BARONS SHUTOUT IN CEDAR PARK, 4-0
By Eric Rodgers,
The Texas Stars came away with a 4-0 shutout of the Oklahoma City Barons at the Cedar Park Center. Niko Hovinen made 23 saves in his first American Hockey League regulation loss. Jack Campbell made 20 saves in his second shutout of the season for the Stars.
Shots were not nearly as plentiful as they were in Friday night's contest in the first period. The Barons managed six shots while the Stars put eight shots on the board, scoring two goals. The first Texas goal came as Bretton Cameron scored his first career AHL goal on a tip of a Jordie Benn shot to make it 1-0 Texas at 16:18. Less than a minute later, the Stars earned a power-play chance after Theo Peckham closed his hand on the puck. With the man advantage, Matt Fraser shot the puck from the goal line extended and scored to make it 2-0 after the first period of play.
The second period started slowly for the Barons. Taylor Fedun had a pass from behind the net tipped by Alex Chiasson and the puck floated to Justin Dowling. Dowling picked it up near the goal crease and scored to make it 3-0 Stars 48 seconds into the period. Oklahoma City began to find their stride and took momentum into the third period with a power-play opportunity after Stars forward Matt Fraser was called for boarding.
The Barons were unsuccessful in the abbreviated power play, and the teams traded chances for the first five minutes of the final period. The Barons' most solid chance to best Stars goaltender Jack Campbell came early in the third when Josh Green and Kristians Pelss came into the attacking zone on a rush. Green fed Pelss in front of the net and Campbell made the post-to-post sweep to make the pad save.
Late in the third period, defenseman Theo Peckham was assessed a major for boarding and a game misconduct after a hit on Stars defenseman Alex Chaisson. The resutling scrum saw Stars defenseman Jordie Benn whistled for roughing and Barons defenseman Randy Jones was assessed a 10-minute misconduct. The Stars iced the game with Fraser's second goal of the night late in the period.
The Stars outshot the Barons 27-20 in the contest as the Barons fall to 23-19-2-5 on the season while the Stars improve to a league-best 30-13-4-4. The Barons return home next Friday night to take on the Houston Aeros in South Division competition at 7 p.m. at the Cox Convention Center.
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