By LeighAnn Sims, on 04/02/2011

The Oklahoma City Barons (38-28-2-9) knew they needed a win to increase their chances of making the playoffs as they took on the Texas Stars (40-25-4-6) tonight in their last home game of the regular season. With the second largest crowd of the season cheering them on, the Barons managed just that, securing a 2-0 win and moving them to fourth place in the West Division standings.

Neither team was able to get on the board in the first period. However, the Barons did lead in shots on goal, 14-9, over the Stars. Rookie Tanner House had the best opportunity for the Barons to score, but Stars goaltender Richard Bachman managed a save.

The Barons scored the first goal of the night, early in the second. Right after a power play ended for the Barons, Kevin Montgomery picked up a rebound and blasted it past Bachman. Philippe Cornet and Milan Kytnar would be credited with the assists.

With barely four minutes remaining in the final period, the Barons sealed the deal with a goal from Alexandre Giroux. The shutout was Barons' goalie Jeff Deslauriers’ second in two nights after a 7-0 win against Rockford last night. Deslauriers stopped all 35 of the Stars attempts on goal. The win also represented a stop to the Stars five-game winning streak.
The win, combined with a loss by Chicago and an overtime loss by Peoria allowed the Barons to jump both teams into fourth place in the West Division.  Oklahoma City now has 87 standings points with three games left in the season.  Their season concludes with a road trip through the three Texas teams starting Friday in San Antonio.  Saturday, they take on the Texas Stars and the wrap up the season Sunday in Houston.

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