Photo by Steven Christy
The Oklahoma City Barons were bound to be frustrated by the suddenly surging Texas Stars. The team from Cedar Park is fresh off consecutive blowouts of opponents that shouldn’t have been blown out. The Stars offensive prowess is just firing on all cylinders. And as the Barons traveled to Texas for a Wednesday evening game, the goal scoring muscle continued to be flexed by the home team.
Three straight goals by Texas, while the Barons looked completely unorganized, earned the Stars a bit of bragging rights. Colton Sceviour scored a pair, sandwiched around the first of the season by Brett Ritchie.
It’s not entirely Oklahoma City’s fault that the Stars abused every shooting lane, hammered the boards, and won the goaltending battle. The offensive lines were out of wack. Only owning eleven forwards, the Barons were forced to trot out Philip Larsen as a healthy winger. Raised in the Stars system, and traded this off season, Larsen has the wheels and handles to be a forward, but his typical persuasion is defense, and tonight you saw why.
Nonetheless, the Barons were frustrated from the first period on, and although Matt Ford scored his first goal as a Baron mid-way through the third, the damage had already been done.
Although the Barons had three utterly useless power play chances, they also killed off three straight penalties to prevent any Texas goals with an extra skater. They may have won that tiny battle, but Texas took the war.
The frustration boiled over as Linus Omark gave Texas tender, Jack Campbell, a good old fashioned ice shower long after the whistle had blown, earning himself an unsportsmanlike penalty all while nailing the coffin shut on a lackluster performance.
The Stars would defeat the Barons, 4-1 in Cedar Park.
Next up, Oklahoma City travels to San Antonio to face the familiar Rampage on Friday and Saturday.