Texas Stars Report

Tuesday, 01.14.2014 / 9:02 AM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Texas Stars Report

The Texas Stars won both their games over the past week, and climbed into first place in the AHL’s West Division. The Stars, who are 12-2-1 over their last 15 games, are 23-10-5 on the season.

Both Texas wins came at home, where they have won a franchise-record nine straight games.

Travis Morin scored four goals in two games and has tied linemate Colton Sceviour for the goal scoring lead in the AHL with 23.

Morin and Sceviour were both selected to play in the AHL’s All-Star game, which will be played next month in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

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

Friday, January 10: Texas 5, Abbotsford 0

Brett Ritchie scored two goals and Cristopher Nilstorp stopped 26 shots for his first shutout of the season as Texas defeated Abbotsford, 5-0, at Cedar Park Center Friday to take over first place in the West Division. Travis Morin, Francis Wathier and Justin Dowling also scored for Texas, which won its eighth straight game at home. Texas’ league-leading power play scored twice in the game.

“I think the main thing for us is just to have the killer instinct and be hard on pucks,” said Ritchie, whose power play goal 5:27 into the game held up as the game-winner. “We know that if we out battle them, we have one extra guy and we are going to get some good chances to score. We just have to keep that going.”

Saturday, January 11: Texas 5, Utica 3

Morin scored three goals as the Stars defeated Utica, 5-3, at Cedar Park Center. Colton Sceviour had one goal and two assists and Curtis McKenzie also scored for Texas, which ran its home winning streak to nine games. Nilstorp stopped 30 of 33 shots. Morin scored the first three goals for Texas. It was his first AHL hat trick.

“Probably six years ago in the ECHL,” Morin said when asked about his last hat trick. “It’s been a while.”

Morin notched the hat trick on Travis Morin Mini-Bobblehead Night at Cedar Park Center.

“I got a glimpse at it,” Morin said of the bobblehead. “It’s not bad. I don’t mind it. It’s got some good flow. … It’s always hard with those things. I don’t think it looks a whole lot like me. I guess it looks more like me the past few years when my hair has been grown out. I’ve kept my hair short this year, so it doesn’t look as much like me as it probably could. I don’t mind it. It’s nice to have.”

The week ahead

Wednesday, January 15, Rochester at Texas, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, January 17, Texas at Charlotte, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 18, Texas at Charlotte, 11:00 a.m.

Notes: Sceviour, Morin selected to play in AHL All-Star Game

*Texas forwards Travis Morin and Colton Sceviour both were named to the roster for the 2014 AHL All-Star Classic, which will be played February 12 in St. John’s, Newfoundland. This year’s All-Star game will have a twist. The 20 AHL players named to the roster will play Farjestad of the Swedish Hockey League. Dallas defense prospect Ludwig Bystrom, a second round pick (43rd overall) in 2012, plays for Farjestad.

*Morin and Sceviour are tied for the AHL lead in goal scoring. Sceviour has 23 in 31 games and Morin has 23 in 32 games.

*Morin leads the AHL in points with 50. Sceviour is tied for second with 40.

*Stars center Chris Mueller is tied for fourth in the league in scoring with 34 points (15 goals, 19 assists).

*Left wing Curtis McKenzie is tied for ninth in the league with 33 points (12 goals, 21 assists) and is tied for the league lead in scoring among AHL rookies.

*Right wing Brett Ritchie is tied for sixth in rookie scoring with 26 points (8 goals, 18 assists).

*Texas leads the AHL in goal scoring at 3.63 per game.

*Texas ranks 13th in goals against at 2.74 per game.

*Texas ranks first in the league on the power play at 29.8 percent

*Texas ranks fourth in the league on the penalty kill at 86.8 percent.

Transactions

1/9: D Cameron Gaunce assigned to Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL).

Texas lineup

Here is the lineup Texas rolled out in its last game. With Texas banged up at the forward spot, defenseman Ryan Button skated at forward.

Curtis McKenzie- Travis MorinColton Sceviour
Francis WathierChris Mueller – Brendan Ranford
Mike Hedden – Justin Dowling – Brett Ritchie
Ryan ButtonTaylor PetersMatej Stransky

Jamie Oleksiak – Derek Meech
Jyrki JokipakkaCameron Gaunce
Hubert LabrieMaxime Fortunus

Cristopher Nilstorp
Josh Robinson

Injured: Jack Campbell, Patrik Nemeth, Scott Glennie, Toby Petersen, Taylor Vause

Idaho Steelheads

The Idaho Steelheads, Dallas’ ECHL affiliate, went 1-1-0 over the past week. The Steelheads are 18-14-4 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 DallasStars.com reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 56 36 16 4 158 128 76
2 DAL 53 33 15 5 170 142 71
3 STL 55 30 17 8 132 129 68
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 51 27 20 4 147 138 58
6 NSH 53 25 20 8 136 139 58
7 COL 55 27 24 4 148 152 58
8 ANA 51 25 19 7 113 121 57
9 MIN 52 23 20 9 127 126 55
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 52 20 20 12 120 142 52
12 CGY 51 23 25 3 134 148 49
13 WPG 52 23 26 3 136 150 49
14 EDM 54 21 28 5 132 164 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 53 28 31 15 59
T. Seguin 53 28 28 10 56
J. Klingberg 53 8 35 14 43
J. Spezza 52 18 22 5 40
P. Sharp 53 16 24 -1 40
C. Eakin 53 10 13 1 23
A. Goligoski 53 3 20 17 23
M. Janmark 53 10 9 13 19
A. Roussel 51 8 10 5 18
V. Nichushkin 50 6 12 7 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 20 10 5 .908 2.52
K. Lehtonen 13 5 0 .907 2.82
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