BARONS CLOSE OUT 2012 WITH WIN OVER TEXAS
By Josh Evans, OKC Barons on 12/31/2012
Jordan Eberle re-wrote the Oklahoma City Barons record book for quickly scored goals in the team’s franchise history in their 5-2 win over the Texas Stars at the Cox Convention Center last night
With the score tied 0-0 late in the first period, Eberle opened the scoring at the 15:44 mark. Mark Arcobello timed a pass to catch Taylor Hall heading out of, then back into the offensive zone. Hall found Eberle zipping through the slot and he was able to slide it past Stars netminder Christopher Nilstorp.
Just nine second later, Hall fed Eberle again with a quick pass across the blueline. Eberle took advantage of a defenseman that stumbled, worked his way into the slot and fired a shot over the right shoulder of Nilstorp.
Just under 90 second later, Eberle would cap off the natural hat trick with his 23rd goal of season. Justin Schultz would earn the primary assist on the goal as Eberle was able to collect a pass from his skates, control it and send a backhander past Nilstorp from deep in the slot.
In the process, Eberle set three franchise records. His two goals nine seconds apart is the fastest two goals scored by an individual player in Barons franchise history as well as the fastest two scored by the team. His hat trick scored in 2 minutes 43 seconds is the fastest three goals scored by a Barons player in franchise history.
The second period found the ice tilted the way of the Texas Stars as they fired 21 shots toward Barons goaltender Yann Danis. The Stars would finally cash in and they cut the lead to 3-1 when Colton Sceviour scored his ninth goal of the season at 7:11 of the period. The 21 second period shots is the most faced by the Barons in a single period this season.
Oklahoma City would re-gain a three-goal lead when Justin Schultz scored his 17th goal of the season, this time on the power play. Eberle and Hall exchanged passes across the ice. Then Eberle sent it to Schultz who rifled a long-range shot past Nilstorp
Texas made for an exciting third period when Matt Fraser scored a power-play goal just 28 seconds into the frame to again cut the Barons lead to two goals.
The teams traded shots during the third period in what sometime proved to be furious action. Texas pulled their goaltender in favor of an extra attacker with under 90 seconds to play. They controlled the puck for most of that time, but were unable to move the puck past Danis.
Josh Green capped the Barons win with an empty-net goal with under six seconds to play in the game to preserve the win.
Yann Danis stopped 42 of the 44 shots he faced for his 13th win of the season.
The Barons waste no time returning to action as they take on the Houston Aeros tomorrow at 5:05 p.m. The game can be heard on AM-1340, online at okcbarons.com/listenlive or seen via AHL Live.
Of note…After having 27 games in which a Barons player had two goals in a game and 102 games between hat tricks, the Barons have had a player score a hat trick in three of their last 7 games.
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