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BARONS DOMINATE TEXAS 10-1 IN OPENING NIGHT ROUT
By Ben Coldagelli,
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma City Barons learned how sweet revenge can be Saturday night, blowing out the Texas Stars 10-1 in their home opener at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City.
After falling to Texas, 7-0, in the season opener in Austin on October 9, the Barons redeemed themselves Saturday by scoring a team-record 10 goals on the Dallas Stars’ AHL affiliate.
The Barons opening night win broke nine individual and team records, which can be found below.
The Barons’ record-breaking scoring streak began when Hunter Tremblay sunk the Barons’ first goal on home ice of the 2011-12 season 11:53 into the game.
The Barons struck again a mere 38 seconds later with a goal from Ryan Keller.
But Oklahoma City’s first-period barrage wasn’t done yet. Triston Grant scored his first goal as a Baron at 13:20 to cap the Barons’ third goal in under 1:30.
The Barons continued their strong effort in the second period, scoring a franchise record six goals in one period. Oklahoma City’s six-goal second period began with Keller lighting up the lamp for his second goal of the night 3:12 into the period.
Keller kept his big night going by assisting a Phillippe Cornet power-play goal at 7:18 to put the Barons up, 5-0.
The Barons continued to dominate by tacking on three more goals within just 44 seconds of each other, courtesy of Tyler Pitlick (10:39), Teemu Hartikainen (11:13) and Chris Vandevelde (11:23). The Hartikainen and Vandevelde goals came 10 seconds apart from each other, establishing a new team record for fastest two goals.
Colten Teubrt posted the Barons sixth goal of the period at 18:12 to take a 9-0 lead into the second intermission.
The Stars finally put themselves on the board with a Francis Wathier goal early in the third period.
Grant responded with Oklahoma City’s 10th and final goal at the 8:27 mark.
Oklahoma City goaltender Yann Danis stopped 27 of the Stars’ 28 shots on goal for his first win in a Barons uniform.
Oklahoma City scored its 10 goals on 33 shots, meaning almost every third shot by a Baron was good for a goal. Texas’ starting goalie Tyler Beskorowany saved 15-20 shots in 43:12 of work and Richard Bachman saved 8-13 shots in just under 17 minutes of action.
The Barons took full advantage of power-play opportunities in the 10-1 win, scoring on three of six chances with the man advantage. Oklahoma City also killed all three of Texas’ power plays.
The Barons dedicated their opening night game to breast cancer awareness. Each fan received a pink t-shirt to commemorate the first home game of the 2011-12 season from the Barons and Mercy Health Systems. Members of the Barons team also wore pink ribbon awareness stickers on their helmets.
The Barons opening weekend festivities continue Sunday as Oklahoma City hosts the Houston Aeros at 4 p.m. at the Cox Convention Center. The late afternoon game wraps up a set of three games in three days. For more information about seats, call 232-GOAL (4625) or by visiting the Barons website at okcbarons.com.
Broken records from tonight’s game:
-Goals in a game: 10
-Goals in a period: 6 (second period)
-Margin of victory: 9
-Fastest two goals: 0:10
-Fastest three goals: 0:44
-Consecutive goals: 9
-Best individual +/-: Tyrvainen and Grant’s +4
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