Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Texas' Surge Halted by Chicago Power Play Goal in 4-3 Loss

(Credit: Ross Dettman/Chicago Wolves)
Jason Dickinson potted a goal and an assist, but the comeback was stifled by a late Wolves power play goal. The game saw seven combined goals with five of them scored in the opening 18 minutes of the game.

Texas opened the scoring with Dickinson's 200-foot effort to snap one past Jordan Binnington just 32 seconds into the game. Chicago stepped up with the next three goals though, putting Texas on the back foot.

Sterling went first with an equally streaky goal to Dickinson. On the power play, Brad Hunt bombed one from the left point to beat Lagace through traffic. A giveaway by Matej Stransky generated a 3-on-2 the other way for a pretty tic-tac-toe finish by Landon Ferraro. Stransky, motivated by the goal against, went out the next shift and got it right back. A flatulent centering effort by Chicago ended up on the stick of Ranford, who dishes to Stransky for the 3-2 goal.

In the second, Denis Gurianov tipped a shot from Matt Mangene to tie things up and set the table for a tight third period. Texas and Chicago combined for just seven shots in the final frame, and it was Chicago who emerged with the only goal. Again on the power play, Kenny Agostino popped one in from the right wing circle.

Maxime Lagace stopped 20 of 24 shots in the loss.

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

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 2,627.

This was Brandon Anselmini's first AHL game. He wore #12.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Chicago - November 30 2016

Report of New AHL Team in Kansas City Puts Chicago Wolves in Awkward Place

(Credit: Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)
Almost as a throw-in item at the bottom of his notebook on the Blues, NHL.com's Lou Korac started a firestorm in the AHL today. The section begins, "The Blues will house a new home for a new American Hockey League team, according to a source."

The report goes on to say that the team is closing in on a deal to put their AHL team in Kansas City, working with the current owner of the Missouri Mavericks. The Blues have been affiliated with the independently owned Chicago Wolves for four years. The Missouri Mavericks vehemently denied the report.

However, the connective tissue of this story makes sense in context of some other things I've heard around the league. With the entry of Las Vegas to the NHL, there are suddenly 31 NHL teams and only 30 AHL clubs. AHL president Dave Andrews believes in the one-to-one relationship between the two leagues but has been mum so far on definitive plans to add another team to match the Vegas expansion.

Of course, the interesting thread in all of this is that most folks assumed that Vegas would want in on that sweet deal the California Five (and Tucson) have worked out: playing fewer games against the same geographically convenient opponents. Cities that were mentioned included Salt Lake City, Fresno and Sacramento. The Utah Grizzlies, currently in SLC, hosted AHL hockey as recently as the mid-2000s when they were Dallas' AHL affiliate. Fresno hosted the Falcons, but Sacramento has never had a pro team.

Meanwhile, you could make the counter argument that Las Vegas is going to have enough on its plate next year what with starting an NHL team from scratch. Maybe this makes sense. St. Louis moves their affiliation to KC and Chicago pairs up with Las Vegas. They won't get the 68 game deal because Chicago is independently owned and would never stand for it. But you'd have a team that has been developing players for decades instead of also starting an AHL team from scratch.

The awkward situations that could arise are in two places:
  1. Las Vegas decides that they do want to kick off their own AHL franchise in the west and get the 68-game schedule and close travel times and all the other benefits associated with the local AHL team. Suddenly, Chicago has no NHL team. By my records, there isn't a deal ending this season that I would consider in jeopardy of moving. This leaves Binghamton, St. John's and now Chicago all without AHL teams in 2017-18.
  2. Las Vegas goes with Chicago next year with the plan being to eventually get their own franchise. That's the above scenario just delayed by a few years.
Either way, it's a rough spot for one of the signature franchises in the AHL.

Gameday Preview: Texas Stars at Chicago Wolves

Texas Stars
10-6-1-1, 22 pts, 0.611
#3 Pacific Division
atChicago Wolves
8-9-1-1, 18 pts, 0.474
#6 Central Division
November 30th at 7:00 PM
Allstate Arena, Rosemont, IL

If the AHL were a team itself, the Chicago Wolves would be a grizzled veteran. Since coming over in the IHL merger, the Wolves have been a consistent playoff presence and an excellent team on the regular. This year, they find themselves hovering around the .500 mark at 8-9-1-1. They were briefly at .500 last week before losing to Manitoba on Sunday.

Looking at the Wolves' schedule is a weird exercise. Chicago only plays 9 different teams this season: the seven other teams in their division and Texas and San Antonio. Chicago will not visit California or have any California team visit them. Even Texas and San Antonio only play Chicago four times each. That's 68 games among seven teams. Yuck.

Chicago returns both of their netminders in Pheonix Copley and Jordan Binnington. Both are around .920 on save percentage. Brad Hunt, former OKC Baron, leads the team in points with 5-15=20. Kenny Agostino, formerly in the Calgary system, is tied with Ivan Barbashev for second. Wade Megan, the former Rampage, is in the goal-scoring lead with eight. Three of those are game-winners.

Chicago is losing a lot of their games close. In their losses this season, they've never been defeated by more than two goals.

Texas shook things up a bit in the lineup since their last game. In net, Texas swapped Landon Bow for Philippe Desrosiers in Idaho. Branden Troock was sent to Idaho, among forwards, and Brandon Anselmini was recalled among defensemen.

Stars injury/call up report:
Honka (call up)

Website: chicagowolves.com
Twitter: @Chicago_Wolves
Twitter: @theshaves (Wolves PxP)

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Brandon Anselmini Earns First AHL Call with Backman Injury

As expected after last night's injury to Mattias Backman, Brandon Anselmini has been recalled to Texas for the road trip. Backman was ijured in the first last night and was noted as 'day-to-day' by Coach Laxdal. Texas hits the road for a three-game swing on Wednesday, so he said he expected to make a call.

Anselmini leads the ECHL in power play assists.

Forward Branden Troock was also assigned to the ECHL in a transaction earlier today.

