The Texas Stars went 0-2-0 last week, dropping two games to Pacific Division-leading Ontario. The Stars are 32-20-7 and rank second in the Pacific. Center Jason Dickinson continues his impressive offensive roll. And defenseman Esa Lindell is named to Finland’s roster for the World Cup of Hockey 2016. Here’s the latest on Dallas’ AHL affiliate.
Lindell named to Finland’s World Cup Roster
Countries began releasing initial rosters for the World Cup of Hockey 2016 and Texas defenseman Esa Lindell was among the 16 players on Finland’s roster. Lindell is one of four defensemen initially named to the team and the only player on the roster currently not playing in the NHL. Olli Maatta (Pittsburgh Penguins), Rasmus Ristolainen (Buffalo Sabres) and Sami Vatanen (Anaheim Ducks) are the other defensemen. The rest of the roster will be filled out before June 1. The eight-team tournament will be played in Toronto from Sept. 17 to Oct. 1.
Friday, February 26: Ontario 3, Texas 2 (OT)
Jason Dickinson scored on the power play with 5 seconds remaining to force overtime, but Ontario’s Vincent LoVerde scored 2:25 into the extra period to lift the Reign to a 3-2 victory over the Stars at Cedar Park Center. Maxime Lagace stopped 48 shots, including 43 in regulation when the Stars were outshot 45-23. Ontario outshot Texas 6-0 in overtime, giving the Reign a 51-23 advantage for the game. Derek Hulak also scored for Texas, which fell to 0-3-2 against the Pacific Division-leading Reign.
Saturday, February 27: Ontario 5, Texas 2
The Stars fell to 0-4-2 against Ontario this season, losing 5-2 to the Reign at Cedar Park Center Saturday. Ontario scored two goals in a 1:58 span midway through the first period to take a 2-0 lead and Texas never caught up. Curtis McKenzie and Jason Dickinson scored for the Stars. Maxime Lagace stopped 22 of 26 shots.
*Texas center Jason Dickinson has scored a goal in five straight games and eight of the past nine. Dickinson has registered 16 points (9 goals, 7 assists) in his past 11 games. He ranks second among AHL rookies and is tied for 14th among all players with 44 points (19 goals, 25 assists) in 57 games.
*The Texas Stars made a goaltender swap last week, bringing Jack Campbell back to Cedar Park and sending Philippe Desrosiers to Idaho of the ECHL. Campbell spent almost two months in Idaho, posting a 14-5-1 record and leading the ECHL in both goals-against average (1.68) and save percentage (.944). Desrosiers has posted a 5-5-0 record for Texas with a 2.82 goals-against average and .903 save percentage. Desrosiers should get more playing time in the ECHL.
*The Dallas Stars assigned Radek Faksa to the Texas Stars Monday and then recalled him later in the day. It was purely a paper transaction that made Faksa eligible to play in the AHL’s Calder Cup Playoffs.
Here is 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
Esa Lindell – Stephen Johns
Mattias Backman – Julius Honka
Ludwig Bystrom – Jesse Blacker
Injured: Travis Morin, Greg Rallo, Justin Dowling, Devin Shore
2/29: G John Muse traded from Texas (AHL) to Charlotte (AHL)
2/29: C Radek Faksa recalled to Dallas (NHL)
2/29: C Radek Faksa assigned to Texas (AHL)
2/25: G Philippe Desrosiers assigned to Idaho (ECHL) from Texas (AHL)
2/24: G Jack Campbell assigned to Texas (AHL) from Idaho (ECHL)
Wed., March 2: Iowa at Texas, 7:30 p.m.
Fri., March 4: Iowa at Texas, 7:30 p.m.
Sat., March 5: Manitoba at Texas, 7:00 p.m.
Idaho Steelheads update
The Idaho Steelheads went 2-0-1 last week and are 30-20-7 on the season, ranking first in the West Division and third in the Western Conference. Philippe Desrosiers got one start after being assigned back to Idaho, stopping 30 of 33 shots in a 3-2 overtime loss to Utah. Desrosiers is 8-6-4 with a 2.48 goals-against average and .907 save percentage in the ECHL this season.
This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on DallasStars.com reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.