Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Gameday Preview: Texas Stars v. Manitoba Moose

Texas Stars
18-15-1-2, 39 pts, 0.542
#6 Pacific Division
v.Manitoba Moose
15-17-3-2, 35 pts, 0.473
#6 Central Division
January 18th at 7:30 PM
H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, Cedar Park, TX

Texas returns home for just a single game before hitting the road again this weekend. Their opponent tonight is Manitoba. The Moose just broke up a five-game losing streak with a win against Chicago at home. It was a really solid win against the Wolves as they came back from a 1-0 deficit to score four straight and stopped seven power play chances for Chicago.

The Moose will be without their starting goaltender for tonight's game though. With the Jets nearly tied with the Dallas Stars in the mediocre middle of the Central Division, they recalled Ondrej Pavelec. The team will start him against Arizona this evening. That leaves Eric Comrie in net. As of this writing, the Moose do not have any other goalies on their roster. Watch for that to change before the game. The Moose added Garrett Bartus on a PTO this morning. The one-time Steelheads has never played an AHL game. He started the year in SPHL and has risen to the ECHL and now the AHL.

This will be the first return to Texas for Scott Glennie, who played with the Stars for four full seasons, including winning the Calder Cup. After missing last year to shoulder injury, he signed an AHL deal with the Moose and has kicked in 5-10=15 in 28 GP.

One thing to watch, as it has been all season, is to watch the Stars' first period. They have one of the worst margins in the period at minus-11. Only Charlotte, Hartford and Rockford are worse at -26, -13 and -13, respectively. Texas catches up in the second period with a +4 but they don't always make it all the way back, as we saw in Tucson on Saturday.

Here's the full chart of all teams in all periods

(Click to enlarge)
Stars injury/call up report:
Dowling (questionable)

Website: moosehockey.com
Twitter: @ManitobaMoose
Newspaper: Winnipeg Free Press
Beat writer: @pwilliamsNHL

Monday, January 16, 2017

Denis Gurianov Scoops and Scores for OT Win in San Antonio

Texas needed overtime to do it, but they managed two points against San Antonio to close their road trip with a 4-3 victory. They close the road trip with 4 of 8 points but ceding five to their divisional opponents Tucson and San Antonio. Denis Gurianov was the top star for Texas, earning his fifth goal of the year completely unassisted just 9 seconds into overtime. He stole the puck from Chris Bigras and walked in unabated for the tally.

The two teams seesawed back and forth with neither leading by more than a goal at any time. San Antonio went first only to be answered by a pair from Matej Stransky, his 14th and 15th of the year. He had four goals ont he road trip. With 15 goals and 11 assists, he is on pace for his best scoring season of his pro career.

San Antonio answered back with a pair in the second. Mattias Backman tied the game at 3 late in the period on a five-hole goal from the point. There would be no scoring in the third, setting up Gurianov's OT glory.

The Stars went back to Landon Bow in net, who stopped 21 of 24 in the win. The heavy schedule for Texas continues in Cedar Park on Wednesday against the Manitoba Moose.

Tonight's lines:
Gurianov-Morin-DeFazio
Ranford-Smith-Stransky
Herbert-Dickinson-Werek
Ully-Fyten-Mangene

Honka-Bystrom
Bodnarchuk-Backman
Ebert-Stevenson

Bow

Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Elie, Dowling, Van Brabant (scratch)

Today's attendance was 3,907.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas at San Antonio - January 16 2017

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Tucson Bests Texas 3-2 With First Period Effort

A familiar story for Texas played out again this evening in the desert. Texas let up three goals in the first period and had to fight to get back in the game. They got to two but couldn't tie it at three. Stransky and Honka were the Stars' scorers.

Landon Bow stopped 16 of 19.

Here's the release:
For the second straight night the Texas Stars vastly outshot the Tucson Roadrunners but came up short in a 3-2 final at Tucson Arena in front of 4,825 fans in attendance on Saturday night.

