The Texas Stars went 1-1-0-0 over the past week, winning at home against Milwaukee and losing on the road at Oklahoma City. The Stars are now 3-4-0-0 on the season.
Wednesday, Milwaukee at Texas: Stars 3, Admirals 1
The Stars snapped a three-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over Milwaukee at Cedar Park Center on Wednesday. Jack Campbell stopped 23 shots and defenseman Jamie Oleksiak scored his first professional goal for the Stars.
Texas, which had been outscored 14-4 during its three-game losing streak, got off to a strong start in this game, outshooting Milwaukee 12-5 in the first period and getting a power play goal from Travis Morin to take a 1-0 lead into the first intermission.
“You have to raise your level to compete in this league. I don’t think we competed hard enough last weekend and you have to compete that hard to just get a chance,” said Texas coach Willie Desjardins. “We competed and we got a power play goal, which helped, and that makes a difference.”
Oleksiak extended the lead to 2-0 early in the third period, taking a drop pass from Cody Eakin off the rush and scoring on a wrist shot.
“I almost broke my stick calling for the puck from Eakin,” Oleksiak said. “The shot went five-hole and just squeaked through. I was pretty excited.”
Mark Van Guilder spoiled Campbell’s shutout bid, tipping in a point shot with 5:26 remaining in the third period to make it a 2-1 game. But Antoine Roussel scored a late empty net goal to seal the win for Texas.
Sunday, Texas at Oklahoma City: Barons 4, Stars 2
The Stars suffered their fourth loss in the last five games, falling 4-2 at Oklahoma City on Sunday. Oklahoma City’s Justin Schultz scored twice on the power play for the Barons and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had two assists. Matt Fraser and Cody Eakin scored for the Stars.
The Barons and Stars traded goals in the first half of the first period with Dane Byers scoring for Oklahoma City at the 7:31 mark and Fraser notching his first of the season 9:03 into the game.
Schultz gave the Barons a 2-1 lead with his first power play goal, putting a point shot through traffic and by Stars goalie Cristopher Nilstorp from the point at the 12:04 mark.
The Barons chased Nilstorp from the net early in the second period when Antti Tyrvainen scored off a blast from just inside the blue line off the rush. Nilstorp was pulled after allowing three goals on 12 shots, and was replaced by Jack Campbell.
Eakin scored a little more than three minutes later to make it a 3-2 game, but Schultz scored on the power play at 13:06 of the second to give Oklahoma City a 4-2 lead.
The Stars outshot the Barons 15-2 in the third and had a couple of power play chances, but couldn’t cut into the Barons’ lead.
*Cody Eakin leads Texas in goals (4) and points (7).
*Tomas Vincour leads Texas in assists (5) and ranks second in points (6).
*Texas ranks last in the AHL in penalty killing at 63.0 percent (17-27).
*Texas ranks 27th in the league on the power play at 10.0 percent (3-30).
*Texas has pulled its starting goaltender in four of its first seven games.
*The Stars have dressed 11 forwards and 7 defensemen in the last four games.
*Forward Scott Glennie was scratched in both games over the past week, and has been scratched in all seven games this season.
*Forward Alex Chiasson, who has been ill, has missed the last three games.
*Forward Colton Sceviour remains out with a hand injury. He has yet to play this season.
*Forwards Austin Smith and Mathieu Tousignant and defenseman Jace Coyle were assigned to Idaho of the ECHL last week.
Saturday November 3: Grand Rapids at Texas
The Idaho Steelheads, Dallas’ ECHL affiliate, went 2-0-0-1 over the past week, running their points streak to six games (5-0-0-1). The Steelheads are now 5-2-0-1 on the season. Forward Austin Smith, assigned to Idaho last week, has three goals and one assist in his first three ECHL games. Forward Mathieu Tousignant has picked up five assists in three games since being assigned to Idaho. Goaltender Tyler Beskorowany stopped 40 of 42 shots in his last start for the Steelheads, a 6-2 victory over Ontario on Friday.
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