Barons explode for four in the first period; cruise to 6-2 win
Schultz scores twice and two-point efforts from Eberle, House and VandeVelde
Justin Schultz scored two goals, Tanner House had a goal and an assist and Jordan Eberle and Chris VandeVelde each had a pair of helpers as the Oklahoma City Barons cruised to a 6-2 win over the Texas Stars on the strength of a four-goal opening period on Saturday night.
Yann Danis got the start in goal tonight for the Barons and Cristopher Nilstorp once again for Texas.
After being blanked on Friday, it didn't take the Barons long to open the scoring. Justin Schultz scored just past the three-minute mark to give OKC a 1-0 lead. Anton Lander and Magnus Paajarvi got the assists.
Several minutes later, a penalty to Travis Morin gave the Barons the game's first man advantage. Morin upended Taylor Hall as the Barons winger tried to cut his way to the middle of the ice.
On that man advantage, the Barons connected to increase their lead to 2-0. During a mad scramble in front, Hall picked up a rebound after Jordan Eberle rang a shot off the post. The two goals came 1:28 apart.
Right at the period's midway point, Josh Green upended a Texas defender in the Stars zone to give the visitors their first power play of the game.
Just as Green came out of the box, the Barons had a two-on-one with Tanner House and Schultz. House found Schultz in the slot with a nice pass and he made no mistake, deking out Nilstorp to make it a 3-0 game.
The Barons nearly made it 4-0 late in the period. After House's shot was kicked out by Nilstorp, Dane Byers was stationed in the slot with a chance to pound home the rebound but just missed the mark.
Several shifts later, Byers dropped the gloves with Mike Hedden immediately after Hedden leveled Teemu Hartikainen. It was a lengthy bout where neither combatant really got much of an edge.
With 48.2 seconds left to play, House blazed into the Texas zone and picked the five-hole on Nilstorp with a nice wrist shot, giving the Barons a 4-0 lead. VandeVelde and Fedun got the assists.
Shots on goal after one period were 14 to 9 in favour of Oklahoma City.
To start the middle frame, Jack Campbell replaced Nistorp in goal for Texas.
The onslaught continued for the Barons as Tyler Pitlick picked up a rebound to put the puck in for his first of the season to make it a 5-0 game. Josh Green got the lone assist, having taken the initial shot.
Taylor Hall got into it with the Stars' Antoine Roussel in a brief fight that saw neither combatant gaining much of an edge but Roussel did cut his hand in the fight.
Texas struck to draw back within four goals as Reilly Smith pounded in a rebound from point-blank range to give the Stars their first of the game.
After two periods, the shot count was 24 to 23 for Oklahoma City.
Texas started the period on the power play and converted with a goal in the opening minute. Tanner House had a scoring chance with a partial break but his shot just missed the mark. Coming back the other way, Smith put home a rebound at the 37-second point in the final frame to draw the visitors within three.
Near the period's midway point, Mark Arcobello nearly scored what would have been OKC's sixth of the night but his shot from the right circle rang off the post behind Campbell.
Byers went after Roussel several shifts later but instead of engaging, he skated away and the result was a roughing penalty to Byers, and power play for Texas.
After killing off the penalty, Arcobello finally connected for that sixth goal. Eberle had a moment of sustained possession in the Stars zone. Eventually he moved it to Arcobello at the point and his shot found its way into the back of the net.