Photo by Steven Christy
The Oklahoma City Barons hosted the Texas Stars for what certainly is the last regular season match-up between the two, but it quite honestly might be the last time the two teams meet EVER. With Oklahoma City exiting the AHL 14-15 season, the farewell tour begins, and it begins against a familiar opponent.
The Texas Stars came to the Cox Center climbing the charts. Looking incredibly sturdy over the last ten, and gaining points in the West, they would give the Barons a good run for their money on a chilly Tuesday evening in Bricktown.
“We are going to play our game regardless of the opponent,” said Gerry Fleming earlier this week. “We know what we can do, we will stick to the plan.” They did do just that, but Texas is a solid opponent with their stock on the rise.
Texas would score the games first two goals including one from Eric Faille in the first :99 of the game, and another by Julius Honka in the second period. Some early power play time was the downfall for OKC, whom were unable to convert with a man advantage until late in the game when they needed it the most.
Brandon Davidson and Jason Williams would score goals in the late minutes of the second and third periods to finally nudge the game towards a tie. Defensively the Stars remained sound, but the pressurized OKC offense gave Jussi Rynnas just enough of a workout to solve his glove and stick sides.
On the other side of the ice, Laurent Brossoit let in two goals in 29 minutes of play, and then was splendid for the back half stopping 22 shots.
When the crunchtime goal was scored late by Jason Williams, after a Meech penalty for interference, the Barons would head towards sealing up their 13th victory of the season – an AHL record.
It took time at 4 on 4 then 3 on 3 for Curtis Hamilton and Andrew Miller to pop the cork on some pesky offense. Miller scores the goal, but Curtis Hamilton had a dandy of a shift to make things happen. The Oklahoma City Barons would defeat the Texas Stars, 3-2 in OT, in what might have been the last meeting between the teams separated by a nasty river called the Red.
Oklahoma City Barons Lineup:
Scratches: Steve Pinizzotto, Kale Kessy & Kellan Lain (injured)