Julius Honka and Matej Stransky scored for the Stars (17-15-1-2). Texas outshot the Roadrunners (18-9-4-0) 38-19 in the game after putting up 40 shots on net in Friday’s matchup. Tucson scored all three goals in period one before holding off Texas’ comeback efforts through the final 40 minutes of play.

The Stars wrap up their four-game road trip on Monday afternoon in an I-35 Rivalry matchup against the San Antonio Rampage at 3 p.m. CST.

Stefan Fournier on a breakaway at 5:14, Christian Fischer on the power play at 7:40 and Michael Bunting on an odd-man rush at 13:27 were the first period goal-scorers for Tucson to open up the 3-0 lead.

Honka’s goal was the only offense in period two on a wrist shot from the point. Honka’s fourth of the season snapped a 20-game drought for the Texas defenseman. Mattias Backman and Gemel Smith tallied the assists.

In the third, Stransky threw an innocent shot on net from the boards that slipped through Tucson netminder Adin Hill when he failed to get back in position quick enough to make a save. The Stars had a late power play opportunity in the third, but could not find the back of the net for the equalizer.

Hill earned the win with 36 saves in net. Landon Bow suffered the loss for Texas going 16 of 19.

Texas finished 0-for-4 on the power play. Tucson went 1-for-5.

Tonight's lines:
Ully-Morin-DeFazio
Ranford-Smith-Stransky
Herbert-Dickinson-Werek
Van Brabant-Fyten-Gurianov

Honka-Backman
Bodnarchuk-Ebert
Mangene-Stevenson

Bow

Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Elie, Bystrom, Dowling (scratch)

Tonight's attendance was 4,825.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Tucson- January 14 2017

Patrik Nemeth Recalled to Dallas Stars

Patrik Nemeth is on his way back to Dallas for tonight's game against the Wild. The defenseman was on a conditioning assignment in Texas, getting some ice time he could not find in Dallas. With the injury to Jamie Oleksiak on Thursday against the Red Wings, Nemeth was needed as the 7th man for the upcoming road trip.

Texas has been scratching Ludwig Bystrom and Nick Ebert the past several games, so they should have enough depth to not worry about recalling a forward from Idaho.

Here's the release:
Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has recalled defenseman Patrik Nemeth from his conditioning assignment with the Texas Stars, Dallas' top development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).

Nemeth, 24, recorded three points (1-2=3) in four AHL games with Texas during his conditioning assignment. The defenseman has appeared in 16 NHL games with Dallas in 2016-17 and has registered 17 hits, 19 blocked shots and 18 shots on goal this season.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound native of Stockholm, Sweden, was originally selected by Dallas in the second round (41st overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft.

Texas Falls Short 5-3 Despite Hat Trick from DeFazio

Texas got a gargantuan goal effort out of Brandon DeFazio but couldn't keep the goals against away. The forward's power play hat trick was wasted in a 5-3 loss in Tucson this evening.

Texas never led in a game that was filled with special teams. In all, the teams combined for five power play goals on 12 chances. You can't fault Texas' power play effort at 3/8, all coming from DeFazio. However, their penalty kill, mired at last in the league, gave up two in the loss, ultimately the difference. A late empty net goal sealed the game as Texas tried for the tying tally.

The Stars kept the shots below 30, a stated goal for Coach Laxdal. However, the goaltending was not as tight, with Maxime Lagace allowing four goals on just 27 shots (.852 SV%). Texas put 40 on Adin Hill in the Roadrunners net.

These two teams meet again in Tucson tomorrow night as Texas continues its four-game road trip.

Tonight's lines:
Gurianov-Morin-DeFazio
Ranford-Smith-Stransky
Ully-Dickinson-Elie
Herbert-Fyten-Werek

Honka-Nemeth
Bodnarchuk-Backman
Mangene-Stevenson

Lagace

Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Bystrom, Dowling, Ebert, Van Brabant (scratch)

Tonight's attendance was 4,481.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Tucson- January 13 2017

Friday, January 13, 2017

Gameday Preview: Texas Stars at Tucson Roadrunners

Texas Stars
17-13-1-2, 37 pts, 0.561
#5 Pacific Division
atTucson Roadrunners
16-9-4-0, 36 pts, 0.621
#4 Pacific Division
January 13th at 8:05 PM
Tucson Convention Center, Tucson, AZ

While it's not quite as high flying as they were to start the season (0.800 pts %), the Roadrunners are doing alright. While they might be in 4th place, their .621 points percentage has them in a pretty spot. Their next closest competitor for the final playoff slot in the Pacific Division has a .561, and that's tonight's opponent, the Texas Stars.

