LAST-MINUTE GOAL PROPELS BARONS TO 3-2 WIN OVER TEXAS
By Eric Rodgers,
A last-minute game-winner by Tanner House capped off three straight goals by the Oklahoma City Barons as they earned their fourth straight win by defeating the Texas Stars 3-2 at the Cedar Park Center in Cedar Park, Texas. Yann Danis improved to 21-14-5 by stopping 26 shots in the win. Jack Campbell made 26 saves as well in the game, but gets the loss to fall to 16-12-4 on the season.
Texas began the first period by keeping the Barons pinned in their own zone. Brett Ritchie opened the scoring for the Stars at 2:06, scoring on a rebound with the backhand. Mike Commodore made it a 2-0 game a minute later on a 4-on-2 Texas rush, scoring at the 3:07 mark. Texas outshot the Barons 9-0 through the first nine minutes of the period, but the Barons rebounded to outshoot the Stars 6-4 the rest of the way for a 13-6 total in shots in favor of Texas.
A quiet second period began to pick up steam after the Barons were given a power-play chance at 12:06. Campbell made huge saves on chances by Teemu Hartikainen and Ryan Martindale to help the Stars kill the penalty. It was Curtis Hamilton at even strength however that brought the Barons to within one. Hamilton beat defenseman Kevin Connauton to the puck after a long lead pass by Nathan Deck. Hamilton buried it at 15:22 to make it 2-1.
The third period began with back-and-forth action. The feel for the Barons was much like the second period. A power-play chance at 13:08 for the Barons went down in the scoresheet as unsuccessful, but three seconds after the man-advantage expired, a pass from Mark Arcobello found Philippe Cornet and he scored to make it a 2-2 game at 15:11. As the clock wound down on regulation time, Chris Vandevelde gained the offensive zone with Tanner House. Vandevelde left the puck for house near the top of the left-wing circle. House's shot dribbled past the glove of Campbell for the game-winner with 14.6 left in regulation time.
The Barons improve to 34-23-3-8 with 78 points among a log-jam in the Western Conference Standings. The league-leading Texas Stars fall to 39-18-5-6 on the season. Oklahoma City closes out the season series among the two teams with an 8-3-0-1 mark over the Stars.
Oklahoma City’s power play went 0-for-2 on the night, while the penalty kill saw no action in the game with no shorthanded situations against the Barons.
The win over Texas extends Oklahoma City’s unbeaten streak to six games, 5-0-0-1 during the streak to earn 11 of a possible 12 points.
Tomorrow, the Barons return home to face the Chicago Wolves at 7 p.m. The Barons are giving away TWO Ford Fiestas in their Drive Away Every Saturday promotion. The weekend concludes Sunday, April 7 against Chicago at 4 p.m. Following the game, the Barons invite fans to stay after the game to skate with members of the team. Skate rental is free with a ticket to the game. You can hear the game on the Barons’ flagship station, 96.1 KXY
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