- Mark Stepneski, ESPNDallas.com
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The past week
The Texas Stars won all three of their games over the past week, stretching their winning streak to four games. The Stars now have a solid lock on third place in the West Division and a five-point lead over the final playoff spot with seven games to go.
The Stars opened the week with a 3-0 win over Houston Tuesday at Cedar Park Center. Richard Bachman stopped 20 shots for his sixth shutout of the season. Francis Wathier had two goals, Travis Morin scored a goal and Aaron Gagnon had three assists.
On Friday, the Stars fell behind 3-0 to Grand Rapids at CPC but then scored five unanswered goals to win 5-3. Colton Sceviour had two goals and one assist in the game. Gagnon, Mathieu Tousignant and Greg Rallo also scored. Bachman stopped 17 shots for his 25th win of the season.
The Stars won their fourth straight game, beating Grand Rapids 5-1. Sceviour had two goals and an assist, giving him four goals and two assists over a two-game span. Ray Sawada, Ondrej Roman and Rallo scored goals as well. Bachman stopped 29 of shots.
The week ahead
Friday April 1, vs. Chicago
Saturday April 2, at Oklahoma City
Sunday April 3, vs. Rockford
AHL playoff race
Thanks to their four-game winning streak the Texas Stars have moved into third place in the West Division and are now five points ahead of the fourth place. The top four teams in the division make the playoffs and the fifth place from the West Division can get in as well if it finishes with more points than the fourth place team in the North Division.
AHL West Division Standings
The AHL's West Division standings through Monday March 28. The top four teams are guaranteed a playoff spot. Teams play an 80-game schedule.
*3/22: D Brad Lukowich recalled by Dallas
*3/21: D Brenden Dillon signed to ATO
*D Philip Larsen is out with a hip injury
The Idaho Steelheads went 1-2-0 over the past week. Their 3-2 win over Ontario on Saturday snapped a seven-game winless streak. The Steelheads, who are 30-26-13, currently rank fifth in the ECHL’s Western Conference and have already secured a spot in the Kelly Cup Playoffs.
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.