The Texas Stars cooled off over the past week, winning one of three games (1-2-0) after opening the season with four straight wins. The Stars are now 5-2-0 on the season. Forward Devin Shore continued to roll offensively, scoring two goals to give him eight in seven games. Here’s the latest on Dallas’ AHL affiliate.
Wednesday, October 21: Stockton 1, Texas 0
The Stars’ four-game winning streak came to an end with 1-0 loss to Stockton Wednesday at Cedar Park Center. The scoreless tie wasn’t snapped until late in the third period when Stockton’s Freddie Hamilton scored on the power play with 4:42 remaining in the game. Maxime Lagace got the start in goal for the Stars and stopped 32 of 33 shots.
Saturday, October 24: Iowa 3, Texas 2
The Stars dropped their second straight game, falling 3-2 at Iowa on Saturday. Derek Hulak staked the Stars to a 1-0 lead 8:33 into the first period, but the Wild scored the next three goals to take control of the game. Devin Shore scored his seventh goal of the season to make it 3-2 with 2:45 remaining, but Texas couldn’t get the equalizer. Maxime Lagace stopped 17 of 20 shots.
Sunday, October 25: Texas 4, Iowa 1
The Stars snapped their two-game losing streak with a 4-1 win at Iowa on Sunday. Travis Morin had one goal and one assist and Devin Shore, Remi Elie and Justin Dowling also scored for Texas. Shore’s goal at 8:28 of the second period snapped a 1-1 tie and held up as the game-winner. John Muse got the start in goal and stopped 29 of 30 shots.
*Devin Shore’s eight goals are tied for the AHL lead. Shore has scored a goal in five of Texas’ seven games.
*Shore ranks second among AHL rookies with nine points and is tied for fifth among all players.
*Defenseman Esa Lindell is tied for the lead among all AHL defensemen in scoring with seven points (one goal, six assists) in seven games. He leads all rookie defensemen in scoring.
*Lindell leads all AHL rookies with a plus-eight rating and is tied for third among all players.
*Goaltender Maxime Lagace is a 2-2-0 with a 2.03 goals-against average and .931 save percentage.
*Texas ranks second in the league in scoring at 4.29 per game and is tied for seventh in goals against at 2.29 per game.
Here is the Texas lineup from the last game.
Remi Elie – Travis Morin – Brendan Ranford
Jason Dickinson – Devin Shore – Matej Stransky
Derek Hulak – Justin Dowling – Greg Rallo
Branden Troock – Gemel Smith – Matt Mangene
Esa Lindell – Stephen Johns
Ludwig Bystrom – Julius Honka
Mattias Backman – Jesse Blacker
Tuesday, October 27: Texas at Milwaukee, 7:00 p.m.
Friday, October 30: Bakersfield at Texas, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 1: Bakersfield at Texas, 5:00 p.m.
Idaho Steelheads update
The Idaho Steelheads, Dallas’ ECHL affiliate, went 1-2-0 over the past week and are 2-2-1 on the season. Emil Molin had one goal and three assists in the three games and now has five points (one goal, four assists) in his first five ECHL games. Taylor Peters scored his second goal of the season during the week, giving him two goals in five games. Philippe Desrosiers made his second start of the season, stopping 39 of 42 shots in Idaho’s 4-1 loss to Alaska on Friday. Desrosiers is 0-1-1 with a 3.96 goals-against average and .893 save percentage.
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