CEDAR PARK, TX – Taylor Hall delivered a hat trick for Oklahoma City, while Colton Sceviour notched two goals for Texas, as the Stars lost a high scoring affair to the Barons 5-4 Thursday night at Cedar Park Center.
Oklahoma City pulled ahead early in the first period thanks to their AHL-leading power play. With Jordie Benn in the penalty box for hooking, Jordan Eberle capitalized on a wrist shot from the left slot at 4:13 to give the Barons a 1-0 lead. Oklahoma City added another goal with the man advantage at the end of the session when Taylor Hall beat the glove of Stars goaltender Jack Campbell with a wicked back door one-timer at 19:41 to widen the gap to 2-0. Texas had opportunities to score and outshot the Barons 12-6 in the period, but went 0-for-3 on the power play while the visitors were 2-for-3.
The Stars responded quickly in the middle frame when Jamie Oleksiak scored his second career goal at 5:20 to cut the deficit to 2-1. Oleksiak took an Oklahoma City turnover from center ice all the way to the right face-off circle and fired a wrister underneath the glove of Barons netminder Yann Danis to tally the unassisted goal. Texas got its special teams back on track and tied the contest 2-2 with a Colton Sceviour power play goal at 14:01. Sceviour flicked a loose puck past Danis into the top shelf to record his seventh goal of the season. The Barons answered right back just over a minute later when Teemu Hartikainen snug a shot by the glove of Campbell, allowing the visitors to reclaim a 3-2 lead. The Stars held a 23-15 advantage in shots at the end of two and cashed in on their only power play of the period, while Oklahoma City was 0-for-2 in the second.
Texas evened things up once again early in the third period on another power play goal. A redirected Brenden Dillon shot found the stick of Antoine Roussel who buried the puck in the back of the net at 5:39 to bring the score to 3-3. The Stars inability to stay out of the penalty box would prove costly however, as Taylor Hall replicated his one-timer from the first period during Texas’ eighth penalty of the game to give the Barons a 4-3 edge at 12:43. Less than two minutes later Hall completed the hat trick on a breakaway when he beat Campbell with a confident backhander to push the lead to 5-3. The extra insurance was necessary as Sceviour added his second goal of the game just a minute afterward, finishing off a great cross-slot pass by Oleksiak to bring Texas within one. But a last gasp empty net effort by the Stars came up short and Oklahoma City escaped with a 5-4 victory.
Barons’ starter Yann Danis turned away 27-of-31 Stars shots to record the victory, while Texas goaltender Jack Campbell took the loss, stopping 21 of the 26 shots he faced. The Stars ended the game with a 31-26 advantage in the shots column and went 2-for-5 on the power play; Oklahoma City went 3-for-8 with the man advantage.
Texas returns to action on Saturday, December 29th as they host the first place Charlotte Checkers for a 7:00 p.m. faceoff at Cedar Park Center. Saturday’s game is the 2013 Stars Calendar Giveaway night, a Family Four Pack 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
Oklahoma City Barons 5 at Texas Stars 4 – Status: Final
Thursday, December 27, 2012 – Cedar Park Center
Oklahoma City 2 1 2 – 5
Texas 0 2 2 – 4
1st Period-1, Oklahoma City, Eberle 20 (Schultz, Arcobello), 4:13 (PP). 2, Oklahoma City, Hall 10 (Arcobello, Schultz), 19:41 (PP). Penalties-Benn Tex (hooking), 3:29; House Okc (hooking), 6:02; Sceviour Tex (slashing), 9:42; Pitlick Okc (slashing), 11:35; Green Okc (tripping), 14:45; Labrie Tex (high-sticking), 18:50.
2nd Period-3, Texas, Oleksiak 2 5:20. 4, Texas, Sceviour 7 (Smith, Morin), 14:01 (PP). 5, Oklahoma City, Hartikainen 9 (Lander, Paajarvi), 15:17. Penalties-Smith Tex (tripping), 7:07; Green Okc (high-sticking), 13:06; Dillon Tex (slashing), 18:25.
3rd Period-6, Texas, Roussel 6 (Dillon, Fortunus), 5:39 (PP). 7, Oklahoma City, Hall 11 (Arcobello, Eberle), 12:43 (PP). 8, Oklahoma City, Hall 12 (Arcobello), 14:13. 9, Texas, Sceviour 8 (Oleksiak, Chiasson), 15:15. Penalties-Deck Okc (interference), 5:29; Chiasson Tex (slashing), 5:46; Labrie Tex (closing hand on puck), 9:06; Labrie Tex (clipping), 11:57.
Shots on Goal-Oklahoma City 6-9-11-26. Texas 12-11-8-31.
Power Play Opportunities-Oklahoma City 3 / 8; Texas 2 / 5.
Goalies-Oklahoma City, Danis 12-7-3 (31 shots-27 saves). Texas, Campbell 4-4-2 (26 shots-21 saves).
Referees-Tom Chmielewski (65).
Linesmen-John Grandt (98), Brad Phillips (82).