Saturday, March 31, 2018

Bow's 29 Saves, Morin's Goal Lift Texas to Shootout Victory in Chicago

(Credit: Chicago Wolves)
The Stars collected a shootout win in Chicago this evening to finish their road trip on a high note. Coming into the contest, they had compiled just one point in three games on the trip. Tonight's game was a tight one with Landon Bow allowing just one on 30 shots against through 65 minutes.

Justin Dowling pierced Oscar Dansk early in the first on a cram play, atypical for the centerman. Brian Flynn had the initial shot off the pass from Curtis McKenzie below the line. Dowling went to the net and got the rebound under Dansk and in. It would be the lone goal Texas collected in regulation and OT.

Chicago's always lethal Brandon Pirri got the Wolves' marker in the second period. Philip Holm found Pirri uncovered crashing the net. Pirri redirected the pass backhand past Bow on the far side for the tie score.

With nothing doing in the third period or OT, the two teams went to the shootout. Brian Flynn and Tomas Hyka scored for their clubs to tie things at one. Teemu Pulkkinen missed, but Travis Morin didn't in the third round, sealing the victory.

Texas has a few days off before facing Stockton at home on Wednesday night.

Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Hintz, Rallo, Thompson, O'Brien, Mangene (scratch)

Robbie Payne played his first professional game tonight. Max French was assigned to Idaho before the game.

Tonight's attendance was 6,027.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Chicago - March 31 2018

Gameday Preview: Texas Stars at Chicago Wolves

Texas Stars
34-24-7-4, 79 pts, 0.572
#4 Pacific Division
atChicago Wolves
38-21-7-2, 85 pts, 0.625
#1 Central Division
March 31st at 7:00 PM
Allstate Arena, Rosemont, IL

Things get no easier for the Stars as they round out their road trip to the Midwest. Chicago is the top team in the Central Division and come into tonight having won five of their last six. It's the last contest between the two teams this season and Texas has a slight edge with 7 points in five matchups to Chicago's 6.

(Credit: Texas Stars)
The Stars have yet to find the win column on their current road trip, only collecting one point in Grand Rapids and none anywhere else. The Stars are on a downward swing but the 5th place San Antonio Rampage are swinging upwards. With wins in their last two and six of their last ten, they've slid into contention with Texas for the last position in the Pacific. With the last two games of the season coming between these teams, depending on how the intervening games go, it could be a very, very tight finish.

Dropping Stockton from the conversation for a moment, it's actually a little easier than normal to compare 4th to 5th because both teams play 76 games and have 69 games played thus far. San Antonio trails Texas by just three points. Each team has five games against other opponents and two games against each other before the end of the season.

What would probably be the most stressful (and most excited, for what it's worth) would be any combination of points putting Texas and San Antonio in a tie going into the last weekend of the season. With two games against each other, whoever collected more points would be the victor and head to the playoffs. If the teams were tied, Texas would likely move on as they hold the tiebreaker of regulation and overtime wins at the moment.

Back to tonight's game, the usual suspects will be in full effect. None of Chicago's top 12 scorers on the year are currently in St. Louis or Vegas, so it's going to be a skillful contest. TJ Tynan, Teemu Pulkkinen and Brandon Pirri are all past 50 points on the season; Pirri achieved as much in just 53 games.

Oscar Dansk and Max Lagace are back to being the goalies in Chicago after all that midyear mayhem in Vegas. They've been splitting starts for the past two weeks with Dansk taking the last two. The former Star Lagace has had some of the best stats of his career this season with 13-5-2 record, 2.66 GAA, 0.910 SV%.

Stars injury/call up report:
Dickinson, McKenna, Heatherington (call up)

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

Friday, March 30, 2018

Stars Lose to Admirals 5-3 Due to Woeful Penalty Kill

The Texas Stars couldn't take advantage of a night that saw their power play score three times, losing to the lowly Milwaukee Admirals 5-3. The Admirals also clicked on sixty percent of their power play opportunities, scoring three times to go with their even strength goal and empty netter. Former Star Mark McNeill, who was moved to Milwaukee at the trade deadline, put a goal and an assist on the board against his former club.

(credit: Milwaukee Admirals)
Making his AHL debut on an amateur tryout agreement, power forward Joel L'Esperance recorded two shots on goal for the Stars. Curtis McKenzie drew into the lineup and picked up where he left off, scoring on the power play thirteen minutes into the first period. Travis Morin continued doing what he's done all year: assisting on two of the power play goals to bring his league leading total to 49.

Though the Stars outshot the Admirals by a wide margin, another former Star turned in a solid game with Anders Lindback making 35 saves on 38 shots. Landon Bow did not have a great night, allowing four goals on 21 shots.

After the Admirals answered McKenzie's goal with one from Harry Zolnierczyk on the man advantage three minutes later. The Stars capitalized on their 5-on-3 opportunity near the five minute marker in the second period with a goal from Justin Dowling to put them up 2-1. From there, the Admirals scored three straight goals that proved too much for the Stars to overcome. 

With the three tallies from Frederick Gaudreau, Tyler Gaudet, and McNeill, the Stars faced an uphill climb in the third period. Sheldon Dries scored on the power play eight minutes into the final frame to make things interesting. In the waning minutes of the game, the Stars thought they had the equalizer on a puck that from a certain angle appeared to hit the back of the net. After a lengthy review, the call on the ice stood with no goal being scored. 

The Stars will try to bag some points in the standings against the Chicago Wolves tomorrow night. The puck is set to drop at 7:00 PM CDT. 

Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Mangene, O'Brien, Thompson, Paliotta (scratch)
Dickinson, Heatherington, McKenna (call-up)

Tonight's attendance was 5,128.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Milwaukee - March 30 2018

Curtis McKenzie Reassigned to Texas, Shane Hanna Recalled from Idaho

(credit: Texas Stars)
Perhaps sooner than expected, the Texas Stars will get their captain back as Curtis McKenzie has been reassigned to the club on the eve of their game in Milwaukee. Compounding the transaction, the Idaho Steelheads have recalled Shane Hanna. The addition of McKenzie bodes well for the Stars as they continue to make strides in locking down a playoff spot. Here's the official release from the team website:

Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has reassigned left wing Curtis McKenzie to the Texas Stars, Dallas' top development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL). 
McKenzie, 27, has recorded two assists (0-2=2), a +3 plus/minus rating and 11 penalty minutes in seven games played for Dallas this season. With Texas, he has posted 45 points (24-21=45) in 45 games played thus far. His 13 power play goals are tied for second in the AHL and lead the team, and he paces the Texas Stars in goals (24). 
The 6-foot-2, 205-pound native of Golden, British Columbia was originally selected by Dallas in the sixth round (159th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft. 
The Texas Stars also recalled defenseman Shane Hanne [sic] from their ECHL affiliate, the Idaho Steelheads. 
Hanna, 23, has appeared in 14 games this season for Texas with a pair of assists. The Salmon Arm, British Columbia native has 17 points (5-12=17) in 41 games for the Steelheads this season.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Texas Claims Shootout Point in Grand Rapids

(Credit: Grand Rapids Griffins)
Landon Bow stopped 39 of 41 shots across 65 minutes of work, but the Stars fell in the shootout in Grand Rapids 3-2.

