The Texas Stars lost three of four games over the past week, falling to 8-6-1 on the season. Texas ranks fourth in the Pacific Division. The Stars did get some reinforcements with goaltender Jack Campbell returning from injury and Dallas reassigning forwards Radek Faska and Curtis McKenzie to Texas. Here’s the latest on Dallas’ AHL affiliate.
Wednesday, November 11: Texas 6, San Antonio 3
Goaltender Jack Campbell got the win in his first game of the season, and Jason Dickinson scored two goals as the Stars defeated San Antonio, 6-3, at Cedar Park Center last Wednesday. Campbell, who had missed Texas’ first eleven games with a hand injury, stopped 23 of 26 shots. Campbell got plenty of goal support early. Texas jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first period on goals by Travis Morin, Cory Kane, Brendan Ranford and Dickinson. Greg Rallo tallied in the second period and Dickinson scored in the third period. Emil Molin made his AHL debut in the game and picked up one assist.
Saturday, November 14: Stockton 5, Texas 3
A slow start and an ineffective power play were too much to overcome as the Stars lost 5-3 to Stockton at Cedar Park Center on Saturday. Texas fell behind 3-0 in the first period, rallied to tie, but Stockton’s Blair Riley snapped the tie with 5:06 left in the third period. The Stars went 0-9 on the power play.
“The first period was probably our worst period all year,” Texas coach Derek Laxdal told media after the game. “Anytime you get nine power plays and you don’t score, we’re going to blow it up. Right now, our units aren’t working, and our top guys aren’t working right now.”
Branden Troock, Gemel Smith and Cory Kane scored for the Stars. Jack Campbell got the start in goal and stopped 29 of 33 shots.
Sunday, November 15: San Antonio 3, Texas 1
The Stars outshot San Antonio 47-27, but San Antonio goaltender Spencer Martin put up a brick wall in net. Martin stopped 46 of 47 shots in his AHL debut to lead the Rampage to a 3-1 victory over Texas. In San Antonio. Gemel Smith scored a power-play goal for Texas. John Muse got the start in goal and stopped 24 of 27 shots.
Tuesday, November 17: San Antonio 5, Texas 2
The Stars played at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday morning in San Antonio and it didn’t go well. The Stars fell behind 5-0 and lost 5-2 to the Rampage at AT&T Center. Texas trailed 1-0 after the first period and then surrendered four straight goals in the second. Jack Campbell got the start in goal and was pulled after allowing five goals on 27 shots through the first 40 minutes. John Muse played the third period and stopped both shots he faced. Devin Shore and Matt Mangene scored goals in the third period for Texas, which lost its third straight game and fell to 1-4-0 over its past five.
*Left wing Curtis McKenzie, reassigned to Texas from Dallas on Monday, was in the lineup on Tuesday and picked up one assist in the Stars’ 5-2 loss to San Antonio. It was McKenzie’s first game since suffering a hip injury in Dallas’ game against Tampa Bay on Oct. 15.
*Center Radek Faksa has one assist in two games since being reassigned to Texas from the Dallas Stars. Faksa has three points (two goals, one assist) in three games with Texas this season.
*Dallas defenseman Patrick Nemeth has played four games with Texas so far during his conditioning assignment to the AHL.
*Texas defenseman Julius Honka was a healthy scratch in Sunday’s game against San Antonio. Matt Mangene took his place in the lineup. Honka was back in the lineup Tuesday.
“We just wanted him to watch a game from a different perspective,” Texas coach Derek Laxdal told Sean Shapiro of Wrong Side of the Red Line. “That’s part of early development with young players. Hopefully we’ll get a chance for him to see what we’re looking for with a guy like Matty Mangene and how he breaks the puck out.”
*Texas forward Remi Elie is day to day with an upper-body injury.
*Texas defenseman Mattias Backman has missed the past four games with a concussion.
*Devin Shore is tied for fourth in the AHL in goals with nine.
*Shore is tied for fifth in rookie scoring with 12 points (nine goals, three assists).
*Esa Lindell is tied for second in the league with a plus-ten rating.
*Gemel Smith has scored three goals in his past five games.
*Texas ranks fourth in the league in scoring at 3.80 goals per game.
*Texas ranks 19th in the league in goals against at 3.07 per game.
*Texas ranks first in the league in shots per game at 34.6.
*Texas ranks 19th in shots against at 30.9 per game.
*The Texas power play is 21st at 13.7 percent.
*The Texas penalty kill is 27th at 75.0 percent.
Here is the Texas lineup from the last game. The Stars dressed 11 forwards and seven defensemen in Tuesday’s game at San Antonio.
Devin Shore – Travis Morin – Brendan Ranford
Jason Dickinson – Radek Faksa – Matej Stransky
Curtis McKenzie – Gemel Smith – Greg Rallo
Derek Hulak – (various centers) – Branden Troock
Esa Lindell – Stephen Johns
Patrik Nemeth – Julius Honka
Matt Mangene – Jesse Blacker/Ludwig Bystrom
11/16: LW Curtis McKenzie assigned to Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL)
11/16: C Emil Molin assigned to Idaho (ECHL) from Texas (AHL)
11/15: C Radek Faksa assigned to Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL)
11/12: G Maxime Lagace assigned to Idaho (ECHL) from Texas (AHL)
11/11: C Devin Shore assigned to Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL)
11/11: D Patrik Nemeth assigned to Texas (AHL) for conditioning from Dallas (NHL)
Friday, November 20: Charlotte at Texas, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 21: Ontario at Texas, 7:00 p.m.
Idaho Steelheads update
The Idaho Steelheads, Dallas’ ECHL affiliate, went 0-2-1 over the past week, pushing their winless streak to six games (0-4-2). The Steelheads are 4-7-3 on the season.
Maxime Lagace, assigned to Idaho from Texas last week, got two starts and made one relief appearance with the Steelheads. He stopped 72 of 80 shots in posting a 0-2-1 record.
Philippe Desrosiers got one start and was pulled in the second period after allowing three goals on 13 shots. Desrosiers is 2-2-2 with a 2.86 goals-against average and .911 save percentage.
Forward Taylor Peters registered two goals and two assists in three games over the past week. Peters has nine points (six goals, three assists) in 13 games this season.
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