Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Colton Sceviour's Four-Point Night Highlights 5-4 Stars Win

Colton Sceviour celebrates his second goal at the bench (Credit: Steven Christy)
A back and forth contest in Oklahoma City saw Colton Sceviour put up four points to tie Morin for the league lead as the Texas Stars broke their road winless streak at four. Sceviour collected two goals and two assists, including the game-winning tally in a 5-4 win over the Barons tonight at the Cox Convention Center. Curtis McKenzie added two of his own as the line over showed no ill signs over the loss of their center, Travis Morin, to the NHL. Justin Dowling, their new pivot, had an assist and was plus-2.

Cristopher Nilstorp stopped 28 of 32 against the relentless Barons attack. Jack Campbell backed him up, suiting up for a game for the first time in over a month.

OKC struck first as Cameron Gaunce pinched on the play at an ill-advised time and Linus Omark and Mark Marincin went in transition. Omark found Marincin on the back door and it was 1-0 Barons. Texas answered back on the power play with a point shot from Maxime Fortunus that rebounded and found the stick of McKenzie, who put it home. After one, Texas had a one all tie and a 10-8 shot advantage.

The Barons and Stars traded goals in the second, two each including a PPG for each club. Derek Nesbitt went first with a one-timer on the power play. Colton Sceviour answered back with PPG of his own, assisted by Cris Nilstorp, after the Stars' goaltender had a solid shorthanded save and the ensuing play saw the vet winger head in unabated.

A bang-bang play put OKC ahead 3-2 as Travis Ewanyk polished off a CJ Stretch pass. In tight with two and a half minutes left, Curtis McKenzie got his second of the night, this time from the crease off a slick Sceviour centering pass.

The Stars got the best of the third period, scoring two and earning their first lead of the game. Maxime Fortunus had another bit of blue line wizardry; this time his point shot found the net without help from a Texas skater, giving him his third goal of the year. Justin Dowling and Colton Sceviour assisted.

A Texas turnover in the defensive zone tied the score right back up as Matt Ford fed CJ Stretch for the four all tie.

Just over a minute later, the Stars regained their lead for good with Sceviour's second goal and fourth point of the night. Scott Glennie sprang a streaking Colton Sceviour with a breakout pass and Sceviour beat the Barons netminder low glove for his 29th point of the year.

Texas returns home on Friday to face Iowa for the first time at home.

Tonight's lines:
Glennie-Mueller-Ritchie
McKenzie-Dowling-Sceviour
Hedden-Peters-Wathier
Petersen-Vause-Ranford

Jokipakka-Gaunce
Nemeth-Button
Fortunus-Labrie

Nilstorp

Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Oleksiak, Morin (callup)
Wrenn, Stransky, York (scratch)

Tonight's attendance was 2,393.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Oklahoma City - December 3 2013

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