OKC Spoils Home Finale 5-2

The Oklahoma City Barons jumped out to a lead in the first and never looked back, holding at least a one goal advantage on Texas all the way through the final horn. Mike Hedden was the star of the night, scoring on a penalty shot in the second and at even strength in the third. The penalty shot was only Texas's second of the season, both at home and both goals. The other was by Colton Sceviour.

Here's the release, since I was unable to watch live.
The Texas Stars (31-39-3-2, 67 points) were defeated by the Oklahoma City Barons (45-21-4-5, 99 points) 5-2 in front of a sold- out crowd of 6,863 fans at Cedar Park Center on Saturday night. Defenseman Bryan Helmer and forwards Josh Green, Mark Arcobello, Magnus Paajarvi and Hunter Tremblay scored for the Barons. Oklahoma City goalie David LeNeveu (18-12-3) stopped 23 of 25 shots bringing the team’s road record to 24-9-1-3. Left wing Mike Hedden scored twice for the Stars. Texas goalie Jack Campbell (4-6-0) stopped 21 of 25 shots in the loss. The Stars travel to Houston for their final regular season game on Sunday, April 15th at 5:05 p.m.

The Barons opened the scoring with 6:39 remaining in the first period. Defenseman Bryan Helmer slipped the puck past Campbell, giving Oklahoma City a 1-0 lead. Forwards Tanner House and Chris VandeVelde set up Helmer’s third goal of the year.

Oklahoma City grabbed a 2-0 lead early in the second period. Left wing Magnus Paajarvi slapped a shot to the back of the net just 1:15 into the frame. Left wing Teemu Hartikainen registered an assist. Texas got on the board at 5:35 of the period. Left wing Mike Hedden scored off a penalty shot, cutting into Oklahoma City’s lead at 2-1. The Barons jumped out to a 3-1 lead as center Josh Green tipped the puck in with 3:15 left. Defensemen Martin Marincin and Alex Plante helped on Green’s 16th tally of the season.

The Stars cut into the Barons’ lead again just 1:41 into the third period. Left wing Mike Hedden netted his second goal of the night off a Dan Spang shot. Right wing Alex Chiasson also provided an assist on the 3-2 tally. The Barons answered back at 5:07 with a goal from right wing Mark Arcobello. Defenseman Dylan Yeo and center Tyler Pitlick set up the play for the 4-2 lead. Oklahoma City struck again with nine seconds remaining. Left wing Hunter Tremblay put in an empty-net goal for the 5-2 final.
Tonight's lines:



Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Vause, Schultz, Tousignant (long-term injury)
Schiestel, Godard, Beskorowany (scratch)

Tonight's attendance was 6,863. It was Texas's third sellout of the season.

AHL Gamesheet - Texas v. Oklahoma City - April 14 2012


  1. Anyone know what Lukowich did (or more likely, said) to the ref to get tossed out of the game? Noticed Lukowich was a healthy scratch for the final game.

    1. Not sure of what was said as I wasn't there for the game. We've seen some of the things Lukowich has said before on the jumbotron. I'm guessing it was very similar.


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