The Texas Stars and Idaho Steelheads both had their seasons come to an end last week. Texas fell to San Diego in the first round of the AHL playoffs, and Idaho lost a seventh and deciding game to the Allen Americans in the first round ECHL playoffs. Here’s the latest on Dallas’ minor league affiliates.
Thursday, April 28: San Diego 6, Texas 1
The Stars lost 6-1 at San Diego to fall behind 2-1 in the best-of-five series. The Gulls led 1-0 after one period and 4-0 after two. San Diego outshot the Stars 48-29 in the game. Esa Lindell scored the lone goal for the Stars, and Jack Campbell made 42 saves.
Friday, April 29: San Diego 6, Texas 2
The Stars saw their season come to an end with a 6-2 loss to San Diego, which won the first-round series 3-1. The Stars and Gulls were tied 1-1 after one period, but San Diego led 4-1 after two periods and extended its lead to 5-1 before the midway point of the third period. Brendan Ranford and Brett Ritchie scored goals for Texas. Jack Campbell got the start in goal and stopped 14 of 18 shots before being pulled in the second period. Maxime Lagace stopped 17 of 18 shots the rest of the way.
“I thought we were in control after the first two games [of the series]. Then we got out there [to San Diego], they got a couple players down from Anaheim, and I think that changed the series around big time,” said Texas forward Curtis McKenzie. “They’re a good team; I’ve got to give them credit. I think Game 3 we weren’t really there. I think Game 4 we were chasing and trying to cheat our way to winning and it backfired on us. I think a lot of us are probably really frustrated at how it ended on the last two games there.”
*Texas was outscored 16-9 in the four-game series with San Diego.
*Texas was 2-21 (9.5 percent) on the power play in the series. San Diego was 5-20 (25.0 percent) on the power play.
*Esa Lindell (2 goals, 2 assists) and Brendan Ranford (1 goal, 3 assists) led Texas in playoff scoring with four points each.
*Lindell and Justin Dowling were tops with 2 goals in the four playoff games.
*Lindell will play for Finland at the 2016 World Championship, which gets underway Friday in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Finland announced its roster for the tournament on Sunday.
*Forwards Brett Ritchie and Curtis McKenzie and goaltender Jack Campbell were recalled to the Dallas Stars over the weekend after Texas was eliminated from the playoffs.
Here was the Texas lineup for the final game of the season:
Curtis McKenzie – Justin Dowling – Brett Ritchie
Brendan Ranford – Travis Morin – Matej Stransky
Derek Hulak – Jason Dickinson – Matt Mangene
Remi Elie – Mike McMurtry – Derek Army
Esa Lindell – Niklas Hansson
Mattias Backman – Julius Honka
Ludwig Bystrom – Jesse Blacker
Idaho Steelheads update
The Idaho Steelheads, Dallas’ ECHL affiliate, was eliminated from the Kelly Cup Playoffs by the Allen Americans. The Steelheads had a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series, but lost the next two games in Allen and lost the series, 4-3. Game 7, which was played Wednesday, went to overtime, and former Stars prospect Tristan King scored at the 3:28 mark to send the Americans into the next round.
*Goaltender Philippe Desrosiers was 3-4 in the playoffs with a 2.47 goals-against average and .923 save percentage.
*Forward Emil Molin registered 4 assists in the seven-game series.
*Forward Taylor Peters recorded 3 points (1 goal, 2 assists) in 7 games.
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