The Texas Stars went 1-1-0-1 over the past week and are now 4-6-0-1 on the season. Picking up three of four points in their last two games – including a win at Houston on Sunday – was big for the Stars, who had lost six of seven entering the contests.
“(The win) was a big morale booster for us,” Stars forward Toby Petersen said after Sunday’s victory in Houston. “We’ve been slipping a little bit. We’ve been working hard, but haven’t had much to show for it. Tonight it finally paid off.”
Friday, Toronto at Texas: Marlies 3, Stars 0
The Stars outshot Toronto 31-17, but their losing streak hit three games with the 3-0 loss to the Marlies at Cedar Park Center.
“We battled hard. That’s what we wanted coming into the game, we wanted to come out really strong and make sure that we set our tempo to the game. I think we did that,” said Texas captain Maxime Fortunus. “We got a lot of opportunities, a lot of traffic on net and, let’s face it, we didn’t put the puck in the net. The goalie was good on the other side.”
Jussi Rynnas was perfect in net for Toronto and Leo Komarov scored two goals, including a controversial one into a dislodged net that opened the scoring in the first period.
Cristopher Nilstorp got the start in goal for Texas and stopped 14 of 17 shots.
Saturday, Lake Erie at Texas: Monsters 5, Stars 4 (SO)
The Stars staged a late rally to force overtime before falling 5-4 in a shootout to the Lake Erie Monsters at Cedar Park Center.
“Whenever it goes into a shootout it can go either way. For us it was good to get the one point,” said Texas coach Willie Desjardins. “We would have loved to have had two points, but we got one.”
Goals by Matt Fraser (PP) and Tomas Vincour had the Stars tied 2-2 going into the third period, but the Monsters scored twice in a 14-second span to take a 4-2 lead early in the period.
Cody Eakin scored with 2:03 remaining to cut the lead to one goal and then, with Texas on the power play and goaltender Jack Campbell pulled for an extra attacker, Fraser backhanded a rebound off the endboards into the net just before time expired to tie the game.
In the shootout, Lake Erie scored three times and only Reilly Smith scored for Texas.
“The shootout is always such a toss-up, but we worked hard tonight and battled hard,” said Fraser. “We’ve got to take the positives from that.”
Sunday, Texas at Houston: Stars 4, Aeros 2
The Stars snapped a four-game winless streak with a solid 4-2 victory at Houston Sunday evening. Four different Stars scored and Cristopher Nilstorp stopped 26 of 28 shots and picked up his first AHL assist for Texas.
“(The win) was needed, but the way we won was needed,” said Texas coach Willie Desjardins.
Texas scored the first goal of the game for only the third time this season, taking the early lead when Cody Eakin scored on the power play 2:42 into the game. Tomas Vincour made it a 2-0 game at 9:03 of the first period. Houston scored on a power play, but Travis Morin redirected a Jamie Oleksiak point shot into the net to give Texas a 3-1 lead heading into the first intermission.
Houston scored in the second to pull within one, but the Stars extended the lead early in the third when Antoine Roussel put home Scott Glennie’s centering pass off the rush.
The struggling Texas penalty kill, ranked last in the league, came up with two big stops in the game and ended up 5-6 on the night.
Jordie Benn injured
Texas defenseman Jordie Benn was injured late in Saturday’s game against Lake Erie and did not play in Sunday’s game at Houston.
Benn was injured when he slipped during a fight with Lake Erie’s Paul Carey with 1:04 left in the game, and – without his helmet on – appeared to hit his head on the end boards. He appeared confused when he got to his feet and was led off to the locker room.
After the game, Texas coach Willie Desjardins was asked for an update on Benn’s status.
“He’ll certainly be out for a little bit,” Desjardins said.
*The Stars are 3-0-0 when scoring the first goal of the game this season and 1-6-0-1 when their opponent scores first.
*After scoring just 16 goals in their first nine games, the Stars have scored eight goals in their last two games.
*The Stars were 3-13 (23.1 percent) on the power play over their last two games. They were 3-39 (7.7 percent) on the power play in their first nine games.
*The Stars were 9-10 (90.0 percent) on the penalty kill over their last two games, after going 24-37 (64.9 percent) on the PK over the first nine games.
*Cam Barker has 4 assists over his last two games.
*Cody Eakin leads Texas in goals (6).
*Tomas Vincour leads Texas in assists (6).
*Eakin and Vincour are tied for the team lead in points (9) and in plus/minus (plus-4).
*November 12: G Josh Robinson recalled from Idaho (ECHL)
*November 10: RW Austin Smith reassigned by Dallas to Texas from Idaho (ECHL)
Thursday November 15: San Antonio at Texas, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 17: Charlotte at Texas, 7:00 p.m.
The Idaho Steelheads, Dallas’ ECHL affiliate, went 2-0-0-1 over the past week, running the team’s points streak to 10 games (8-0-0-2). The Steelheads are 8-2-0-2 on the season and are in first place in the ECHL’s Western Conference.
Over his last three starts, Idaho goaltender Tyler Beskorowany is 2-0-1 with a 1.95 goals against average and .939 save percentage.
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