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Tuesday night in Bricktown brought about a lot of hockey problems for Barons fans. The Thunder preseasoner across the street, the team being less than perfection to start the season, a few injuries, and the Texas Stars in town for 60 minutes of fun – it was bound to be problematic. Indeed, at times, it was. The Texas Stars are bigger, stronger, and faster, but it was the Barons that would overcome all these odds to win the game in overtime thanks to Sir Linus Omark
The first period would be a scoreless, but interesting period for both squads. Starting goaltenders, Richard Bachman and Cristopher Nilstorp were as stingy as they could have been. But it was Texas that had the edge in chances, shots, and overall momentum. Twice the Barons gave them a power play opportunity, but the OKC kill was superb. A later period power play chance for the Barons would carry over into the second period, and the first twenty minutes would end in a 0-0 tie. Shots favored Texas by one, 10-9.
With the Travis Morin holding penalty carrying over from the first period, the Barons would get the first goal of the evening. Andrew Miller, notching his first of his pro career, would put OKC out in front. Credit C.J. Stretch with a solid assist on the play as well. Less than twenty seconds after the goal, typical NHL defender, Aaron Rome, would board Linus Omark, and instantly put the Barons back on the power play. They’d have brief chances, but nothing substantial. The bigger issue was the gimpy Omark, who remained on the bench for several shifts. However, he would return, and would be huge to end the game. The penalty kill would eventually end the night with a perfect 0-4 record, and that might have been one of the unsung story lines of the game.
The third period arrived, and immediately Texas found some life. Colton Sceviour, scoring his second of the season, beat Richard Bachman for the lone Stars goal of the game. The Barons apparently learned their lesson from the goal, and would batten down the hatches only allowing the Stars to take three shots to the Barons sixteen (yes you read that correctly). Two minor penalties in the last ten minutes for the Stars would be the greatest gift the Barons received all night. Again, Aaron Rome would take a penalty, it would carryover into the overtime frame, and as time expired on the man advantage for OKC, Linus Omark did something nice. A dangling, moverific goal beat Nilstorp to seal the deal. The Barons defeated the Texas Stars, 2-1, in overtime.
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