Here's the release:
The Texas Stars, American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL's Dallas Stars, announced Sunday they have recalled rookie defenseman Brandon Anselmini from their ECHL affiliate, the Idaho Steelheads.

Anselmini (an-suhl-MEE-nee), 23, is on his first career call-up to the AHL after tallying 11 points in 18 games with the Steelheads (2-9=11). The 5-foot-10, 185-pound defenseman was signed to an AHL contract over the summer after completing a four-year career at Ferris State University.

Johns Back to Dallas, Desrosiers Sent to Idaho

(Credit: Andy Nietupski/Texas Stars)
Last night's game showed two things that led to transactions this morning for the Texas Stars.

First, Stephen Johns is an NHL defenseman. Plain and simple. He came down for a tuneup and chance to get on the ice in a competitive game situation. He dominated with 3 goals in the two games, both Texas wins, and had each of the game winners.

Second, Maxime Lagace might have established himself in some sort of rhythm for the Stars. His shutout last night must have bolstered the confidence of the brass in him. Philippe Desrosiers should be getting competitive ice himself, so he'll head to Idaho for some ice time. Landon Bow comes up to Texas for their road trip to Chicago and Manitoba.

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

Johns, 24, has produced four points (2-2=4) in 16 games played for Dallas this season. He currently leads the team with 44 hits and ranks fourth with 32 blocked shots. The defenseman has also appeared in two AHL games with Texas, recording three goals (3-0=3).

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound native of Ellwood City, Pennsylvania was selected by Chicago in the second round (60th overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft. He was acquired by Dallas along with Patrick Sharp from Chicago in exchange for Trevor Daley and Ryan Garbutt on July 12, 2015.

The Texas Stars also announced goaltender Phil Desrosiers has been assigned to the ECHL’s Idaho Steelheads, and rookie netminder Landon Bow has been recalled to the AHL.

Desrosiers, 21, has appeared in seven games this season with Texas with a 2-2-0 record, a 3.25 goals against average and an .893 save percentage. He was a second-round pick of Dallas (54th overall) in 2013

The 21-year-old Bow was signed to an AHL contract this past summer and has appeared in 12 games this season for the Steelheads. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound native of St. Albert, Alberta, owns a 2.75 goals against average and .916 save percentage in the ECHL this season with an 8-3-0 record.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Johns, Lagace and PK Shine in Texas Stars First Shutout of Year

Stephen Johns in a file photo from February 2016
(Credit: Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)
Tonight's game was one of those where you could pick any number of storylines to follow. Strong play across the lineup for Texas created a very complete game, culminating in a 3-0 win against the Rampage in Cedar Park.

First, Texas got a fantastic performance from their goaltender, Maxime Lagace. The sophomore netminder halted the San Antonio offense and turned aside 28 shots for Texas' first shutout of the season.

"I'm trying to be consistent more in my game," said Lagace, who also got the win last night. "I really wanted the shutout and I fought through it. The guys did a tremendous job in front of me on the 5-on-3 our pk unit did a really good job tonight."

Lagace introduced the next high point of the game, the penalty kill. Over the past five games, Texas has scored five shorthanded goals and now leads the league with six overall. Brandon DeFazio scored this evening's shorthanded goal in the second period. Tonight, they added to that with a perfect 4/4 effort stopping the Rampage.

"We've had a lot of discussion and video review on the PK," said Texas coach Derek Laxdal. "We're trying to be more aggressive on the entries and in the system. With that support and urgency and good goaltending, you're going to have a good penalty kill."

The PK was tested, especially late. Texas built a lead with a power play goal and one of those aforementioned shorthanded tallies, along with an even-strength marker. The Rampage pushed hard in the third, outshooting Texas 14-3 and earning a 5-on-3 power play late. The team tightened up and energized the building with a successful kill. Andrew Bodnarchuk, Travis Morin and Stephen Johns were on the ice for nearly the entire 73 seconds.

Johns carried over his excellent play in all aspects of his game from last night. He tallied a power play goal, was rubbing out players all over the ice and set a physical tone for the team.

"He brought a lot of energy to our lineup with a big heavy body. He came down here with the right frame of mind, trying to build his confidence. We hope that turns into success in Dallas."

Johns added, "I don't think I expected to score three goals. I just wanted ot come down here and be comfortable skating and making good decisions. I sat out a few games in a row and it's tough to sit in the stands. When I got sent down, you can say I was pissed off but I used it as motivation to play as well as I can."

Cole Ully added a goal late in the second that would be the last offense for either team in the game. It was a mad scramble in front assisted by Matt Mangene and Jason Dickinson.

Texas plays again on Wednesday in Chicago.

Tonight's lines:
Elie-Dowling-DeFazio
Ranford-Morin-Stransky
Gurianov-Smith-Van Brabant
Ully-Dickinson-Mangene

Johns-Bodnarchuk
Backman-Ebert
Stevenson-Bystrom

Lagace

Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Honka (call up)
Fyten, McMurtry, Werek, Troock (scratch)

Tonight's attendance was 6,158.

Mattias Backman was lost to 'mid-body' injury in the first period. He did not return. Coach Laxdal calls it 'day-to-day' but anticipates calling up a defenseman from the ECHL.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas v. San Antonio - November 26 2016

Gameday Preview: Texas Stars v. San Antonio Rampage

Texas Stars
9-6-1-1, 20 pts, 0.588
#4 Pacific Division
atSan Antonio Rampage
8-9-1-0, 17 pts, 0.472
#7 Pacific Division
November 26th at 7:00 PM
H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, Cedar Park, TX

Stephen Johns is motivated. That's for sure.

Last night's performance where he notched two goals and surely had a ton of hits (a stat not kept publicly by the AHL) showed that demonstrably.

If Johns is trying to show that he is ready to head back to Dallas for their upcoming road trip, last night was an emphatic mark in the 'yes' column. The defenseman came down for a tune-up and it seems a quick trip back to Dallas.

