The Texas Stars went 1-1-1-0 over the past week and now have wins in four of their last six games and points in six of their last seven. The Stars are 7-7-1-1 on the season.
Of the Stars’ first 16 games this season, 15 have been in Texas, including 11 at Cedar Park Center. Their one venture outside the state was a trip to Oklahoma City. They have yet to play consecutive road games, but that all changes this week.
The Stars, who kicked off a stretch of six straight games on the road in San Antonio on Sunday, will travel to Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin over the next week-and-a-half on their upcoming road trip.
“We just want to keep it simple,” said Texas defenseman Brenden Dillon. “You have last change and the other teams are comfortable in their own surroundings. I think that can almost play to our advantage. When you are on the road you are there for one reason and that’s to win. We are excited to go on the road, jell as a team a little bit more and get things going here.”
The Stars are 3-2-0-0 away from home this season.
Wednesday November 21, Oklahoma City at Texas: Barons 6, Stars 4
The Stars held a 3-1 lead after the first period against star-studded Oklahoma City, but the Barons scored four straight goals in a 8:18 span of the second period to take control of the game and go on to a 6-4 victory at Cedar Park Center.
Texas saw a three-game winning streak and a four-game points streak come to an end.
“They are an explosive team and once they get going they are hard to stop. We let them get going a little bit, but we were still there in the end,” said Texas coach Willie Desjardins.
Colton Sceviour had one goal and two assists for Texas. Cam Barker, Jordie Benn and Antoine Roussel also scored goals. Cristopher Nilstorp got the start in goal, stopped 28 of34 shots and had his shutout streak ended at 154:56 when Jordan Eberle scored 1:47 into the game.
Friday November 23, Abbotsford at Texas, Heat 1, Stars 0 (OT)
Texas and Abbotsford played 60 minutes of regulation hockey without either team scoring, but it took the Heat only eight seconds to end the game in overtime. Chris Breen knocked home the rebound of a Sven Baertschi shot to give the Heat a 1-0 victory.
“It was kind of a good bounce for them,” said Texas center Cody Eakin. “We were right there with them the whole game. I am proud of the way we played. We need to work on eliminating some of the penalties, but overall we are starting to play the way we want to. We’re on the right track.”
It was the second time in less than a week that the Stars had played one of the top teams in the West to a scoreless tie in regulation. They defeated Charlotte, 1-0, in a shootout the previous Saturday at Cedar Park Center.
Nilstorp, starting his fifth straight game, stopped 28 of 29 shots.
Sunday November 25, Texas at San Antonio: Stars 5, Rampage 3
The Stars overcame deficits of 1-0 and 2-1 in defeating the Rampage, 5-3, in San Antonio on Sunday. Colton Sceviour’s goal with 5:38 remaining snapped a 3-3 tie and Scott Glennie’s empty net goal sealed the win for the Stars, who were playing their first of six straight games on the road.
After falling behind 2-1 in the second period, Matt Fraser (on the power play ) and Brenden Dillon scored goals 27 seconds apart to give Texas a 3-2 lead. San Antonio tied it in the third, setting the stage for Sceviour’s game-winner which came just 46 seconds after the Rampage made it 3-3.
“I thought we responded well in tough times,” said Texas coach Willie Desjardins. “We got one on the power play, which was big, and then one right after. Then we responded when they tied it 3-3, and scored right after. We had good response on plays.”
Nilstorp made his sixth straight start, but left after the second period due to what the team believes was a case of food poisoning. Jack Campbell, who hadn’t played since November 10, took over in the third period and stopped 13 of 14 shots to earn his third win of the season.
*D Jordie Benn, who missed three games with a head injury, returned for Wednesday’s game against Oklahoma City.
*D Tyler Sloan missed Wednesday and Friday’s games due to an undisclosed injury issue. He was healthy for Sunday’s game in San Antonio, but was a healthy scratch.
*11/20: Dallas assigned RW Austin Smith from Texas to Idaho (ECHL)
*11/20: Dallas assigned D Hubert Labrie from Idaho (ECHL) to Texas
*11/20: Texas assigned G Josh Robinson to Idaho (ECHL)
*Cristopher Nilstorp has a 1.92 goals against average and .926 save percentage in his last six starts.
*The Stars are 33-36 (91.7 percent) on the penalty kill over the last seven games.
*Texas has scored on the power play in five of its last seven games and is 6-34 (17.6 percent) on the PP during that stretch.
*The Stars are averaging 2.31 goals per game, which ranks 26th in the AHL.
*The Stars are allowing 2.94 goals per game, which ranks 11th in the league.
*Texas is allowing 25.6 shots per game this season, which is second best in the AHL.
*Texas is averaging 30.7 shots per game, which ranks 14th in the league.
*Texas is 4-0-0-0 when scoring the first goal this season and 3-7-1-1 when giving up the first goal of the game.
*C Cody Eakin leads the Stars in points (11).
*Eakin and LW Matt Fraser are tied for the team lead in goals (6).
*LW Francis Wathier leads Texas in assists (8).
*D Brenden Dillon scored his first goal of the season in Sunday’s game at San Antonio.
*D Patrik Nemeth picked up his first AHL assist and point in Sunday’s game at San Antonio.
Tuesday November 27: Texas at Rockford, 7:05 p.m.
Friday November 30: Texas at Grand Rapids, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday December 1: Texas at Grand Rapids, 6:00 p.m.
Sunday December 2: Texas at Peoria, 5:05 p.m.
The Idaho Steelheads went 2-1-0-0 over the past week and are now 11-5-0-2 on the season.
Forward Austin Smith scored three goals in his first two games with Idaho after being assigned there from Texas last week. Smith now has 9 points (6 goals, 3 assists) and a plus-6 rating in 9 games with the Steelheads this season.
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