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STARS DOWN BARONS 4-3 IN SHOOTOUT
By Cassie Gage,
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma City Barons held a 3-1 lead through two periods but were unable to hold on against the Texas Stars Tuesday evening, falling 4-3 in a shootout at the Cox Convention Center. The Barons (16-12-1-4) got two goals from Brad Moran but the Stars (19-11-2-2) got the upper hand against Oklahoma City for a fourth time this season.
The Barons wasted no time in getting on the board. Moran scored his 10th goal of the season on a rebound from Colin McDonald to put Oklahoma City up 1-0 just 43 seconds into the game. The Stars capitalized on a power play late in the period when Greg Rallo tied the game at 1-1 at the 12:22 mark.
Moran regained the lead for the Barons 2:36 into the second period on the power play. Taylor Chorney got his 10th assist of the year on the goal and Giroux was credited with his second assist of the night.
Chorney got his second goal of the season at 14:54 in the second. His shot dribbled behind Stars goalie Richard Bachman to give the home team a 3-1 lead heading into the second intermission. Milan Kytnar and newcomer Andrew Lord assisted on the goal.
The Stars cut into the lead at 1:49 of the third period when Tomas Vincour put a shot past Martin Gerber’s stick side to pull Texas to within one at 3-2. The Stars scored with an extra attacker on the ice at 19:11. Fabian Brunnstrom tied the game at 3-3 to force overtime.
The Barons killed off a two-minute holding penalty to Moran 32 seconds into the extra period. Each team had two scoring chances in the frame but neither found the back of the net, forcing a shootout to decide the contest.
The home team elected to shoot first. Bachman turned away McDonald, Giroux and Philippe Cornet while Moran and Teemu Hartikainen found the back of the net. Colton Sceviour, Vincour and Mathieu Tousignant scored for the Stars to give Texas a 4-3 win in the shootout.
Oklahoma City closes out 2010 with a pair of road contests at San Antonio on Dec. 29 and Dec. 31. Both games are 7 p.m. CT start and can be heard locally on KTOK AM 1000. The Barons return home on New Year’s Day to face off against the Rockford IceHogs at 7:05 p.m. CT.
Brad Moran scored his 10th and 11th goals of the year … Moran’s first goal (at 0:43 of the first period) was the second fastest goal to start a game this season … J.F. Jacques scored 17 seconds in against San Antonio on Nov. 9 … Moran scored two goals for only the second time this season … The previous time was a hat trick against Lake Erie on Oct. 16 … Moran scored a goal for the first time since Dec. 7 (Houston) … Colin McDonald picked up his fifth assist on Moran’s first goal … Alexandre Giroux was credited assists on both Moran goals, his 19th and 20th of the year … Taylor Chorney picked up his 10th assist of the year … Chorney scored his second goal of the year in the second period … Both Chorney goals have come in the month of December (Dec. 18 vs. San Antonio) … Milan Kytnar assisted on his seventh goal of the year … Andrew Lord got his first AHL assist of the year … After going 0-for-23 on the power play, the Barons have scored with the man advantage in three straight games … Oklahoma City fell to 2-4 in shootouts this year.
Brad Moran and head coach Todd Nelson react to the Barons' 4-3 shooutout loss to Texas.
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