Watch #4 tonight to see what he can do at home to further his resume for recall.

Stars injury/call up report:
Honka (call up)

Website: sarampage.com
Blog (unofficial): Rampage with Tony U.
Blog (unofficial): Runnin' With The Herd
Twitter: @SARampage
Twitter: @DanWeissPBP (play-by-play for SA)

Friday, November 25, 2016

Stephen Johns Nets Two As Stars Top Rampage in OT

Texas needed a come-from-behind effort tonight, but Stephen Johns was up to the task. Reassigned from Dallas earlier in the day, the defenseman scored in the second period shorthanded and had the overtime game-winner as well.

The Stars improved their penalty kill in at least one regard in the game as they scored not one but two shorthanded tallies. Justin Dowling's third goal of the year cmae shorthanded in the second. San Antonio scored on the power play but Johns' shorty came next. Two San Antonio goals put Texas down 3-2 as they approached the end of the third. Travis Morin's seventh of the season came unassisted in the 12th minute to tie things up.

In the 3-on-3 overtime, Brandon DeFazio and Stephen Johns went on a 2-on-0 break. DeFazio got in tight and dished to Johns, giving Kent Simpson no chance at the save.

These two teams will face off tomorrow night in Cedar Park.

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

Backman-Bystrom
Stevenson-Mangene
Johns-Bodnarchuk

Lagace

Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Honka (call up)
Ebert, Werek, Van Brabant, Troock, (scratch)

Tonight's attendance was 6,385.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas at San Antonio - November 25 2016

Gameday Preview: Texas Stars at San Antonio Rampage

Texas Stars
8-6-1-1, 18 pts, 0.563
#4 Pacific Division
atSan Antonio Rampage
8-9-0-0, 16 pts, 0.471
#7 Pacific Division
November 25th at 7:30 PM
AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

After a long layoff, Texas and San Antonio will shake off the trytophan-induced slumber and play a home-and-home set this weekend in Central Texas. These two teams have not met many times so far this season, which means you should brace yourself for many more of these matchups in the second half.

In the only game of the season so far between these teams, the Rampage earned their first win of the year after going 0-4 to start. Since then, they are 7-5 but obviously are dogged by that slow start. Their record since that game would put then in the playoffs if it were the only record they had.

For the Stars, Stephen Johns has been assigned to the AHL, adding some defensive grittiness to a group that is more offensively inclined. It doesn't look like Johns will be around for too long, but every game he plays can help re-instill a defensive mindset into the entire team.

With Johns down in the AHL, Julius Honka is still in the NHL. He had two assists in the season series so far between SA and Texas.

Stars injury/call up report:
Honka (call up)

Website: sarampage.com
Blog (unofficial): Rampage with Tony U.
Blog (unofficial): Runnin' With The Herd
Twitter: @SARampage
Twitter: @DanWeissPBP (play-by-play for SA)

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Esa Lindell and Julius Honka Recalled to Dallas Stars

Julius Honka (Credit: Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)
Dallas is shaking things up on defense after their recent struggles. As was surely expected in the short term, Esa Lindell was recalled to Dallas after a tune up stint in Texas. The unexpected move today was the recall of Julius Honka. It was his first NHL recall. Given the Dallas defensive issues, he may well play his first NHL game Monday.

Here's the release:
Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has recalled defensemen Esa Lindell and Julius Honka from the Texas Stars, Dallas' top development affiliate in the American Hockey League, and placed defenseman Johnny Oduya on Injured Reserve.

Lindell, 22, has tallied one assist (0-1=1), 15 hits and 14 blocked shots in 10 games with Dallas this season. He appeared in two games for Texas, posting one point (0-1=1) and a +3 plus/minus rating.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound native of Vantaa, Finland was originally selected by Dallas in the third round (74th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft.

Honka, 20, is currently tied for fourth amongst AHL defenseman with 12 points (3-9=12) in 16 games played for Texas. Amongst team leaders, he is fourth in points and first amongst defensemen. His 37 penalty minutes lead the team and are fifth-most amongst AHL defensemen.

The 5-foot-11, 195-pound native of Jyvaskyla, Finland was originally selected by Dallas in the first round (14th overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft.

Texas Takes Single Point in Rockford Shootout Loss

Texas dug a hole in the first and second period but managed a point with a three-goal third period. It was Texas' first game decided in the shootout this season. Texas finishes its Midwest swing with three of six points after the 5-4 loss.

Cole Ully returned from injury and had a goal in the contest, the first of the three in the third. His power play tally combined with goals from Brandon DeFazio and Andrew Bodnarchuk to get Texas back to even at four after 60 minutes. Denis Gurianov also collected his second AHL goal to open Texas's scoring account on the night.

Brendan Ranford was the only scorer in the shootout for Texas while the IceHogs managed two goals. Maxime Lagace stopped 28 of 32 in regulation and OT.

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

Backman-Honka
Stevenson-Bystrom
Lindell-Bodnarchuk

Lagace

Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Ebert, Werek, Fyten, Van Brabant, Troock (scratch)

Tonight's attendance was 4,974.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Rockford - November 19 2016

Friday, November 18, 2016

Stars Earn First Win in Two Years in Grand Rapids

Texas won its first in Grand Rapids in two years on a late-game blast by Matej Stransky. Texas gained several players over the past few days who helped in the cause. Esa Lindell was plus-2 and Gemel Smith had a goal and was also plus-2.

The Stars scored first in the contest but did not hold the lead for long. Jason Dickinson's unassisted goal was followed by three Griffins tallies to make it 3-1 midway through the game. Each of those goals came on the power play and Texas looked to be falling into a familiar rhythm.

Gemel Smith and Travis Morin stepped up to tie the game, setting the stage for Matej Stransky goals with 2:40 left in the third.

