The Texas Stars went 4-0-0 last week, running their winning streak to five games. The Stars are 30-18-6 on the season and rank second in the AHL’s Pacific Division. It was a big week for Texas forward Jason Dickinson who scored three game-winning goals, including one in a shootout and one in overtime. And the Idaho Steelheads continue to roll in the ECHL. Here’s the latest on Dallas’ minor league affiliates.
Tuesday, February 9: Texas 3, Manitoba 2
Brett Ritchie scored on the power play to tie the game with 2:29 remaining and Jason Dickinson’ tallied the game-winning goal on the power play with 47 seconds left as the Stars won 3-2 at Manitoba. Dickinson also scored a power-play goal earlier in the game. Maxime Lagace stopped 27 of 29 shots in goal for Texas.
Wednesday, February 10: Texas 7, Manitoba 6 (SO)
Jason Dickinson had one goal and two assists in regulation and then scored the game-winning goal in the shootout as the Stars defeated Manitoba, 7-6. The two teams combined for six goals – three each – in the third period. The Stars scored the first three to take a 6-3 lead, but the Moose rallied with three goals over the second half of the period. Esa Lindell, Julius Honka, Curtis McKenzie, Ludwig Bystrom and Derek Hulak also scored for Texas. Maxime Lagace got the start in goal, making 28 saves and stopping two of three in the shootout.
Saturday, February 13: Texas 4, Lake Erie 3 (OT)
Jason Dickinson scored 3:39 into overtime to lift the Stars to a 4-3 win over Lake Erie at Cedar Park Center. It was the fourth straight win for Texas. The Stars were down 3-1 in the third period, but goals from Brett Ritchie and Esa Lindell (shorthanded) tied the game and got it to overtime. Julius Honka scored in the first period for Texas. Maxime Lagace stopped 33 of 36 shots.
Sunday, February 14: Texas 2, Lake Erie 1
Maxime Lagace stopped 33 shots and Cole Ully and Mattias Backman scored goals as Texas ran its winning streak to five games with a 2-1 victory over Lake Erie at Cedar Park Center. After Lake Erie jumped out to a 1-0 lead at 11:49 of the first, Ully tied the game just under four minutes later. Backman scored what would hold up as the game-winner at 7:28 of the second, tallying on the power play.
*C Jason Dickinson has 9 points (4 goals, 5 assists) in his past six games.
*Dickinson ranks fifth in AHL rookie scoring with 37 points (14 goals, 23 assists) in 52 games.
*Texas goaltender Maxime Lagace is 9-0-0 in 2016 with a 2.19 goals-against average and .931 save percentage.
*Travis Morin ranks fourth in the AHL in scoring with 47 points (14 goals, 33 assists) in 54 games.
*Morin is on a six-game points streak (2 goals, 5 assists).
*Brendan Ranford is tied for fifth in the AHL in scoring with 44 points (15 goals, 29 assists) in 54 games.
Here is the Texas lineup from the last game.
Derek Hulak – Travis Morin – Matej Stransky
Brendan Ranford – Jason Dickinson – Brett Ritchie
Cole Ully – Gemel Smith – Remi Elie
Emil Molin – Cory Kane – Branden Troock
Esa Lindell – Stephen Johns
Mattias Backman – Julius Honka
Ludwig Bystrom – Jesse Blacker
2/14: LW Curtis McKenzie recalled to Dallas (NHL) from Texas (AHL)
Wednesday, February 17: Texas at San Diego, 9:05 p.m.
Friday, February 19: Texas at Ontario, 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 20: Texas at Bakersfield, 9:00 p.m.
Idaho Steelheads update
The Idaho Steelheads won both their games over the past week, defeating the Utah Grizzlies in a home-and-home series to push their winning streak to four games. Idaho is 27-19-5 and is tied with Utah at 59 points, but the Grizzlies hold first place in the West Division based on points percentage (fewer games played). The Steelheads are 20-5-0 since Dec. 11.
Jack Campbell notched his fourth shutout of the season in the ECHL, stopping 40 shots in a 1-0 shootout victory over Utah on Saturday. Campbell is 13-4-0 and leads the ECHL with a 1.58 goals-against average and .947 save percentage. He is tied for the league lead with four shutouts.