After last week's shellacking, Oklahoma City was mad. They did not forget that 7-0 score and wanted to do one better on Texas tonight. The Stars had their worst defensive performance in franchise history, allowing 10 goals on the night. Tyler Beskorowany, who started the game, was pulled after four against. Richard Bachman let in just as many and Beskorowany was put back in net for the third period. Texas allowed its first power play goal (3 total) in the game as well, while putting nothing in on the man advantage themselves.
For the Barons, scoring came in bunches. Tremblay, Keller and Grant scored the Barons first three goals in just 87 seconds starting at the 11:53 mark of the first. Texas held its own in the period aside from that minute and a half. Tyler Beskorowany was pulled when Ryan Keller collected his second of the night at the 3:12 mark of the second period.
Another bunch of scoring came at the 7 minute mark of the second for OKC. Cornet, Vandevelde, Pitlick and Hartikainen scored four goals in four minutes, including three power play goals. Colton Teubert added a ninth goal with just under two minutes left in the second.
Francis Wathier had the Stars' only goal on the night in the third period, assisted by Spang and Lukowich. The 8 goal deficit wouldn't last long as Tristan Grant notched his second of the game to make it 10-1.
Having not seen the game in person or on video, it is difficult to say where things went wrong for the Stars. However, when the score is 10-1, it's often easier to highlight the things that went well. The only positives I can see in the game are Brad Lukowich's astounding even plus-minus despite the score and Texas's shot advantage in the third period. Otherwise, it's a game the players would rather forget and the coaches will make sure they never do.
Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Coyle, Schultz, Labrie, Glennie (scratched)
The Stars set (at least) three defensive records in the loss: goals against total (10), goals against in a period (6), and margin of defeat (9).
AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Oklahoma City - October 15 2011