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TEXAS ESCAPES OKLAHOMA CITY WITH 2-1 WIN

By LeighAnn Sims, on 01/28/2011

 The Oklahoma City Barons fell 2-1 to the Texas Stars tonight in their second game of their five-game homestand. Teemu Hartikainen scored the Barons lone goal.

After a scoreless first period, things heated up in the second period when the Barons appeared to score but the goal was waved off with a penalty whistled just before the puck crossed the line. A little over two minutes later, the Stars scored the first goal of the night on a power play. Jeff Delauriers made a series of saves from previous attempts, but the puck remained close to the front of the goal and Aaron Gagnon managed to stuff it into the net.  

The Barons scored their only goal of the night after several untouched passes through Stars defenders. Teemu Hartikainen scored the goal at 8:12 with the assist from Philippe Cornet and Jake Taylor. Unfortunately, the Stars were quick to respond with a goal from Colton Sceviour just under two minutes later.

Though the Barons had several scoring attempts in the third, Stars goaltender Richard Bachman turned away all 15 shots. With under a minute to play, the Barons pulled Delauriers in favor of an extra attacker. However, the Stars held their ground, and the final buzzer sounded with the Barons down 2-1.

Barons goaltender Delauriers made 32 saves on the night in the loss. His record falls to 7-8-2.

Bryan Helmer was honored with a pre-game presentation highlighting his   520th AHL point. He is now the top scoring defenseman in AHL history. He was among the starters for the game.

The Barons face off against the Chicago Wolves for the third time in a seven-day span at 7:05 p.m. CT tomorrow. Oklahoma City is 3-1-0-1 against the Wolves.

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