Monday, November 29, 2010
Texas Stars/Idaho Steelheads Report
By Mark Stepneski
The past week
The Texas Stars kicked off a seven-game homestand last week and won two of three game games, improving to 12-8-0 on the season. The Stars are sixth in the West Division based on points and fifth based on points percentage.
On Wednesday the Stars beat Houston 5-3 at Cedar Park Center. Aaron Gagnon scored two goals and Fabian Brunnstrom, Ondrej Roman and Travis Morin also found the net. Colton Sceviour had two assists. Richard Bachman made 25 saves and chipped in an assist.
On Friday the Stars hosted Milwaukee and lost 1-0. Bachman stopped 28 shots, surrendering only a goal to Milwaukee’s Steve Begin with 6:34 remaining in the game.
The Stars beat San Antonio 5-2 Saturday night, getting goals from five different players – Ray Sawada, Sean Backman, Francis Wathier, Greg Rallo and Brunnstrom. Bachman had 19 saves to improve to 7-3-0 on the season.
Texas continues the homestand with three games this week.
The week ahead
Tuesday November 30, vs. Oklahoma City
Friday December 3, vs. San Antonio
Saturday December 4, vs. Houston
Catching up with Severin Blindenbacher
Texas Stars defenseman Severin Blindenbacher has been up with the Dallas Stars for the past week. He hasn’t seen any action at the NHL level, but he is enjoying the experience.
“It’s very interesting,” Blindenbacher said after a recent morning skate. “I can learn a lot, watching the games, the players and the defensemen play. It’s a very good experience.”
Blindenbacher was called up last Tuesday after Dallas defenseman Mark Fistric went down with a groin injury. Blindenbacher has had his own injury issues this season, missing nine games due to a concussion suffered in a car accident.
“I’m feeling better. It’s gone now and I am feeling pretty good,” he said. “I’m excited to be playing again.”
The Swiss defenseman, signed by Dallas as a free agent in July, has played eight games with Texas, registering 4 points (1 goal, 3 assists). The adjustment from the European game to the North American game is coming along.
“I learn every day,” he said. “It’s been going good so far.”
As for the Texas Stars, he said the team is coming along as well. After a 6-6-0 start to the season, the Stars have won six of their last eight games.
“We’re improving day by day,” Blindenbacher said. “We go hard in practice and we have a very good working attitude. I think the longer the season goes the better it will go.”
- Goalie Richard Bachman is 7-3-0 on the season. He ranks sixth in the AHL with a 1.94 goals against average and seventh in the league with a .932 save percentage.
- Goalie Brent Krahn has been out with what is believed to be a lower leg injury. He is day-to-day.
- F Ondrej Roman missed the last two games with an undisclosed injury.
- 11/23: D Severin Blindenbacher recalled to Dallas (NHL) from Texas (AHL)
The Steelheads won all three of their games last week, sweeping a series in Victoria to improve to 9-4-5 on the season. In a 6-3 win over Victoria on Saturday, Michael Neal scored two goals and Tristan King had three assists. King also scored a goal last week, giving him 4 points (1 goal, 3 assists) in his first three games with the Steelheads. Idaho hosts Alaska for three games this week.
Here are the statistics for the Texas Stars and Dallas players in Idaho.