It was another positive week for the Texas Stars as they went 2-0-1-0 in their three games last week. They squeaked out an OT win over the Milwaukee Admirals before falling in overtime (their third straight overtime game) to the Houston Aeros. They closed the week with a resounding 4-1 win over the Peoria Rivermen.
Cristopher Nilstorp started all three games and did quite well, even though he didn't face the high number of shots that he usually does. He stopped 65 of 69 shots and earned first and second star honors in the first two games of the week. He's been a great signing for the Stars.
On the non-goalie front, Reilly Smith had his second multi-point game of the month with two goals in the win over Peoria. He's been in a pretty good groove lately and seems to have finally adjusted to the speed of the pro game. He's been one of the most aggressive players on the team for the past few weeks and it's showing on the scoresheet. He, Colton Sceviour and Matt Fraser have been the best forwards for Texas during this good stretch of games.
Texas gets a weird scheduling quirk this week as they play the Abbotsford Heat on back-to-back nights on the road.
Dec. 14 - Texas Stars @ Abbotsford Heat
Dec. 15 - Texas Stars @ Abbotsford Heat
The Overseas Pros
Jamie Benn - Hamburg Freezers
The Freezers only had one game last week and Jamie Benn wasn't around to see all of it. Benn got himself a game misconduct during the third period of a 5-0 win over the Iserlohn Roosters after a heated tangle with Mark Bell after Bell took expection to a clean (and rather tame) hit that Benn put on one of Bell's teammates.
Benn went pointless in the game and has now gone two weeks without a point. He did play well though and just couldn't get some help from his line in the shooting department. He is now below the point per game pace though.
Highlights of the game can be found here.
Season totals: 16 games, 7 goals, 8 assists, +3 rating
Dec. 04 - Dusseldorfer EG @ Hamburg Freezers
Dec. 07 - Kolner Haie @ Hamburg Freezers
Dec. 09 - Hamburg Freezers @ Hannover Scorpions
Jaromir Jagr - HC Kladno
The Czech Extraliga cannot contain Jaromir Jagr. The yet-to-suit-up-in-a-Stars-sweater Dallas Star had another goal and two assists in two games last week for HC Kladno. That's now six goals and seven assists in the last eight games for veteran. Unfortunately I'm now resigned to the fact that despite signing with the Stars, we'll never see Jagr play a game for the team. He leads the team in points and assists.
Season totals: 24 games, 16 goals, 23 assists, +17 rating
Dec. 04 - Kladno vs Kometa Brno
Dec. 07 - Kladno vs Vitkovice
Dec. 09 - Kladno vs Sparta Prague
Stephane Robidas - HIFK Helsinki
Helsinki had two games last week and Robidas did not register a point in the one game that he played in.
Season totals: 15 games, 2 goals, 3 assists, -11 rating
Dec. 05 - Helsinki vs SaiPa
Dec. 07 - Helsinki vs Hameenlinna
Dec. 08 - Helsinki vs Ilves
Tom Wandell - Severstal Cherepovets
Two games for Wandell and Severstal last week and he was back to his usual no point self. It's difficult to imagine that Wandell actually did explode for three points during the Thanksgiving week.
Season totals: 19 games, 1 goal, 6 assists, -2 rating
Dec. 03 - Severstal vs Avangard (already played. Wandell actually had an assist in a 2-1 OT win)
Dec. 05 - Severstal vs Barys
Dec. 07 - Severstal vs Yugra
Philip Larsen - Rauman Lukko
Larsen had one assist in Lukko's three games last week. Larsen ended November with a solid couple weeks of play with five points in three weeks.
Season totals: 20 games, 5 goals, 6 assists, +8 rating
Dec. 17 - Rauman Lukko vs Assat
Radek Faksa - Kitchener Rangers
The Rangers had three games last week and Faksa was pretty quiet until the Saturday game. He scored one goal and had an assist in that game. It's his first goal since Nov. 6 and only his seventh of the year.