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

Backman-Honka
Stevenson-Bystrom
Lindell-Bodnarchuk

Lagace

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

Tonight's attendance was 7,510.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Grand Rapids - November 18 2016

Gemel Smith Returns to AHL, Texas Stars Forward Corps Replenished

(Credit: Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)
The Texas Stars are back to even with their callup situation. Gemel Smith returned to the club this morning and will meet the team in Grand Rapids. Smith did not play last night against Colorado, so he is likely to be able to play in both games this weekend (as long as he can get to Grand Rapids in time).

Here's the release:
Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has reassigned forward Gemel Smith to the Texas Stars, Dallas' top development affiliate in the American Hockey League.

Smith, 22, posted three points (2-1=3), 21 penalty minutes and a +1 plus/minus rating in 12 games played for Dallas. He made his NHL debut on Oct. 22 vs. Columbus and scored his first two career NHL goals on Nov. 6 at Chicago. With Texas this season, he has recorded one goal (1-0=1) with a +2 plus/minus rating and seven shots on goal in three games.

The 5-foot-10, 190-pound native of Toronto, Ont. was originally selected by Dallas in the fourth round (104th overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft.

Gameday Preview: Texas Stars at Grand Rapids Griffins

Texas Stars
7-6-1-0, 15 pts, 0.536
#5 Pacific Division
atGrand Rapids Griffins
9-4-0-0, 18 pts, 0.692
#2 Central Division
November 18th at 6:00 PM
Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI

UPDATE: Gemel Smith has been reassigned from Dallas.

It's November, and Texas is already paying their final visit to a conference opponent. This evening's game will be the last visit to Grand Rapids for the Stars this regular season.

Two problems standout for Texas right now, and they are familiar ones.

Minors and penalty kill data for the AHL
(Click to enlarge)
First, Texas is taking too many penalties. The Stars are hanging with rough and tumble San Diego and Ontario in the number of minors they take per game. Averaging 5.7 minors per game, they rank eighth in the league in that regard (GRG is second to last with 3.8). That might not be such a problem is the penalty kill was stout. Texas ranks 27th in the league with a 73.3% PK. Other pugilists like Bridgeport (6.7 minors per game) and Stockton (6.0) can get away with that because they rank 4th and 12th respectively in PK. Of course, the ideal situation is the one Grand Rapids is in: just 3.8 minors per game but a 7th ranked PK (83.3%).

See the sheet to the right for more information on this comparison between minors per game and penalty kill percentage.

The second issue is goaltending. For the season game in a row, Coach Laxdal pulled his starter. His starter in Wednesday's game was different than Saturday's as well. Both Desrosiers and Lagace have been pulled this season, just once for Desrosiers but three times for Lagace.

You can talk about the number of shots (33.57, 5th worst in league) or the quality of those shots, but ultimately the goalie needs to stop whatever pucks come at them. Texas is allowing 3.93 goals per game, third worst in the league.

Something that might help with that shot/defense quality issue is the assignment of defenseman Esa Lindell yesterday.

Stars injury/call up report:
Smith (call up)
Ully (injury)

Website: griffinshockey.com
Twitter: @GriffinsHockey
Blog: Griffins Hockey on MLive.com

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Dallas Stars Assign D Esa Lindell, Activate Cody Eakin from IR

Esa Lindell (Credit: Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)
The Dallas Stars are getting healthier. Cody Eakin is the latest to return to health and will (likely) join the lineup tonight against Colorado. In anticipation of Patrick Sharp returning to health, Dallas is also assigning Esa Lindell to the Texas Stars. Lindell made a strong case out of camp for the NHL. He's been in and out of the lineup and is the only waiver-exempt defenseman in Dallas. For now, it makes sense to send him to the AHL to keep playing.

Here's the release:
Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has activated forward Cody Eakin from injured reserve. The club also announced it has loaned defenseman Esa Lindell to the Texas Stars, Dallas' top development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).

Eakin, 25, recorded 35 points (16-19=35) in 82 regular-season games with Dallas last season, while he finished tied for sixth in the NHL with a career-high three shorthanded goals. The forward ranked third on the Stars with eight points (1-7=8) in 13 games during the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Eakin has registered 142 points (62-80=142) in 319 career NHL games with Dallas and Washington.

The 6-foot-0, 190-pound native of Winnipeg, Man. was originally selected by Washington in the third round (85th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft and was acquired by Dallas via trade along with a second-round selection in the 2012 NHL Draft on June 22, 2012 in exchange for Mike Ribeiro.

Lindell, 22, has tallied one assist (0-1=1), 15 hits and 14 blocked shots in 10 games with Dallas this season. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound defenseman was originally selected by Dallas in the third round (74th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Despite Shorthanded Goals, Texas Can't Solve Griffins in 6-3 Loss

Two shorthanded goals could not help Texas past the Grand Rapids Griffins as the Stars continued their discipline troubles. Texas handed the Griffins seven power play opportunities in the game. Although the Stars scored as many goals during these power plays as Grand Rapids (2 each), the physical drain of being on the power play for 14 minutes in the game was notable.

The Stars never held the lead in the contest as Grand Rapids jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first. Ethan Werek and Travis Morin would score shorthanded to make it 3-2 at the halfway mark of the game. The Griffins added two from there to set the final margin. Bryce Van Brabant would collect his first goal as a Star to give the team late life, but Colin Campbell extinguished it with an empty net goal.

Philippe Desrosiers got the start but was pulled after allowing three goals on 17 shots in the first. Maxime Lagace saw 15 shots in the second, stopping 14, and was 21 of 23 overall. The Stars allowed too many shots against a high-quality team tonight.

These two faceoff again on Friday. Texas is still in pursuit of its first win at Van Andel since the 2014 Calder Cup playoffs.

