The Texas Stars won two of three games on a California road trip last week and are on a 7-1-0 run over their past eight games. Texas is second in the AHL’s Pacific Division with a 32-19-6 record. Stars center Jason Dickinson continues to rack up the points and so does right wing Brett Ritchie. Here’s the latest on Dallas’ AHL affiliate.
Wednesday, February 17: Texas 6, San Diego 3
Brett Ritchie tallied four points (one goal, three assists) as the Stars won 6-3 at San Diego for their sixth straight victory. Maxime Lagace stopped 42 shots in winning his 11th straight decision. Curtis McKenzie had one goal and two assists and Remi Ellie and Cole Ully also scored for Texas, which won five of six games in the season series against San Diego.
Friday, February 19: Ontario 4, Texas 1
The Stars’ six-game winning streak came to an end with a 4-1 loss at Ontario in a matchup of the top two teams in the Pacific Division. Jason Dickinson scored the lone goal for Texas. Maxime Lagace stopped 31 of 34 shots but saw his 11-game winning streak come to an end.
Saturday, February 20: Texas 4, Bakersfield 2
The Stars closed out their three-game road trip with a 4-2 win at Bakersfield on Saturday. Philippe Desrosiers stopped 31 shots and Jason Dickinson, Matej Stransky, Remi Elie and Curtis McKenzie scored goals for Texas, which fell behind 1-0 but scored three straight goals to take control of the game.
*Texas center Jason Dickinson has points in eight of his past nine games and has 13 points (7 goals, 6 assists) during that stretch.
*Dickinson is tied for second among AHL rookies in scoring with 41 points (17 goals, 24 assists) in 55 games. He ranks 16th in scoring among all AHL players.
*Texas right wing Brett Ritchie has points in seven of his past eight games and has 11 points (4 goals, 7 assists) during that stretch. Ritchie has 23 points (14 goals, 9 assists) in 32 games this season.
*Julius Honka ranks fifth in scoring among AHL defensemen with 35 points (9 goals, 26 assists) in 56 games.
*Texas center Travis Morin ranks fourth in the AHL in scoring with 47 points (15 goals, 32 assists) in 54 games.
*Texas right wing Brendan Ranford ranks fifth in the league in scoring with 46 points (15 goals, 31 assists) in 57 games.
*Goaltender Maxime Lagace’s loss over the weekend was his first since Nov. 28. Lagace is 15-5-0 this season with a 2.62 goals-against average and .916 save percentage.
Here was the Texas lineup from the last game.
Curtis McKenzie – Jason Dickinson – Brett Ritchie
Derek Hulak – Gemel Smith – Brendan Ranford
Remi Elie – Cole Ully – Matej Stransky
Matt Mangene – Cory Kane – Branden Troock
Mattias Backman – Julius Honka
Esa Lindell – Stephen Johns
Ludwig Bystrom – Jesse Blacker
Among the players out with injury: Travis Morin, Justin Dowling, Greg Rallo and Devin Shore. Shore is out for the season following shoulder surgery in December.
With Morin out due to injury, defenseman Stephen Johns wore the “C” as captain for Texas.
2/17: LW Curtis McKenzie reassigned to Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL)
Friday, February 26: Ontario at Texas, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 27: Ontario at Texas, 7:00 p.m.
Idaho Steelheads Update
The Idaho Steelheads, Dallas’ ECHL affiliate, went 1-1-1 over the past week. The Steelheads are 28-20-6, ranking second in the West Division and fifth in the Western Conference. Goaltender Jack Campbell went 0-1-1 last week, stopping 59 of 63 shots. Campbell is 13-5-1 and leads the ECHL in both goals-against average (1.62) and save percentage (.946).