The Texas Stars went 2-0-1 over the past week to improve to 34-20-8 on the season. The Stars are second in the Pacific Division with a .613 points percentage, which will determine the standings since Pacific teams play an unequal number of games this season. Jason Dickinson hit the 20-goal mark for the Stars, and Curtis McKenzie is on a nice offensive run. Plus, goaltender Philippe Desrosiers is playing well with Idaho in the ECHL. Here’s the latest on Dallas’ minor league affiliates.
Wednesday, March 2: Texas 5, Iowa 2
Curtis McKenzie scored two goals, and Stephen Johns registered one goal and one assist as the Stars defeated Iowa, 5-2, at Cedar Park Center. Iowa took a 2-1 lead early in the second, but the Stars rattled off four straight goals over the rest of the period to take control of the game. Brendan Ranford and Matej Stransky also scored for Texas. Justin Dowling returned after missing 19 games due to injury and chipped in with two assists. Maxime Lagace stopped 30 of 32 shots.
Friday, March 4: Iowa 4, Texas 3 (OT)
Jordan Schroeder scored on an odd-man rush 43 seconds into overtime to lift the Iowa Wild to a 4-3 victory over the Stars at Cedar Park Center. The Stars overcame a 3-1 deficit to tie the game in the second period to get one point out of the contest. Derek Hulak, Justin Dowling and Esa Lindell scored for the Stars. Maxime Lagace got the start in goal and was pulled early in the second after giving up three goals on ten shots. Jack Campbell played the rest of the way, stopping 17 of 18 shots.
Saturday, March 5: Texas 6, Manitoba 1
Gemel Smith tallied two goals and one assist, and Cole Ully registered one goal and two assists as Texas routed Manitoba, 6-1, at Cedar Park Center to close out a five-game homestand (2-1-2). Jason Dickinson, Mattias Backman and Cory Kane also scored for the Stars. Maxime Lagace stopped 25 of 26 shots.
*Texas center Jason Dickinson has scored ten goals in the past 12 games and now leads the team with 20 goals. Dickinson ranks third among rookies and 15th among all AHL players with 45 points (20 goals, 25 assists) in 60 games.
*Left wing Curtis McKenzie has registered 15 points (6 goals, 9 assists) in his past ten games. McKenzie has 43 points (16 goals, 27 assists) in 48 games and leads active Texas players in points per game (0.90).
*Julius Honka ranks sixth in defenseman scoring with 36 points (9 goals 27 assists) in 60 games.
*Esa Lindell ranks tenth in defenseman scoring with 34 points (11 goals, 23 assists) in 59 games.
*Here’s where Texas ranks in some key statistical categories:
Goals for: 3.73 (2nd)
Goals against: 3.19 (26th)
Shots for: 33.3 (3rd)
Shots against: 31.9 (22nd)
Power play: 20.5 (5th)
Penalty kill: 80.3 (25th)
Here is the Texas lineup from the last game.
Derek Hulak – Justin Dowling – Brendan Ranford
Curtis McKenzie – Jason Dickinson – Matej Stransky
Cole Ully – Gemel Smith – Remi Elie
Emil Molin – Cory Kane – Branden Troock
Esa Lindell – Stephen Johns
Mattias Backman – Ludwig Bystrom
Brennan Evans – Matt Mangene
Injured: Julius Honka, Travis Morin, Greg Rallo, Devin Shore (out for season)
3/3: RW Brett Ritchie recalled to Dallas (NHL) from Texas (AHL)
Friday, March 11: Texas at Stockton, 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 12: Texas at Stockton, 9:30 p.m.
Idaho Steelheads update
The Idaho Steelheads, Dallas’ ECHL affiliate, went 3-0-0 last week to push their points streak to eight games (6-0-2). The Steelheads are 33-20-5 and rank first in the West Division and second in the Western Conference.
Goaltender Philippe Desrosiers won both his starts last week, stopping 52 of 56 shots. Desrosiers is 7-0-2 in his past nine games with Idaho, posting a 2.10 goals-against average and. 916 save percentage during that stretch.
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