The Texas Stars have been looking for secondary scoring and the line of Scott Glennie, Brett Ritchie and Chris Mueller may have provided the spark coach Willie Desjardins is looking for.
Glennie scored the Stars first goal in a 2-1 win against the Iowa Wild on Saturday, firing a shot home through a screen set up by Ritchie.
“They’re a big line and they’re all real talented players,” Desjardins said. “They haven’t played together much, but we’re looking for some good chemistry out of that line … they’ll get some chances.”
Glennie’s speed was an asset against Iowa and it showed on the goal when he wheeled around the offensive zone untouched.
Stars start fourth goalie against Iowa
If any team is familiar with the Stars goalie carousel this season it’s the Wild. In four games the Wild have played against four different Texas goalies.
Josh Robinson started the first game against Iowa and lost 4-2 on Nov. 1, while Allen York picked up a 5-0 shutout the next night in Des Moines. Jack Campbell was the third goalie to start against Iowa on Friday, while Nilstorp made it a quartet Saturday.
Iowa, on the other hand, has used just one goalie against Texas, Darcy Kuemper.
Kuemper has gone 1-3 against Texas, allowing 12 goals on 156 shots he faced in the season series.
McKenzie has team-leading fourth fight
Curtis McKenzie had his team-leading fourth fight of the year midway through the third period with Iowa’s Brett Bulmer. The bout started after some extra shoving behind the net and the players traded blows until they were separated by officials.
William Wrenn is currently second on the team with three fights, while Francis Wathier and Taylor Peters have each fought twice.
Texas has now received 19 fighting majors this season, moving into a tie for 14th on the AHL’s leader board.
Sceviour says he’s gone soft
The recent cold spell in Central Texas gave Colton Sceviour a chance to reflect on winter driving in Central Texas.
“I can’t say much, I’ve been here for five years and I’m using command start when it’s barely below freezing,” he said. “I feel like I become a little more less Canadian and more Texan each time I do it.”
Texas gets a six-day break
After back-to-back games the Stars have six days before their next game.
Desjardins said that period could be used to help get some extra rest and heal up some minor injuries.
“In the lineup today we had maybe two or three guys maximum that felt real good,” he said. “We need a little break. We’ve played a lot of hockey and a little break will help us.”
My unofficial stars of the game
1. Darcy Kuemper
2. Cristopher Nilstorp
3. Colton Sceviour