Texas comes in with a big win over division-leading Ontario. The Roadrunners are in the midst of a five-game homestand that will see them play those same Reign before they depart for a rare trip to North Carolina. Their opening game was a convincing 5-2 win over the Manitoba Moose.

For the Roadrunners, watch out for their top scorers. Some are familiar. Some are not. Of course, Chris Mueller is among them (7-23=30 in 29 GP). However, his veteran play is matched by a rookie, Kyle Wood (8-22=30 in 29 GP). Both are top twenty in the league in scoring. The Roadrunners are without Brendan Perlini, who still ranks top five in team scoring (14-5=19 in 17 GP), despite lacing them up for the club just once since December 3rd. In fact, Perlini was assigned for the game against the Moose and scored a hat trick. He was quickly recaled.

For Texas, watch for the goalie matchups as always. Maxime Lagace has now started three in a row. However, with 8 games in 14 days and 3 in this 4 day stretch, Bow would seemingly have to come in at some point.

Stars injury/call up report:
None.

Website: tucsonroadrunners.com
Twitter: @RoadrunnersAHL
Coverage: @CallahanOnAir (Tucson PBP)

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Texas Earns First-Ever Road Win in Ontario by 3-1 Margin

The Reign scored first, but Texas did all the scoring that mattered in the end. The Stars defeated Ontario in California for the first time ever. Matej Stransky collected the game winner early in the 3rd and Remi Elie tacked on an empty netter to set the final score.

Former Star Jack Campbell suffered just his 4th regulation loss of the year. Maxime Lagace earned his third straight start, collecting the win with 21 of 22 stopped.

Here's the release:
Matej Stranksy buried the game-winner early in period three and the Texas Stars defense held up the rest of the way to pull out a 3-1 road win over the first-place Ontario Reign on Wednesday night in front of 7,602 fans in attendance at Citizens Business Bank Arena.

It was the Stars’ first road win over Ontario in franchise history. Maxime Lagace stopped 21 of 22 shots in net to earn his 11th win of the season for Texas (17-13-1-2). Brendan Ranford (goal, assist) and Gemel Smith (two assists) each tallied multi-point games for the Stars. With the win, Texas finished their season series taking three of four games against the Reign (17-7-6-0).

Texas continues its four-game road trip on Friday when they visit the Tucson Roadrunners at 8:05 p.m. CST.

Stransky’s game-winner came 2:22 into the third off a long offensive cycle with Ranford and Smith. Smith slipped a centering feed from behind the net to set up Stransky in front for his team-leading 12th of the season. From there, Lagace turned aside the eight shots he faced in the final period to protect the Texas lead.

Ontario’s Adrian Kempe opened the scoring with a power play goal at 7:48 of the first for his eighth of the season. With just over five minutes to play in period two, Smith generated a rebound chance that Ranford stuffed home for his sixth of year to knot things back up at 1-1.

Ontario’s final push with the extra-attacker was negated when Kempe took a holding penalty with 95 seconds to play. Remi Elie added an empty-net goal for the Stars in the closing seconds to seal the win.

Both teams tallied a power play goal as Texas went 1-for-3 and Ontario finished 1-for-5.

The loss was just the fourth for Ontario in their last 15 games. Jack Campbell suffered the loss with 19 saves.

Tonight's lines:
Gurianov-Morin-DeFazio
Ranford-Smith-Stransky
Dickinson-Dowling-Elie
Herbert-Fyten-Werek

Honka-Nemeth
Bodnarchuk-Backman
Mangene-Stevenson

Lagace

Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Bystrom, Ully, Ebert, Van Brabant (scratch)

Tonight's attendance was 7,602.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Ontario - January 11 2017