The Texas Stars went 1-1-1 over the past week. The Stars are 36-23-10 and rank third in the AHL’s Pacific Division based on points percentage, which will determine the final standings since teams do not play the same number of games. And Texas got two key veteran forwards back last week. Here’s the latest on Dallas’ AHL affiliate.
Wednesday, March 23: Milwaukee 2, Texas 0
The Stars saw their losing streak hit three games (0-2-1) with a 2-0 loss to Milwaukee at Cedar Park Center. Milwaukee’s Juuse Saros stopped all 28 shots he faced, outdueling Texas goaltender Maxime Lagace, who stopped 29 of 31 shots. Texas was shut out for only the second time this season.
Saturday, March 26: Texas 5, Milwaukee 4 (SO)
The Stars scored three times on the power play to erase a 3-0 deficit and then topped Milwaukee, 5-4, in a shootout Saturday at Cedar Park Center. Brendan Ranford scored twice on the power play and Curtis McKenzie tallied once with the man-advantage as the Stars tied the game 3-3. Gemel Smith put the Stars ahead 4-3 with 6:16 left in regulation, but the Admirals tied the game four minutes later. In the shootout, Jack Campbell stopped all three shooters he faced while Ranford scored the lone goal for Texas. Maxime Lagace got the start in goal but was pulled early in the second after allowing three goals on 13 shots. Campbell played the rest of regulation and overtime, stopping seven of eight shots.
Sunday, March 27: San Antonio 3, Texas 2
Mikko Rantanen scored 2:19 into overtime to lift the San Antonio Rampage to a 3-2 win over the Texas Stars Sunday AT&T Center. It was the fourth straight win for the Rampage. Matej Stransky scored both goals for Texas. Jack Campbell, making his first AHL start since Dec. 19, stopped 34 of 37 shots.
Notes: Morin, Rallo return
*Texas captain Travis Morin returned to the lineup last week after missing 13 games due to injury.
*Forward Greg Rallo returned after missing 19 games with an injury.
*Forward Brendan Ranford ranks sixth in the AHL in scoring with 56 points (19 goals, 37 assists) in 69 games.
*Julius Honka ranks seventh in scoring among defensemen with 40 points (10 goals, 30 assists) in 66 games.
*Forward Jason Dickinson ranks seventh in rookie scoring with 49 points (20 goals, 29 assists) in 66 games.
*Here’s where Texas ranks in some key statistical categories:
Goals for: 3.59 (2nd)
Goals against: 3.20 (25th)
Shots for: 32.8 (3rd)
Shots against: 32.2 (24th)
Power play: 20.5 (3rd)
Penalty kill: 79.9 (26th)
Here is the Texas lineup from the last game.
Curtis McKenzie – Travis Morin – Greg Rallo
Brendan Ranford – Jason Dickinson – Matej Stransky
Derek Hulak – Justin Dowling – Cole Ully
Cory Kane – Gemel Smith – Remi Elie
Esa Lindell – Julius Honka
Mattias Backman – Matt Mangene
Jesse Blacker – Ludwig Bystrom
3/25: D Niklas Hansson signed to ATO
3/24: C Emil Molin assigned to Idaho (ECHL) from Texas (AHL)
Tue., March 29: Bakersfield at Texas, 7:30 p.m.
Fri., April 1: Texas at Charlotte, 6:00 p.m.
Sat, April 2: Texas at Charlotte, 6:00 p.m.
Idaho Steelheads update
The Idaho Steelheads went 0-1-1 last week. The Steelheads are 35-22-9, ranking first in the West Division and third in the Western Conference. Emil Molin registered four points (two goals, two assists) in two games after being reassigned to Idaho from the Texas Stars. Molin has 42 points (21 goals, 21 assists) in 48 games with the Steelheads. Goaltender Philippe Desrosiers made one start, stopping 29 of 34 shots in a 5-4 overtime loss to Colorado. Desrosiers has not lost in regulation in his past 12 decisions (9-0-3). He is 12-6-3 with a 2.37 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage for the 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.