Dallas Stars: Texas Stars

Willie Desjardins named coach of Texas Stars

June, 13, 2012
6/13/12
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The Dallas Stars announced Wednesday that Willie Desjardins will coach the Texas Stars, the organization's primary affiliate in the American Hockey League. Desjardins, 55, was the Stars' associate head coach the last two seasons.

“We believe that Willie’s track record as a teacher of the game and his ability to develop young players is a perfect fit for the Texas Stars,” Joe Nieuwendyk said. “His knowledge of Glen Gulutzan’s system and his familiarity with our prospects will continue to improve player development between Dallas and the Texas Stars.”

Here is part of the club's release:

“I’m extremely excited for the opportunity to become head coach of the Texas Stars,” said Desjardins. “I feel one of my strengths has always been in coaching younger players and this is a fantastic opportunity to do just that. The Stars organization has a group of very talented prospects coming through the system and I look forward to helping them develop.”

Previous to his stint in Dallas, Desjardins was the head coach of the Medicine Hat Tigers of the Western Hockey League from 2002-2010, leading the club to the WHL Championship in 2004 and 2007. He coached Medicine Hat at the Memorial Cup Tournament in those two seasons, and was runner-up at the 2007 tournament. He was awarded the Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy as WHL Coach of the Year for the 2005-06 season.

During his eight years in Medicine Hat, Desjardins compiled a regular season record of 333-182-61 and a playoff mark of 65-43. His teams qualified for the playoffs each season he coached the club, and finished in the top three in goals scored in six of those eight years.

The native of Climax, Saskatchewan, served as an assistant coach for gold medal-winning Team Canada at the 2009 World Junior Championships. He was the head coach for Canada at the 2010 World Junior Championships, earning the silver medal.

Desjardins was head coach of the WHL’s Saskatoon Blades during the 1997-98 season, after working as bench boss for the Seibu Bears in Japan from 1994-96. Previously, he served as head coach at the University of Calgary from 1989-1994, leading the Dinosaurs to two Canada West University Athletic Association (CWUAA) championships. He was an assistant coach at the university from 1985-89.

Prospect update: Scott Glennie

April, 29, 2012
4/29/12
10:47
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This is the latest in a series of updates on the top prospects of the Dallas Stars. This one looks at forward Scott Glennie, who played his first full professional season with the Texas Stars of the AHL.

Glennie, Dallas’ first round pick (8th overall) in 2009, registered 37 points (12 goals, 25 assists) in 70 games for Texas. He missed all but the first couple days of training camp and the first three games of Texas’ season due to a concussion. He missed the last two games of the season with a wrist injury.

“It was a bit of a slow start with the injury there, but I think the second half went pretty well. I got my feet underneath me,” said Glennie. “It’s just getting used to the game. It took me a little while to get used to the pace, how fast and big the guys are. I think I am used to that now.”

Glennie had only two points in his first 13 games, but picked up the pace when Dallas made some roster moves in late November.

“When Tomas Vincour went up (to the NHL), Scott got a lot more ice time and he ran with it,” said Scott White, Texas Stars GM and Dallas’ Director of Minor League Operations. “His game is better. He’s learned what he needs to do to get better. He has some elements that our organization needs – quick, good hands, right shot, has the ability to score. All in all, his improvement has been steady from November on once he got healthy.”

During a stretch that ran from early January to late March, Glennie put up 26 points (8 goals, 18 assists) in 34 games.

“All the games I’ve seen down there, to me, he’s been one of the best players in the game. Until Jack (Campbell) got there, he was our youngest player,” said Les Jackson, Dallas Stars Director of Player Personnel. “He has a good season, not as far as goal scoring, but in the sense of learning how to be a pro, what it takes to show up every day and what it means to put the work in and train to be a good player every night.”

The 21-year-old got his first taste of NHL action in Dallas’ final game of the season, picking up no points and two penalty minutes in 9:35 of playing time.

Glennie, who played center and right wing in Texas this past season, should get a good look at Dallas’ training camp in September.

