CEDAR PARK, Texas -- Brett Ritchie scored twice and Christopher Nilstorp made 26 saves as the Texas Stars blanked the visiting Abbotsford Heat 5-0 on Friday in American Hockey League action.
Justin Dowling, Travis Morin and Francis Wathier also scored for the Stars (22-10-5), who bypassed Abbotsford for top spot in the West Division, and Mike Hedden tacked on two assists.
Defenceman John Ramage was a team-worst minus-4 for the Heat (23-13-2), who dropped their fourth game in a row.
Joey MacDonald turned away 38-of-43 shots for Abbotsford.
Texas went 2 for 7 on the power play while the Heat failed to score on three chances with the man advantage.