The Stars opened the scoring late in the first period with Roope Hintz's 19th of the season. Grand Rapids tied it up in the second, a period where they outshot Texas 12-4. The always productive Ben Street pushed the Griffins ahead early in the third period on a one-timer from the left wing circle. Not to be kept down for long, Texas tied it on a tip by Sam Laberge at 5:31.

Texas took a bench minor for too many men late in the overtime frame but got out unscathed to the shootout. Tyler Kelleher and Roope Hintz each scored in the shootout but Axel Holmstrom's 5th round score put Grand Rapids on top by a 3-2 final score.

The Stars move on to Milwaukee and Chicago to close the road trip on Friday and Saturday nights. The single point earned tonight helps them stay ahead of the pack, but there is significant distance between the Stars and Heat. Stockton trails Texas and must win five of their remaining eight games to catch up to the Stars point percentage.

Injuries, scratches, and notes:
French, Payne, Thompson, O'Brien, Mangene (scratch)

Tonight's attendance was 8,406.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Grand Rapids - March 28 2018

Gameday Preview: Texas Stars at Grand Rapids Griffins

Texas Stars
34-23-7-3, 78 pts, 0.582
#4 Pacific Division
atGrand Rapids Griffins
36-24-1-7, 80 pts, 0.588
#3 Central Division
March 28th at 6:00 PM
Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI

The last time these two clubs matched up, Grand Rapids was not doing so hot. At two games below .500, they were out of the playoff picture and it didn't look promising for them to recover. However, several lengthy win streaks have helped them compile a 28-14-1-4 record since playing Texas. They're firmly in playoff position and are riding a four-game point streak coming into tonight's game against the Stars.

(Credit: Texas Stars)
Texas is in a playoff spot today, and it looks like their chances are getting better each day. This midwest roadtrip will be crucial to locking this down. They'll have some new helping hands to get them there in tonight's game. In addition to ATO Robbie Payne, who has not yet played a game, Texas signed Joel L'Esperance to a tryout yesterday. L'Esperance played at Michigan Tech for the last four years, notching 98 points in 152 games. He's a Michigan native and spent two years in the USHL before college. His hometown of Brighton is a Detroit suburbs and on the way from Detroit to Grand Rapids.

Stars injury/call up report:
Dickinson, McKenzie, Heatherington, McKenna (call up)

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

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Stars Offense Sputters Against Rampage in 2-1 Loss

(Credit: Texas Stars)
The Texas Stars couldn't complete the weekend sweep of the San Antonio Rampage, falling 2-1 on Saturday. Landon Bow put together another good outing, stopping 27 of 29 shots. Defenseman Brent Regner scored the lone goal for the Stars in the third period.

Recently signed to an amateur tryout agreement after finishing his career at Northern Michigan University, forward Robbie Payne played in his first professional game. Payne did get off a quality shot in the second period but otherwise went unnoticed. 

After hitting a couple of posts in the first period, the Rampage broke open the scoring with about a minute and a half left with a goal from Andrew Agozzino. Assisted by former Star Brendan Ranford, the tally was Agozzino's eighth point in his last nine games. 

The Stars couldn't crack goaltender Andrew Hammond in the second period, although they did outshoot the Rampage 12-7. With 43 seconds left in the frame, Roope Hintz dropped the gloves with Nick Meloche after a scrum in the front of Hammond's crease. 

Less than two minutes into the final period, Rampage defenseman Jesse Graham beat Bow on a shot from the point to put the Stars down by two. The Stars would answer near the ten minute marker when Regner took a slick pass from Brian Flynn and buried one past Hammond. 

The Stars made a quick push but were turned away by Hammond for the next couple of shifts. In the waning minutes of the game, the Stars took an ill-timed penalty and were only left with a minute and a half of time after the kill to get an extra attacker on the ice. A couple of shot attempts and a zone exit later, the Rampage held on to get the win and keep their own playoff hopes alive.

The Stars head for the midwest with their first game on the trip coming against the Grand Rapids Griffins on Wednesday. The puck drops at 6:00 PM CST.

Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Mangene, Kelleher, Thompson, Paliotta (scratch)
Dickinson, McKenzie, Heatherington, McKenna (call-up)

Tonight's attendance was 10,116.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas at San Antonio - March 24 2018

Gameday Preview: Texas Stars at San Antonio Rampage

            Texas Stars                       San Antonio Rampage
    34-22-7-3, 78 pts, .591      at      31-26-10-0, 72 pts, .537
  #4 Pacific Division                    #6 Pacific Division

March 24th at 7:00 PM
AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
Denis Gurianov celebrates after tying Friday's game
(Credit: Andy Nietupski/Texas Stars)
Coming off a gutsy 2-1 victory over the San Antonio Rampage on Friday evening, the Texas Stars will head south on I-35 to take on their rivals for the twelfth time this season on Saturday. In Friday's game, Landon Bow stopped 37 of 38 shots to help seal the victory. It'll be interesting to see who gets the start in Saturday's game between Bow and Phillipe Desroisers. Do you ride the hot hand at this time of year, or go with a fresh backup on the second night of a back-to-back?


In the first game of the weekend set, the Stars had to claw back with two third period goals from Denis Gurianov and Sheldon Dries. Bow expects to see playoff intensity in Saturday's game. "It’s playoff hockey now," said Bow after the recent win. "Everyone’s trying to get whatever advantage they can. They’re going to try to throw me off by getting bodies to the net, and if that’s what they’re going to do I’ve got to be ready for it and try and find the puck."
Rampage center Zach Sanford, who came off a recent injury, had one goal in Friday's contest and nearly had another if not for the crossbar. Look for him and others to score more than one goal as the Rampage will fight tooth and nail in their own playoff bid.
The puck drops in San Antonio at 7:00 PM CST.

Stars injury/call up report:
Dickinson, Heatherington, McKenzie, McKenna (call-up)

Rampage Web Resources

Website: sarampage.com
Blog (unofficial): Runnin' With the Herd
Twitter: @SARampage
Twitter: @DanWeissPBP (play-by-play for SA)

Friday, March 23, 2018

Landon Bow Makes 37 Saves to Lift Stars Over Rampage 2-1

(Credit: Andy Nietupski/Texas Stars)
The Texas Stars took down the San Antonio Rampage on Friday night 2-1 with two third period goals from Denis Gurianov and Sheldon Dries. Landon Bow played a spectacular game with superior rebound control and only ceded one goal on 38 shots.

