The Texas Stars scored 12 goals in their past two games – six in each one - but they came away with only one victory. The Stars are 9-7-1 on the season, ranking fourth in the Pacific Division with a .559 points percentage. Here’s the latest on Dallas’ AHL affiliate.
Friday, November 20: Texas 6, Charlotte 2
The Stars snapped a three-game losing streak with a 6-2 win over Charlotte Friday night at Cedar Park Center. The Stars jumped out to a 2-0 lead on first-period goals by Gemel Smith and Derek Hulak. Charlotte bounced back to tie with two power-play goals in the second. But Radek Faksa’s goal 16 seconds into the third period snapped the 2-2 tie and held up as the game-winner. Justin Dowling, Greg Rallo and Devin Shore added goals to push it to the 6-2 final. John Muse got the start in goal and stopped 27 of 29 shots.
Saturday, November 21: Ontario 7, Texas 6
The Stars were down 6-3 to Ontario midway through the game, came back to tie it 6-6 on a Greg Rallo goal with 8:06 left in the third period, but couldn’t get the win. Ontario’s Jordan Samuels-Thomas tallied with 3:33 remaining to give the Reign a 7-6 win over the Stars Saturday at Cedar Park Center. Devin Shore had four points (one goal, three assists) and Rallo scored twice for Texas. Esa Lindell, Justin Dowling and Matej Stransky also scored for Texas. John Muse got the start in goal but was pulled after allowing two goals on three shots in the first four minutes. Jack Campbell played the rest of the way and stopped 24 of 29 shots.
*Forward Devin Shore is tied for second in the AHL with 11 goals in 15 games.
*Shore is tied for eighth in the league with 17 points.
*Shore is on a three-game points streak (three goals, three assists).
*Defenseman Esa Lindell is tied for tenth in the league with 11 assists.
*Lindell is tied for second in the AHL with a plus-12 rating.
*Forward Gemel Smith has scored four goals in the past seven games.
*Texas ranks third in the league in scoring at 4.06 goals per game.
*Texas ranks 25th in goals against at 3.24 goals per game.
Here is the Texas lineup from the last game.
Devin Shore – Travis Morin – Brendan Ranford
Curtis McKenzie – Radek Faksa – Greg Rallo
Jason Dickinson – Justin Dowling – Matej Stransky
Cory Kane – Gemel Smith – Branden Troock
Esa Lindell – Stephen Johns
Patrik Nemeth – Jesse Blacker
Mattias Backman – Julius Honka
Lineup Notes: Remi Elie is day to day with an upper-body injury. He hasn’t played since November 7.
Tuesday, November 24: at Bakersfield, 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 25: at San Diego, 9:05 p.m.
Saturday, November 28: at San Jose, 3:15 p.m.
Sunday, November 29: at San Jose, 5:00 p.m.
Idaho Steelheads update
The Idaho Steelheads went 1-1-1 over the past week and are 5-8-4 on the season, ranking fourth in the West Division.
Max Lagace stopped 29 of 39 shots as the Steelheads snapped a six-game winless streak with a 2-1 overtime win at Colorado on Wednesday. Lagace stopped 33 of 38 as Idaho fell 5-4 in overtime at Colorado on Friday. Lagace is 1-2-2 with a 3.05 goals-against average and .905 save percentage with Idaho.
Philippe Desrosiers got one start over the past week, stopping 17 of 19 shots as Idaho lost 2-0 at Colorado on Saturday. Desrosiers is 2-3-2 with a 2.76 goals-against average and .909 save percentage.
Forward Emil Molin had no points in three games since being reassigned to Idaho from the Texas Stars. He has nine points (four goals, five assists) in 14 games with Idaho.
Forward Taylor Peters had one goal and two assists in Idaho’s 5-4 OT loss at Colorado on Friday. Peters has 12 points (seven goals, five assists) in 16 games.
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