The Texas Stars went 0-1-1 over the past week and are 12-9-2 on the season, ranking third in the AHL’s Pacific Division. Devin Shore continues to produce, pushing his points streak to nine games. Plus, the Idaho Steelheads, Dallas’ ECHL affiliate, will be in town this week for two games against the Allen Americans. Here’s the latest on Dallas’ minor league affiliates.
Wednesday, December 2: Rockford 6, Texas 5 (OT)
The Stars’ first game back home after their California road trip turned out to be a wild one. In a game where neither team led by more than one goal and there were five lead changes, Texas fell 6-5 in overtime to Rockford in Cedar Park. Dennis Rasmussen scored at 3:03 of the extra period for the IceHogs. Travis Morin, Radek Faksa, Greg Rallo, Julius Honka and Curtis McKenzie scored goals for Texas. Jack Campbell, just back from his stint in the NHL, allowed six goals on 43 shots.
Sunday, December 6: Milwaukee 5, Texas 2
The Stars lost their second straight game, falling 5-2 at Milwaukee on Sunday. The game was tied 2-2 in the second period, but the Admirals scores shorthanded at the 11:42 mark to take the lead and then added two more goals in the third period. Curtis McKenzie and Matej Stransky scored for Texas. Jack Campbell got the start in goal and stopped 18 of 23 shots.
Notes: Shore points streak hits nine games
*Forward Devin Shore had one assist in both of Texas’ games over the past week, pushing his points streak to nine games (seven goals, seven assists).
*Shore leads the AHL with 15 goals and he ranks third in points with 25 in 21 games.
*Esa Lindell is tied for seventh in defenseman scoring with 17 points (six goals, 11 assists) in 23 games.
*Lindell ranks ninth in the league with a plus-12 rating.
*Texas ranks second in the AHL in goal scoring at 3.96 per game.
*Texas ranks 28th in goals against at 3.35 per game.
*RW Brett Ritchie, who has been out since early September due to wrist surgery, was taken off injured non-roster by Dallas and assigned to Texas late last week. He did not play in Sunday’s game at Milwaukee but is expected to play Tuesday against Rockford.
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 – Remi Elie
Derek Hulak – Cory Kane – Matej Stransky
Esa Lindell – Stephen Johns
Mattias Backman – Julius Honka
Ludwig Bystrom – Matt Mangene
12/5: RW Brett Ritchie assigned to Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL)
12/3: LW Cole Ully assigned to Idaho (ECHL) from Texas (AHL)
12/3: C Gemel Smith assigned to Idaho (ECHL) from Texas (AHL)
12/3: G Maxime Lagace assigned to Idaho (ECHL) from Texas (AHL)
12/2: G Jack Campbell assigned to Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL)
Tue, Dec. 8: vs. Rockford, 7:30 p.m.
Fri, Dec. 11: vs. Charlotte, 7:30 p.m.
Sat, Dec. 12: vs. Stockton, 7:00 p.m.
Sun, Dec. 13, at San Antonio, 4:00 p.m.
Idaho Steelheads update
The Idaho Steelheads, Dallas’ ECHL affiliate, went 1-2-0 over the past week. The Steelheads are 7-12-4 on the season.
The Steelheads will play in Allen this week, taking on the Americans Wednesday and Sunday at the Allen Event Center. Among the Dallas prospects currently on the Idaho roster are goaltenders Philippe Desrosiers and Max Lagace and forwards Cole Ully, Gemel Smith, Emil Molin and Taylor Peters.
Smith, who was assigned to Idaho from Texas last week, registered one goal and two assists in his first game with the Steelheads. Molin also had one goal and one assist in that game, a 5-1 win over Florida. Max Lagace stopped 23 of 24 shots for the win in goal.
Ully, assigned to Idaho from Texas last week, picked up two assists in his first two games with Idaho.
Desrosiers got one start in goal, stopping 30 of 33 shots in a 4-1 loss to Florida. Desrosiers is 3-5-2 with a 2.56 goals-against average and .909 save percentage.
Peters has 12 points (seven goals, five assists) in 20 games.
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