Sunday, December 23, 2012

Stars Lose 6-2 After Four Goal Barons First

(Credit: Steven Christy)

The Stars play a certain type of game when they are successful. They limit quality shots and don't allow more than one or two goals. They have yet to be successful this season in a 'track meet' type scenario. Oklahoma City proved that last night. The Barons scored four first period goals and chased Cristopher Nilstorp from the cage after twenty. Jack Campbell allowed two more. Hot hand Reilly Smith scored two more on the year to bring his total to ten and tie him with Matt Fraser for team-lead. However, it wasn't enough.

I was unable to watch the game due to other engagements. Here is the Stars' release:
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.

Tonight's lines:
R. Smith-Eakin-Chiasson
Fraser-Morin-Sceviour
Vincour-Petersen-Wathier
Gazdic-Roussel-Hedden

Benn-Oleksiak
Labrie-Fortunus
Nemeth-Dillon

Nilstorp
Campbell

Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Vause (scratch)
Glennie (hand)
Sloan (injured)

Tonight's attendance was 3,179.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Oklahoma City - December 21 2012

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