Season totals: 26 games, 7 goals, 17 assists, +3 rating
Dec. 04 - Guelph Storm @ Kitchener Rangers
Dec. 07 - Belleville Bulls @ Kitchener Rangers
Dec. 09 - Ottawa 67's @ Plymouth Whalers
Brett Ritchie - Niagara IceDogs
Another three goals and another two assists for Ritchie in three games this past week. It's just the usual for him now. He had points in all three games and managed a goal against the toughest defensive team in the OHL (Belleville). He has at least a point in 14 of the past 15 games and is now on a renewed three game point and goals streak.
In our weekly look at Ritchie's goals and Ryan Strome's influence, Strome was again a huge part. He had the primary assist on all three of Ritchie's goals last week. 17 of Ritchie's 24 goals this season has a Strome assist listed beside it.
Season totals: 30 games, 24 goals, 23 assists, +27 rating
Dec. 06 - Ottawa 67's @ Niagara IceDogs
Dec. 07 - Niagara IceDogs @ London Knights
Gemel Smith - Owen Sound Attack
Smith had three assists in three games last week as the Attack took on three of the lesser teams in the OHL. It's not as much as I would have hoped from him, especially since the Attack scored 12 goals last week, but at least he's staying consistent.
Season totals: 29 games, 13 goals, 19 assists, +18 rating
Dec. 05 - Plymouth Whalers @ Owen Sound Attack
Dec. 07 - Owen Sound Attack @ Guelph Storm
Dec. 08 - Belleville Bulls @ Owen Sound Attack
Matej Stransky - Saskatoon Blades
Stransky had a solid week with one goal and three assists in three games last week. Stransky is riding a hot streak and has a point in nine of the last 12 games. He's mixing in a good number of goals with assists as well so he's doing well with his overall game. His team actually did well and won two of those games.
Season totals: 27 games, 11 goals, 16 assists, -1 rating
Dec. 05 - Spokane Chiefs @ Saskatoon Blades
Dec. 08 - Regina Pats @ Saskatoon Blades
Dec. 09 - Saskatoon Blades @ Regina Pats
Mike Winther - Prince Albert Raiders
Winther had four goals and one assist as the Raiders went on a scoring explosion last week as they scored 17 goals in three games. He had a solid November and now enters December on a roll.
Season totals: 26 games, 13 goals, 14 assists, +23 rating
Dec. 04 - Spokane Chiefs @ Prince Albert Raiders
Dec. 07 - Prince Albert Raiders @ Kootenay Ice
Dec. 08 - Prince Albert Raiders @ Medicine Hat Tigers
Branden Troock - Seattle Thunderbirds
The Thunderbirds had four games last week and Troock rode the bench for all four of them. He's only played in three games since Oct. 16.
Season totals: 7 games, 2 goals, 3 assists, -3 rating
Dec. 06 - Seattle Thunderbirds @ Tri-City Americans
Dec. 07 - Seattle Thunderbirds @ Everett Silvertips
Dec. 08 - Portland Winterhawks @ Seattle Thunderbirds
Troy Vance - Victoriaville Tigers
It was another tough week for Vance and the Tigers as they lost three of their four games and Vance was held pointless for the third straight week.
Season totals: 27 games, 2 goals, 9 assists, -4 rating
Dec. 07 - Moncton Wildcats @ Victoriaville Tigers
Dec. 08 - PEI Rocket @ Victoriaville Tigers
Maxime Lagace - Prince Edward Island Rocket
The Rocket had four games last week and Lagace started two of them. He actually didn't do too bad and stopped 56 of the 62 shots he faced and won both of his games. It's only the second time all year that he's been able to string together two wins in a row.
Season totals: 16 games, 7-5-1, 58 goals allowed, 4.17 GAA, .867 SV%, 1 shutout
Dec. 05 - Quebec Remparts @ PEI Rocket
Dec. 08 - PEI Rocket @ Victoriaville Tigers
Dec. 09 - PEI Rocket @ Rimouski Oceanic