Barons score four in the second to top Stars 6-4
Taylor Hall put up three points and four other Barons had multi-point games as the Oklahoma City Barons defeated the Texas Stars by a score of 6-4 on the strength of four second-period goals at the Cedar Park Center on Wednesday night.
The Barons struck for the game's first goal 1:47 into the game. A Martin Marincin shot was kicked away by Stars netminder Cristopher Nilstorp but the rebound went right to Jordan Eberle who put it into the open net.
Tempers started to erupt shortly after the early Barons goal. Dane Byers dropped the gloves for a quick wrestling match with his numerical counterpart, Luke Gazdic of the Stars. Neither combatant really got the upper hand in the bout.
Texas evened the game 4:18 into the frame. Cam Barker wristed a shot that floated past Danis to tie the game up at 1-1.
The Stars received the game's first power play at the 9:25 mark of the opening period after Anton Lander received a two-minute minor for holding.
The Barons line of Arcobello, Rajala and Hamilton put some pressure on the Stars just past the period's midway point. The result was a Texas penalty to Brenden Dillon for hooking.
However, the result of the man advantage was a Texas shorthanded goal. Colton Sceviour skated in on a two-on-one with Antoine Roussel. Sceviour used Justin Schultz as a screen before firing a shot along the ice past Danis for the goal.
Cam Abney and Hubert Labrie got into a fight in front of the Texas net, the result of which was an extra two for roughing to Abney and a Texas Stars power play.
On the power play, Texas connected to take a two-goal lead. Jordie Benn hammered in a shot to make it 3-1 for the Stars.
Shots on goal after 20 minutes were 14 to 8 for OKC.
Oklahoma City narrowed the gap to one 5:15 into the middle frame. Teemu Hartikainen's shot from the top of the right circle beat Nilstorp top corner to make it a 3-2 lead for Texas.
Just over a minute later, Toni Rajala scored his first career AHL goal to make it a tie game and a couple minutes after that, Justin Schultz scored to put the Barons in front 4-3.
Rajala took a feed from Mark Arcobello at the top of the crease and made no mistake, roofing it for the goal. Schultz fired his shot from the slot past Nilstorp to make it three Barons goals in a span of 3:07.
Texas nearly got another shorthanded goal with 7:40 to play in the period. Toby Petersen took a pass on a two-on-one and rang it off the post. Coming back the other way, Francis Wathier took a penalty to put the Stars down two men for 1:08.
On the ensuing man advantage, Taylor Hall just walked in and fired it over a sprawled Nilstorp to make it 5-3. The play went under review to see if the net was dislodged before the puck crossed the line.
With 2:01 to play in the period, Antoine Roussel broke in alone on the Barons net. Colten Teubert caught up to the Stars forward and muscled him off the puck but got his stick in there and as a result, was sent off for hooking. However, the Barons were able to kill it off.
Shots on goal after two periods were 30 to 17 for Oklahoma City.
Rajala received a penalty for hooking 2:09 into the third period, giving Texas an opportunity to draw within a goal but the Stars could not convert on the power play.
The game went for almost eight minutes without a whistle to start the third, with Texas holding a 9-0 edge in shots. In fact, Texas had rattled off 14 unanswered shots on goal before the Barons finally registered one with eight minutes to play in the period.
With just over five minutes to go in the period, Texas scored a shorthanded goal to draw within one. Antoine Roussel used his speed to create separation and, on the breakaway, backhanded it high glove side past Danis.
However, the Texas comeback was shortlived as Cam Barker took a penalty with just over two minutes to play and the Barons converted on the man advantage. Martin Marincin's wrister from the left circle went in to make it 6-4.