The Texas Stars won two of three games last week and were in second place at the AHL’s All-Star break with a 25-17-6 record. Goaltender Maxime Lagace had an impressive month of January and center Radek Faksa continues to produce offensively. Here’s the latest on Dallas’ AHL affiliate.
Wednesday, January 27: Texas 3, San Jose 0
Maxime Lagace stopped 35 shots for his first AHL shutout as the Texas Stars defeated San Jose, 3-0, at Cedar Park Center Wednesday. Curtis McKenzie led the offensive side of things, tallying two goals and an assist. Brett Ritchie also scored for the Stars, who won their third straight game.
Friday, January 29: Lake Erie 3, Texas 2
The Stars had their three-game winning streak snapped with a 3-2 loss at Lake Erie Friday. Stephen Johns and Greg Rallo scored goals for Texas and Radek Faksa had two assists. Philippe Desrosiers got the start in goal and stopped 20 of 23 shots.
Saturday, January 30: Texas 3, Lake Erie 2
Radek Faksa scored two goals, and Maxime Lagace stopped 37 of 39 shots as Texas entered the AHL’s All-Star break with a 3-2 win at Lake Erie. Curtis McKenzie also scored for Texas. Faksa’s second goal of the game – a power-play tally with 6:13 left in the third period – snapped a 2-2 tie and gave the Stars their fourth win in the past five games.
Lindell, Ranford play in All-Star Classic
Texas defenseman Esa Lindell and forward Brendan Ranford played at the AHL All-Star Classic Monday in Syracuse, New York, suiting up for the Pacific Division in a round-robin tournament where teams from the four divisions played games that featured both 4-on-4 and 3-on-3 play. Ranford had two assists in three games and Lindell did not register any points. The Pacific Division went 1-2-0 in the tournament, which was won by the Central Division.
Stars center Travis Morin was selected to play in the AHL All-Star Classic but was unavailable to go to Syracuse and was replaced by San Jose’s Ryan Carpenter.
*Goaltender Maxime Lagace went 5-0-0 in January with a 1.60 goals-against average and .949 save percentage. Lagace is 10-4-0 this season with a 2.49 goals-against average and .921 save percentage.
*C Radek Faksa has scored 12 goals in his past 20 games. Faksa has 26 points (15 goals, 11 assists) in 28 games.
*LW Curtis McKenzie has registered seven points (five goals, two assists) in his past six games. McKenzie has 27 points (10 goals, 17 assists) in 35 games.
*RW Brendan Ranford has recorded 16 points (seven goals, nine assists) in his past 16 games.
*RW Greg Rallo has registered 13 points (seven goals, six assists) in his past ten games.
Here is the Texas lineup from the last game.
Curtis McKenzie – Travis Morin – Brendan Ranford
Cole Ully – Jason Dickinson – Brett Ritchie
Derek Hulak – Radek Faksa – Matej Stransky
Cory Kane – Gemel Smith – Remi Elie
Esa Lindell – Julius Honka
Jamie Oleksiak – Stephen Johns
Mattias Backman – Ludwig Bystrom
1/31: D Jamie Oleksiak recalled to Dallas (NHL) from conditioning assignment with Texas (AHL)
1/26: D Esa Lindell reassigned to Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL)
Friday, February 5, Texas at San Antonio, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 6, San Antonio at Texas, 7:00 p.m.
Idaho Steelheads update
The Idaho Steelheads, Dallas’ ECHL affiliate, went 3-0-0 over the past week. The Steelheads, who have won four straight games, are 23-18-5 on the season, ranking second in the West Division and fifth in the Western Conference.
Goaltender Jack Campbell went 3-0-0 over the past week, stopping 81 of 85 shots. Campbell is 9-3-0 with a 1.41 goals-against average and a .952 save percentage since being assigned to Idaho from the Texas Stars.
Forward Emil Molin had one goal in three games, giving him 37 points (19 goals, 18 assists) in 43 games.
Forward Branden Troock had one goal and two assists in three games. Troock has five points (two goals, three assists) in seven games since being assigned to Idaho from the Texas Stars.
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