Tonight's lines:
Ranford-Morin-Stransky
Elie-Dickinson-DeFazio
Gurianov-Dowling-Werek
Van Brabant-McMurtry-Troock

Backman-Honka
Stevenson-Mangene
Ebert-Bodnarchuk

Desrosiers
Lagace

Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Smith (call up)
Ully (injury)
Fyten, Bystrom (scratch)

Tonight's attendance was 5,512.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Grand Rapids - November 16 2016

Gameday Preview: Texas Stars at Grand Rapids Griffins

Texas Stars
7-5-1-0, 15 pts, 0.577
#5 Pacific Division
atGrand Rapids Griffins
8-4-0-0, 16 pts, 0.667
#2 Central Division
November 16th at 6:00 PM
Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI

For Texas, the biggest news in tonight's game is the return of Justin Dowling. The centerman is better than a point per game in the AHL this season and has been getting decent minutes in Dallas the past week plus. His defensive skill, which is part of what got him the callup to Dallas, will assist Texas in innumerable ways. It's an especially salient point after Saturday's eight-goal shellacking.

The Griffins are, as always, good. Todd Nelson and his crew in Grand Rapids are off to an 8-4 start with 2nd place in the Central Division in their possession.

Starting from the net out, Jared Coreau has been the workhorse this year. He's taken 10 of the 12 games so far on the season with a .934 save percentage. His backup, Eddie Pasquale, is doing well also but isn't in the long-term plans for Detroit. Therefore, he has just two games played but sports a .925 save percentage.

Equally stellar goalie play points to the group in front of them as a factor. Robbie Russo, who led the league in plus-minus last year, has returned and has six points in 12 games. Veterans Nathan Paetsch and Brian Lashoff also form a core for the group. Rookie D Joe Hicketts, an undrafted free agent pickup for Detroit, has a goal and three assists in his short opening stint in the AHL.

Up front, big time prospect Anthony Mantha is tied with second-year center Matt Lorito and vet Mitch Callahan for the scoring lead with 10 points each. Former Rampage forward Ben Street and Martin Frk are also among the recognizable names.

The Stars need to tighten up their penalty minute situation, which handed the Barracuda nine opprtunities on Saturday. Grand Rapids is top 10 in the league on the power play (20.8%). Texas ranks one spot ahead in ninth but with the same rounded percentage. On the PK, Texas is the fourth-worst club in the league at 73.5%. The Griffins are fully 14 points better at 87% and 6th in the league.

Stars injury/call up report:
Smith (call up)

Website: griffinshockey.com
Twitter: @GriffinsHockey
Blog: Griffins Hockey on MLive.com

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Justin Dowling Assigned to Texas Stars

(Credit: Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)
The Dallas Stars have assigned Justin Dowling to the Texas Stars. Dowling was an injury recall and got into five games with the NHL club, picking up his first NHL point on an empty net goal against Winnipeg. He should meet the team in Michigan.

Here's the release:
Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has reassigned center Justin Dowling to the Texas Stars, Dallas' top development affiliate in the American Hockey League.

Dowling, 26, has appeared in five games for Dallas this season recording two points (0-2=2). He made his NHL debut on Oct. 25 and registered his first NHL point with an assist vs. Winnipeg. His nine points (2-7=9) in eight games with Texas this season are tied for fifth on the team, while his seven assists are tied for first.

The 5-foot-10, 190-pound native of Cochrane, Alberta was signed as an undrafted free agent by Dallas on March 26, 2014.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Penalty Trouble Dooms Texas Stars as San Jose Notches 8 Goals

Barracuda score four in final period to set 8-5 final
Remi Elie was a bright spot in an otherwise forgettable game for the Stars (Credit: Andy Nietupski/Texas Stars)
Anyone hoping for a goalie duel was sorely disappointed as the starters yielded nine goals in just two periods and both clubs put in their backup in the second half of the game. The final frame saw Texas yield four goals as a game filled with penalties caught up with Texas' legs in the third.

"We fell back into what was hurting us in that stretch where we couldn't find our game," said Brandon DeFazio, who had two goals in the game. "Taking untimely penalties makes it harder than it needs to be."

The game was a seesaw affair with neither club leading by more than a goal until the last period. Texas took 48 minutes of penalties including two misconducts, leading to nine power plays for the visiting Barracuda.

"When you get into penalty trouble, you're going to pay for it and we paid for it tonight," said Texas head coach Derek Laxdal. "It caught up with us in the third. We took at least 10 or 12 minutes of undisciplined penalties and you're not going to win in any league with that."

The Stars have taken a more physical tone to their game this season but are having difficulty riding the line between aggressive and delinquent.

"There's a difference between selfish undisciplined penalties and undisciplined penalties. When you embarrass the ref and embarrass the ice attendants during the whistle, that's selfishness. You have to learn to battle through that."

Laxdal was referring to a second period penalty on Julius Honka that put him in the box for a misconduct for abuse of officials, a tough blow when the Stars were already down a defenseman after Mattias Backman was injured blocking a shot.

San Jose opened the scoring late in the first on a two-man advantage. Texas answered right back with Brandon DeFazio re-igniting his offense, earning his fourth of the year, off a fantastic drop from Remi Elie.

Early in the second, San Jose regained their lead only to see it erased 34 seconds later by rookie Mike McMurtry's second goal in as many games. Barclay Goodrow evened things up at two within a few minutes and the offense was out in force.

Travis Morin dished a perfect pass to Brendan Ranford, who was camped in the slot on the power play, for an easy tap-in goal. Dustin Stevenson scored just 38 seconds later, a soft goal from the point. Tim Heed scored his first of the year on a power play only 25 seconds further. That goal would end Maxime Lagace's night and bring in Philippe Desrosiers.

"I was trying to get [Maxime Lagace] into a groove because I thought he played well last night to get the back to back start."

DeFazio tossed in his fifth of the year shortly thereafter to cap four goals in 89 seconds between the two teams.

The third period was all San Jose as they doubled their goal total in the frame. The fifth goal rolled down Desrosiers' back and in while the sixth, and eventual game-winner, was a deft tip from Timo Meier. Two empty net goals would cap the evening.

"We were trying to make the simple plays and sitting back a little too much," said DeFazio, referring to the Stars' third period play to protect the lead. "You want to win the game and not be the guy to give something up."

Texas only managed four shots in the period, and Troy Grosenick, who replaced starter Mantas Armalis to start the third, got the win.

