|(Credit: Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)|
For the second straight week, Curtis McKenzie stood above the pack and was selected for Player of the Week. His shorthanded tally last night to bring Texas to a tie with San Antonio late was a real standout play in a week that saw him score three goals and return from the NHL.
There were obviously a few other players who had excellent weeks, not the least of which was Justin Dowling. Dowling also had a game-tying goal on Saturday but his four point performance was hampered by two of those points being secondary assists. McKenzie's grit in a week that is almost meaningless to the final standings was a solid marker in his column.
McKenzie is old hat at the AHL playoffs at this point. Last night in postgame, he talked in like a veteran about the level of preparation and mentality of a playoff team. As he stated, only three more periods until the real season begins.