“I sense he got himself a real good foundation of what it takes to be a pro, and I don’t think he is that far from the NHL,” Jackson said. “He’s got all the tools that fit into the new game. He’s got skill, he’s smart and he’s got scoring ability. It will just be a matter of where we are in the fall. If he goes back to Texas that won’t be a bad thing for him, it will be a good thing. I suspect at the end of the day he’ll come up here and be a good NHL player.”


The Dallas Stars and Texas Stars announced this morning that Texas Stars head coach Jeff Pyle and assistant coach Jeff Truitt have been relieved of their duties.

Texas finished last in the AHL's Western Conference and 29th in a 30 team league with a 31-40-5 record this season. The team missed the playoffs for the first time in its three year existence.

"These are difficult decisions," said Dallas Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk. "We fell short of where we thought the bar needed to be this year with respect to our minor league team. I think looking ahead we realize the importance of the situation here moving forward, especially with all those kids we have coming in to that team. We just felt it was the right decision for our organization moving forward."

Several of Dallas' top prospects will play in Texas next season, including goaltender Jack Campbell, defenseman Jamie Oleksiak, defenseman Patrik Nemeth, forward Alex Chiasson and forward Austin Smith. Campbell, Chiasson and Smith played there the final few weeks of this season.

Pyle and Truitt took over the Texas Stars last summer after head coach Glen Gulutzan and assistant Paul Jerrard, who had guided Texas to the playoffs in the team's first two seasons, were promoted to the Dallas Stars' coaching staff.

Nieuwendyk said the Stars are in no rush to find a replacement.

"We'll let the dust settle a bit and we'll have plenty of time to go through the [search process]," Nieuwendyk said.

Texas Stars Report

April, 2, 2012
4/02/12
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The past week: Texas eliminated from playoff contention

The Texas Stars, who went 2-2-0-0, over the past week, were mathematically eliminated from playoff contention. Texas, which is 30-36-2-2 on the season and 15th in the Western Conference, has six games remaining this season.

Texas opened the week with a with a 4-3 shootout win at Lake Erie on Tuesday. Jack Campbell made 36 saves, including eight in overtime for the Stars. He also stopped five of seven in the shootout. Travis Morin and Francis Wathier were among the goal scorers in regulation and Colton Sceviour and Austin Smith were among the scorers in the shootout.

On Thursday, the Stars lost 4-2 to Hamilton at Cedar Park Center. Campbell stopped 35 of 38 shots and Morin and Luke Gazdic scored goals. Right wing Alex Chiasson, Dallas’ 2nd round pick from 2009, made his professional debut in the game. He had no points and three shots. Austin Smith, a 5th round pick by Dallas in 2007, picked up his first professional assist.

On Saturday, Campbell posted his first pro shutout, stopping 30 shots in a 4-0 win over Lake Erie in Cedar Park.

“It’s pretty cool, but I don’t play to get shutouts. I play to get wins and to help this team win,” Campbell told reporters after the game. “The guys played great in front of me and I did whatever I could to help.”

Matt Fraser scored two goals pushing his season total to 33, and Gazdic chipped in one goal and one assist.

Texas lost 8-4 to Lake Erie at Cedar Park Center on Sunday. The loss eliminated the Stars from the playoff race. Campbell got the start and gave up four goals on 12 shots in the first period. Tyler Beskorowany played the rest of the game, surrendering four goals on 16 shots. Colton Sceviour scored a pair of goals for Texas and Morin scored as well.

The week ahead

Wednesday April 4, at Grand Rapids
Thursday April 5, at Peoria

Transactions

4/2: D Jordie Benn assigned to Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL)

Idaho Steelheads

The Idaho Steelheads open the ECHL Playoffs this week, taking on the Ontario Reign in the Western Conference Quarterfinals. It’s a best-of-five series.




Texas Stars Report

March, 21, 2012
3/21/12
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Jack Campbell, Austin Smith join Texas Stars

The Texas Stars got a couple of Dallas’ top prospects for the remainder of the regular season, and more could be on the way.

Goalie Jack Campbell, Dallas’ first round pick (11th overall) in 2010, wrapped up his junior career and was assigned to Texas by the Dallas Stars on Monday.

Forward Austin Smith, Dallas’ fifth round pick (128th overall) in 2007, wrapped up his collegiate career at Colgate over the weekend. Smith, college hockey’s leading goal scorer this season, signed an amateur tryout contract with Texas.