The Stars now have a break until Wednesday when they start a midwest swing with a game in Grand Rapids.

Tonight's lines:
Ranford-Morin-Stransky
Elie-Dickinson-DeFazio
Fyten-Werek-Mangene
Gurianov-McMurtry-Troock

Backman-Honka
Stevenson-Bystrom
Ebert-Bodnarchuk

Lagace
Desrosiers

Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Smith, Dowling (call up)
Ully (injury)
Van Brabant (scratch)

Tonight's attendance was 6,120.

Mattias Backman was injured in the second period blocking a shot. Coach Laxdal is hopeful he will be ready for Wednesday game in Grand Rapids.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas v. San Jose - November 12 2016

Gameday Preview: Texas Stars v. San Jose Barracuda

Texas Stars
7-4-1-0, 15 pts, 0.625
#2 Pacific Division
v.San Jose Barracuda
3-3-0-1, 7 pts, 0.500
#4 Pacific Division
November 12th at 7:00 PM
Cedar Park Center, Cedar Park, TX

UPDATE: With Brendan Ranford and Jason Dickinson back in the lineup, Caleb Herbert has been assigned to the ECHL's Idaho Steelheads.

Last night's third period fireworks vaulted Texas over San Jose in the game over Stockton in the standings to put them in second place in the division. After a sub-.500 start to the year, it's a fantastic recovery that has seen them win five of their last six games. They'll look to keep their winning ways tonight with a rematch against San Jose.

Rather bizarrely, this is the final game of the season for San Jose in Cedar Park. When Tucson joined the division, the league took games from the other divisional foes (except San Antonio) to make room in the schedule for the Roadrunners. Texas will play the Barracuda tonight at home and the series will finish with a two game set in late February/early March. With the completion of tonight's game, the H-E-B Center has seen the curtain close on Ontario and San Jose's visits to central Texas.

I would expect Philippe Desrosiers in net for the Stars tonight as they continue their goalie rotation. Lagace played well last night but Barclay Goodrow had his number, netting a hat trick.

Stars injury/call up report:
Dowling, Smith (call up)

Barracuda Web Resources:
Website: sjbarracuda.com
Twitter: @SJbarracuda
Twitter: @3eyeraven (local coverage)

Friday, November 11, 2016

Veterans and Rookies Contribute in 5-3 Texas Win Over San Jose

(Credit: Andy Nietupski/Texas Stars)
Vets and rookies alike combined to put Texas over San Jose tonight by a score of 5-3. The captain, Travis Morin, notched three points while rookie Denis Gurianov scored his first AHL goal, the eventual game winner. Morin's line was the story of the night as the return of Brendan Ranford to the lineup keyed the trio to an eight-point night.

"We felt pretty good all night," said Morin of his line. "Stransky's been good this whole year. He's doing all the things you want a wing to do. With the way [Ranford] played, he should feel good playing that way, the way we need him to play."

The return of Ranford to the lineup was an energy boost for the club, according to its coach, noting that he will only get sharper as the season progresses.

After forty minutes, the Stars held a 2-1 lead on goals from Mike McMurtry and Mattias Backman. The third period broke out the scoring.

"The third period opened up a bit," said Texas coach Derek Laxdal. "Both teams managed the game well early. The game got sloppy on both sides, but we did what we had to do to get a win. Getting a win in regulation time is huge."

Morin noted that San Jose started taking some chances as the score started going against them, leading to more opportunities for his line. He noted, "There were a few plays where we chipped pucks out, they pinched and got caught on it."

He scored a highlight reel goal to make it 3-1 early in the third period off a great saucer pass from Brendan Ranford. Morin completed the two-on-one play for his third of the season. His fourth would come later in the game.

"Travis looked more like himself," said Laxdal. "He battled through injuries in training camp and it was good to have. We gave the guys [3 days off this week] and it's good to see them respond."

Morin agreed, "I had an illness in training camp so I didn't get as much work as I would have liked. The first few games were a feeling out process. We've had some tough games on the road with tough travel, so it's a little more wearing on the old body than these young guys."

Denis Gurianov notched his first AHL goal between Morin's pair of goals in the third. It was a quick play with Matt Mangene generating a turnover and dishing the Gurianov in the slot.

"I felt great," said Gurianov on the goal. "I've been here three months now and I feel good. I'm so happy that we won."

San Jose generated a push in the final period themselves, responding from a 4-1 deficit to cut the lead back to two twice. All of that came on the back on Barclay Goodrow, who scored all three of the Barracuda goals on the night.

These two clubs face off again tomorrow in Cedar Park.

Tonight's lines:
Ranford-Morin-Stransky
Elie-Dickinson-DeFazio
Fyten-McMurtry-Mangene
Gurianov-Werek-Troock

Backman-Honka
Stevenson-Bystrom
Ebert-Bodnarchuk

Lagace

Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Smith, Dowling (call up)
Van Brabant, Herbert, Ully (scratch)

Troock and Mangene swapped lines in the second.

Tonight's attendance was 5,591.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas v. San Jose - November 11 2016

Gameday Preview: Texas Stars v. San Jose Barracuda

Texas Stars
6-4-1-0, 13 pts, 0.591
#3 Pacific Division
v.San Jose Barracuda
3-2-0-1, 7 pts, 0.583
#4 Pacific Division
November 11th at 7:30 PM
Cedar Park Center, Cedar Park, TX

After picking up four of six points on their road trip, Texas returns home after a long layoff to play the San Jose Barracuda. It is the first matchup of the year between these two clubs. Last season, the teams split the series at 3-3 with each winning twice on its home ice and once on the road.

San Jose is just behind the Stars in the standings but that may be deceiving. The Barracuda, being part of the California teams, has only played six games so far and is just one game above .500. Their resume is a confusing mish-mash of results right now as they lost a tight one to top-tier Stockton but also to San Antonio while shutting out Bakersfield. The tale of the tape is hard to read when there isn't that much tape.

