The Texas Stars won three of four games on a road trip through California. The Stars are 12-8-1 and rank fourth in the AHL’s Pacific Division. Devin Shore continues to rack up the goals and points, setting a Texas franchise mark in the process. And defenseman Esa Lindell is putting up some strong numbers as well. Here’s the latest on Dallas’ AHL affiliate.
Tuesday, November 24: Texas 3, Bakersfield 1
The Stars opened a four-game road trip in California with a 3-1 win at Bakersfield Tuesday. Devin Shore, Esa Lindell and Matt Mangene scored goals, and Jack Campbell stopped 30 shots for Texas. Shore’s goal at 11:32 of the second period snapped a 1-1 tie and Lindell extended the lead with a goal late in the second.
Wednesday, November 25: Texas 5, San Diego 3
Esa Lindell scored two goals, Brendan Ranford tallied one goal and two assists, and Devin Shore recorded one goal and one assist as the Stars made it two straight on their road trip with a 5-3 win at San Diego Wednesday. Lindell and Ranford scored to give the Stars a 2-0 lead after one period and then the Stars extended the lead to 4-0 in the second on goals by Shore and Lindell. Travis Morin scored in the third period to round out the scoring for Texas. Jack Campbell got the start in goal and stopped 17 of 20 shots.
Saturday, November 28: San Jose 5, Texas 4
Devin Shore scored two goals and set a franchise record by extending his goal-scoring streak to six games, but Texas lost 5-4 at San Jose on Saturday. The Stars held a 3-1 lead, fell behind 4-3 and tied it with 1:48 left in the third period on a goal by Esa Lindell. But San Jose’s Julius Bergman scored with 48 seconds remaining to give the Barracuda a 5-4 victory. Maxime Lagace got the start in goal for Texas and stopped 28 of 33 shots.
Sunday, November 29: Texas 3, San Jose 2
The Stars wrapped up their four-game road trip with a 3-2 win at San Jose on Sunday. Curtis McKenzie, Radek Faksa and Brendan Ranford scored goals, and John Muse stopped 33 of 35 shots for Texas. Devin Shore picked up an assist, extending his points streak to seven games. Faksa and Ranford scored goals 15 seconds apart in the second period to turn a 1-1 tie into a 3-1 Texas lead.
Notes: Shore on a roll
*Devin Shore leads the AHL in goal scoring with 15 goals in 19 games.
*Shore is tied for second in points with 23.
*Shore set a Texas franchise mark with a six-game goal scoring streak, which ended Sunday in San Jose.
*Shore is currently on a seven-game points streak (7 goals – 5 assists – 12 points).
*Esa Lindell is tied for third among AHL defensemen in scoring with 17 points (6 goals, 11 assists) in 21 games.
*Lindell put together a four-game goal scoring streak and a five-game point streak, which both ended in San Jose on Sunday.
*Lindell and Texas defenseman Mattias Backman are tied for sixth in the AHL with a plus-11 rating.
*Texas is tied for first in the AHL in goal scoring at 4.00 per game.
*Texas ranks 23rd in goals against at 3.14 per game.
Here is the Texas lineup from the last game.
Devin Shore – Travis Morin – Brendan Ranford
Curtis McKenzie – Justin Dowling – Matej Stransky
Cory Kane – Radek Faksa – Greg Rallo
Cole Ully – Gemel Smith – Branden Troock
Esa Lindell – Stephen Johns
Mattias Backman – Julius Honka
Ludwig Bystrom – Jesse Blacker
Lineup notes: Jason Dickinson missed the last game with a lower-body injury. Remi Elie has been out with an upper-body injury but is expected to return this week.
11/26: G Maxime Lagace recalled to Texas (AHL) from Idaho (ECHL)
11/26: G Jack Campbell recalled to Dallas (NHL) from Texas (AHL)
11/26: D Patrik Nemeth recalled to Dallas (NHL) from conditioning assignment with Texas (AHL)
Wednesday, December 2: vs. Rockford, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 6: at Milwaukee, 3:00 p.m.
Idaho Steelheads update
The Idaho Steelheads went 1-2-0 over the past week and are 6-10-4 on the season.
Goaltender Philippe Desrosiers got two starts and went 1-1-0, stopping 30 of 33 shots. Desrosiers is 3-4-2 with a 2.51 goals-against average and .909 save percentage.
Maxime Lagace lost his only start of the week, stopping 13 of 17 shots in a 4-1 loss to Rapid City.
Forward Emil Molin registered one goal and one assist in Idaho’s 3-1 victory over Rapid City on Friday. Molin has 11 points (5 goals, 6 assists) in 17 games.
Forward Taylor Peters had no points in three games last week. He has 12 points (7 goals, 5 assists) in 19 games.