Both Smith and Campbell are with the team now and are expected to see action with Texas soon.

“We expect two more blue chip guys coming in potentially after the weekend, depending on how their teams do this weekend,” Texas Stars GM Scott White told ESPN 104.9 in Austin on Wednesday.

White didn’t mention those two players by name, but he could be talking about forwards RW Alex Chiasson (2nd round/2009) and RW Reilly Smith (3rd round/2009). Both players are involved in the NCAA tournament this weekend.

The past week

The Texas went 0-3-0-0 over the past week. Texas is 27-33-2-2 on the season and is 15th in the AHL’s Western Conference, 13 points out of the final playoff spot.

Texas lost 4-3 to Oklahoma City Friday at Cedar Park Center. The Stars blew 2-0 and 3-2 leads in the game. Matt Fraser and Brenden Dillon were among the goal scorers for Texas. Tyler Beskorowany made 32 saves.

After the game, Texas coach Jeff Pyle was blunt about where his team stood.

“We don’t deserve the playoffs, we really, truly don’t,” Pyle said. “We came out in the first and got a 2-0 lead by being patient. In the second period it was still 2-0 and (Travis) Morin turns that puck over. That can’t happen. That’s embarrassing. A leader like that, with a 2-0 lead, you’ve got to take care of the puck and show leadership, and we get none of that. Then we retaliate on a penalty and give them a power play – bad call or not it doesn’t matter. We shouldn’t be there. So, we let them back in the game. Then 3-3 and we deflect a puck blind through the middle of the ice.

“We don’t deserve the playoffs. We don’t do things that are conducive to playoff hockey. We’re not committed to playing playoff hockey. We’re not there. There’s a reason we’re in the situation were in.”

On Saturday, Texas lost 4-3 again to Oklahoma City at Cedar Park Center. The Stars were down 3- 1after the first period and could never catch up. Colton Sceviour and Francis Wathier scored for Texas. Andrew Raycroft made 24 saves.

The Stars dropped their fifth straight game, falling 5-2 to Abbotsford on Monday. Sceviour scored both goals for Texas. Beskorowany made 26 saves. Texas ended it is seven-game homestand with a 2-5-0-0 record.

The week ahead

Friday March 23, at Oklahoma City
Sunday March 25, at Toronto

Transactions

3/20: Texas signed F Austin Smith to amateur tryout contract
3/19: G Jack Campbell assigned to Texas (AHL) from Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)
3/19: Texas signed C Taylor Vause to amateur tryout contract
3/17: D Matt Case released from professional tryout contract

Idaho Steelheads

The Idaho Steelheads went 1-1-0-1 over the past week. Idaho is 27-30-2-7 and ranks 7th in the ECHL’s Western Conference.




Texas Stars report

February, 13, 2012
2/13/12
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The past week

The Texas Stars went 1-2-1-0 over the past week. They currently rank 15th in the AHL’s Western Conference and are nine points out of the eighth and final playoff spot.

The Stars lost 4-3 in overtime to Milwaukee at Cedar Park Center on Tuesday. Colton Sceviour scored two goals and Travis Morin also scored. Tyler Beskorowany stopped 17 of 21 shots.

On Wednesday, the Stars defeated Milwaukee 6-3 in Cedar Park. Ryan Garbutt led the Texas offense with three goals. Scott Glennie had one goal and two assists and Sceviour had one goal and one assist. Matt Fraser scored a goal as well. Andrew Raycroft had 21 saves.

The Stars lost 9-4 at Rochester on Friday. Raycroft was pulled midway through the game after allowing six goals on 19 shots. Beskorowany played the rest of the way, giving up three goals on 16 shots. Fraser and Morin were among the goal scorers for Texas.

Texas lost 2-0 at Hamilton on Sunday. Beskorowany got the start in goal and stopped 25 of 27 shots. It was the seventh loss in the last eight games (1-6-1-0) for Texas.

The week ahead

Wednesday February 15, at Lake Erie
Friday February 17, vs. San Antonio
Saturday February 18, vs. San Antonio

Notes

*LW Matt Fraser is tied for fourth in the league in goal scoring with 23.

*Fraser ranks fifth in the AHL with 170 shots on goal.

