The Oklahoma City Barons seem to be rolling. After back to back wins in hostile situations, the team emerged banged up, but encouraged. The week of Thanksgiving games began with OKC traveling to the Austin area for a Wednesday night game. What started as a dumpster fire defensively, quickly turned into a Barons willful scoring frenzy. They’d beat the Stars, 5-3.
Period one for the Barons at Stars was a feast for the senses. Spirited play at both ends, a few fights, some ample scoring chances. In all, it was a great opening frame. Jordan Eberle, with a man sized shift, deflected a Taylor Hall shot past Cristopher Nilstorp of the Texas Stars. But soon the Stars would abuse the weaknesses of the Barons – blue line special teams and buttery soft defense. Former Oiler, Cam Barker, scored the first goal of the night for Texas followed by a short hander by Colton Sceviour. Big Jordie Benn would get one more for the Stars on a power play opportunity with less than a minute remaining in the first period. When the first 20 minutes came to a close, the Barons found themselves in a semi-deep hole, down 3-1. But this team has a knack for scoring at will, and they’d do just that in the 2nd period.
OKC looked mission minded in the 2nd period as they’d score 4 goals in a span of 8 minutes. Teemu Hartikainen, Toni Rajala, and Justin Schultz scored at even strength, and Taylor Hall snatched one more on the power play. It would prove too much for the Stars.
The 3rd period rolled on, and Texas’ Antoine Roussel gave his team a chance by scoring a goal with just over five minutes left in the game. Ironically, it was another power play goal against a highly chancy Barons man advantage. But the tandem of Schultz and Martin Marincin would connect on a power play goal with 90 seconds remaining. The Barons would seal the deal with a 5-3 victory that was highlighted by a dominate 2nd period.
The Barons have now claimed three in a row, and nabbed four of the last five. Things are heading in the right direction…finally.