Dries, who scored the game winning goal weighed in on the effort. “It came down to the third. The first two periods we came out flat. We didn’t play our style of game so we really needed a push in those last 20, and I thought we did that. We were putting pucks and bodies to the net and once again we got the result.”

The game took awhile to get out of the mud, but the Stars made a couple of great defensive plays to keep it scoreless. After a spirited bout between Sheldon Dries and Alex Belzile ten minutes into the first period, Justin Dowling knelt in the slot for a key crouch block to break up a potential tic-tac-toe play.

Rookie defenseman Gavin Bayreuther later broke up a cross-crease feed that would have set up the Rampage to take the lead halfway through the second period. The Stars also dodged a bullet with eight and a half minutes to go in the middle frame when the Rampage had a goal waived off for a high stick.

Stars head coach Derek Laxdal was left wanting more from the game. “I didn’t think we were great tonight,” he said. “I just think we did enough to hang around. The power play was sloppy, but if those guys can be sharper tomorrow night, it gives us a better chance of coming out with the W.”

The Stars killed off the first power play of the game and almost held the game scoreless heading into the second intermission but couldn’t stop the rush after the penalty expired. With thirty seconds to go, Zach Sanford entered the zone unhindered and scored blocker side high. Though Bow would go on to have a great game, his shutout bid was done after 21 shots.

Twenty seconds into the third period, Roope Hintz had a chance to knot the game up with a penalty shot but was met with Spencer Martin’s pad. The Stars, however, scored two goals on only four shots in the period.

Laxdal talked about the third period being the turning point. “We challenged the guys in the third period. This is a playoff game, down 1-0, how are you going to respond in the third period? We scored some big goals and killed a couple big penalties.”

After Sanford clanged a shot off the post near the five minute mark, nearly picking up his second goal, Gurianov took a Brian Flynn pass the other way on the next shift and beat Martin on the rush in a mirror image to the goal Bow allowed earlier in the game.

The Rampage caught a break when Austin Fyten, who would later drop the gloves with Felix Girard, hit a post twelve minutes into the final frame but couldn’t catch a second one. Dries scored his goal to pull the Stars ahead 2-1, picking another high corner. “[Greg Rallo] had a good turnover, chipped it wide,” said Dries. “I saw the goalie cheating a little bit so I tried to put it far side and it went post and in. It was a lucky one I’d say.”

Bow continued his strong play the rest of the game and was aided by plays like one from Dries. With two minutes left in the game, Dries slid across the slot to break up a high danger chance from the rushing Rampage. With their net empty, the Rampage couldn’t get one of their 17 total shots in the third period to go, and Bow completed his strong showing.

Bow talked about the high shot totals against after the game: “We knew it was going to be a tough game against these guys. They’re pushing for a playoff spot right now, and they push bodies and pucks to the net. So seeing that many shots isn’t a surprise. We knew we’d have to be prepared for it and I think we handled it well.”

The Stars wrap up their back-to-back set against the Rampage tomorrow in San Antonio. “Ten games left we have to go into their building tomorrow night,” said Laxdal. “We gotta pick ourselves up, enjoy this for five or ten minutes and move on.”

The puck drops at 7:00 PM CST.

Tonight's lines:
Morin-Dowling-Markison
Gurianov-Hintz-Flynn
Kelleher-Dries-Rallo
Mangene-Fyten-Laberge

Bodnarchuk-Hansson
Bayreuther-Regner
O'Brien-Scarlett

Bow

Injuries, scratches, and notes:
French, Payne, Thompson, Paliotta (scratch)

Tonight's attendance was 5,166.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas v. San Antonio - March 23 2018

Gameday Preview: Texas Stars v. San Antonio Rampage

            Texas Stars                       San Antonio Rampage
    33-22-7-3, 76 pts, .585      v.      31-25-10-0, 72 pts, .545
  #4 Pacific Division                    #6 Pacific Division

March 23rd at 7:30 PM
H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, Cedar Park, TX

Colin Markison scores on a sprawling Ville Husso
(Credit: Texas Stars)
The 11th matchup against the San Antonio Rampage comes at a critical juncture for the Texas Stars. The Stars are primed to put a little more distance in the standings between themselves and the Rampage with a home and home set during the weekend but only possess a 3-4-2-1 record in the previous 10 contests against their I-35 rivals.

The previous game against the Rampage resulted in a 2-1 overtime win in which defenseman Brent Regner scored the game winner. This won't be the same Stars team, however. A slew of call-ups has taken place over the past couple of weeks as the parent club Dallas Stars has sustained a rash of injuries. Already without Dillon Heatherington, the Texas Stars will for the next couple of weeks have to figure out life without their captain Curtis McKenzie, and goaltender Mike McKenna, whose play has been strong down the stretch.

When two teams have to play against each other 14 times in a season, things are always personal. The Rampage don't see themselves as out of the playoff chase, only mere decimal points behind the Stars in terms of points percentage. The usual suspects for the Rampage in Andrew Agozzino (37 pts) and Samuel Blais (35pts) pace their team in scoring and almost always play well against Texas. 

The Rampage will be without their rookie goaltender Ville Husso, who has turned in a Bastien Memorial caliber season, due to a call-up. His backup, Spencer Martin (.895 SP) ought to be a better matchup for a Stars team that will take any points they can eke out.

The puck drops at 7:30 PM CST.

Stars injury/call up report:
Dickinson, Heatherington, McKenzie, McKenna (call-up)

Rampage Web Resources
Website: sarampage.com
Blog (unofficial): Runnin' With the Herd
Twitter: @SARampage
Twitter: @DanWeissPBP (play-by-play for SA)

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Texas Stars Add First ATO, Robbie Payne

(Credit: Northern Michigan University)
As per always, Texas has added an amateur tryout player from a Michigan college. This year, Robbie Payne joins the team from Northern Michigan. Payne was team captain for the Wildcats and tallied 24 points this season in 42 games. Before the college game, he was in the USHL and NAHL.

Here's the release:
The Texas Stars, American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars, announced Wednesday the team has signed forward Robbie Payne to an amateur tryout agreement.

Payne, 24, joins the Stars from Northern Michigan University where he tallied 24 goals in 42 games and served as team captain during his senior season. The 5-foot-11, 193-pound forward has appeared in 158 games over his four-year career at Northern Michigan with 94 points (54-40=94), including a career-high 34 during the 2017-18 season.

The Gaylord, Mich. native spent the 2013-14 season in the USHL competing with the Tri-City Storm and Chicago Steel prior to attending Northern Michigan. Payne also competed in 116 games in the NAHL from 2011-2013 for the Kalamazoo Junior K-Wings.