*Over his last 30 games, C Scott Glennie has 24 points (10 goals, 14 assists).

Over his last 21 games, RW Colton Sceviour has 23 points (8 goals, 15 assists).

Transactions

*2/9: D Adam Pardy recalled from Texas (AHL) by Dallas (NHL)

*2/9: D Mike Berube released from PTO

*2/8: F Brendan Connolly released from PTO

*2/8: RW Jake Hauswirth assigned to Texas (AHL) from Rio Grande (CHL)

*2/8: F Stephen Schultz assigned to Idaho (ECHL) from Texas (AHL)

Idaho Steelheads

*The Idaho Steelheads went 2-1-0-0 over the past week. The Steelheads are 23-21-2-3 and are in sixth place in the ECHL’s Western Conference.




Texas Stars Report

February, 6, 2012
2/06/12
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The past week

The Texas Stars went 0-2-0-0 last week and are 20-22-1-2 on the season. They currently rank 15th in the AHL’s Western Conference, eight points out of the eighth and final playoff spot.

The Stars lost 3-1 at Houston on Thursday. Ryan Garbutt scored the lone Texas goal and Andrew Raycroft stopped 32 of 34 shots. It was Texas’ third straight loss.

On Saturday, the Stars saw their losing streak hit four games as they lost 4-3 to Charlotte at Cedar Park Center. Garbutt, Angelo Esposito and Travis Morin scored goals. Raycroft stopped 21 of 25 shots.

The week ahead

Tuesday February 7, vs. Milwaukee
Wednesday February 8, vs. Milwaukee
Friday February 10, at Rochester
Sunday February 12, at Hamilton

Notes

*Texas ranks 12th in the AHL in scoring at 2.93 goals per game.

*Texas ranks 25th in goals against at 3.09 per game.

*Texas has the AHL’s 6th ranked power play at 20.5 percent.

*Texas’ penalty kill ranks 11th at 83.2 percent.

Transactions

*2/6: D Adam Pardy assigned to Texas (AHL) on conditioning loan by Dallas (NHL)

*2/3: RW Tomas Vincour recalled by Dallas (NHL) from Texas (AHL)

*2/1: D Jace Coyle assigned to Texas (AHL) from Idaho (ECHL)

Idaho Steelheads

The Idaho Steelheads went 1-1-0-0 over the past week. The Steelheads are 21-20-2-3 and are currently 6th in the ECHL’s Western Conference.







The Dallas Stars have activated RW Tomas Vincour from injured reserve and assigned LW Francis Wathier to the Texas Stars of the AHL. Here's the release:
The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has activated Tomas Vincour from injured reserve and assigned Francis Wathier to the Texas Stars, Dallas’ primary affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).

Vincour, 21, has missed the last 14 games with a lower body injury after being placed on injured reserve retroactive to Dallas’ game on Dec. 15 against the New York Islanders. The 6-2, 204-pound forward has skated in 14 games for Dallas this season, recording one goal and two assists for three points. He has been an even or plus player in 11 contests for the Stars so far this season.

Wathier, 27, went scoreless in his lone game with Dallas registering three hits in 5:25 of ice time. He leads the Texas Stars (AHL) with a +10 rating in 37 games, accumulating eight goals and 15 assists for 23 points.

Scott Glennie assigned to Texas Stars

October, 13, 2011
10/13/11
4:28
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The Dallas Stars have activated Scott Glennie from injured reserve and assigned him to the Texas Stars of the AHL. Glennie, Dallas' first round pick (8th overall) in 2009, missed most of training camp and all of the preseason with concussion-like symptoms. Glennie was placed on injured reserve earlier this month.

Glennie played four regular season games with Texas last season and six in the playoffs, picking up his first AHL playoff goal in a first round series against the Milwaukee Admirals.
It was an impressive season opener for the Texas Stars, who routed the Oklahoma City Barons, 7-0, Sunday evening at Cedar Park Center. It was also an impressive season opener for Dallas prospects Matt Fraser, Brenden Dillon and Richard Bachman.

Fraser, a left wing, had two goals, one assist and six shots in his AHL debut. Dillon, a defenseman, had three assists and a plus-three rating. And Bachman stopped all 21 shots to pick up the shutout in goal.

