The Texas Stars gave the AHL’s top ranked power play too many chances Thursday night, and they paid the price. Oklahoma City scored three times on eight power play chances in defeating the Stars, 5-4, at Cedar Park Center.
“We outshot them, but they scored on their power play. That was the big difference tonight,” said Texas Stars coach Willie Desjardins.
Taylor Hall led the Oklahoma City attack, scoring three goals including two on the power play. Jordan Eberle also tallied on the power play for the Barons, who won their second straight game.
Colton Sceviour scored two goals for the Stars. Jamie Oleksiak and Antoine Roussel also scored for Texas, which is winless in its last three games (0-2-1-0).
Jack Campbell got the start in goal for the Stars and stopped 21 of 26 shots.
The Barons scored on two of their three power play chances in the first period to take a 2-0 lead. They scored on their first chance when Eberle scored from the right circle at the 4:13 mark.
Hall tallied on the Barons’ third power play chance, scoring off a one-timer with 19 seconds left in the period to make it a 2-0 game.
The Stars bounced back to tie the game in the second. Oleksiak led a three-on-one rush and scored off a wrist shot at the 5:20 mark to cut the lead to 2-1.
Sceviour scored on the rebound of his own shot with the Stars on the power play to tie the game at 2-2 at the 14:01 mark.
But just 1:16 later the Barons were back on top. Anton Lander set up Teemu Hartikainen, who scored from the right circle to give Oklahoma City a 3-2 lead.
The Stars drew even at 5:39 of the third with their second power play goal of the night. Roussel scored off the rebound of a Brenden Dillon shot.
But Hall scored two goals in a 1:30 span to give the Barons a 5-3 lead. The first one came on the power play. Hall scored off a blast from the right circle at the 12:43 mark. Ninety seconds later he scored on a breakaway to make it a 5-3 game.
The Stars cut the lead to 5-4 with 4:45 left when Oleksiak got to a loose puck and set up Sceviour, who scored from the bottom of the left circle.
Campbell came up with a spectacular glove save on Hall with 1:43 remaining to keep it a one-goal game. The Stars pulled Campbell for the extra attacker, but couldn’t get the equalizer.
*Stars forward Tomas Vincour left the game in the first period after getting hit in the head by Oklahoma City’s Chris VandeVelde. Vincour did not return and there was no update on his status after the game.
*Stars center Cody Eakin, who was hit in the mouth with a high stick in Wednesday night’s game in Houston, did not play in Thursday night’s game.
*Austin Smith, who was called up earlier in day from Idaho, started the game on a line with Matt Fraser and Travis Morin. Smith, who didn’t play much over the second half of the game, had two shots, two penalty minutes and an even-rating on the night.
*Oklahoma City has scored 21 goals in five games (4.2/game) against Texas.
*The Stars are 6-11 (54.6 percent) on the penalty kill over their last three games.
Injured: Eakin, Glennie, Sloan