STARS RALLY FOR 4-3 SHOOTUT WIN
By Jim Byers,
The Texas Stars opened a two-game set with the Oklahoma City Barons with a 4-3 shootout win on Friday at Cedar Park Center, overcoming a 3-1 third-period Barons lead.
The shootout, slated for five rounds, went twice that as goaltenders Jack Campbell and Niko Hovinen made 9 and 8 saves in the tiebreaker, respectively. The Barons' Josh Green scored to open the shootout, but Campbell (9-6-3) denied the next nine Barons.
Alex Chiasson scored in the bottom of the third round and Jamie Oleksiak ended the shootout in the last of the 10th with a top-shelf goal past Hovinen, who falls to 2-0-1 with the Barons.
Texas, with a league-best 66 points, improves to 29-13-4-4. The Barons drop to 23-18-2-5 and see a three-game winning streak end.
The Stars scored the only goal of the first period when Mike Hedden put home a power play tally from the side of the crease at 16:28. Texas out-shot Oklahoma City in the opening period 18-6.
Oklahoma City took a 2-1 lead in the second period and out-shot the Stars 18-10. Kristians Pelss scored his first AHL goal at 14:28 on a shot through a screen from the right wing.
Josh Green put the Barons in front with a conversion of a backhand centering pass from Toni Rajala (his second assist of the game) at 16:47.
Antti Tyrvainen staked the Barons to a 3-1 lead 7:26 into the third period on a penalty shot, the first awarded to the Barons this season and the sixth in club history. Tyrvainen's goal was the first penalty shot tally in Barons history.
Texas rallied to make it 3-2 at 8:55 on a tip by Hedden on a shot by Chiasson. The Stars, who went 2-for-4 ont eh power play, tied the score at 11:54 on a re-direction in front by Justin Dowling on the man advantage. Oklahoma City was blanked in five power play tries, including one for the final 31.7 seconds of overtime.
The Stars out-shot the Barons 42-31.
The Barons are 5-2-0-1 against the Stars. The teams meet again on Saturday at 7 pm CST at Cedar Park Center.
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