The Texas Stars went 2-0-1 over the past week to push their record to 19-14-6. With five points in three games, the Stars climbed into third place in the AHL’s Pacific Division. Philippe Desrosiers notched his first two wins in the AHL, stopping 71 of 74 shots. Three Texas Stars – including defenseman Esa Lindell – are headed to the AHL All-Star Game. And Jack Campbell registered his second shutout in five games since being assigned to Idaho. Here’s the latest on Dallas’ minor league affiliates.
Tuesday, January 5: Ontario 3, Texas 2 (OT)
The Stars wrapped up a three-game California road trip with a 3-2 overtime loss at Ontario last Tuesday. The Stars overcame a 2-0 deficit to force extra playing time, getting third-period goals from Jason Dickinson and Brett Ritchie to tie the game. But Ontario’s Kevin Gravel scored 1:37 into overtime to give the Reign the extra point. John Muse started in goal and stopped 23 of 26 shots for the Stars, who went 0-1-2 on the trip.
Friday, January 8: Texas 3, Chicago 1
Philippe Desrosiers stopped 23 of 24 shots for his first AHL win as the Stars defeated Chicago, 3-1, at Cedar Park Center Friday. Travis Morin and Greg Rallo scored in the first period to stake the Stars to a 2-0 lead and Julius Honka extended the lead to 3-0 with a second-period tally. Desrosiers lost the bid for his first AHL shutout with 56 seconds remaining when Chicago’s Jeremie Blain scored his first career AHL goal.
Saturday, January 9: Texas 5, Chicago 2
Philippe Desrosiers stopped 48 shots as the Stars won a second straight game, defeating Chicago, 5-2, at Cedar Park Center. The Stars, who were outshot 50-27, scored twice on six shots in the first period to take a 2-1 lead they would never relinquish. Brett Ritchie scored two goals, and Justin Dowling recorded one goal and two assists. Cole Ully and Derek Hulak also scored for the Stars.
Notes: Three Stars headed to AHL All-Star Game
*Texas defenseman Esa Lindell and forwards Travis Morin and Brendan Ranford have been selected to play in this year’s AHL All-Star Classic, which will be held January 31 and February 1 in Syracuse, N.Y. Morin will be making his third AHL All-Star appearance. It will be the first appearance for both Lindell and Ranford.
*Morin is tied for the AHL lead in scoring with 36 points (11 goals, 25 assists) in 39 games.
*Lindell is tied for third in scoring among AHL defensemen with 24 points (7 goals, 17 assists) in 39 games.
*C Jason Dickinson is tied for fifth in rookie scoring with 26 points (8 goals, 18 assists) in 37 games.
*RW Greg Rallo is tied for second in the AHL with eight power-play goals.
*G Philippe Desrosiers is 2-1-0 with a 2.67 goals-against average and .918 save percentage in three starts since being assigned to Texas from Idaho (ECHL).
*RW Brett Ritchie has scored nine goals in 16 games since returning from offseason wrist surgery.
*D Stephen Johns has been out with a lower-body injury.
Here is the Texas lineup from the last game.
Curtis McKenzie – Travis Morin – Brendan Ranford
Remi Elie – Justin Dowling – Brett Ritchie
Derek Hulak – Jason Dickinson – Greg Rallo
Cole Ully – Gemel Smith – Matej Stransky
Esa Lindell – Julius Honka
Mattias Backman – Matt Mangene
Ludwig Bystrom – Jesse Blacker
1/10: C Radek Faksa reassigned to Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL)
Friday, January 15: at Bakersfield, 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 16: at San Diego, 9:05 p.m.
Sunday, January 17: at Ontario, 5:00 p.m.
Idaho Steelheads update
The Idaho Steelheads, Dallas ECHL affiliate, went 1-1-0 over the past week and are 16-16-5 on the season, ranking second in the West Division and sixth in the Western Conference.
Jack Campbell stopped 37 shots for his second shutout since being assigned to Idaho as the Steelheads defeated Utah, 1-0, on Friday. Campbell stopped 22 of 25 shots in a 3-1 loss to Utah on Saturday. Campbell is 3-2-0 with a 1.61 goals-against average and .941 save percentage with Idaho.
Forward Emil Molin did not score in two games over the past week. He has 29 points (13 goals, 16 assists) in 34 games.
Forward Taylor Peters had one assist in one game, giving him 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) in 22 games.
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