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BARONS REBOUND WITH 6-2 WIN OVER TEXAS
By Josh Evans, OKC Barons
The Oklahoma City Barons used a four-goal explosion in the first period to down the Texas Stars 6-2 in Oklahoma City.
In a reversal of the game last night, the beginning for the Oklahoma City Barons was much better for anything they experienced just 24 hours ago as they blitzed the Stars with scoring four goals on 14 shots in the first 20 minutes of the game.
Justin Schultz got things going for the Barons at 3:34. After Anton Lander and Schultz exchanged passes along the near boards, Schultz walked into the slot and sent a backhander past Stars starting netminder Christopher Nilstorp. The goal snapped the Swede’s consecutive shutout minutes streak at 147:08.
Oklahoma City wasted no time extended the lead to 2-0 when Taylor Hall notched his 10th of the season, this goal on the power play. Jordan Eberle found his way in front of the Stars netminder and rang a shot off the post. The puck lay behind Nilstorp and was punched in by Hall.
Schultz would strike again midway through the period when he scored his second of the night. Shortly after the expiration of the Stars’ first power-play chance of the night, Tanner House and Schultz broke into the Stars zone in a 2-on-1. House faked a shot and fed Schultz who maneuvered in front of Nilstorp and slid a backhander under his pads.
House extended the lead to 4-0 with just under a minute to play when he snapped home a wrist shot from just above the right-wing faceoff dot.
The Barons’ 14 first-period shots was seven short of their shot total from the game Friday night against the Stars. The Stars pulled Nilstorp in favor of Jack Campbell after the first period.
Just inside of the 10-minute mark of the second, Tyler Pitlick notched his first goal of the season. Josh Green moved the puck toward Campbell who was unable to control the rebound. Pitlick found his way in front of Campbell and chipped it past the first-year netminder.
Yann Danis’ shutout bid was broken at 15:20 of the second period when Riley Smith put home the rebound of a Patrick Nemeth shot from just in front of the crease of Danis. Colton Sceviour was also credited with an assist.
Texas drew to within three just 37 seconds into the third period. Riley Smith potted his second goal of the game and third of the weekend. With the Stars on the power play, Smith was able to dribble the puck past a downed Danis. Alex Chaisson was credited with an assist.
Mark Arcobello put the game away with his eighth goal of the season on a blast from just inside the blueline at 11:30 of the third. Eberle and Teubert earned assists.
Quietly, Yann Danis had a great game for the Barons, stopping 39 of 41 shots, including 17 in the third period alone. His record improves to 11-7-3 on the season.
Oklahoma City has a couple of days off before returning to action on December 27 in Cedar Park against the Stars. That is followed by home games December 28 against San Antonio and New Year’s Eve against Texas.
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