Some steam left the Texas Stars train last week. The Stars were heading into the week on a three-game winning streak but ended up losing two of three games last week (one in overtime). Cristopher Nilstorp's back-to-back shutouts were quickly forgotten as he gave up six goals in the Wednesday game against the OKC Barons.
Nilstorp started all three games and ended up missing the third period of the game Sunday with some kind of food poisoning. Overall, Nilstorp allowed nine goals on 78 shots.
Colton Sceviour had a solid offensive week with two goals and two assists and Jamie Oleksiak continues to be a nice playmaker from the blueline (two more assists). Matt Fraser also looks like he's the only guy on the team who can score on the power play (four in the last two weeks).
Cody Eakin didn't miss any games last week after suffering an injury while blocking a shot. He had one assist in the Stars' three games.
The Stars have a busy week as they have the final four games of their road trip this week.
Nov. 27 - Texas Stars @ Rockford Icehogs
Nov. 30 - Texas Stars @ Grand Rapids Griffins
Dec. 1 - Texas Stars @ Grand Rapids Griffins
Dec. 2 - Texas Stars @ Peoria Rivermen
The Overseas Pros
Jamie Benn - Hamburg Freezers
Shockingly, Jamie Benn had no points in the Freezers' two games last week and was actually held without a shot against the Krefeld Pinguine. It's Benn's worst week since he's been in Germany.
Nov. 30 - Iserlohn Roosters @ Hamburg Freezers
Jaromir Jagr - HC Kladno
While Benn might have had an off week, Jagr continued to tear through the Czech League with another two goals and five assists in three games. At this point, I'm just pissed that there's a lockout and we can't see a little bit of this with the Dallas Stars. If this lockout goes the full season, Stars fans may never see Jagr skating the ice in a Stars sweater.
Nov. 29 - Kladno vs Karlovy Vary
Dec. 2 - Kladno vs Liberec
Stephane Robidas - HIFK Helsinki
Not much for Robidas last week. Two games for Helsinki, two losses and no points for Robidas. It's the first time in the past month that Robidas has gone a week at least without a point.
Nov. 27 - Helsinki vs Assat
Dec. 1 - Helinki vs Espoo
Tom Wandell - Severstal Cherepovets
Thanksgiving week provided a miracle for Tom Wandell. He had a goal (a real actual goal!) and two assists (two whole assists!) for three points in three games last week. The goal was Wandell's first of the season and the first time that he's had a point in nearly a month. His scoring output is surprisingly low (even for him) for a guy playing top minutes so it's nice to see him get on the scoresheet. Hopefully he can keep it up.
Nov. 28 - Severstal vs Tractor Chelyabinsk
Nov. 30 - Severstal vs Yekaterinburg
Philip Larsen - Rauman Lukko
Larsen had another pretty good week last week. He followed up a two goal week with a goal and an assist in three games. Four points in two weeks is quite excellent for Larsen. He's been without a point for almost all of November so two straight weeks with points is great.
Nov. 27 - Rauman Lukko vs Ilves
Nov. 29 - Rauman Lukko vs Karpat
Dec. 1 - Rauman Lukko vs Tappara
Radek Faksa - Kitchener Rangers
Last week was a basically a massive success for Faksa. He's been dealing with a weird illness and fatigue now for a while and it was questionable if he would even get on the ice during the weekend.
Faksa ended up playing two of the three games (avoiding the back-to-back) and had four assists. It was, points-wise, his best week of the season and was really encouraging to see. His team did lose two of the three games though, including being shut-out in the game Faksa missed.
Nov. 23 - Sarnia Sting @ Kitchener Rangers
Nov. 24 - Kitchener Rangers @ Erie Otters
Brett Ritchie - Niagara IceDogs
At this point, it would be a complete shock to see Ritchie go one game without registering a point of some kind. Ritchie had at least a point in all three games last week and totaled four goals and two assists.
Ritchie is now riding both an eight game point and goals streak and has scored in every game so far in November.
He's continues to sit in third in total points in the OHL and is now tied for the league lead in goals. He's also top 20 in assists.
I noted last week just how often Ritchie is set up for his goals by Ryan Strome, the leading scorer in the OHL. Strome had an assist on all four of Ritchie's goals last week (primary assist on three of them) and Strome has now assisted on 13 of Ritchie's 20 goals this season. That basically means that in someway, 65% of Ritchie's goals are a result of Strome's play. These two guys are really going to miss each other when they move to the next level.
Nov. 23 - Bellville Bulls @ Niagara IceDogs
Nov. 24 - Sudbury Wolves @ Niagara IceDogs
Nov. 25 - Niagara IceDogs @ Oshawa Generals
Gemel Smith - Owen Sound Attack
Smith continues his own consistent pace with another two goals in three games last week. While it's not as eye-popping as Ritchie, it's still damn impressive. Since the beginning of October, Smith has not gone more than two games without scoring a goal. He has at least a point in 15 of the last 18 games.
His team also continues to lead the OHL in points. This upcoming week will be very interesting for Smith as the Attack take on the three best teams in the OHL this year (besides themselves).
Nov. 21 - Barrie Colts @ Owen Sound Attack
Nov. 24 - London Knights @ Owen Sound Attack
Nov. 25 - Owen Sound Attack @ Mississauga Steelheads
Matej Stransky - Saskatoon Blades
It was a great week for Stransky as he had three goals and an assist in two games last week. He's had at least a point in 11 of the last 13 games for the Blades. The Blades end this week on a three game road trip, including a game against the league best Kamloops Blazers.
Nov. 20 - Saskatoon Blades @ Victoria Royals
Nov. 23 - Saskatoon Blades @ Kamloops Blazers
Nov. 24 - Saskatoon Blades @ Kelowna Rockets
Mike Winther - Prince Albert Raiders
Winther had a goal and two assists in three games last week to put up two good weeks in a row. The Raiders still have six games left in November and it's already been Winther's best month this season.
The Raiders have two games this week against the defensively porous Brandon Wheat Kings so Winther should tally some more points.
Nov. 21 - Prince Albert Raiders @ Moose Jaw Warriors
Nov. 23 - Prince Albert Raiders @ Brandon Wheat Kings
Nov. 24 - Brandon Wheat Kings @ Prince Albert Raiders
Branden Troock - Seattle Thunderbirds
The Thunderbirds had two more games last week and Troock had two more scratches. He's only played in three games since Oct. 16.
Nov. 21 - Kootenay Ice @ Seattle Thunderbirds
Nov. 24 - Portland Winterhawks @ Seattle Thunderbirds
Troy Vance - Victoriaville Tigers
Vance had one of his first pointless weeks in a while as he had nothing in two games last week. It broke a string of three straight games with a point for Vance.
Nov. 21 - Victoriaville Tigers @ Gatineau Olympiques
Nov. 23 - Chicoutimi Saguenéens @ Victoriaville Tigers
Nov. 25 - Drummondville Voltigeurs @ Victoriaville Tigers
Maxime Lagace - Prince Edward Island Rocket
The Rocket had three games last week and Lagace played in half of one. He had 35 minutes of ice time against Acadie-Bathurst and gave up three goals on 24 shots (which actually isn't too bad for him).
Nov. 23 - Baie-Comeau Drakkar @ PEI Rocket