Friday, October 24, 2014

Barons' Three Goal Second Period Too Much for Texas Stars

The Texas Stars could not overcome a three-goal second period from the Oklahoma City Barons and suffered their first loss on the young season. The final score was 5-3 for the home team Oklahoma City.

Texas was plagued by ill-timed penalties that broke up momentum and gave the Barons two power play goals. Jack Campbell took his first loss of the season, giving up five goals on 26 shots. Goal scorers for the Stars in the contest included defensemen Cameron Gaunce and John Klingberg. Travis Morin picked up his 200th AHL assist and 300th AHL point in the loss.

The game showed that Jason Williams and Iiro Pakarinen are going to be tough competitors for the Barons this season. OKC will play Texas a total of twelve times this season.

The Texas Stars appeared to be ready to continue their undefeated ways in the first period, putting 16 shots on net. The period ended tied at one anyways. A slap pass by Keith Aulie was redirected by Jason Williams for his team-leading fourth goal of the year by the Barons. As the period was ending, Cameron Gaunce's shot from the point blew by Frans Tuohimaa with Brendan Ranford in close to cause havoc. Morin was the only assist on the goal, his 200th AHL assist and 300th AHL point.

The second period collapse for Texas began on the penalty kill. With Gemel Smith serving a too many men penalty, Iiro Pakarinen got a one-timer off the pass from Jason Williams and went up 2-1. Just 28 seconds later, Curtis Hamilton's goal off a 3-on-2 rush by the Barons made it 3-1.

William Wrenn, in his first game of the season, attempted to rally the troops with a spirited fight against Travis Ewanyk. It wouldn't work as Tyler Pitlick snapped in a rebound for his first goal of the year at 11:20. Williams had another assist on the play.

The Stars would break up the run on Jack Campbell with a goal of their own in the last two minutes of the second. John Klingberg found twine down low with assists to Justin Dowling and Brett Ritchie.

The third period would bring another power play goal for OKC's Pakarinen. Straight off the faceoff win by Anton Lander, the rookie found his fourth on the young season.

Things got a little wild late as Steve Pinizzotto went to fight Taylor Peters after a stoppage of play. He picked up a five minute major for cross-checking in the kerfuffle and gave the Stars a huge chance to even things up. Travis Morin took advantage of the opportunity, snapping one past Tuohimaa to make it 5-3. Derek Laxdal pulled Jack Campbell to make it 6-on-3. It wouldn't yield rewards as Texas ended the game with the same two goal deficit.

These same two teams will hit the road and play in Cedar Park tomorrow night.

Tonight's lines:
Ranford-Morin-Ritchie
Smith-Dowling-Glennie
Henderson-Faksa-Stransky
Rallo-Peters-Troock

Klingberg-Meech
Wrenn-Fortunus
Gaunce-Honka

Campbell

Injuries, scratches, and notes:
McKenzie, Jokipakka (callup)
Hulak, Dalhuisen, Lagace (scratched)

Tonight's attendance was 2,582.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Oklahoma City - October 24 2014

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