College-Heavy Draft Classes Mean Light ATO Expectations in Cedar Park

Nicholas Caamano (Credit: Texas Stars)
It's probably going to be a quiet year on the amateur tryout front for the Texas Stars. With only a few weeks left and playoffs in sight, usually the Stars would be adding Dallas Stars drafted prospects to their ranks on tryout agreements for the rest of the season. This year, that's rather unlikely thanks to a combination of factors.

First, a very good reason for players to not be coming to the AHL, they are having success in their own leagues and will probably be in the playoffs longer than the Texas Stars' season. For example, Nicholas Caamano, who played several games with Texas last year is on the top-seeded Hamilton Bulldogs in the OHL and should compete for the league championship. The Stars organization views this as incredibly important experience as careers are often made late in the playoffs. More experience in those high pressure situations is good, especially when the player is going to be used in a ton of situations, as Caamano will be, as opposed to bottom six minutes in Cedar Park. Similarly, Ondrej Vala's Everett Silvertips are the best team in the WHL, and he should have a good run to the WHL championships.

Another reason why there won't be as many ATOs is the college factor. Signing a college player to an ATO ends their college career, as it violates the NCAA rules on getting paid to play (Yes, I know that's weird since it's called an amateur tryout. Just roll with it.). Dallas has drafted a ton of college talent, such as Riley Tufte, Colton Point and Jake Oettinger. Now some of those players wouldn't be coming out to the AHL even if they were in the major junior system, but it still goes to show that the system is stocked with college players.

As such, I'm not going to do a full ATO preview as I've done in the past.

What you can possibly expect is the Scott White (Michigan) collegiate pipeline to bring in some talented players who have been overlooked by NHL clubs. Every year, White adds at least one of these players to the roster. Reid Sturos was the player last year, but he was drowned out by the significant ATO presence of Gavin Bayreuther, Nick Caamano and Ondrej Vala.

Another thing to look out for is the addition of ATOs to other rosters that Texas will face in the coming few weeks. While minutes tend to be sheltered with these young players, a club that is out of the playoff picture and wants to see what they've got may put these young and often dynamic skaters front and center. It makes for an interesting next few weeks either way.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Dallas Stars Expected to Recall Curtis McKenzie

(Credit: Andy Nietupski/Texas Stars)
UPDATE: Dallas made it official at 11:30 AM.

The captain, Curtis McKenzie, is expected to be recalled from Texas to the NHL this morning. An injury to Jason Spezza has necessitated the recall. He is expected to be in Washington in time for tonight's game against the Capitals.

Here's the release:
Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has recalled left wing Curtis McKenzie from the Texas Stars, Dallas' top development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).

McKenzie, 27, has recorded one assist (0-1=1), a +2 plus/minus rating and nine penalty minutes in four games played for Dallas this season. With Texas, he has posted 45 points (24-21=45) in 45 games played thus far. His 13 power play goals are second in the AHL and lead the team, and he paces the Texas Stars in goals (24).

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound native of Golden, British Columbia was originally selected by Dallas in the sixth round (159th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Dallas Stars Recall Goalie Mike McKenna For At Least Two Weeks

(Credit: Derek Sparta/Texas Stars)
The Dallas Stars recalled Mike McKenna this morning following injury to starter Ben Bishop last night in Winnipeg. The injury is expected to be re-evaluated in two weeks, so the recall will last at least that long.

Here's the release:
Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has recalled goaltender Mike McKenna from the Texas Stars, Dallas' top development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).

McKenna, 34, has posted a 15-9-4 record with a .907 save percentage and a 2.69 goals against average with one shutout in 30 appearances with Texas during the 2017-18 season.

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound native of St. Louis, Mo. was signed by Dallas as a free agent on July 1, 2017. McKenna was originally selected by Nashville in the sixth round (172nd overall) of the 2002 NHL Draft.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Stars Lead Start to Finish, Topping Moose 6-4

Dries, Kelleher and Markison combine for seven points in win
(Credit: Derek Sparta/Texas Stars)
After last night's rough loss, Texas found itself facing the top team in the West at home in their third game in four nights. It was a recipe for a let down, but the Stars gutted out a strong performance. They scored first and led the entire contest, potting six goals and chasing starting goalie Jamie Phillips.

"We tried to keep it simple from the get go," said Colin Markison, who had three assists on the night. "Our plan was to get on the forecheck and play in their zone as much as possible."

Markison's line was a key driver of the Stars' success. Tyler Kelleher slotted in on the wing of Sheldon Dries, and the trio put in a pair of goals and combined for seven points with each having a multipoint evening.

"[Kelleher] came off an injury in Milwaukee and hadn't played a bunch," said Texas Stars head coach Derek Laxdal. "He fit in [on that line] and has found himself a spot. He's been a good find for us."

The contest, combined with last week's win in Tucson, was a real confidence boost for the fourth-place Stars. Markison noted that the two games proved Texas could "100% without a doubt" compete with the best in the West.

The game had a chance to get out of hand through the first half. Texas showed a lack of discipline and took several penalties, including tripping, high-sticking and an attempted spear by Matt Mangene.

"We weren't as disciplined as I would have liked tonight. We took a spearing penalty, just a retaliation that wasn't very positive. We have to manage our emotions. Every game is a playoff mindset so you have to have that controlled emotion."

Roope Hintz managed to find the back of the net on a Texas power play off the dish from Tyler Kelleher, who had opened the scoring himself in the first period.

"Sheldon and I have played together before," said Markison. "But that was our first time playing with Tyler. He adds confidence and presence. He's shifty and a good passer. Just a good all-around player.

After Mangene's spear, Sheldon Dries jetted down the ice with Colin Markison to score 4-on-4 and make it a 3-0 game. Manitoba would break up the shutout with a power play goal on that spearing call, however. The Stars got it back on a point shot by Andrew O'Brien that had eyes through traffic to the top corner, making it 4-1.

Manitoba answered with Charles-David Beaudoin's first AHL goal just over a minute later, and the score was 4-2 after forty.

Texas extended their lead to 6-2 with goals from Denis Gurianov on the backhand and Curtis McKenzie in tight on the power play. Manitoba had a response, scoring twice in 90 seconds late in the game to make it a 6-4 game. Their own lack of discipline put them down a man, then two, with under three minutes to go and ended their chances at a comeback.

It was a physical game, but Texas did well, for the most part, to not get goaded into taking extra penalties or getting into their own heads about the referees not calling things that they felt should have been called. They took care of business on the scoreboard, which is what ultimately counts.

The Stars now get an extended break, not playing again until Friday versus San Antonio. It will be a solid break to focus on some systems and heal bumps and bruises. Texas has several more three-day breaks in their schedule, but this is their last of more than three days.

