Monday, October 18, 2010
Texas Stars/Idaho Steelheads report
By Mark Stepneski
The past week
The Texas Stars (2-1-0-0) played two games the past week as they opened a five-game homestand, winning one and losing one.
On Saturday, the Stars won their home opener, defeating San Antonio 5-4 in overtime before a crowd of 6,302 at Cedar Park Center. Scott McCulloch scored two goals, including the overtime winner. Aaron Gagnon, Francis Wathier and Ondrej Roman also scored. It was Roman’s first AHL goal. Travis Morin had two assists. Tomas Vincour, who missed the season opener due to illness, picked up his first AHL assist in the game and defenseman Philip Larsen notched his first AHL assist as well. Brent Krahn had 26 saves.
On Sunday, the Stars lost 5-2 to Peoria at Cedar Park Center. Krahn got pulled after 30:05 of work and allowing four goals on 18 shots. Richard Bachman saw his first action of the season, stopping 12 of 13 shots in 29:55 of ice time. McCulloch and Morin scored the Texas goals. Severin Blindenbacher registered his first AHL assist. Larsen picked up his second assist of the season. Fabian Brunnstrom, assigned to Texas earlier in the day, had no points, two shots and a minus-two rating. He played on line with Greg Rallo and Colton Sceviour.
The week ahead
Friday October 22: vs. Lake Erie
Saturday, October 23: vs. Peoria
- Travis Morin has registered a point in each of Texas’ first three games (3 goals, 2 assists)
- Morin is tied for fifth in the league with a plus-five rating
- The Stars are 4-16 (25.0%) on the power play through their first three games
- The Stars are 9-12 (75.0%) on the penalty kill through their first three games
- 10/17: C Aaron Gagnon recalled by Dallas (NHL)
- 10/17: LW Fabian Brunnstrom assigned to Texas by Dallas (NHL)
The Idaho Steelheads opened the season with two games at home against the Victoria Salmon Kings, winning one and losing one.
On Friday, Tyler Beskorowany stopped all 24 shots he faced to earn a shutout in his first professional game as the Steelheads topped the Salmon Kings 5-0.
”If he doesn’t make a couple big saves in the first 10 minutes, it could have turned into a very, very different game,“ Steelheads coach Hardy Sauter told the Idaho Statesman.
Said Beskorowany: ”I was stretching before the game and the legs were shaking. But after that I calmed down and played my game.“
Michael Neal was among the goals scorers for Idaho in the game.
On Sunday, the Steelheads lost 4-0 to Victoria. Beskorowany only lasted 31:37 in this game, getting pulled after allowing four goals on 20 shots.
“We didn’t give him a whole lot of help,” Sauter told the Statesman. “One of those goals I didn’t like. But the other goals? They were hockey goals.”
Idaho plays two games at Alaska this coming weekend.
Here are the statistics for the Texas Stars and Dallas players in Idaho.