Thursday, December 8, 2016

Forward Caleb Herbert Recalled to Texas Stars

(Credit: Idaho Steelheads)
Caleb Herbert was recalled to Texas today. The Stars needed another body with Jason Dickinson in the NHL.

Here's the release:
The Texas Stars, American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars, announced Thursday the team has recalled forward Caleb Herbert from their ECHL affiliate, the Idaho Steelheads.

Herbert, 25, has recorded eight points (4-4=8) in 13 games this season with Idaho, and has appeared in three games for Texas. The 6-foot, 200-pound forward tallied 14 points (10-4=14) in 15 games last season for the ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays, and also recorded two assists in 26 games with the AHL’s Hershey Bears.

The Bloomington Minn. native was a fifth-round pick of the NHL’s Washington Capitals in 2010.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

AHL Announces Return of 3-on-3 All-Star Game

The successful format of last year's All-Star Challenge will return this season. The 3-on-3 round-robin tournament will feature divisional teams that will play each other in 10 minute game.

Ten skaters and two goalies will be selected for each division. Every team will be represented.

Here's the release:
American Hockey League President and Chief Executive Officer David Andrews announced today the format for the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Capital BlueCross, to be held January 29-30 at the PPL Center in Allentown, Pa., home of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

The event will begin on Sunday, Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m. ET with the traditional AHL All-Star Skills Competition. All-Stars from the Eastern Conference will square off against All-Stars from the Western Conference in seven skills events, including hardest shot, fastest skater and accuracy shooting.

Then on Monday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. ET, the 2017 AHL All-Star Challenge will take place. The league’s all-stars will be divided into four teams, representing each of the league’s divisions (Atlantic, North, Central, Pacific), and the teams will participate in a round-robin tournament featuring six games of 10 minutes each, played entirely at 3-on-3. The two teams with the best records at the end of the round-robin will face off for the championship, a six-minute game also played at 3-on-3. Last year’s inaugural All-Star Challenge was won by the Central Division.

Rosters for each team will be composed of 10 skaters and two goaltenders each. All 30 AHL teams will be represented by at least one All-Star player. The coach for each team will be the AHL head coach whose team has the highest points percentage in each division at the end of play on Dec. 31.

Jason Dickinson Earns Second NHL Recall

(Credit: Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)
The Dallas Stars have recalled forward Jason Dickinson to the NHL. It's his second NHL recall. Last year, he scored his first NHL goal in his first NHL game late in the season.

Texas has Mattias Backman on injury with several more days to recover. If he does, Mangene can shift to forward and there won't be much impact to Texas. If not, Ethan Werek will jump into the lineup.

Here's the release:
Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has recalled forward Jason Dickinson from the Texas Stars, Dallas' top development affiliate in the American Hockey League.

Dickinson, 21, has registered 10 points (4-6=10) in 13 games with Texas this season, while he ranks sixth on the team with a +6 plus/minus rating. The forward began the 2016-17 season on injured non-roster list with a hip injury.

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound native of Georgetown, Ont. was selected by Dallas in the first round (29th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft. Dickinson has appeared in one career NHL contest, making his debut and scoring his first career NHL goal (1-0=1) on April 7, 2016 against Colorado.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Travis Morin's Pair Can't Overcome Moose in 5-4 Loss

The Manitoba Moose never trailed in today's afternoon game in Winnipeg, as they dropped the visiting Texas Stars 5-4. The game was Texas' final contest of the season in Canada. Two goals from their captain, Travis Morin, could not overcome a resurgent Manitoba offense, which scored two goals in twenty seconds early in the first and never looked back.

Prior to the game, the league suspended Brenden Kichton for his match penalty yesterday against Texas, an illegal check to the head. Gemel Smith, the recipient of that check, played today without incident.

Travis Morin got Texas on the board in the first after those quick Moose goals, but Manitoba finished the frame up 3-1 on a power play goal. Texas evened things up in the second with even strength markers from Matej Stransky and Dustin Stevenson. Brandon Anselmini earned his first AHL point on Stevenson's goal.

Danny DeSalvo notched the go-ahead goal early in the third on an unassisted effort, but Travis Morin potted his second with a power play tally with 4 minutes left in regulation. Apparently set to go to overtime, DeSalvo stepped up against for the Moose. With 83 seconds remaining in the frame, DeSalvo pierced Lagace on the power play for the 5-4 final.

Maxime Lagace got the start and halted 26 of 31. Texas is off until Friday back in Cedar Park against the Rockford IceHogs.

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

Ebert-Bodnarchuk
Mangene-Stevenson
Anselmini-Bystrom

Lagace

Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Honka (call up)
Backman (mid-body injury)
Van Brabant, Werek (scratch)

Tonight's attendance was 6,573.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Manitoba - December 4 2016

Gameday Preview: Texas Stars at Manitoba Moose

Texas Stars
11-7-1-1, 24 pts, 0.600
#4 Pacific Division
atManitoba Moose
10-8-1-1, 22 pts, 0.550
#3 Central Division
December 4th at 2:00 PM
MTS Centre, Winnipeg, MB

After a fight and some misconducts along with the 6-1 score yesterday means we are looking at potentially rambunctious game today in Manitoba.

Something interesting to watch will be whether Texas goes back to the well on Maxime Lagace, who will be starting back to back after going on OT on Wednesday.

Stars injury/call up report:
Honka (call up)
Backman (mid-body injury)

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

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Texas Runs Roughshod Over Manitoba, 6-1

The Texas Stars had the Moose in their crosshairs from the drop of the puck today in Winnipeg.

After a 1-0 first period on a goal by Matt Mangene, Texas mounted a four-goal second period. Brandon DeFazio scored the fastest goal to start a period in franchise history with his 8th of the season just 11 seconds into the frame. Denis Gurianov scored 28 seconds later to make it 3-0. With Austin Fyten's goal at 4:25, Eric Comrie saw his night come to an end.

Ondrej Pavelec would be pierced twice more with Mike McMurtry and Jason Dickinson each collecting their fourth goal of the year. With the score at 6-0, Texas just missed the clean sheet for Maxime Lagace. With 57 seconds left, Julian Melchiori scored a meaningless goal to break up the shutout.

Regardless, the Stars were 2/8 on the power play and perfect on the PK in five chances.

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

Ebert-Bodnarchuk
Mangene-Stevenson
Anselmini-Bystrom

Lagace

Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Honka (call up)
Backman (mid-body injury)
Van Brabant, Werek (scratch)

Tonight's attendance was 10,203.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Manitoba - December 3 2016

Gameday Preview: Texas Stars at Manitoba Moose

Texas Stars
10-7-1-1, 22 pts, 0.579
#4 Pacific Division
atManitoba Moose
10-7-1-1, 22 pts, 0.579
#3 Central Division
December 3rd at 2:00 PM
MTS Centre, Winnipeg, MB

Texas makes its first and only visit to Canada this season for a pair of afternoon games in Manitoba. The Moose come in with the same record as Texas, ranked 3rd in the Central division. Their play so far has been extremely streaky. They are on a three-game winning streak with a string of road victories in Milwaukee, Chicago and Rockford. They lost 4 of 5 before that and won four in a row before that.

Many of the names on the Moose roster are recognizable still from the Calder Cup year as former IceCaps, including Brenden Kichton, JC Lipon and Patrice Cormier. Another name that is imminently recognizable is Scott Glennie. The former Star put his career back on the map after losing an entire year to injury. In 12 games, Glennie has 2-6=8 with a power play goal and a game winner among them.

In net, the Moose have Eric Comrie with a 6-5-1 record (.920 SV%). Ondrej Pavelec was demoted from the NHL and has a 4-2-1 record (.906). Ken Wiebe at the Winnipeg Sun wrote a great article considering Pavelec's position in the organization.

Texas is coming off a tough loss in Chicago where they seemed to have control of the game until a late power play goal downed them. Playing from behind has been a huge issue for the Stars this season. When you combine it with their penalty trouble, that's where much of the trouble has come in. So, it's cliche but Texas needs to score first and not take penalties.

Sometimes the simplest things are the hardest.

Stars injury/call up report:
Honka (call up)
Backman (mid-body injury)

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