The Stars were all over Oklahoma City early, scoring 1:08 into the game off a shot from the point by defenseman Max Fortunus.

The Stars, who outshot Oklahoma City 17-3 in the first period, extended the lead to 3-0 with two five-on-three power play goals 15 seconds apart later in the period. Fraser scored from the right circle at 11:33 and Jordie Benn scored from the left point at the 11:48 mark.

The Stars scored three more times in the second. Dillon came out of the penalty box after a Texas penalty kill, got to the puck in the neutral zone and set up Fraser, who finished off an odd-man rush at the 8:27 mark.

Fraser set up the next goal, a power play tally by defenseman Dan Spang. Fraser’s blast from the right circle created a rebound that Spang knocked home at the 11:36 mark.

Just 33 seconds later Tyler Arnason scored on the rebound of a Francis Wathier shot to make it a 6-0 game.

Texas added one more in the third when Luke Gazdic scored on the power play, tipping home a Dillon shot from the point.

Texas ended up going 4-8 on the power play in the game.

The game boxscore is here.

Official Three Stars of the game

1. Richard Bachman
2. Matt Fraser
3. Brenden Dillon

Texas lineup

Fraser-Morin-Sawada
Wathier-Garbutt-Sceviour
Gazdic-Arnason-Schultz
Hedden-Roman-Godard

Dillon-Fortunus
Spang-Jordie Benn
Lukowich-Coyle

Bachman (starter)
Beskorowany (backup)

Stars make roster moves

September, 26, 2011
9/26/11
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The Dallas Stars cut their roster to 39 players today by moving six players.

They sent D Jace Coyle, D Hubert Labrie, D Brad Lukowich, F Ondrej Roman and F Mathieu Tousignant to the Texas Stars of the AHL.

They also released F Stephen Schultz from a professional tryout. Schultz is under an AHL contract with Texas for this season.

Texas Stars win 3-1, series tied 1-1

April, 16, 2011
4/16/11
10:56
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The Texas Stars will head back to Cedar Park with a split in the first two games of the West Division Semifinals after winning 3-1 in Milwaukee Saturday night.

Richard Bachman stopped 29 of 30 shots, including all 14 he faced in the third period when Milwaukee had four straight power plays in the final 12 minutes of the game.

It was strong bounce back effort from Bachman, who was pulled after giving up four goals on 17 shots in the first two periods of the Game 1 loss.

“Game 1 some bounces didn’t go my way, some goals went in that I didn’t like and you’ve got to forget about it in playoff hockey and move on. That’s what I tried to do,” said Bachman. “It was nice to come out tonight, get the performance that we had and get the support I had from the team in front of me.”

“Like I’ve always said the biggest thing about Richard is his competitiveness,” said Texas coach Glen Gulutzan. “You’ve seen his resiliency tonight.”

The Stars bounced back as well, shaking off the 5-2 loss in Game 1 of the series Thursday night. Gulutzan noted his team’s stepping it up physically as one key to the game.

“We kind of got the mentality tonight that we are in the playoffs and this is playoff hockey,” said Gulutzan. “We’ve got to play to our strength, which is keep things tight and play good defense. That’s their strength too, and we just have to embrace those types of games.”

The series now shifts to Cedar Park for the next three games with the third game of the series on Tuesday.

“Getting a split on the road is a huge thing,” said Bachman. “Going back to Cedar Park with our fans, it’s an amazing atmosphere there. It’s going to be awesome going back with a win under our belt and playing in front of the home crowd.”

Philip Larsen, Travis Morin and Aaron Gagnon scored goals for the Stars and Ray Sawada chipped in a pair of assists.

The Stars got into penalty trouble early Saturday night, taking three minors in a 2:39 span of the first period. Milwaukee got a five-on-three power play for 1:23 and cashed in to take a 1-0 lead as defenseman Teemu Laasko scored off a blast from the high slot at the 11:17 mark.

The Stars thought they had tied the game with 3:11 left in the first, but the goal was waved off when officials ruled that the puck went off Sawada’ skate with a distinct kicking motion involved.

The Stars got four power plays in the second period and cashed in on the third one to tie the game. Morin centered a puck from the left circle and defenseman Larsen, who had pinched down low, redirected the puck into the net with 7:08 left in the period. It was Larsen’s first AHL playoff goal.

Just under three minutes later the Stars had a two-on-lead. Right off a faceoff in the Milwaukee zone, the Gagnon and Tomas Vincour crashed the net and Gagnon put the puck past Admirals goalie Jeremy Smith with 4:26 left in the second.

The Stars got a power play early in the third, their sixth of the game, and struck again to make it a 3-1 game. Sawada sent pass from the behind net to Morin, who roofed the puck over Smith at the 4:03 mark.

Milwaukee had four power plays over the final 11:27 of the game, but Bachman and the Texas penalty kill came up big and kept Milwaukee from cutting into the lead.

Notes

*Texas defenseman Brenden Dillon, a free agent signing of the Dallas Stars, picked up his first Calder Cup Playoff point when he assisted on Aaron Gagnon’s second period goal that gave Texas a 2-1 lead.

*Defenseman Guillaume Monast was reassigned to Texas from Idaho (ECHL). Monast, who was brought up due to an injury to Jordie Benn, did not play Saturday.

Series schedule (Series tied 1-1)

Game 1 – Milwaukee 5, Texas 2
Game 2 – Texas 3, Milwaukee 1
Game 3 – Tue., Apr. 19 – Milwaukee at Texas, 7:30
Game 4 – Wed., Apr. 20 – Milwaukee at Texas, 7:30
Game 5 – Fri., Apr. 22 – Milwaukee at Texas, 7:30
Game 6 – Mon., Apr. 25 – Texas at Milwaukee, 7:00*
Game 7 – Tue., Apr. 26 – Texas at Milwaukee, 7:00*
*If necessary

Texas Stars fall in playoff opener

April, 14, 2011
4/14/11
10:28
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The Texas Stars dropped their opener in the Calder Cup Playoffs, falling 5-2 in Game 1 of the West Division Semifials at Milwaukee Thursday night.

Milwaukee, which scored seven goals in six games against Texas during the regular season series, scored five times on 25 shots in this game.

“They got their chances and the chances they got early, they put them in,” said Texas defenseman Maxime Fortunus. “We started the game really strong. We made some plays early in the game and we even got an early goal. They got opportunities and their goalie made real big saves.”

The Stars struck first, cashing in on the game’s first power play chance of the game when Aaron Gagnon scored on a shot from the left circle 9:48 into the game.

But the Admirals bounced back to score twice in a 2:53 span later in the first to take a 2-1 lead, and never looked back. Milwaukee extended it to 3-1 in the second and Texas had a five-on-three power play for 1:05 with a chance to get back into the game, but couldn’t take advantage.

Just over three minutes after the power plays expired for Texas, Milwaukee scored to make it a 4-1 game.

“It was frustrating. It was a couple of mental breakdowns where we weren’t going to the right places at the right time and weren’t strong on the puck, making sure it got out of our zone,” said Texas forward Ray Sawada. “In the playoffs you’ve got to play well and hard all the time because good teams are going to capitalize on their chances.”

Texas goalie Richard Bachman was pulled after the second period. He gave up four goals on 17 shots. Tyler Beskorowany played the final 20 minutes, stopping seven of eight shots.

Mathieu Tousignant scored in the third period for the Stars. Gabriel Bourque had two goals and three assists for Milwaukee and Chris Mueller had two goals and two assists.

Game 2 of the West Division Semifinals is Saturday in Milwaukee.

“It’s going to be a big battle. We’ve had good games against them all year,” said Fortunus. “If we play good defensively we’ll get our chances at the offensive end.”

Series schedule (Milwaukee leads 1-0)

Game 1 – Milwaukee 5, Texas 2
Game 2 – Sat., Apr. 16 – Texas at Milwaukee, 7:00
Game 3 – Tue., Apr. 19 – Milwaukee at Texas, 7:30
Game 4 – Wed., Apr. 20 – Milwaukee at Texas, 7:30
Game 5 – Fri., Apr. 22 – Milwaukee at Texas, 7:30*
Game 6 – Mon., Apr. 25 – Texas at Milwaukee, 7:00*
Game 7 – Tue., Apr. 26 – Texas at Milwaukee, 7:00*
*If necessary

Texas Stars Report: Playoff bound again

April, 11, 2011
4/11/11
8:56
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The Texas Stars will be heading to the Calder Cup Playoffs for the second time in their two-year history. The Stars finished fourth in the West Division with a 41-29-10 record and will take on the West Division’s top team, Milwaukee, in the first round of the playoffs. The Stars won five of six against the Admirals during the regular season. The Stars, who made it to the Calder Cup Finals last season, open the playoffs Thursday in Milwaukee.

First round schedule

Game 1 – Thu., Apr. 14 – Texas at Milwaukee, 7:00
Game 2 – Sat., Apr. 16 – Texas at Milwaukee, 7:00
Game 3 – Tue., Apr. 19 – Milwaukee at Texas, 7:30
Game 4 – Wed., Apr. 20 – Milwaukee at Texas, 7:30
Game 5 – Fri., Apr. 22 – Milwaukee at Texas, 7:30*
Game 6 – Mon., Apr. 25 – Texas at Milwaukee, 7:00*
Game 7 – Tue., Apr. 26 – Texas at Milwaukee, 7:00*
*If necessary

The past week

The Stars opened last week with a 3-2 loss in Peoria. The Rivermen scored two third period goals to erase a 2-1 deficit and topple the Stars. Philip Larsen and Francis Wathier scored for Texas. Richard Bachman made 28 saves.

On Friday the Stars clinched a playoff spot with a 3-2 win in Milwaukee. Travis Morin scored twice, Ray Sawada scored once and Larsen chipped in two assists. Bachman stopped 31 shots.

The Stars returned home Saturday, losing 2-0 to Oklahoma City. Bachman made 32 saves.

On Sunday the Stars closed out the regular season with a 1-0 loss at San Antonio. Tyler Beskorowany stopped 27 of 28 shots.

Bachman by the numbers

Texas Stars goalie Richard Bachman had an impressive season, registering a 28-19-5 record, 2.20 goals against average, .927 save percentage and six shutouts. He was top five among all goaltenders in just about every key league category and was tops among rookies in those categories.



Regular season leaders:

Goals: Greg Rallo (26)
Assists: *Maxime Fortunus (29)
Points: Greg Rallo (54)
Plus/Minus: *Travis Morin (+9)
Defenseman points: Dan Spang (37)
Rookie goal scoring: *Ondrej Roman (8)
Rookie Assists: *Philip Larsen (18)
Rookie points: *Sean Backman (23)
*Under contract to Dallas

Glennie signs ATO with Texas

Forward Scott Glennie, Dallas’ first round pick (8th overall in 2009), signed an amateur tryout contract with Texas last week. He played the final four games of the regular season with Texas, registering no points and a minus-two rating.

Injuries

*Injuries: D Trevor Ludwig (upper body)

Transactions

*4/11: RW Tomas Vincour assigned to Texas from Dallas
*4/11: D Brad Lukowich assigned to Texas from Dallas
*4/11: D Guillaume Monast assigned to Idaho (ECHL) from Texas.
*4/6: F Scott Glennie signed to ATO by Texas

Idaho Steelheads

The Idaho Steelheads and Las Vegas are tied 2-2 in the first round of the ECHL’s Kelly Cup Playoffs. The fifth and deciding game of the series is Tuesday night in Las Vegas.

Here are the statistics for the Texas Stars and Dallas players in Idaho.



Trevor Ludwig sent back to AHL

February, 20, 2011
2/20/11
4:08
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The Stars have assigned defenseman Trevor Ludwig back to the Texas Stars of the AHL. He was recalled February 15, but didn't play in any games. Here's the release from the team:
The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has assigned defenseman Trevor Ludwig to the Texas Stars, Dallas’ primary affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).

Ludwig, 25, was recalled by Dallas on February 15 but he did not appear in an NHL game. He has played in 50 AHL games this season with Texas and has recorded six assists and 50 penalty minutes. The 6-1, 216-pound defensemen from Rhinelander, Wisc., spent the majority of the 2009-10 season with Texas, playing 47 games and collecting eight points (3 goals, 5 assists) and 62 penalty minutes. Ludwig was Dallas' sixth round selection (183rd overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

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