The Texas Stars went 1-1-0-1 over the past week. The Stars are 28-13-4-3 on the season, and are tops in the American Hockey League with 63 points. Their .656 points percentage is third best in the league and best in the Western Conference. The Stars have picked up points in 14 of their last 17 games (12-3-1-1).
Tuesday February 5, Texas at Rockford: IceHogs 5, Stars 4 (SO)
The Stars led 4-1 after the first period, but Rockford scored twice in the second period and early in the third to force overtime. The IceHogs then picked up the extra point in an 11-round shootout.
Toby Petersen, Matt Fraser, Francis Wathier and Colton Sceviour scored regulation goals for the Stars.
Cristopher Nilstorp was in the net for the first time since being sent back to the AHL. He was pulled early in the third after surrendering four goals on 23 shots. Jack Campbell went the rest of the way and stopped all eight shots he faced and made nine saves on 11 shots in the shootout.
Saturday February 9, Texas at Hamilton: Bulldogs 2, Stars 1
The Stars scored two of the three goals in the game, but ended up losing 2-1 to the Bulldogs. Luke Gazdic staked the Stars to a 1-0 lead early in the second period, but the Bulldogs tied the game on a bizarre goal ten minutes later. With Stars goalie Jack Campbell out of the net on a delayed penalty call on Hamilton, an Alex Chiasson pass to the point hopped over the stick of defenseman Carl Sneep and went all the way down the ice and into the empty Texas net (Video of the goal is here). Hamilton scored late in the third to win the game.
Campbell stopped 21 of 22 shots in the game, and the empty net goal did not go on his record.
Sunday February 10, Texas at Toronto: Stars 3, Marlies 2
Chiasson had one goal and two assists the next day as the Stars snapped their two-game winless streak with a 3-2 victory at Toronto. Mike Hedden and Justin Dowling also scored for Texas. Nilstorp got the start in goal and stopped 23 of 25 shots.
Tuesday February 12, Houston at Texas, 7:30 p.m.
Friday February 15, Oklahoma City at Texas, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday February 16, Oklahoma City at Texas, 7:00 p.m.
*Forward Matt Fraser’s points streak ended at 11 games when he didn’t register a point in Saturday’s 2-1 loss at Hamilton. Fraser had 16 points (8 goals, 8 assists) during the streak.
*Fraser ranks fourth in the AHL with 22 goals in 48 games. He leads the AHL with 11 power play goals.
*Right wing Alex Chiasson has 13 points (5 goals, 8 assists) over his last nine games for the Texas Stars. Chiasson, in his first full pro season, has 27 points (12 goals, 15 assists) in 44 games. He is currently tied for second on the Texas Stars in points and is tied for 11th among all AHL rookies.
*Goaltender Jack Campbell is 4-2-1 in his last seven appearances with a 1.73 goals against average and .939 save percentage.
*Texas ranks 13th in the AHL in goal scoring (2.88 goals per game).
*Texas ranks 6th in goals against (2.54 goals per game).
*Texas’ power play ranks third in the league (21.4 percent).
*Texas’ penalty kill ranks 25th (80.6 percent).
*F Travis Morin returned for one game after missing nine with an injury, but has missed the last two games.
*F Scott Glennie (finger) has missed the last ten games.
*2/12: Texas signed RW Bretton Cameron to PTO
*2/11: F Antoine Roussel recalled by Dallas.
*2/9: F Antoine Roussel assigned to Texas from Dallas.
*2/5: G Tyler Beskorowany assigned to Idaho (ECHL) from Texas (AHL).
The Idaho Steelheads, Dallas’ ECHL affiliate, went 3-1-0-0 over the past week. The Steelheads are 31-13-1-4 on the season. They rank second in the Mountain Division and third in the Western Conference.
Forward Tristan King, who had been out since January 19 with an injury, returned to the lineup and registered 7 points (3 goals, 4 assists) in three games last week.
Defenseman Jace Coyle has 6 points (2 goals, 4 assists) over his last three games.
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