie recalled by Dallas (NHL)
Wednesday, October 21, Stockton at Texas, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 24, Texas at Iowa, 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 25, Texas at Iowa, 3:00 p.m.
Idaho Steelheads update
The Idaho Steelheads, Dallas’ ECHL affiliate, opened their season with a 5-1 win over Rapid City on Friday. They lost their second game, falling 5-4 in overtime to Rapid City on Saturday. Philippe Desrosiers made his first ECHL start Saturday, stopping 28 of 33 shots in the OT loss. Taylor Peters scored a goal and Emil Molin picked up his first ECHL assist in Saturday’s game. The Steelheads play at Alaska this weekend.
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