Tonight's lines:
McKenzie-Dowling-Morin
Flynn-Hintz-Gurianov
Kelleher-Dries-Markison
Mangene-Fyten-Laberge

Bodnarchuk-Hansson
Bayreuther-Regner
O'Brien-Scarlett

McKenna

Injuries, scratches, and notes:
French, Rallo, Thompson, Paliotta, Desrosiers (scratch)

Tonight's attendance was 5,512.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas v. Manitoba - March 17 2018

Gameday Preview: Texas Stars v. Manitoba Moose

      Texas Stars                           Manitoba Moose
  32-22-7-3, 75 pts, .578      v.     37-17-4-4, 82 pts, .661
#4 Pacific Division                    #1 Central Division

March 17th at 7:00 PM CST
H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, Cedar Park, TX

Last night against Cleveland was not great for the Stars. The worst team in the league played fast and loose at the H-E-B Center and came away with two points. Now Texas must turn around and play the best team in the west less than 24 hours later.

(Credit: Andy Nietupski/Texas Stars)
Coach Laxdal was brutally aware of how difficult the turnaround would be in last night's postgame. He noted as always that the team needed to fix their mistakes from last night and otherwise forget the game. One of those big mistakes that they fixed in the game, but need to not repeat tonight, is the penalty trouble.

During this home stand, Texas has been particularly bad on the disciplinary ledger, especially in the second period. Starting at 18:09 of the first, Texas went to the penalty box four straight times and gave up two power play goals on those chances.

Laxdal called it discipline, plain and simple. "It’s discipline and emotion. When [McKenzie] gets taken to the net, he ends up taking a penalty, and you can’t have that. Nothing else is going to work, your system, your structure, your details if you don’t have that controlled emotion."

The Stars will look to control their emotions tonight against a team that beat the Rampage last night in San Antonio. It was a come from behind victory for the Moose as Mason Appleton scored with the extra attacker to tie things 2-2 with 67 seconds left in the third.

Stars injury/call-up report:
Dickinson, Heatherington (call-up)

Moose Web Resources
Website: moosehockey.com
Twitter: @ManitobaMoose
Beat writer: @PwilliamsNHL

Friday, March 16, 2018

Stars Come Up Short in 6-5 Overtime Loss to Monsters

Nathan Gerbe beats Landon Bow in overtime
(credit: Andy Nietupski/Texas Stars)
The Texas Stars squandered a must-win game against the league worst Cleveland Monsters, losing 6-5 in overtime. The Stars had a one goal lead in the first period and came back to tie at the end of regulation, but left with only one point in the standings with the season winding down. Alex Broadhurst and Nathan Gerbe both had three point games with Gerbe netting the game winner.

Sheldon Dries, who finished the game with a goal and an assist pointed to special teams as a culprit in the loss. “On the PK we need to get those kills and on the power play we need to score goals. It didn’t happen tonight and they got the result.”

The first period featured an abundance of scoring from the first shift. Gerbe ripped his team’s first shot by Landon Bow short side just after a minute into the game. Stars head coach Derek Laxdal weighed in on the flow of the game. “Both teams played a little loose, a little shinny at times. That’s a team over there that’s not going to make the playoffs so there’s no pressure on them.”

The Stars responded a few minutes later when Kelleher cleaned up a rebound that skimmed out to the slot for his first goal in a Texas uniform. The play was initiated by a slick drop pass on the zone entry which led to the initial shot on net.

With half the period gone, the two teams traded shorthanded goals. Dries entombed a puck high into the back of the net where it stayed buried in the twine for his fourth shorthanded goal of the season. “We try to pressure in all situations that we can,” said Dries. “I saw him trying to go far side, and I put my stick in the lane and got a lucky bounce. We capitalized there but let a goal in so it kind of cancels out.”

Cleveland responded with one from winger Jordan Schroeder coming after the Stars had over 30 seconds of 5-on-3. Schroeder finished the game with a goal and a helper. “Our power play has got to score,” said Laxdal of the sequence of play. “When you get a look on the 5-on-3, you’ve got to bury it.”

Alex Broadhurst, assisted by his brother Terry, scored a power play goal with a little over a minute left in the first period to give the Monsters the lead heading into the first intermission.

The Stars couldn’t stay out of penalty trouble in the game, and had amassed six minor penalties with ten minutes left in the second period. They paid the price as Paul Bittner scored after driving the net hard three minutes into the frame. “You could see our guys grasping when we were down 4-2,” opined Laxdal. “We’re taking way too many penalties now and it’s taxing our players on the penalty kill and other players aren’t playing.”

Coming out of second intermission, the Stars played with more of a sense of urgency. Defenseman Reece Scarlett crashed the net net on a chance from Dries and swatted in the rebound to bring the Stars within one. All the good vibes and positive momentum were momentarily dashed by a deflection goal from Hayden Hodgson. The Stars quickly drew a penalty and setup up Travis Morin, who leads the team with 54 points, for a goal on the power play and a chance to tie once again with 14 minutes left in the game.

The Stars drew their fifth penalty of the game with two and a half minutes to go and emptied the chamber on Kivlenieks, putting up several shots when they pulled Bow for the extra attacker. With six seconds left, Roope Hintz scored with his backhand in the top corner.

The teams were tied in shots at 41 at the end of regulation. Gerbe scored his overtime game winner, and second goal of the game, after Hintz and Denis Gurianov’s rush was stymied by Kivlenieks, leading to an easy breakaway for Gerbe. “We talked about staying out of the box in the third period, and we battled back in the third to get the point. We would have liked to grab the second point. It’s a frustrating loss.”

The Stars stay at home for the Manitoba Moose on Saturday evening. The puck drops at 7:00 PM CST.

Tonight's lines:
McKenzie-Dowling-Morin
Flynn-Hintz-Kelleher
Gurianov-Dries-Markison
Mangene-Fyten-Laberge

Bodnarchuk-Hansson
Bayreuther-Regner
O'Brien-Scarlett

Bow

Injuries, scratches, and notes:
French, Rallo, Thompson, Paliotta, McKenna (scratch)

Tonight's attendance was 4,852.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas v. Cleveland - March 16 2018

Gameday Preview: Texas Stars v. Cleveland Monsters

      Texas Stars                          Cleveland Monsters
 32-22-6-3, 73 pts, .579      v.      20-32-5-3, 48 pts, .400
 #5 Pacific Division                     #7 Central Division

March 16th at 7:30 PM
H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, Cedar Park, TX

UPDATE: Mike McKenna has been reassigned to the Texas Stars.

Roope Hintz squares off with Zac Dalpe
(credit: Texas Stars)
After enduring a loss to the Manitoba Moose on Wednesday and floundering in the standings, the Texas Stars have a premium chance to bag two points tonight against the Cleveland Monsters. The Monsters sit dead last in the AHL in terms of points percentage and have especially struggled after trading their leading scorer Carter Camper away at the trade deadline.

The Stars can ill afford to give away points to inferior teams during this time of year. Expect to see them play with a sense of urgency in front of their home crowd and look to pounce on Cleveland early. A positive sign from Wednesday's game was Curtis McKenzie clicking on two power play goals to get him back on track after a lengthy stay on the injured list. 

