The Texas Stars played only one game over the past week, falling to division rival San Antonio. The Stars are 7-3-1 on the season and rank fourth in the Pacific Division based on points percentage. Here’s the latest on Dallas’ AHL affiliate.
Saturday, November 7: San Antonio 4, Texas 3
The Stars had a four-game points streak snapped with a 4-3 loss to San Antonio Saturday at Cedar Park Center. Gemel Smith staked Texas to a 1-0 lead early in the second, but San Antonio scored four straight goals to build a 4-1 lead. Texas cut the lead to one on goals by Jason Dickinson and Justin Dowling, but couldn’t get the equalizer. The Stars outshot San Antonio 48-21 in the game. Maxime Lagace got the start in goal for Texas and made 17 saves.
“I thought our guys deserved a better fate tonight. That was probably the best 60 minutes we played all year,” Texas coach Derek Laxdal told media after the game. “[San Antonio’s Calvin] Pickard was probably the difference in the game between the two goaltenders. They probably got a couple of bounces on the first two (goals) and a defensive breakdown on the fourth one, and a power-play goal on the third one. Our guys battled hard. We were down 4-1, battled back to get it to 4-3 and thought we had a chance to tie it up, but it didn’t happen.”
Notes: Campbell returns
*Goaltender Jack Campbell, who has been out since the preseason with a hand injury, was assigned from Dallas to the Texas Stars last week. Campbell dressed as the backup to Maxime Lagace in Saturday’s game against San Antonio. He is expected to start Wednesday’s game against San Antonio.
*Defenseman Mattias Backman was injured Saturday when he was slammed into the boards by San Antonio’s Patrick Bordeleau, who was given a boarding major on the play. Texas coach Derek Laxdal said Backman had a “minor concussion.” The AHL suspended Bordeleau three games for the hit.
*Forward Jason Dickinson is on a four-game points streak (three goals, two assists).
*Esa Lindell is tied for fifth among AHL defensemen in scoring with eight points (one goal, seven assists) in eleven games.
*Lindell is tied for second in the league in plus/minus at plus-ten.
*Despite being up in the NHL for more than a week, forward Devin Shore is tied for third in the AHL in goals (eight) and tied for second among rookies in points (eleven).
*Texas leads the AHL in scoring at 4.09 goals per game.
*Texas ranks 14th in goals against at 2.73 per game.
Here is the Texas lineup from the last game.
Remi Elie – Travis Morin – Brendan Ranford
Derek Hulak – Justin Dowling – Greg Rallo
Cole Ully – Jason Dickinson – Matej Stransky
Cory Kane – Gemel Smith – Branden Troock
Esa Lindell – Stephen Johns
Brennan Evans – Julius Honka
Mattias Backman – Jesse Blacker
11/11: D Patrik Nemeth assigned to Texas (AHL) on conditioning assignment from Dallas (NHL)
11/11: F Devin Shore assigned to Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL).
11/9: F Emil Molin recalled to Texas (AHL) from Idaho (ECHL)
11/7: G Jack Campbell assigned to Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL)
Wednesday, November 11: San Antonio at Texas, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 14: Stockton at Texas, 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 15: Texas at San Antonio, 4:00 p.m.
Idaho Steelheads update
The Idaho Steelheads, Dallas’ ECHL affiliate, went 0-2-1 over the past week and are 4-5-2 on the season. Forward Emil Molin, who was called up to the Texas Stars on Monday, had two goals and one assist in Idaho’s 5-4 overtime loss to Atlanta on Friday. Molin has nine points (four goals, five assists) in 11 ECHL games.
Taylor Peters picked up one goal and one assist in the Steelheads’ 5-4 loss to Atlanta on Wednesday. Peters has five points (four goals, one assist) in ten games.
Philippe Desrosiers got two starts in goal last week, going 0-1-1. He stopped 25 of 30 shots in a 5-4 overtime loss to Atlanta on Friday and then stopped 18 of 20 in a 3-1 loss to Atlanta on Saturday. Desrosiers is 2-2-2 this season with a 2.59 goals-against average and .919 save percentage.
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.