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Texas Stars Left Wing Named CCM/AHL Rookie of the Month

Prospect Reilly Smith Rewarded for Breakout Month in which He Scored 14 Points in 14 Games

Wednesday, 01.02.2013 / 1:18 PM / News
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Texas Stars Left Wing Named CCM\/AHL Rookie of the Month
CEDAR PARK, TX - The Texas Stars, proud American hockey league affiliate of the Dallas Stars, announced today that the left wing Reilly Smith has been selected as the CCM/AHL Rookie of the Month for December. 

Smith led the Stars in goals and points last month, tallying eight goals and six assists for 14 points in 14 games.

After a slow start to his rookie season, Smith averaged a point per game during December. On Dec. 2, the Toronto Ontario native had a goal and an assist in a 4-3 shootout win at Peoria, the first of his five multiple-poin efforts on the month. He came back with his frist career two-goal game in a 4-1 win over Peoria on Dec. 8, and had a goal and an assist to help Texas to a 3-1 victory at Abbotsford on Dec. 14. Smith put together a six-game scoring streak from Dec. 19-29 that included consectuvie game-winning goals on Dec. 19 vs. San Antonio and Dec. 21 at Oklahoma City, and scorfing the Stars' only two goals in a loss to the Barons on Dec. 22.

The 21-year -old Smith was a third-round draft choice by Dallas in 2009, and made his professional debut appearing in three National Hockey League games with the parent Stars at the end of the 2011-12 season. In 32 games with Texas this year, Smith has 10 goals and 10 assists for 20 points, including 10-7-17 in his last 17 outings. He currently ranks second on the Stars in Points, is tired for second in goals and in game-winning goals (2) and is tied for third in assists. Smith played three seasons at Miami University (Ohio) and was a Hobey Baker Award finalist last season.

In recognition of his achievement, Smith will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Stars home game. This is the second time in club history that a Teas player has recieved an AHL monthly award. Former Stars' goaltender Brent Krahn was chose as the leagues Goalie of the Month for November 2009.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 50 32 12 6 147 134 70
2 NSH 48 31 11 6 145 115 68
3 STL 48 31 13 4 156 117 66
4 CHI 49 31 16 2 155 113 64
5 WPG 50 26 16 8 140 127 60
6 SJS 49 26 17 6 137 135 58
7 VAN 47 27 17 3 129 120 57
8 CGY 49 26 20 3 140 127 55
9 LAK 48 21 15 12 133 129 54
10 COL 50 21 18 11 131 141 53
11 DAL 48 22 19 7 152 157 51
12 MIN 48 22 20 6 131 138 50
13 ARI 48 17 25 6 111 161 40
14 EDM 49 13 27 9 113 162 35

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Seguin 48 28 25 1 53
J. Benn 48 16 28 -2 44
J. Spezza 48 8 27 -4 35
T. Daley 45 12 12 -7 24
E. Cole 44 12 11 3 23
A. Goligoski 48 1 22 8 23
A. Roussel 48 11 11 -1 22
C. Eakin 45 9 13 8 22
J. Klingberg 34 7 13 8 20
A. Hemsky 45 8 11 -6 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 20 11 7 .903 2.99
A. Lindback 2 7 0 .875 3.79
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