New faces lead in net for the Barracuda since last season with Troy Grosenick and Mantas Armalis manning the net. Last year's workhorse, former Allen American Aaron Dell earned his spot as the NHL backup for the Sharks. Grosenick was Dell's back in the AHL last year and is splitting duty with Armalis. Armalis is a 24-year old undrafted Lithuanian goalie that played his last two season in the SHL. They are both sporting league-average save percentages at the moment, perhaps leading to the even split.

The skaters for San Jose include familiar names like Nikolay Goldobin (2-8=10 in 6 GP) and Barclay Goodrow (2-0=2 in 6 GP). However, rookie also lead the way. Among top active scorers for the Barracuda, Daniel O'Regan (4-1=5) and Rourke Chartier (3-2=5) are both first-year AHLers. Both were fifth-round picks of the Sharks with O'Regan drafted out of the US development program and Chartier in the WHL. If they can keep up their scoring ways, those late-round picks will absolutely prove some intelligent scouting by the organization.

The tape for Texasis a little longer with 11 games under their belt. The road trip was a mixed bag with two good wins but a tough loss on Saturday. The trip did little to dispel any concern about who is the starter for the Stars in net. Maxime Lagace is carrying a 3.79 GAA and a 4-3-1 record. Desrosiers has a GAA about a goal lower at 2.73 but nearly the same save percentage. It seemed after the last home game that Desrosiers had distinguished himself, but now it's an open question. Watch what happens this weekend, as each one will likely get a start.

Jason Dickinson will make his home debut as well. Considering that Justin Dowling is now in Dallas, Texas needs that to shore up their center depth.

Stars injury/call up report:
Dowling, Smith (call up)
Ranford (out, unspecified)

Barracuda Web Resources:
Website: sjbarracuda.com
Twitter: @SJbarracuda
Twitter: @3eyeraven (local coverage)

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Bakersfield Condors Snap Texas Win Streak

Texas got goals from Austin Fyten, Cole Ully and Nick Ebert, but goaltending was an issue as they fell 5-3 in Bakersfield. Maxime Lagace got the start but only stopped 11 of 15 shots, putting Texas in a 4-1 hole halfway through the game. Texas only allowed 5 shots the rest of the game with Philippe Desrosiers in the net.

Here's the release:
The Bakersfield Condors opened up a 4-1 lead and never looked back in a 5-3 win over the Texas Stars on Saturday night in front of 4,122 in attendance at Rabobank Arena.

The Stars (6-4-1-0) saw their four-game win streak come to a close in the loss. It was also Bakersfield’s first win over Texas since Feb. 24, 2015, when they competed as the Oklahoma City Barons. Ethan Werek (assist) and Austin Fyten (goal) each extended their point streaks to three games for the Stars. Ryan Hamilton led the Condors (4-4-0-0) with two goals.

Texas returns home on Friday at 7:30 p.m. CST to host the San Jose Barracuda in the first of a two-game weekend at H-E-B Center.

The Condors took control of the game with three goals in period two to open up a 4-1 lead. Kris Newbury tipped home his third of the season just 96 seconds into the middle frame make it a 2-0 score favoring Bakersfield. Fyten answered back for Texas two minutes later after deflecting Julius Honka’s point shot for his third of the season, but the Condors added two more. Mitch Moroz tallied his first of the season at 6:12 and Hamilton slipped home a breakaway goal at 9:01.

Texas tried to chip away at the Condor lead with a Cole Ully one-timer goal at 1:36 of the third, Hamilton added his second of the night on an odd-man rush at 9:03 to make it a 5-2 score. Texas defenseman Nick Ebert tipped Andrew Bodnarchuk’s shot from the point late in the game to cap the scoring.

Maxime Lagace stopped 11 of 15 shots, and suffered the loss, before being relieved by Phil Desrosiers midway through the second. Desrosiers finished four of five in net for Texas. Nick Ellis earned the win stopping 29 of 32 shots.

Taylor Beck opened the scoring 7:09 into the contest with a power play goal from the top of the slot for Bakersfield.

Texas was 0-for-3 on the power play. Bakersfield finished 1-for-4.

Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Smith (call up)
Karjalainen, Van Brabant, Troock, Herbert (scratch)
Ranford (out, unspecified)

Tonight's attendance was 4,122.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Bakersfield - November 5 2016

Friday, November 4, 2016

Streaking Stars Post Fourth Straight W, Defeat Bakersfield 3-1

Texas got some depth scoring tonight to put them over the Bakersfield Condors 3-1. Utility man Matt Mangene, center Austin Fyten, and newcomer Ethan Werek had the three tallies for the Stars. Point streaks for Matej Stransky and Julius Honka both ended in the game, but the Stars extended their team winning streak to four. Jason Dickinson had an assist in his second game back to add to his game-winning goal from his first.

Maxime Lagace got the win with a 34 save effort.

Here's the release:
The Texas Stars offense scored a trio of goals and Maxime Lagace did the rest with 34 saves in net to lock up a 3-1 road win over the Bakersfield Condors on Friday night at Rabobank Arena in front of 3,556 fans in attendance.

It was the fourth straight win for the Stars this season, and the seventh straight win over the Condors franchise dating back to Feb. 20, 2015, when the Oklahoma City Barons topped the Stars in overtime by a 3-2 final before relocating to California.

The Stars (6-3-1-0) close out their three-game road trip Saturday as they take on the Condors (3-4-0-0) for the second time in as many days at 8:00 p.m. CST.

Texas forward Ethan Werek opened up scoring during a delayed penalty call with a shot from the slot just over two minutes into the game to make it a 1-0 Stars lead. Mike McMurtry and Mattias Backman recorded the assists on the goal. With 1:25 remaining in the period, Austin Fyten muscled home the first shorthanded goal of the season for Texas off a second-chance play in front of the net.

Bakersfield forward Kris Newbury put the Condors on the board late in period two from the slot to make it a 2-1 score favoring Texas, but Matt Mangene’s second of the season midway through the third period pulled Texas away for good. Jason Dickinson tallied his second point in as many games with the helper on Mangene’s rebound goal in front.

