Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Texas Stars Weather Third Period Barrage, Earn Point in 2-1 OT Loss

Travis Morin (Credit: Steven Christy)
OKC's Linus Omark ended things less than a minute into the overtime period after Texas survived a barrage of shots in the third period to earn a single standings point tonight at the Cox Convention Center. The Stars came into the third down 1-0 and were outshot 16-3 in the final frame. One of those shots, off the stick of Colton Sceviour, found twine behind former Star Richard Bachman to even things up.

A scoreless first period saw the Stars and Barons trade power play opportunities. Travis Morin's holding call rolled over into the second period and yielded the opening goal from the Oklahoma City Barons. C.J. Stretch centered the puck to rookie Andrew Miller to setup the young right wing's first goal of his pro career. The goal was scored with just three seconds remaining in the Morin minor.

Texas was outshot through most of the period but closed 7-3 shot deficit and ended the period at ten each.

Veteran Colton Sceviour evened things up in the third period, spoiling a shutout bid by former Texas goalie Richard Bachman. Off an icing call against the Barons, the Stars took advantage. Sceviour found his own rebound off the post to tie the game at one each early in the final frame. Travis Morin assisted to extended his point streak to three games and overall total to seven on the season. Patrik Nemeth got the second assist, his first point of the year.

The Stars were lucky to score on that shot, as it was one of only three in the period for the away club. The Barons, meanwhile, rifled sixteen on Cristopher Nilstorp in the frame.

Aaron Rome, playing his first game of the season, had several mental lapse penalties in the game. He took a boarding call in the second, was the sixth man on the ice in the third for a too many men call and then had an interference call with less than two minutes left in the third period. While the Omark goal in OT didn't count as a power play goal, it came just four seconds after the penalty expired. The Barons were already rushing up the ice as Rome made his way out of the box and he was unable to make a difference on the play.

Texas is back in action in San Antonio on Friday for the start of a three-in-three.

Tonight's lines:
Mueller-Morin-Sceviour
Hedden-Dowling-Ritchie
Stransky-Petersen-Ranford
Wathier-Peters-Smith

Oleksiak-Rome
Fortunus-Nemeth
Jokipakka-Gaunce

Nilstorp

Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Campbell (callup)
Montgomery, Wrenn (scratch)
McKenzie (injured)

Tonight's attendance was 1,805.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Oklahoma City - October 15 2013

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