OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Reilly Smith scored two goals, but the Oklahoma City Barons tallied four first period goals on their way to a 6-2 win over the Texas Stars on Saturday night at Cox Convention Center.
The Barons exploded in the first period, unleashing a lot of pent up frustration from Friday’s shutout win by Texas. Justin Schultz opened the scoring at 3:34 and was quickly followed with a power play goal by Taylor Hall 88 seconds later as Oklahoma City rushed out to a 2-0 lead. Schultz continued the onslaught at 12:03 with a backhander over Cristopher Nilstorp for his second goal of the night and 16th of the season. Tanner House completed the Barons’ blitzkrieg at 19:11, snapping a wrist shot under the blocker of Nilstorp to give Oklahoma City a 4-0 lead.
Jack Campbell replaced Nilstorp in the Stars net to start the second period. Tyler Pitlick gave the Barons a five-goal lead at 9:42 as he capitalized on a rebound off Campbell’s glove and fired it home for his first goal of the season. Reilly Smith continued his hot streak by scoring his ninth goal of the season at 15:20, assisted by Patrik Nemeth and Colton Sceviour, to put Texas on the scoreboard.
Smith then scored his second of the game, and tenth of the year, 37 seconds into the third period when his shot redirected off a Barons defenseman and into the net for a power play goal. Mark Arcobello extinguished any hopes of a Stars comeback at 11:30, beating Campbell with a one-timer from the blue line to cap off the scoring in a 6-2 Oklahoma City win.
Yann Danis stopped 39-of-41 shots faces to record his 11th win of the season in goal for the Barons, while Cristopher Nilstorp took the loss, making 10 saves on 14 shots in 20 minutes of action. Jack Campbell had 20 saves on 22 shots in 40 minutes of relief for Texas. The Stars out-shot Oklahoma City 41-36 in the game and went 1-for-3 on the power play. The Barons were 1-for-2 with the man-advantage.
Texas is now off for three days during the AHL’s holiday break. The Stars will return to action on Wednesday, December 26th as they travel to Houston for a 7:05 p.m. faceoff with the Aeros at Toyota Center. Texas’ next home game is scheduled for Thursday, December 27th against Oklahoma City at 7:30 p.m. at Cedar Park Center. Thursday’s game is an H-E-B Night, a $3 Beer Night and features a post-game open ice session. Pro-rated full and partial 2012-13 season seat packages are on sale now. For more information on Texas Stars season tickets call (512) GO-STARS (467-8277) or visit www.TexasStarsHockey.com.
FINAL BOX SCORE
Texas Stars 2 at Oklahoma City Barons 6 – Status: Final
Saturday, December 22, 2012 – Cox Convention Center
Texas 0 1 1 – 2
Oklahoma City 4 1 1 – 6
1st Period-1, Oklahoma City, Schultz 15 (Lander, Paajarvi), 3:34. 2, Oklahoma City, Hall 9 (Eberle), 5:02 (PP). 3, Oklahoma City, Schultz 16 (House, VandeVelde), 12:03. 4, Oklahoma City, House 2 (VandeVelde, Fedun), 19:11. Penalties-Morin Tex (tripping), 4:18; Green Okc (tripping), 10:00; Hedden Tex (fighting), 18:51; Byers Okc (fighting), 18:51.
2nd Period-5, Oklahoma City, Pitlick 1 (Green), 9:42. 6, Texas, Smith 9 (Nemeth, Sceviour), 15:20. Penalties-Labrie Tex (holding), 12:23; Roussel Tex (fighting), 14:25; Hall Okc (fighting), 14:25; Byers Okc (high-sticking), 19:27.
3rd Period-7, Texas, Smith 10 (Chiasson), 0:37 (PP). 8, Oklahoma City, Arcobello 8 (Eberle, Teubert), 11:30. Penalties-Byers Okc (roughing), 8:57.
Shots on Goal-Texas 9-14-18-41. Oklahoma City 14-10-12-36.
Power Play Opportunities-Texas 1 / 3; Oklahoma City 1 / 2.
Goalies-Texas, Nilstorp 11-8-0 (14 shots-10 saves); Campbell 4-3-2 (22 shots-20 saves).
Oklahoma City, Danis 11-7-3 (41 shots-39 saves).
Referees-Geno Binda (22), Zac Wiebe (89).
Linesmen-Randy Sappo (13), Brandon Gawryletz (2).