Landon Bow did not have a great showing against Manitoba and was replaced by Phillipe Desrosiers mid-game. We could see Desrosiers get the start tonight, if not tomorrow against Manitoba again on the second night of a back-to-back (All subject to change with this afternoon's reassignment of Mike McKenna). The Stars will be without Dillon Heatherington due to a call-up, which will mean Reece Scarlett or Michael Paliotta slotting in on the blue line. 

Alex and Terry Broadhurst are the leading scorers for the Monsters with with 34 and 27 points respectively. Cleveland is near the bottom of the league in just about any category on special teams, and the Stars need to maintain the power play momentum they created against Manitoba. If the Stars can't pull out the victory, it won't be time to panic. But perhaps it would be ideal to locate the button.

The puck drops at 7:30 PM CST. 

Stars injury/call up report:
Dickinson, McKenna, Heatherington (call-up)

Monsters Web Resources

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Texas Falls Flat Against Manitoba, Loses Ground in Division

(Credit: Andy Nietupski/Texas Stars)
After an initial burst from Texas, Manitoba controlled the pace and tempo of most of tonight's game in Cedar Park, ultimately upending the home side 6-3. Curtis McKenzie had two power play goals in his first home game since returning from a six-week injury. It wasn't enough to overcome a balanced 5-on-5 attack and heavy physicality from the Moose.

"They showed us that if you play like a team you're probably going win more nights than not," said Coach Laxdal. "5-on-5 we didn't establish a forecheck or enough offensive zone time. They looked like a team that wanted it more than we did."

Texas had bright spots in the game, including their early power plays and the late, extended 6-on-5 sequence to end the game.

Laxdal noted that this game was creeping up on the Stars in a way. They got away with a low shot count, highly defensive game in Tucson thanks to Landon Bow, but the rookie goalie couldn't save them tonight. The two clubs were evenly matched on shots in the first at 13-13 but Texas only managed 4 and 8 in the ensuing periods. Bow was pierced for six before giving way to Philippe Desrosiers. The Stars hung Bow out to dry tonight, according to Laxdal.

"We're defending too much, Physically, we don't have the energy to go on offense. We have to defend quicker and harder and not get stuck in the D zone. We can't rely on our goaltender as much."

That bright spot of the power play was moving pucks with aplomb early. Curtis McKenzie was on the receiving end of a nice pass from Justin Dowling for the game's first goal.

"We talked before the game that we wanted more out of the power play unit," said McKenzie. As a five man unit we were moving well today, zipping the puck, and I was on the backend of some nice plays tonight. We need a little more urgency 5-on-5 and that will keep us away from games like this."

Manitoba answered back fast with two goals in 30 seconds around the eight minute mark. Both came off the sticks of low scoring defensemen.

Peter Stoykewych, another defenseman, potted the 3-1 goal before Texas halted the bleeding a bit. Again on the power play, McKenzie found twine off the backdoor feed of Travis Morin. The active period ended at 3-2 Moose.

Texas got into a decent amount of penalty trouble in the second with three consecutive calls for interference. JC Lipon would make Texas pay on McKenzie's interference call with his twelfth of the year. Texas wasn't able to establish much in that second period and it put them behind the eight ball in the third.

Pushing the pace to get back into it, Texas had two more end up in the back of their net. Sam Laberge would score late, but it wasn't of consequence. The Stars pulled Desrosiers for the extra man with 3:46 left in the third period and Manitoba's Jamie Phillips pulled out some of his best saves of the night, including point blank chances on back to back plays within two minutes of the end.

The Stars rerack and play Cleveland on Friday before facing these same Moose on Saturday to end the season series. With the loss, Texas dips to fifth place in the division, outside the playoff picture, and could stay there by morning depending on the outcome of west coast games.

Tonight's lines:
Morin-Dowling-McKenzie
Hintz-Flynn-Markison
Thompson-Dries-Gurianov
Mangene-Fyten-Laberge

Bayreuther-Regner
Bodnarchuk-Scarlett
Hansson-Paliotta

Bow
Desrosiers

Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Kelleher, French, Rallo, O'Brien (scratch)
Dickinson, McKenna, Heatherington (call-up)

Tonight's attendance was 5,067.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas v. Manitoba - March 14 2018

Gameday Preview: Texas Stars v. Manitoba Moose

      Texas Stars                           Manitoba Moose
  32-21-6-3, 73 pts, .589      v.     36-17-4-4, 80 pts, .656
#3 Pacific Division                    #1 Central Division

March 14th at 7:30 PM CST
H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, Cedar Park, TX

UPDATE: Dillon Heatherington has been recalled to Dallas.

We can start this preview by stating the obvious. The Moose are a very, very good team. They've got the best record in the West and will likely be the first team to clinch a playoff berth in the Conference.

(Credit: Texas Stars)
However...

Manitoba is not such an unstoppable force as of late, and Texas has a real chance to pounce on some points here this week with the season series closing between tonight's game and Saturday's. In their past ten games, the Moose are showing some potential of being human with a 4-5-0-1 record. Since rattling off a five game winning streak to start February, they are 5-7-1-2. Chicago, Iowa, Grand Rapids and Milwaukee, all contending for playoff positioning, knocked off the Moose during that time.

The Stars have something of a confidence boost on their side of the equation as well. When Texas visited Winnipeg earlier this year, they emerged with two wins, each by a four goal margin. Landon Bow picked up his first AHL shutout in that set as well. The leading scorer in those wins was Curtis McKenzie with 3-2=5. The captain will be playing his 3rd game back from injury tonight and first at home.

Stars injury/call-up report:
Dickinson, McKenna, Heatherington (call-up)

Moose Web Resources
Website: moosehockey.com
Twitter: @ManitobaMoose
Beat writer: @PwilliamsNHL

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Texas Stars Win in Tucson, Scoring Four on Ten Shots

(Credit: Tucson Roadrunners)
Winless in the season series coming into the game, the Texas Stars broke that streak with a 4-3 victory over the Tucson Roadrunners. The second period was the key to the night for Texas. In the frame, Justin Dowling and Roope Hintz scored in the first minute, and Gavin Bayreuther added his sixth of the year.

Landon Bow stopped 24 of 27 shots against him. He came up especially big in the first period when Texas was outshot 11-1. In the second, the Stars scored their three goals on just six shots and added their game-winning goal in the third while sending just three shots on net.

With five shots saved among nine total, Texas chased Hunter Miska from the Tucson net when Sheldon Dries scored what would become the game-winner.

Curtis McKenzie had his first point since returning from injury, a secondary assist on Dowling's goal in the second.

The Stars return home to play another hot club, Manitoba, on Wednesday.

Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Kelleher, Scarlett, French, Rallo, O'Brien (scratch)
Dickinson, McKenna (call-up)

Today's attendance was 4,602.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Tucson - March 10 2018

Gameday Preview: Texas Stars at Tucson Roadrunners

           Texas Stars                         Tucson Roadrunners
     31-21-6-3, 71 pts, .582      at      31-17-4-1, 67 pts, .632
   #4 Pacific Division                       #1 Pacific Division

March 10th at 8:05 PM
Tucson Arena, Tucson, AZ

If the playoffs started tonight, this would be your round one matchup. And if those playoffs started tonight, this would be pretty close to the team Texas would be fielding.

(Credit: Tucson Roadrunners)
With Martin Hanzal's season ending back surgery, it went from very unlikely to basically impossible that Texas would get Jason Dickinson back in the fold this season. While both he and Remi Elie are playoff eligible in Texas, the Dallas Stars hope to be competing in playoffs of their own when the AHL playoffs kickoff. Mike McKenna would likely be back in Cedar Park at that point, but this is the team.

This was not true earlier this week, however, because of one glaring gap in the lineup, Curtis McKenzie. The captain played his first game since January 27th when a bizarre collision with one of his own defensemen took him out of the lineup. Last night he had two shots and a minor penalty but before his departure, he was set to be Texas's representative in the AHL All-Star game. His absence from the lineup has dropped him out of the top points scorer list in the AHL, but he is still a point per game player at this level and extremely important to have back.

Tonight's contest is the last in the season series between these two teams, none of which have gone Texas's way. With this shaping up to be a potential playoff matchup, tonight's game is important to show that the Stars can beat this team and give them that confidence when the matchup begins in April.

Stars injury/call up report:
Dickinson, McKenna (call-up)

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

Friday, March 9, 2018

Mike Sislo's OT Winner Lifts Roadrunners Over Stars 2-1

Carter Camper tees off on his opening power play goal
(credit: Tucson Roadrunners)
The Texas Stars collected a point in the standings in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Pacific division leading Tucson Roadrunners. It was a familiar result with an identical score to the last game these two teams played in February. Uncannily, winger Mike Sislo scored the game winner in both games.

In a stroke of good fortune, the Stars got their captain back with Curtis McKenzie drawing into the lineup after weeks of nursing a leg injury. Though he did not have much of an impact, his presence had to be a welcome sight to a team jostling for playoff positioning.

The player who did have an impact for the Stars was Landon Bow (25 saves). He was the sole reason the Stars were competitive throughout their penalty riddled night as his team was heavily outshot 27-16.

The Stars flirted with disaster too many times on special teams, spending 12 minutes shorthanded against Tucson's sixth ranked power play unit led by their dangerous forward group. Due to Bow's effort, the Stars did kill off five of those penalties, but Travis Morin's double minor for high sticking in the second period was too much to overcome.

On the back half of the four minute span, recent acquisition Carter Camper broke open the scoring on a shot that hit the crossbar and went in six minutes into the middle frame. It was Camper's first goal in a Roadrunners uniform.

With six minutes left in the second period, Samuel Laberge scored the equalizer for his fifth goal of the year when he deflected Dillon Heatherington's shot from the point. Early in the third period, the Stars endured a bit of a scare when Morin was cross checked into the boards by Lawson Crouse. He stayed on the ice for a few moments but quickly joined the ensuing power play.

Sislo's goal came two minutes into overtime and underwent a lengthy review. The shot rang off the post, hit Bow's back and trickled into the net. It was initially unclear if the puck crossed the line, but the call on the ice was upheld.

The Stars wrap up the back-to-back set against the Roadrunners on Saturday. The puck drops at 8:05 PM CST.

Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Kelleher, Scarlett, French, Rallo, Paliotta (scratch)
Dickinson, McKenna (call-up)

Today's attendance was 4,231.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Tucson - March 9 2018

Gameday Preview: Texas Stars at Tucson Roadrunners



           Texas Stars                         Tucson Roadrunners
     31-21-5-3, 70 pts, .583      at      30-17-4-1, 65 pts, .625
   #4 Pacific Division                       #1 Pacific Division

March 9th at 8:05 PM
Tucson Arena, Tucson, AZ
Brian Flynn 1-on-1 with Dysin Mayo (credit: Texas Stars)
Heading into the first game of a back-to-back weekend set against the Tucson Roadrunners, the Texas Stars have only played their Pacific division leading rivals twice this season and lost both times. Though they did collect a point with an overtime loss in the second game, this pair of games in the desert could go a long way in determining the fate of the Stars as the regular season winds down.

There are a couple of key positives to note about the Stars at the moment. They are coming off a recent win over the Iowa Wild on Wednesday in a game that had Brian Flynn and Justin Dowling back in the lineup after sustaining minor injuries. Dowling chipped in with a goal, which was a welcome sight considering the Stars will need secondary players to emerge down the stretch. Brian Flynn is a pro that contributes in all three zones and does all the little things to help win games.

The situation in net will be interesting this weekend. With Mike McKenna still up with the parent club, Landon Bow and Phillipe Desrosiers may split the games. Desrosiers has done much in his stint with the Idaho Steelheads to elicit confidence from the Texas coaching staff. 

The Roadrunners possess a sixth ranked power play unit with elite prospect Dylan Strome (49 pts) leading the way. Recently acquired from the Cleveland Monsters, Carter Camper rounds out a dynamic forward group that can score on anyone. Rookie winger Nick Merkley (37 pts) is also a ton of fun to watch. Tucson struggles on the penalty kill at 80.7%--just above the Stars. If the Stars can stay out of the box and capitalize on their power play, they can have success against Adin Hill (.911 SP) and Hunter Miska (.899 SP). 

The puck drops at 8:05 PM CST. 

Stars injury/call up report:
Dickinson, McKenna (call-up)
McKenzie (injured)

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

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Colin Markison Leads Texas's Second Period Surge, Drives 4-2 Win

Colin Markison (Credit: Texas Stars)
After a strong first period from Iowa, the Texas Stars rebounded in the second to push past the visiting Wild 4-2 at H-E-B Center tonight. Colin Markison was at the center of it all, collecting the game tying goal and assisting on the go-ahead and insurance tallies.

"He's a motor, a guy who can drive any line," said Coach Laxdal of Markison. "He drove some offense tonight just with some great forechecks. Pressure and speed kills."

Markison was everywhere in the second as he scored just 34 seconds into the frame, generated a shorthanded tally with his speed and then found open man Justin Dowling late in the frame.

Dowling find that playing with Markison gives him more confidence in his game, "He eliminates a lot of mistakes. I like to take a few chances when i'm out there and make the skill play. If I turn it over, sometimes it's not in a good spot and it seems like Markison is always there to cover for me with his legs."

Iowa opened the scoring just under a minute into the contest. It was their first shot of the game, coming on a partial breakaway by Kurtis Gabriel.

"They started quick on us and we got caught just off the change," said Laxdal. "We were back on our feet in the first period."

