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Texas Stars/Idaho Steelheads Report

The past week

The Texas Stars went 2-1-1 over the past week and are now 25-15-5 on the season. They rank sixth in the West Division based on points but are in third in the division based on points percentage.

The Stars lost 4-3 in overtime to Grand Rapids at Cedar Park Center last Tuesday. Brandon Segal, Jordie Benn and Mathieu Tousignant were the goal scorers. Richard Bachman stopped 14 of 18 shots.

The Stars lost 3-1 at Houston on Friday. Michael Neal, called up earlier in the week from Idaho (ECHL), scored his first AHL goal. Bachman stopped 28 of 30 shots.

The Stars beat Milwaukee 2-1 in a shootout at Cedar Park Center Saturday night. Bachman stopped 28 of 29 shots in regulation and overtime and then 3 of 4 in the shootout. Greg Rallo scored the lone regulation goal and Colton Sceviour and Ray Sawada tallied in the shootout.

On Monday the Stars rallied for a 3-2 overtime win over San Antonio in Cedar Park. Rallo scored with 6:38 remaining in regulation to tie the game and the scored the game-winner 31 seconds into overtime. Aaron Gagnon also scored for Texas. Bachman stopped 27 of 29 shots.

The week ahead

Friday January 28, at Oklahoma City

Saturday January 29, vs. Abbotsford

Catching up with Francis Wathier

Left wing Francis Wathier is the latest member of the Texas Stars to spend some time with Dallas in the NHL. He’s a key veteran with Texas in the NHL and one of the team’s top forwards.

“We’ve got the same kind of a team as last year basically,” Wathier said after a recent practice with Dallas. “We’ve got a veteran D and at forwards we have some guys who have some good years in the AHL.”

Wathier has played a lot with center Aaron Gagnon, who has been up and down with Dallas this season.

“We got off to a slow start. Gags was in and out. Here was here, he was there,” said Wathier. “But we’ve been putting up some numbers the last few games, the last few months.”

Wathier is third on Texas in goal scoring (12) and fourth in points (22). The Stars selected him in the sixth round (185th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. This is his sixth season playing for Dallas’ AHL affiliate and last season he made his NHL debut, playing in five games. He’s played one game with Dallas so far in this most recent call up to the NHL.

“It’s always a good opportunity,” said Wathier. “Anytime you get a chance to play in the NHL you have to take every day as a gift, you make the most of it, you work hard and you work for the best. You try to make a good impression, make a statement that you can be at that caliber for practice and for games. That’s what I want to establish every day. I know I can play. I had my chance last year. I’ve been looking for another chance this year, I’ve been playing well in Austin. Things are looking good for me.”

Notes

*G Richard Bachman ranks eighth in the AHL in goals against average (2.19) and seventh in save percentage (.926). He is tied for fifth in wins (16).

*Mathieu Tousignant was suspended two games for a hit in last Tuesday’s game against Grand Rapids. He missed Friday’s game at Houston and Saturday’s game versus Milwaukee. He returned for Monday’s game against San Antonio.

*D Severin Blindenbacher returned to the lineup after missing 13 games with an upper body injury.

*G Brent Krahn remains out with a leg injury.

Transactions

*1/23: C Aaron Gagnon assigned to Texas by Dallas (NHL)

*1/20: LW Michael Neal assigned to Texas (AHL) from Idaho (ECHL)

*1/19: LW Francis Wathier recalled from Texas to Dallas (NHL)

*1/19: C Aaron Gagnon recalled from Texas to Dallas (NHL)

*1/18: G Tyler Beskorowany assigned to Idaho (ECHL) from Texas (AHL)

Idaho Steelheads

Tyler Beskorowany was assigned back to the Idaho Steelheads last week and played in three games, stopping 93 of 95 shots while going 2-0-1.

The Steelheads are 19-6-9 on the season and are currently second in the Mountain Division and fourth in the Western Conference.

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

Texas Stars Statistics

2010-11 Texas Stars statistics. Asterisk (*) indicates Dallas Stars player.

Idaho Steelheads Statistics

2010-11 statistics for Dallas Stars players with the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL.