Eberle's natural hat trick propels Barons to 5-2 win
Eberle scores three goals in 2:43 in the first period as Barons wrap up 2012 with a victory
Jordan Eberle scored three goals in a span of 2:43 in the opening period, including two goals in nine seconds -- both Barons franchise records -- to help lead OKC to a 5-2 win over the Texas Stars on Monday night.
Yann Danis stopped 42 of 44 shots for the win.
Yann Danis got the start in goal tonight for the Barons. Christoph Nilstorp got the start in Texas.
The best scoring chance early on came on stick of Magnus Paajarvi. The Swede picked up the puck deep in the Texas end and split the defence. HIs moves got Nilstorp out of position but at that point, Paajarvi was at just wide enough an angle that he couldn't get a shot on net.
Alex Plante took an interference penalty at the 11:44 mark of the opening period to give Texas the game's first power play.
During the man advantage, the best scoring chance actually went to Taylor Fedun who rushed up ice with Tanner House and, after a give and go, directed the puck on net but was denied by Nilstorp.
The Barons struck for the game's first goal as Taylor Hall found Jordan Eberle in the slot. Eberle then deked out Nilstorp and scored to make it 1-0.
Only nine seconds later, Eberle blazed back into the Texas zone and fired a wrist shot from the right circle past the Stars netminder for his 22nd goal of the season to make it a 2-0 game.
Gloves dropped with Gazdic and Lizon about a minute after Eberle's goal. Neither combatant really had much of an edge in the battle.
Antoine Roussel took a slashing penalty at the 18:21 mark of the period to give the Barons their first power play of the game and it didn't take long for the home team to take advantage.
Six seconds into the man advantage, Eberle scored to complete the natural hat trick and make it a 3-0 game.
Shots on goal after one period were 12 to 7 in favour of Texas.
Early in the second period, Tayor Fedun flattened Toby Petersen in the corner of the Barons zone to give Texas its second power play of the game.
Texas finally got on the board 7:11 into the middle frame. Colton Sceviour scooped up a rebound and put it past Danis to put a dent in Oklahoma City's lead.
Jordie Benn took a boarding penalty to put the Barons back on the power play and again they connected to move in front by three goals once again.
Justin Schultz fired a shot from between the point and the high slot past Nilstorp for the 4-1 goal.
Several minutes later, Plante and Gazdic mixed it up in the middle of the ice with the end result being two minutes for roughing to Gazdic, four minutes to Plante and a Texas Stars power play.
Lizon and Gazdic tangled for round two later on in the period. The Stars' Gazdic got the jersey up on Lizon and tied up the Barons' slugger, not allowing him to throw much in the way of punches.
Penalties to Plante and Teubert in succession gave Texas an extended two-man advantage with a chance to put a dent in the Barons' three-goal lead. Teubert's penalty was a double minor for high sticking which ensured that the Stars would at the very least start the third period on the power play.
Shots on goal after 40 minutes were 33 to 16 in favour of Texas but the Barons had a 4-1 lead on the scoreboard.
Texas opened the third period with over two minutes left in the Teubert penalty and scored an early power play goal. Morin fed the puck across the ice to Fraser and he made no mistake, firing it past Danis for the marker at the period's 28-second mark.
Eberle nearly made it his second four-goal game within a month after slipping in behind the Stars defence and firing a shot on goal but Nilstorp made a nice glove save to keep it a two-goal game.
Josh Green added an empty-net goal to make the final 5-2.