As Scott White said during the second intermission, the Stars need to avoid the three point games as much as possible. In a tight one tonight, Texas managed to avoid the three point game and gain just a little bit of ground in the crowded West Division. With Peoria, Milwaukee and Houston all still in action tonight, we will see in the morning where Texas shakes out for tomorrow's game against the Heat.
The Stars and Barons skated to a scoreless first period despite a power play opportunity for each squad. Texas outshot OKC 12-8 in the frame.
Scoring opened up in the second period with the two teams trading three goals in just under as many minutes. Texas went first with Aaron Gagnon's 10th of the year. The goal came on the third rebound chance by Texas. Wathier and Sceviour picked up the assists on the goal after their rebounds tries failed.
Two minutes later, Teemu Hartikainen potted his 14th of the year to reinvigorate the home crowd and tie it up at one each. Fifty-four seconds later, Colton Sceviour jumped off the bench and put one past Jeff Deslauriers to finish the scoring in the period and ultimately the game. Texas outshot the Barons 16-6 in the middle frame.
The Barons tried their best but the Stars and Richard Bachman held their ground in the last minute of the game to earn all two points and give the Barons none. The win was Texas's 5th of the year over the Barons. The Stars now have a 5-1-0-0 record against OKC and have won thr last 5 matchups after dropping the series' first game 6-1.
There was a lot of chippiness in the game. Cody Chupp left the game in the second after a high hit from Ryan O'Marra. O'Marra was not penalized for the hit, but I imagine it will be reviewed by the league.
Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Neal, Stephenson, Roman (scratched)
McCulloch, Krahn (lower body)
Fortunus (unspecified injury)
Tonight's attendance was 4,339.
AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Oklahoma City - January 28 2011