The Texas Stars went 2-1-0 over the past week. The Stars have points in five of their past six games (4-1-1) and are 21-15-6 on the season, ranking third in the AHL’s Pacific Division. Here’s the latest on Dallas’ AHL affiliate.
Friday, January 15: Texas 4, Bakersfield 2
Radek Faksa’s goal with 1:09 remaining in the third period snapped a 2-2 tie and lifted the Texas Stars to a 4-2 victory at Bakersfield Friday. It was the third straight win for the Stars. Greg Rallo scored two goals, and Mattias Backman also scored for Texas. Philippe Desrosiers stopped 18 of 20 shots.
Saturday, January 16: Texas 5, San Diego 3
Brendan Ranford tallied three goals and one assist as Texas ran its winning streak to four games with a 5-3 win at San Diego on Saturday. Ranford’s third goal of the game with 2:42 left in the third gave Texas a 4-3 lead. Radek Faksa sealed the victory with an empty-net goal. Jason Dickinson also scored for Texas. Maxime Lagace got the start in goal and stopped 17 of 20 shots.
Sunday, January 17: Ontario 2, Texas 1
The Stars’ four-game winning streak came to an end with a 2-1 loss at Ontario Sunday. Jason Dickinson’s shorthanded goal gave Texas a 1-0 lead in the second period, but the Reign scored twice in the third including a power-play goal with 23 seconds left to secure the victory. Philippe Desrosiers got the start in goal and stopped 21 of 23 shots.
*In his last four starts, goaltender Philippe Desrosiers is 3-1-0 with a 1.75 goals-against average and .940 save percentage.
*Travis Morin is tied for first in the league in scoring with 38 points (11 goals, 27 assists) in 42 games.
*Esa Lindell is tied for fourth in scoring among defensemen with 25 points (7 goals, 18 assists) in 42 games.
*Jason Dickinson is tied for fourth in rookie scoring with 28 points (10 goals, 18 assists) in 40 games.
*Dickinson is tied for the AHL lead with three shorthanded goals.
*Defenseman Jamie Oleksiak, assigned to Texas from Dallas on a conditioning assignment, played two games over the weekend. He had no points and a plus-one rating.
*The AHL suspended Bakersfield’s Jujhar Khaira two games for kneeing Texas center Justin Dowling in Friday’s game. Dowling was injured on the play and missed Saturday’s and Sunday’s game.
*Defenseman Stephen Johns did not play over the past week due to a lower-body injury. Johns has missed the past six games.
Here is the Texas lineup from the last game.
Curtis McKenzie – Travis Morin – Brendan Ranford
Derek Hulak – Jason Dickinson – Brett Ritchie
Matej Stransky – Radek Faksa – Greg Rallo
Remi Elie – Gemel Smith – Cole Ully
Esa Lindell – Julius Honka
Jamie Oleksiak – Ludwig Bystrom
Mattias Backman – Matt Mangene
1/18: D Esa Lindell recalled to Dallas (NHL) from Texas (AHL)
1/18: D Zack Kamrass assigned to Idaho (ECHL) from Texas (AHL)
1/16: D Jamie Oleksiak assigned to Texas (AHL) for conditioning from Dallas (NHL)
1/14: D Zack Kamrass recalled to Texas (AHL) from Idaho (ECHL)
Friday, January 22: San Diego at Texas, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 23: San Diego at Texas, 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 24: Texas at San Antonio, 4:00 p.m.
Idaho Steelheads update
The Idaho Steelheads, Dallas’ ECHL affiliate, went 1-1-0 over the past week. The Steelheads are 17-17-5 on the season and rank second in the West Division and seventh in the Western Conference.
Jack Campbell started both games for Idaho over the past week, stopping 55 of 59 shots. Campbell is 4-3-0 with a 1.72 goals-against average and .938 save percentage since being assigned to Idaho from the Texas Stars.
Emil Molin registered one goal and one assist in two games, giving him 31 points (14 goals, 17 assists in 36 games. Molin ranks second on the Steelheads in both goals and points.
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