Friday, November 28, 2014

Texas Stars Make OT But Lose Eighth Straight Game

Texas breaks power play drought but can't get the win
(Credit: Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)
Texas broke an 0-for-24 power play drought with Maxime Fortunu's second period goal. That wasn't enough to break their winless streak though, which stretched the eight games with the loss. The Stars have earned four points during the skid thanks to four overtime losses but are still without a win since November 8th.

Derek Meech said, "Frustrating is an understatement," after the game when referring to both the loss and the streak.

Here's the release:
Richard Bachman’s 34 saves were the difference on Friday night as the Oklahoma City Barons slipped past the Texas Stars in overtime for the second straight game, 2-1, at Cedar Park Center.

Brandon Davidson’s first goal of the season, a rocket from the slot at the 3:02 mark of the extra session, clinched the contest for the Barons (10-4-2-2). This was the fourth consecutive meeting between Texas and Oklahoma City that needed overtime to determine a winner.

Texas (6-6-6-0) will host the Iowa Wild on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. at Cedar Park Center.

A Barons counter-attack rush late in the first set up trailer Dylan Simpson for a wrist shot from the slot past Stars goaltender Jussi Rynnas, and opened up the scoring to give Oklahoma City the early lead with 5:31 left in the frame.

In period two, Stars captain Maxime Fortunus capitalized on a Texas man-advantage notching his third goal of the season from the left circle at the 16:40 mark to even the contest.

Outside of the offense Rynnas and the former Star, Bachman, traded saves back and forth throughout the night in the goaltending duel.

The Stars went 1-for-5 on the power play. The Texas defense stopped the league’s second-best power play, killing off all five penalties faced on the night.

Rynnas stopped 21-of-23 shots faced between the pipes for the Stars. Richard Bachman was 34-for-35 in net for the Barons.

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

Gaunce-Fortunus
Meech-Honka
Valentine-Wrenn

Rynnas

Injuries, scratches, and notes:
McKenzie, Jokipakka (call up)
Dalhuisen (scratched)
Ritchie (lower body)

Tonight's attendance was 3,957.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas v. Oklahoma City - November 28 2014

2 comments:

  1. Meech looked really bad last night. At one point, the Barons quit covering him because it wasn't worth it. He missed his passes, he didn't finish his checks, he wasn't performing. Morin and Fortunus passed to him and he missed both.
    I don't see why he is still in the line up. He's obviously not 100% after being sick. Why put him in at anything less when there are other players ready and willing to play well?
    I know I sound like a broken record, but Dalhuisen is playing very well. He finishes his checks, he protects the net and his players. He wants to play and he's good. I don't see why he's not in the line up.

    On a side note, last night's music was disgraceful. Would you please find the new DJ and show him your list of music? There were a lot of bad words, and a lot of children dancing to raunchy songs.

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  2. Thank you for saying something about the music!!!! As a season ticket holder, you get kinda bored hearing the same old songs. But lately a few of the songs have had totally questionable content, and a few of them have faded out before a lyric containing a swear word. Not cool!

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