Laurent Brossoit suffered the loss in net with 36 saves. Both teams went scoreless on the power play. Bakersfield was 0-for-4. Texas went 0-for-3.

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

Backman-Honka
Stevenson-Bystrom
Ebert-Bodnarchuk

Desrosiers

Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Smith (call up)
Karjalainen, Van Brabant, Troock, Herbert (scratch)
Ranford (out, unspecified)

Tonight's attendance was 2,071.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas at bakersfield - November 4 2016

Gameday Preview: Texas Stars at Bakersfield Condors

Texas Stars
5-3-1-0, 11 pts, 0.611
#4 Pacific Division
atBakersfield Condors
3-3-0-0, 6 pts, 0.500
#6 Pacific Division
November 4th at 9:00 PM
Rabobank Arena, Bakersfield, CA

The Stars continue their road trip in Bakersfield. The Condors, affiliate of the Oilers, are on a win streak after dropping three straight. Their most recent win was a crushing blow against the Rampage, 7-1.

Familiar faces dot the lineup for the Condors, including Laurent Brossoit in net, Jujhar Khaira, Ryan Hamilton, and Taylor Beck up front, and Jordan Oesterle and David Musil in back.

On the Stars' side, they've gotten offense from a potentially unexpected place. Matej Stransky has been the engine to the offense on more nights than not for Texas. He is currently tied for 3rd in the league in goals scored and is riding a four-game goal streak. He's also on a six-game point streak.

One item to watch here is whether Philippe Desrosiers or Maxime Lagace will get the start. Desrosiers has backstopped Texas to their last two wins, both in overtime. Given that he already played one on the trip and the Stars play again tomorrow, Lagace will play in one of these two games. However, the fact that Desrosiers got the third game in the desert speaks volumes about his current status on the team.

Stars injury/call up report:
Smith (call up)
Ranford (out, unspecified)

Condors Web Resources:
Website: bakersfieldcondors.com
Blog (Official): Inside the Condors
Twitter: @Condors
Twitter: @CondorsHolty (PBP)

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Jason Dickinson Jumps Into Lineup, Sparks Texas to OT Victory

There was another game on at the same time as this one, so this is a limited report.

Jason Dickinson made the most of his first game of the season, notching the overtime winner in the desert to give Texas a 4-3 win over the Tucson Roadrunners in the first game between the two teams. Dickinson, who had missed training camp and the start of the season recovering from offseason surgery, tallied off the assist of Remi Elie just under four minutes into overtime.

The game was a seesaw battle that had 3 lead changes. Tucson scored first but Texas charged back with two goals in 12 seconds from Matej Stransky and Ethan Werek. The Roadrunners answered with two vet goals from Jamie McBain and Chris Mueller. Rookie Mike McMurtry scored his first professional goal to end the second. A scoreless third sent things to OT.

The Stars started Philippe Desrosiers in net, who stopped 19 of 22 shots against.

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

Backman-Honka
Stevenson-Bystrom
Ebert-Bodnarchuk

Desrosiers

Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Smith (call up)
Karjalainen, Van Brabant, Troock, Herbert (scratch)
Ranford (out, unspecified)

Tonight's attendance was 2,071.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Tucson - November 2 2016

Gameday Preview: Texas Stars at Tucson Roadrunners

Texas Stars
4-3-1-0, 9 pts, 0.563
#5 Pacific Division
atTucson Roadrunners
4-1-0-0, 8 pts, 0.800
#1 Pacific Division
November 2nd at 9:05 PM
Tucson Convention Center, Tucson, AZ

For the first time ever, Texas plays Tucson. Their first contest will happen in Arizona, another first for the Texas Stars. The Roadrunners are having a good start to their first season in the AHL. To refresh the collective memory, the Roadrunners joined the league after the Springfield Falcons were purchased by the Arizona Coyotes and moved to the desert. Springfield was backfilled by the Portland Pirates.

The Roadrunners are one of those West Coast clubs that doesn't play as many games as the rest of the league. Tucson and Glendale are separated by just two hours of highway. They're not abusing that advantage as much as say, San Diego, but they'll surely do it at some point.

Leading the way for the Roadrunners are rookies. Center Christian Dvorak, who just won the Memorial Cup with London last season and racked up 230 points over two seasons, was just assigned to the AHL after a brief stint in the NHL. Kyle Wood, who was drafted in the third round, just won the AHL's Rookie of the Month honors for October with 2-6=8. Rookie Brendan Perlini and Ryan MacInnis (son of Al) make it three rookies in the top five of scoring for the team.

Other talent includes Jarred Tinordi, son of Mark, who was acquired from Montreal as part of that infamous John Scott trade.

The rest of the top five is veteran talent, some familiar and some not. Chris Mueller, of course, is well-known to the Stars. The free agent for hire is always good for a boatload of points and seems to have found his place in the less-strenuous 68-game schedule. Craig Cunningham, a fifth year player who has been in the Eastern Conference until this year, is good for at least 40 points per year.

Another veteran of note is on the backend, Zbynek Michalek. The long-time Coyote is in the AHL now and can provide that defensive defenseman lockdown vibe to a young squad.

In net, a rookie leads the way after Justin Peters was recalled to Arizona. Adin Hill has a 3.00 GAA and .913 SV%. He hasn't needed to be spectacular because the Roadrunners can score. Also, they're on a roll, having lost their first game and won every game since, a streak of four.

On the Stars' side, the forward corps will be bolstered by the return of Jason Dickinson to the lineup. The sophomore forward missed all of training camp and the start of the season recovering from surgery. This will be his first game action of the season.

Texas has a decision to make in net as well. There are three games on the trip in four days, so both goalies will get a chance. However, is it two for Desrosiers or Lagace? Last weekend's shutdown effort from 'Phil' may change the answer to that question.

Stars injury/call up report:
Smith (call up)

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