UPDATE: Rynnas will start. Bachman will start (via Jim)
On Wednesday evening, prior to the US turkeying and cranberrying, the Texas Stars outplayed the Oklahoma City Barons for nearly two and a half periods. In that span they owned the Barons, but it was the suddenly good Laurent Brossoit that would keep his team within spitting distance. The Barons would rattle off two straight goals in the final ten minutes of regulation to tie the game, thus forcing an OT frame. In that OT period, Matt Ford would score the game winner just past the four minute mark.
Andrew Miller, Iiro Pakarinen, and the aforementioned Matt Ford would score the three goals that broke the Stars back. In addition, Bogdan Yakimov would have two helpers, and things suddenly felt “okay” for the Barons after being completely owned by the home team in Cedar Park.
Brossoit would be the biggest story, to my eyes, having stopped 31 of 33, but was really good in a one goal, seventeen shots faced second period.
The Oklahoma City Barons scratched three healthy players on Wednesday including leading scoring Jason Williams. Expect Williams, as well as Ryan Hamilton and defender C.J. Ludwig to get back in to the game with a new set of players rotating out.
Only a few short days ago Ryan Garbutt was suspended two games for an incident where he kneed Edmonton Oiler, Taylor Hall. This has paved the way for Curtis McKenzie to be recalled to Dallas for at least two games or so. This could be monumental for the AHL Stars, as they try to snap their current seven game losing streak (a rare thing for the usually sturdy Texas Stars).
My adoration for Laurent Brossoit’s performance on Wednesday can also translate to the play of the opposing goaltender, Jussi Rynnas who was pretty good in 60:00 plus minutes of play. But expect Jack Campbell to be next in the rotation with Richard Bachman also getting a chance to start as well.
The Oklahoma City Barons have had difficulty struggling late in games through the first two months of AHL hockey. They have course corrected themselves just a bit, and Wednesdays three-goals-in-under-fifteen-minutes was a relief. They can score late, and they can still resurrect themselves when down.
The puck drops at 7:30 tonight, and then the Barons will pack up, and ship out for San Antonio almost immediately for a Saturday game (broadcast on Fox Sports SW or Fox Sports Oklahoma).
Lineups should be interesting for both teams, so join us as we cheer on the Barons.