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Texas Stars Report

Tuesday, 12.24.2013 / 12:32 PM / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Texas Stars Report
The Texas Stars won two of three games (2-1-0) over the past week, giving them a 7-1-0 mark over their last eight games.

The Texas Stars won two of three games (2-1-0) over the past week, giving them a 7-1-0 mark over their last eight games. The Stars are 18-9-4 on the season, ranking second in the AHL’s West Division and fourth in the Western Conference.

Center Travis Morin tallied four points (three goals, one assist) in the three games and reclaimed the AHL’s scoring lead. Curtis McKenzie tallied four points (one goal, three assists) and now ranks second in rookie scoring in the AHL.

Here’s a look at the past week for Dallas’ AHL affiliate.

Wednesday, December 18: Texas 4, San Antonio 2

The Stars ran their winning streak to six games with a 4-2 win over San Antonio Wednesday night at Cedar Park Center. Jack Campbell made 30 saves and Travis Morin, Toby Petersen, Francis Wathier and Curtis McKenzie scored goals. The Stars built a 3-0 lead by the midway point of the game, but the Rampage rallied in the third to pull within a goal before McKenzie sealed the win with an empty-net goal.

“Six (wins in a row) is pretty good, but every game is tough,” said Texas coach Willie Desjardins. “All games are tough. You guys probably get tired of me saying it, but it’s true. Every time you watch they are always tight and can go either way.”

Friday, December 20: Oklahoma City 2, Texas 0

The Stars’ six-game winning streak came to an end with a 2-0 loss at Oklahoma City Friday night. Former Stars goaltender Richard Bachman stopped 39 shots for his first shutout of the season with the Barons. Cristopher Nilstorp got the start in goal for Texas and stopped 24 of 26 shots and had a personal three-game winning streak snapped.

Saturday, December 21: Texas 7, Oklahoma City 2

The Stars bounced back from Friday’s loss and routed the Barons, 7-2, in Oklahoma City. The game was tied 2-2 midway through the second, but the Stars scored five unanswered goals. Morin scored two goals to lead the Texas attack. Petersen, Ryan Button, Mike Hedden, Taylor Vause and Chris Mueller also scored. Nilstorp stopped 34 of 36 shots in goal for Texas.

The week ahead

Friday, December 27, Texas at San Antonio, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 28, San Antonio at Texas, 7:00 p.m.

Injuries, call ups hit Texas

When the Texas Stars played at Oklahoma City on Saturday they had six players out of the lineup due to either injury or call up to the NHL. Four of those players – Cameron Gaunce (call up), Max Fortunus (call up), Patrik Nemeth (injury) and Jyrki Jokipakka (injury) – were defenseman. That left veteran forward Toby Petersen patrolling the blue line Saturday night against Oklahoma City.

Nemeth is going to be out a while after surgery for a broken foot. Jokipakka was injured in Friday’s game in Oklahoma City and is out with concussion-like symptoms.

Texas is also without forward Scott Glennie. He suffered a shoulder injury in Wednesday’s game against San Antonio in Cedar Park and missed both Friday and Saturday’s games.


*C Travis Morin, who had four points (three goals, one assist) in three games over the past week, has regained the AHL’s scoring lead with 36 points (15 goals, 21 assists) in 25 games.

*RW Colton Sceviour, who has not played in Texas’ last five games because of being in the NHL, still leads the AHL in goal scoring with 18 in 26 games played.

*LW Curtis McKenzie, who tallied four points (one goal, three assists) last week, is second among AHL rookies in scoring with 25 points (11 goals, 14 assists) in 30 games.

*Texas ranks third in the AHL in goal scoring (3.45 per game).

*Texas ranks 12th in goals against (2.71 per game).

*Texas’ power play ranks first in the league (29.0 percent).

*Texas’ penalty kill ranks fifth (85.7 percent).


12/21: C Anthony Nigro released from PTO.

12/19: C Anthony Nigro signed to PTO.

12/19: D Maxime Fortunus released from contract to sign NHL contract with Dallas.

12/18: D Jamie Oleksiak assigned to Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL).

12/18: D Russ Sinkewich signed to PTO.

12/17: D Cameron Gaunce recalled to Dallas (NHL) from Texas (AHL).

Texas lineup

Here is the lineup Texas rolled out in its last game.

Curtis McKenzieTravis Morin – Brendan Ranford
(Various) – Chris MuellerBrett Ritchie
Mike Hedden – Justin Dowling – Taylor Vause
Francis WathierTaylor PetersMatej Stransky

Jamie Oleksiak – William Wrenn
Hubert LabrieRyan Button
Toby Petersen – Russ Sinkewich

Cristopher Nilstorp
Jack Campbell

Idaho Steelheads

The Idaho Steelheads, Dallas’ ECHL affiliate, went 1-2-0 over the past week. The Steelheads are 14-9-4 on the season, ranking third in the Mountain Division and fifth in the Western Conference.

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 reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.




1 NSH 63 41 15 7 191 151 89
2 ANA 64 40 17 7 189 177 87
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 63 37 21 5 183 150 79
5 WPG 64 32 20 12 179 172 76
6 VAN 62 36 23 3 180 167 75
7 MIN 62 33 22 7 176 161 73
8 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
9 LAK 62 29 21 12 166 162 70
10 SJS 63 30 25 8 175 181 68
11 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
12 DAL 63 27 26 10 196 210 64
13 ARI 63 20 36 7 138 214 47
14 EDM 63 18 35 10 143 208 46


J. Benn 63 23 37 -3 60
T. Seguin 55 29 30 0 59
J. Spezza 63 15 37 -5 52
E. Cole 57 18 15 4 33
T. Daley 60 16 17 -10 33
J. Klingberg 49 10 23 1 33
C. Eakin 60 14 14 -2 28
A. Hemsky 57 9 17 -9 26
A. Goligoski 63 2 24 1 26
A. Roussel 61 12 11 -11 23
K. Lehtonen 25 13 10 .905 2.97
J. Enroth 13 25 2 .900 3.30
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