Despite a 5-3 loss to the Rockford IceHogs Saturday, the Texas Stars clinched first place in the South Division of the Western Conference in the American Hockey League, and first place in the Conference just a point ahead of the Toronto Marlies.
The Stars finished the season at 43-22 with five overtime losses and six shootout losses, closing out the year with 97 points. Texas also posted the second fewest penalty minutes in the conference at 923.
The team’s longest win streak was a six-game run in the beginning of January including five wins against inter-division teams. Three were victories over the Houston Aeros.
Matt Fraser, who was called up to the Dallas Stars in February, led the team in goals scored with 33 and was voted to the AHL’s 2013-2014 All-Star Team.
Colton Sceviour, who played with Dallas in January and notched an assist in his first game in the NHL, led the team in points with 21 goals and 31 assists.
Jack Campbell and Christopher Nilstorp split the season in net with Campbell finishing 40 games and Nilstorp finishing 39. Both recorded 19 wins and 13 losses, and saved more than 1,700 shots sent toward the Texas net.
The Stars head into the Calder Cup playoffs taking on the eighth place Milwaukee Admirals in the first best-of-five round. Texas travels to Milwaukee for games one and two, and return home to host the Admirals for games three, four and a fifth if necessary. The Stars have a hand up headed into the series, with two victories over the Admirals in the regular season. The first was a 3-1 at-home victory in late October and the second was a 2-1 overtime victory in Milwaukee.
Game one kicks off this Friday, April 26 at 7 pm at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, MN.