The Texas Stars returned from the AHL’s All-Star break and went 1-1-0. The Stars are 26-18-6 on the season and rank second in the Pacific Division. And in the ECHL, goaltender Jack Campbell pulled in some league honors. Here’s the latest on Dallas’ minor league affiliates.
Friday, February 5: San Antonio 5, Texas 2
The Texas Stars came out of the break with a 5-2 loss at San Antonio Friday. The game was tied 2-2 after two periods, but the Rampage rattled off three unanswered goals in the third period. Matej Stransky scored on the power play, and Travis Morin scored shorthanded for Texas. Philippe Desrosiers got the start in goal and stopped 30 of 35 shots.
Saturday, February 6: Texas 4, San Antonio 3
The Stars took the second half of the back-to-back against San Antonio, defeating the Rampage, 4-3, at Cedar Park Center Saturday night. It was the seventh win in the past eight home games for Texas. Travis Morin registered one goal and one assist for the Stars, and Julius Honka had two assists. Esa Lindell, Brett Ritchie and Brendan Ranford also scored goals for Texas. Philippe Desrosiers got the start in goal and stopped 29 of 32 shots. It was Desrosiers’ first win since Jan. 15.
*Texas is 12-5-2 in its past 19 games.
*Travis Morin ranks fifth in the AHL in scoring with 43 points (14 goals, 29 assists) in 50 games.
*Morin registered his 400th AHL career point with a shorthanded goal against San Antonio Friday.
*Brendan Ranford ranks seventh in the league in scoring with 40 points (15 goals, 25 assists) in 50 games.
*Julius Honka ranks sixth in scoring among AHL defensemen with 30 points (7 goals, 23 assists) in 49 games.
*Esa Lindell ranks tenth in scoring among AHL defensemen with 27 points (8 goals, 19 assists) in 47 games.
*Texas ranks second in the AHL in goal scoring (3.72 per game).
*Texas ranks 26th in goals against (3.24 per game).
*The Texas power play ranks 9th at 19.6 percent.
*The Texas penalty kill ranks 29th at 78.1 percent.
*Texas ranks second in the league in shots per game at 34.1.
*Texas ranks 22nd in shots against per game at 31.3.
Here is the Texas lineup from the last game. Texas had only eleven healthy forwards, so defenseman Matt Mangene played on the fourth line. Among the Texas forwards out with injury are Justin Dowling and Greg Rallo. Devin Shore, of course, is out for the year following shoulder surgery. Texas was also without Radek Faksa, who was called up to Dallas.
Curtis McKenzie – Travis Morin – Brett Ritchie
Derek Hulak – Jason Dickinson – Brendan Ranford
Remi Elie – Gemel Smith – Matej Stransky
Cole Ully – Matt Mangene – Branden Troock
Esa Lindell – Julius Honka
Mattias Backman – Stephen Johns
Ludwig Bystrom – Jesse Blacker
2/8: C Emil Molin recalled to Texas (AHL) from Idaho (ECHL)
2/5: C Radek Faksa recalled to Dallas (NHL) from Texas (AHL)
2/4: RW Branden Troock recalled to Texas (AHL) from Idaho (ECHL)
Tuesday, February 9: Texas at Manitoba, 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 10: Texas at Manitoba, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 13: Lake Erie at Texas, 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 14: Lake Erie at Texas, 5:00 p.m.
Idaho Steelheads update
The Idaho Steelheads went 2-1-0 over the past week, pushing their record to 25-19-5 on the season. The Steelheads rank second in the West Division and fifth in the Western Conference.
Jack Campbell was named the ECHL’s Goaltender of the Month for January after posting an 8-3-0 record, a 1.27 goals-against average and a .956 save percentage.
Campbell, who won two of three starts over the past week, is 11-4-0 for the season and leads the ECHL in both goals-against average (1.73) and save percentage (.942).
Forward Emil Molin was called up to the Texas Stars on Monday. Molin has 38 points (19 goals, 19 assists) in 46 games and ranks seventh in the ECHL in goal scoring.
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