Sheldon Dries evened things up with a bizarre shot from the corner that rode the goal line and was ultimately knocked in by a butterflying Niklas Svedberg in net.

The Wild scored on a power play late in the period to regain the lead, but it would be their last tally of the game.

Markison's goal came just 34 seconds into the second and put some life back into the Texas bench and fans alike. The initial shot by Bayreuther came to Markison at the net and may have been played with a high stick. The call was a good goal on the ice, but the play went to a review before the final goal call.

Later, Markison's legs made a play as he broke in alone on Svedberg on the PK. Svedberg smothered his initial chance but sent a rebound out to the stick of trailing Austin Fyten, who made no mistake for the 3-2 go-ahead goal.

The period ended with Markison finding Dowling after streaking down the ice to establish the zone. Coach Laxdal commented on the "great effort" that Markison put in on the play to generate the goal.

Iowa came after Texas in the third but was continually rebuffed. The Stars only allowed six shots in the frame and grabbed a late period power play to help stem the tide of momentum from the Wild. Roope Hintz, who has been back and forth to Dallas twice in the last 72 hours, drew that penalty.

"I liked his urgency. He drew a penalty late with his play down the wall. When he's playing like that, he's a tough player to stop."

Even with a later power play for the Wild leading to a 6-on-4, Texas would not budge. Landon Bow stopped 20 of 22 as he must now take the reins from Mike McKenna with the vet in Dallas.

Texas hits the road tomorrow to play a weekend pair in Tucson starting Friday at 8:05 PM CT.

Tonight's lines:
Dowling-Morin-Markison
Flynn-Hintz-Gurianov
Rallo-Dries-Thompson
Laberge-Fyten-Mangene

Bodnarchuk-Paliotta
O'Brien-Regner
Hansson-Bayreuther

Bow

Injuries, scratches, and notes:
French, Heatherington, Scarlett, Kelleher (scratch)
McKenzie (injured)
Dickinson (call up)

Tonight's attendance was 4,750.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas v. Iowa - March 7 2018

Gameday Preview: Texas Stars v. Iowa Wild

Texas Stars
30-21-5-3, 68 pts, 0.576
#5 Pacific Division
v.Iowa Wild
27-12-8-4, 66 pts, 0.589
#3 Central Division
March 5th at 7:30 PM
H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, Cedar Park, TX

The Texas Stars close out their season series with the Iowa Wild this evening in Cedar Park. Texas is 2-1 against the Wild this season with an OT win at home and a split in Iowa last month.

Depth will be the challenge of the night. Texas catches a break in that Roope Hintz was not needed on his emergency recall last night and will be with the team this evening. However, depending on injury recovery timelines, Justin Dowling, Brian Flynn and Curtis McKenzie could all still be out of the lineup.

Sheldon Dries (Credit: Texas Stars)
The good news for Texas is that their depth forwards have had success against Iowa this year. Sheldon Dries, Greg Rallo and Matt Mangene all have three points in the season series. Dries has a quarter of the Stars' goals in the season series with three.

Another interesting stat here for the matchup is that it's a good bet whatever the score is after two periods will tell us the final result. Iowa is 18-0-6-2 when leading after two periods and 1-16-1-0 when trailing after two periods.

With Mike McKenna in Dallas, it's a good time to drop Philippe Desrosiers into the starting role. Landon Bow is 0-4-1 in his last five. At some point, Bow will break out of his funk, but why wouldn't you give Desrosiers a shot now?

Stars injury/call up report:
McKenna, Hintz, Dickinson (call up)
McKenzie, Dowling, Flynn (injury, day-to-day)

Wild Web Resources:
Website: iowawild.com
Blog (Official): I Wild Blog
Twitter: @IAWild

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Texas Stars Recall Philippe Desrosiers for At Least Next Two Games

(Credit: Texas Stars)
With Mike McKenna in the NHL for at least two games, Texas has recalled Philippe Desrosiers from Idaho. Desrosiers has started the last ten games in a row for the Steelheads. His lone AHL appearance this year was a one-goal win. It only makes sense that he gets a start this week as Landon Bow is 0-4-1 in his last five decisions.

Here's the release:
The Texas Stars, American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars, announced Tuesday rookie goaltender Phil Desrosiers has been recalled from the team’s ECHL affiliate, the Idaho Steelheads.

Desrosiers, 22, is 23-9-3 with Idaho this season with a 2.51 goals against average and a .913 save percentage. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound netminder made his season debut and stopped 23 of 24 shots in a 5-1 win over the San Antonio Rampage on February 3rd.

Desrosiers (deh-ROH-see-ay) was a second-round pick of Dallas in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Emergency Recalls Send Mike McKenna, Roope Hintz to Dallas

(Credit: Texas Stars)
Forward Roope Hintz and goalie Mike McKenna have both been recalled to the Dallas Stars this morning. Hintz was with Dallas last night and may not have ever physically left. He was an emergency recall last night to deal with an unspecified injury in the Dallas lineup. He took warmups but did not play. Meanwhile, Ben Bishop left last night's game against the Senators and McKenna is likely needed to back up Kari Lehtonen tonight.

It's expected that McKenna will be backing up Lehtonen for at least the next two games. Hintz may be assigned back to Texas just as quickly as yesterday.

Here's the release:
Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has recalled forward Roope Hintz and goaltender Mike McKenna from the Texas Stars, Dallas' top development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).

Hintz, 21, ranks fourth on Texas with 15 goals and is tied for fifth on the team with 27 points (15-12=27) in 55 AHL games this season. Hintz also ranks third on the team with five power play goals and is tied for fourth with two game-winning goals in 2017-18.

The 6-foot-3, 205-pound native of Tampere, Finland was originally selected by Dallas in the second round (49th overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft.

McKenna, 34, has posted a 14-9-4 record with a .908 save percentage and a 2.64 goals against average with one shutout in 29 appearances with Texas during the 2017-18 season.

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound native of St. Louis, Mo. was signed by Dallas as a free agent on July 1, 2017. McKenna was originally selected by Nashville in the sixth round (172nd overall) of the 2002 NHL Draft.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Texas Stars Welcome Roope Hintz Back After Short Recall

(Credit: Texas Stars)
The Dallas Stars reassigned Roope Hintz to the Texas Stars this evening. Hintz took warmups but did not put him in the lineup. He was an emergency recall, and he was the 13th man. Since it was an emergency circumstance, the recall does not count against Dallas's four recall limit.

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

Hintz, 21, ranks fourth on Texas with 15 goals and is tied for fifth on the team with 27 points (15-12=27) in 55 AHL games this season. Hintz also ranks third on the team with five power play goals and is tied for fourth with two game-winning goals in 2017-18.

The 6-foot-3, 205-pound native of Tampere, Finland was originally selected by Dallas in the second round (49th overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft.