Oklahoma City Barons Playoff Live Blog

Welcome to the Oklahoma City Barons postseason live blog. Check back here randomly throughout the night for updates, news, and information you need to know about. The puck drops at 7:05 central. GO BARONS! BEAT TEXAS!

Lines & Pairs for Oklahoma City

Winquist-Lander-Horak
Fyten-Stretch-Miller
C. Hamilton-Acton-Pinizzotto
Ewanyk-Khaira-Combs

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Nurse-Klefbom

Scratches: Craig, Musil, Pitlick, Ford, R. Hamilton, Kessy, Arcobello, MacIntyre, Chase, Grebeshkov, Eager, Gernat, Jones twins

From coach Nelson in the pregame

On Josh Winquist playing rather than Matt Ford: “Matt Ford has an undisclosed injury, just now getting it checked out. We hope to have him back on Saturday'”

On Jujhar Khaira playing the bottom center: “As for Khaira, he’s been solid, and I like him up the middle.”

On Nurse beating the flu, and playing with Klefbom: “He’s well enough to play. We want to test their abilities. We want them to keep it simple.”

Period One

The Oklahoma City Barons started very well, very tough, and that was good news. An odd lineup, and interesting defensive pairs played stingy hockey alongside Richard Bachman. A Glennie board of Oesterle was capped off by a Nurse fight, his first as a pro, but the period would continue to go the way of the Barons for much of the first 20 minutes. Cristopher Nilstorp was a work horse down the stretch, and it began a chain reaction of betterment for the Texas Stars. 0-0 after one, the shots 9 for OKC and 7 for Texas. A fast and furious game was headed our way.

Period Two

After a scoreless first period, the sticks came alive for both teams. Austin Fyten and Curtis Hamilton scored a pair of goals in the first 10 minutes of the period for OKC. Meech would inch Texas back within one on the power play. The story for Texas in the second period was all about penalties. Multiple 5 on 3’s, and huge gaps in defense, allowed the Barons to get high quality chances. But after 40 minutes OKC remained up just one goal.

Period Three

The Oklahoma City Barons aren’t built to protect a lead, but in the third they wouldn’t completely fall apart either. Mike Hedden netted the equalizing goal at the 7:18 Mark of the third. That top shelf goal would be enough to push the game into overtime despite a late penalty kill by the Barons. A fresh sheet of ice was had, as was a fourth period. Tied 2-2, next goal wins.

Overtime

The Stars Mike Hedden scores his second of the night, and the one that matters the most. A rebound off Richard Bachman allowed Hedden to punch in the game winner. The Stars would outlast the Barons to win 3-2, and snatch a 1-0 lead in the short five game series.