The Texas Stars have been stingy in the goals against department over their past seven games, but Saturday night they struggled to keep the puck out of their net, falling 6-2 to the Oklahoma City Barons at Cox Convention Center.
The regulation loss snapped the Stars’ points streak at eight games.
Defenseman Justin Schultz scored two goals to lead the Barons, who bounced back from a 3-0 loss to the Stars on Friday with a 6-2 victory in the second game of the weekend series.
Reilly Smith scored both goals for the Stars, who suffered just their second regulation loss in the last 13 games (9-2-1-1).
Cristopher Nilstorp got the start in goal and stopped 10 of 14 shots before being pulled after the first period. Jack Campbell, who played the final two periods, stopped 20 of 22 shots.
Oklahoma City scored early and often in the first period against the Stars, who had given up only six goals in their previous seven games.
Schultz opened the scoring, tallying on a close range backhand shot 3:34 into the game to put Oklahoma City up 1-0. The goal ended Texas’ shutout streak at 160:27 and Nilstorp’s personal shutout streak at 150:05.
Just 1:18 later the Barons struck again when Taylor Hall put home the rebound of a Jordan Eberle shot that hit the post with Oklahoma City on the power play.
The Stars went on their first power play of the night midway through the period, and just as it was expiring the Barons went on a two-on-one rush and Schultz finished it off to make it a 3-0 game at the 12:03 mark of the first.
Oklahoma City increased its lead to 4-0 with 49 seconds left in the first when Tanner House beat Nilstorp with a shot off the rush from the right circle.
Campbell took over in goal for the Stars to start the second period and came up with a nice pad stack save on Eberle early in the frame.
But the Barons got a puck past Campbell at 9:42 of the second to make it a 5-0 game. Tyler Pitlick scored off the rebound of a Josh Green shot.
About five minutes later, Stars forward Antoine Roussel dropped the gloves with Hall after a disagreement in front of the Texas goal.
The Stars got on the board at 15:20 of the second when Patrik Nemeth put a shot on net from the left point, and Smith backhanded the rebound past Barons goaltender Yann Danis.
Smith struck again just 37 seconds into the third period, scoring off the rush with the Stars on a power play to cut Oklahoma City’s lead to 5-2.
The Barons extended the lead to 6-2 when forward Mark Arcobello scored off a blast from just inside the blue line.
*The six goals against matched a season-high for the Stars. They gave up six in a loss (6-4) to Oklahoma City on Nov. 21.
*Reilly Smith has scored 10 goals in the last 12 games. Smith now has 10 goals on the season and is tied for the team lead with Matt Fraser.
*Texas was 1-3 on the power play and 1-2 on the penalty kill.
*Defenseman Tyler Sloan, who was injured in Friday’s game, sat out Saturday’s contest. Hubert Labrie took his place in the lineup.
Injured: Glennie, Sloan