Texas Stars Vs. Oklahoma City Barons Game Two Live Blog

After suffering an OT victory on Wednesday night, the Oklahoma City Barons attempt to leave the confines of the Cox Center this evening with a 50/50 split of the opening games.

It’s gonna be tough, and Texas is still big, nasty, smart, and deep. Oklahoma City is likely going to ice a tweaked lineup that favors speed if they have even a faint chance at redemption.

Steve Pinizzotto was suspended for a boarding incident in game one. Likewise, Scott Glennie is out for the same infraction. However, Pinizzotto gets two games while Glennie gets one. The repeat offender blowback if you will.

Confirmed in the lineup tonight is Martin Gernat, David Musil, and forward Ben Eager. None of the three dressed in the opening game, and there’s a bit of security knowing these guys, who’ve played down the stretch, will be back in.

Oscar Klefbom is battling an undisclosed injury, Jordan Oesterle an upper body situation, and Mark Arcobello still making his way back to you babe. Tyler Pitlick, however, is a game time decision. Great news.

The puck drops at 8:00pm as a result of the packer pickup for the Memorial Marathon which takes place bright and early tomorrow morning. Should be a late nighter, and another close game.

Lines & Pairs

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Pregame

In the pregame Jim Byers mentions that the approximate start time is 8 15 as a result of the ice not being prepared by 8. Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon packet pickup ended at 6 and it took 2 hours to change to ice.

Period One

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Roman Horak would net the only goal of the first twenty minutes with an assist by captain Anton Lander. Texas had a strong push to start the game, but the Stars top line was thwarted by the greasy play of Ben Eager and Co. PK was solid for OKC, and despite some really rough and tumble no calls, the game would favor the Barons in the first twenty minutes. 1-0 after the first.

Period Two

Period Three

Overtime

Oklahoma City is a team unprepared to protect a lead. The Stars haven’t just gotten lucky by winning two games in a row in the first round, they are just deep. The staying power of a team that is deep, even in an even matchup like this, propels a team a long way.

The series is best of five and it is highly unlikely the Barons can win three straight with all bring played in Cedar Park.

A team that is well coached, well goaltended, but defensively young – you get protection that’s a leaky boat. Still, incredible how they’ve managed to shut down Texas for most of the game. Incredible.