The Texas Stars went 2-1-0-0 over the past week to improve to 9-2-1-1 over their last 13 games. The Stars, who are 15-9-2-2 on the season, rank second in the South Division and fifth in the Western Conference.
Cristopher Nilstorp posted two shutouts during the week and Reilly Smith continued his hot hand for the Stars, picking up four goals and one assist in the three games.
Wednesday December 19, San Antonio at Texas: Stars 2, Rampage 0
Nilstorp stopped 27 shots for his third shutout of the season and Smith and Alex Chiasson scored goals as the Stars ran their points streak to seven games (5-0-1-1) with a 2-0 victory over San Antonio at Cedar Park Center.
Smith scored the only goal the Stars would need, beating Rampage goalie Jacob Markstrom with a backhand shot at 5:45 of the first period. Smith set up the second score, stealing a Markstrom pass along the boards and setting up a Chiasson goal early in the second.
Stars defenseman Jamie Oleksiak provided the third period highlight, pounding San Antonio’s Alex Petrovic in a fight.
Friday December 21, Texas at Oklahoma City: Stars 3, Barons 0
Nilstorp and the Stars made it back-to-back shutouts and ran their points streak to eight games (6-0-1-1) with a 3-0 victory at Oklahoma City Friday night. Nilstorp stopped 21 shots for his fourth shutout of the season. Smith, Luke Gazdic and Brenden Dillon provided the goals.
Smith opened the scoring again for the Stars, knocking home the rebound of a Cody Eakin shot at 8:21 of the first period to give the Stars a 1-0 lead.
Gazdic scored off a blast from the left circle midway through the third to make it a 2-0 game, and Dillon sealed the victory with a late empty-net tally.
The Stars ran their team shutout streak to 156:53 and Nilstorp ran his personal shutout streak to 146:31.
Saturday December 22, Texas at Oklahoma City: Barons 6, Stars 2
The Barons bounced back from Friday’s loss and routed the Stars, 6-2 in Oklahoma City on Saturday night. The Barons built a 4-0 lead after one period and never looked back.
Smith scored both goals for the Stars. Nilstorp played the first period for Texas, allowing four goals on 14 shots. Jack Campbell played the final two periods and stopped 20 of 22 shots.
*Over his last 15 starts, Cristopher Nilstorp is 10-4-0 with a 1.69 goals against average, and a .934 save percentage. He has registered four shutouts during that stretch.
*Nilstorp ranks seventh in the AHL in goals against average (2.12), second in shutouts (4), is tied for third in wins (11) and is tied for 17th in save percentage (.916).
*LW Reilly Smith has scored 10 goals in his last 12 games. Smith has 10 goals on the season and is tied for the team lead with Matt Fraser. Smith’s 17 points rank second on the team.
*Smith’s 10 goals are tied for eighth among AHL rookies. His 17 points are tied for 13th among rookies.
Here’s a look at where the Texas Stars rank as a team in some key statistical categories at the AHL’s Christmas break.
|Record||15-9-2-2||2nd (South Div), 5th (West Conf)|
*D Taylor Sloan has missed one game with an undisclosed injury.
*F Scott Glennie has missed the last six games with a hand injury.
Wednesday December 26: Texas at Houston, 7:05 p.m.
Thursday December 27: Oklahoma City at Texas, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday December 29: Charlotte at Texas, 7:00 p.m.
Monday December 31: Texas at Oklahoma City, 6:00 p.m.
The Idaho Steelheads went 0-1-0-1 over the past week. The Steelheads are 18-7-1-3 on the season, ranking second in the Mountain Division and third in the Western Conference.
RW Austin Smith had one goal in the two games. Smith has 23 points (16 goals, 7 assists) in 20 games with Idaho.
D Jace Coyle has missed Idaho’s last seven games with an undisclosed injury.
Texas Stars Statistics
*Indicates player under contract to Texas Stars. x-Indicates not currently on roster
Idaho Steelheads Statistics
Stats of Dallas players in Idaho
|35||Tyler Beskorowany||15||913||7||6||2||1||42||2.76||453||411||. 907|