When you're the road team, it's important to stick to your game plan and play within youself until the home club gives you opportunities. Texas did exactly that this evening in Oklahoma City, playing to a scoreless first and then putting in a goal in the second and two in the third to take the 3-0 win against the high-powered OKC Barons.
Cristopher Nilstorp continued his phenomenal play with the blank sheet for the second straight game. Nilstorp now has a 146:31 shutout streak going and has posted four shutouts on the year. He stopped 21 OKC shots on the night. Finally, Texas stopped five power plays from the #1 overall power play in the league.
Texas skated to a scoreless first period despite outshooting the Barons 15-6 in the frame. The Stars killed two Dillon minor penalties in the first twenty as well.
Reilly Smith continued his hot streak in the second on a controversial score. The rookie's eighth of the year was scored under much protest from the home club as it was very close to a high stick. Referee Geno Binda did not review the play and called the goal good for the 1-0 Texas lead. Cody Eakin and Maxime Fortunus assisted on the play. Texas and OKC were even on shots in the period at six all.
In the final period, Luke Gazdic collected his first of the year on a nice sniper shot. The fourth-year forward popped his shot to the top-right corner. Fellow linemate Antoine Roussel had the primary assist and the captain, Fortunus, added his second of the night with the secondary assist.
OKC pulled goalie Yann Danis with 2:15 left in the third period. Texas would manage an empty net goal with 44 seconds left in the game to seal the deal. Brenden Dillon picked up his third of the year on the play.
Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Vause, Labrie (scratch)
Texas defenseman Tyler Sloan left in the second period with athletic trainer DJ Amadio. Sloan did not return for the third period.
Tonight's attendance was 2,784.
AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Oklahoma City - December 21 2012