Two games, two consecutive overtime outcomes. The Stars and Barons historically play games at an excellent clip, and lately they have proven that point beautifully. On a rare Wednesday night game in Cedar Park, the Stars would take advantage of late period penalties committed by the Barons en route to a 5-4 victory against our squad from OKC.
Ten first period shots netted two goals for Oklahoma City, and an early lead in the game. Iiro Pakarinen would both add an assist and a goal in those opening scoring events, and it seemed that the Barons were going to roll up half a dozen on the stingy Stars. But Brett Ritchie and Maxime Fortunas each scored their first of the season across ten minutes of play and two periods.
Jack Campbell and Frans Tuohimaa seemed ready and willing. Both would be steady for the most part, but were prone to struggle when their defense challenged their intestinal fortitude. Yet on this night it would be Campbell that would face over forty shots, and survive accordingly.
With the game tied at two goals a piece, Ryan Hamilton would punch in a power play goal in the early portions of the second period. But the team’s would trade goals in ping-pong fashion including one from captain Anton Lander. In the end it was an goofy interference penalty by Anton Lander in the final five minutes of the third period that would allow a brief man advantage for the Texas Stars, and a huge goal from Curtis McKenzie. Jason Williams would take a two minute hooking penalty at the 19:00 mark of regulation that would come back to haunt his squad.
Indeed it took 45 seconds in to the overtime frame for Justin Downling to beat Tuohimaa and break the Barons back. After a very solid game from both teams, it came down to whom made the fewest mistakes. The 5-4 victory by the Stars keeps the Barons at .500 on the season, and heading towards opponents not from Texas.
Oklahoma City Barons Lineup:
Scratches: Pitlick, Kessy, Ludwig (healthy); Brossoit (back; day-to-day)