The past week
The Stars went 1-0-1 over the past week and are now 26-15-6 on the season. They are currently in sixth place in the West Division, but only two points out of first place. They are second in the division based on points percentage.
The Stars won 2-1 at Oklahoma City on Friday. Richard Bachman stopped 28 shots. Colton Sceviour had the game-winning goal and an assist. Aaron Gagnon also scored for Texas.
On Saturday, the Stars rallied from a 4-2 deficit to force overtime against Abbotsford at Cedar Park Center, but fell 5-4 in a shootout. Philip Larsen had a goal and an assist for the Stars. Gagnon and Francis Wathier also scored. Richard Bachman had 25 saves in the Stars’ last game before the AHL’s All-Star break.
The week ahead
Friday February 4, at Houston
Saturday February 5, vs. Oklahoma City
Krahn close to return
Texas goalie Brent Krahn, who has been out with a leg injury since November, is expected to return the lineup soon.
“We're confident he'll be on the ice shortly after the break,” Texas GM Scott White told the Austin American-Statesman over the weekend. "Consistency from your goalie is a big part of the second half, especially if you're in a playoff race. Hopefully having him back will add a little competition there and elevate both guys for us.”
Richard Bachman has been carrying the load in goal for Texas and has been playing well. He is 17-10-3 with a 2.25 goals against average and .925 save percentage.
Catching up with Travis Morin
Texas Stars forward Travis Morin was supposed to be a starter in the AHL All-Star game Monday night, but injuries in Dallas changed those plans. Instead of being in Hershey Monday, Morin was on the ice practicing with the Dallas Stars, called up a second time due to forwards Jamie Benn and Tom Wandell being out with shoulder injuries.
Texas Stars teammate Francis Wathier took Morin’s place in Hershey.
“I’ll take this,” Morin said with a smile. “It’s alright.”
Morin was called up last week due to those injuries to Wandell and Benn and made his NHL debut Wednesday against the Edmonton Oilers.
It was a long road to the NHL for the 27-year-old Minnesota native, who has moved up the pro ranks over the years. He was a ninth round pick of Washington in 2004 and spent a couple of years in the Capitals organization – almost all of it in the ECHL.
“The first couple years I really didn't know if I'd get a shot in the AHL, and I really didn't know how I'd do there,” he said. “Finally got a shot there and got comfortable. “
He finally got that shot at a full time stint in the AHL last season when signed a pro tryout contract with the Texas Stars, eventually earning himself a standard contract. He registered 21 goals and 31 assists in 80 games for Texas and signed with Dallas over the summer.
This season he’s been Texas’ leading scorer with 34 points (13 goals, 21 assists) in 47 games, and that helped earned him a shot in the NHL.
“When you get up in this league now the agse of the guys are getting younger and younger , so your window starts closing and you don’t know if there is going to be that opportunity,” Morin said. “Now that it’s here it feels pretty good.”
In his NHL debut last Wednesday Morin started the game for Dallas, centering Steve Ott and Adam Burish. He ended up playing 10:07, had one hit and won 2 of 4 faceoffs in a 3-1 victory for the Stars.
“It was everything I had hoped for,” Morin said. “Getting the start was pretty cool. The game went well for us and I thought I played pretty well. It was about as good as could be expected.”
He went back to the AHL during the NHL All-Star break and then returned Monday to continue his call up in the NHL. And now he just hopes to continue to make the most of the opportunity.
“You just got to come up here and just try to play your game the same way you’ve been playing it your whole career and see if good things happen,” he said. “You might get a chance later on and you might stay up here. Things happen, they need guys at any point and you might get a longer shot.”
*1/31: C Aaron Gagnon recalled by Dallas
*1/31: C Travis Morin recalled by Dallas
*1/27: C Aaron Gagnon assigned to Texas by Dallas
*1/27: C Travis Morin assigned to Texas by Dallas
*1/25: C Aaron Gagnon recalled by Dallas
*1/25: C Travis Morin recalled by Dallas
The Idaho Steelheads went 2-0-1 the past week and are 21-16-10 on the season. They are currently third in the Western Conference.
Tyler Beskorowany won both his starts, stopping 64 of 68 shots. He is now 8-3-4 on the season with a 2.08 goals against average and a .936 save percentage.
Beskorowany played in last week’s ECHL All-Star game, stopping 13 of 15 shots in 20 minutes of action and getting the win as the ECHL All-Stars defeated defending champion Bakersfield 9-3.
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.