For the second straight game the Oklahoma City Barons (2-3-0-0) relied on their power play late, as Linus Omark wristed the game winner over the glove of Cristopher Nilstorp early in the first extra period for a 2-1 OT win. The game winner was technically an even-strength goal as a penalty had just expired.
Richard Bachman turned aside 22 shots in earning his first win of the season. The Barons outshot the Stars 16-3 in the third period but failed to score until the extra period with Omark’s first goal of the season.
OKC hosts a pair of games Friday and Saturday night at Cox Convention Center against the Abbotsford Heat, AHL affiliate of the Calgary Flames.
Oklahoma City had earlier failed to cash in on a power play opportunity at 6:01 of the third. The Barons continue to struggle at even strength, outscored 9-4 through the first five games with the penalty boxes empty.
After killing off their 4th penalty through the first 50 minutes, the Barons seemed to find some energy, testing Nilstorp who made back to back stick side saves, including one on a point-blank rebound try by Matthew Ford.
The Texas Stars drew even at 4:32 of the third period when Colton Sceviour shoveled home a loose puck on the doorstep after his backhander hit the post and couldn’t be cleared by a sluggish OKC defense.
The Barons had a good chance in deep about a minute into the third, as Taylor Fedun found a closing Anton Lander, who’s wrist we was deflected top shelf-high by the shoulder of goalie Cristopher Nilstorp.
2nd Period Intermission
Just :50 in to the second period Andrew Miller’s power play goal gave the Barons a lead on home ice for the first time this season, 1-0 over visiting Texas. C.J. Stretch and Joel Broda assisted. It was Miller’s first goal of the season.
A fast-paced exchange of 3 on 2 rushes in the period produced a pair of shots on goal for each team in less than a minute, as well as a sprawling defensive shot block by big left-winger Ben Eager.
Each goalie, Richard Bachman for the OKC Barons and Cristopher Nilstorp of the Texas Stars, turned aside 10 second period shots.
The Stars sent a scare through the Cox Convention Center crowd with a 3 on 2 shorthanded break in the closing seconds, but Richard Bachman turned aside the 10th Texas shot of a scoreless first period. The OKC Barons have yet to score an opening period goal this season. Todd Nelson’s Barons put 9 shots on goal in the 1st period.