Taylor Hall's hat trick leads Barons over Stars 5-4
Barons hold on in the third period for a close win over Texas
Taylor Hall scored three goals and Mark Arcobello had four assists as the Oklahoma City Barons defeated the Texas Stars by a score of 5-4 at the Cedar Park Center on Thursday night. .
Yann Danis got the start in goal for the Barons and Jack Campbell for Texas.
A hooking penalty on Jordie Benn 3:29 into the game gave Oklahoma City the game's first power play early on.
It didn't take long to get on the board as the Barons netted a power play goal moments later. Justin Schultz found Jordan Eberle at the left faceoff circle dot. Campbell gave Eberle the entire side but Eberle took his time before firing a wrist shot top corner and giving the Barons a 1-0 lead with his 20th goal of the season.
A penalty to Tanner House for hooking gave the Stars their first man advantage of the evening. On the same play, Chris VandeVelde levelled Tomas Vincour and the former Oil Kings forward had to be helped off the ice. However, the only penalty on the play was to House.
Coming out of the box, House picked up the puck and skated in on a two-on-one with Mark Arcobello. House elected to shoot and it was covered by Campbell.
Texas took another penalty 9:42 into the frame. Colton Seviour was sent off for two minutes to put OKC back on the power play but they were unable to convert this time. Tyler Pitlick then took a penalty to put Texas on their second man advantage.
With 19 seconds to play in the opening period, the Barons struck again to extend their lead to 2-0. Taylor Hall one-timed a cross-ice pass from Arcobello past Campbell for the goal. Justin Schultz got the other assist.
Shots on goal were 12 to 6 in favour of Texas after 20 minutes.
VandeVelde nearly made it 3-0 early in the second period when his backhand attempt rang off the post behind Campbell.
Several minutes later, Jamie Oleksiak took advantage of a turnover at his own blueline and skated up ice with the puck on an odd-man rush. Oleksiak opted to shot and his wrister from the right circle beat Danis to make it a 2-1 game.
Seven minutes into the middle frame, Austin Smith hauled down Nathan Deck to put the Barons on their fourth power play of the game. To this point, OKC was 2-for-3 with the man advantage.
Texas nearly tied the game just past the period's midway point after Danis stopped a point shot through a ton of traffic. On the same play, Josh Green took a high sticking penalty to give the Stars their fourth power play of the game.
Colton Sceviour scored on the man advantage to make it a tie game. Sceviour centered a pass that was stopped by Danis but he managed to pound in the rebound through the legs of Reilly Smith and in on the short side to make it 2-2.
1:16 later, Teemu Hartikainen fired a shot from the high slot glove side past Campbell to put the Barons back in front by a goal. Anton Lander and Magnus Paajarvi got the assists.
Shots on goal after two periods still favoured Texas at 22 to 15.
The Barons opened the period with a power play but were unable to get much going.
Texas then had a chance to tie the game just past the period's five-minute mark as Nathan Deck was sent off for interference. It only took the Stars moments into the man advantage to get that tying marker.
Brenden Dillon's blast from the right point went off the skate of Taylor Fedun in front, bouncing right to Antoine Roussel who put it into the open net and made it 3-3.
Alex Chiasson then chopped the stick out of Dane Byers' hands on the next shift to put OKC back on the power play. The Barons couldn't convert but had another chance a couple minutes later when Hubert Labrie got two minutes for moving the puck with his hand. The Barons couldn't score again but after Byers was taken out at the knees by Labrie, OKC went right back to the man advantage.
It was third time's the charm for the Barons as Hall one-timed a pass from Arcobello past Campbell to move the Barons back in the lead at 4-3.
Several minutes later, Arcobello spotted Hall with a break-out pass that sent him in all alone. Hall made no mistake on the breakaway, scoring on a deke to make it 5-3.
Texas got that goal back with 4:10 to go in the third. Sceviour one-timed it in to narrow the gap to 5-4.
Hall nearly made it four goals, taking a pass from Fedun but Campbell made a brilliant glove save to keep it a one-goal game.