Jordan Eberle’s hat trick leads Oklahoma City past Texas Stars

The Texas Stars dominated the shot clock Monday night against the Oklahoma City Barons, but Barons forward Jordan Eberle put up the numbers that really mattered. Eberle scored three goals and assisted on another as the Barons defeated the Stars, 5-2, at Cox Convention Center.

It was the fourth straight win for the Barons, who have won five of six games against the Stars this season. It was the fourth loss in the last five games for the Stars (1-3-1-0), who outshot Oklahoma City by a 44-27 margin.

Colton Sceviour and Matt Fraser scored for Texas. Cristopher Nilstorp stopped 22 of 26 shots.

The Stars played well to start the game, but Eberle scored three goals in less than three minutes to stake the Barons to a 3-0 first period lead.

The first goal came on a two-on-one rush. Eberle took a feed from Taylor Hall and beat Nilstorp from the left side at 15:44 of the first.

Just nine seconds later, he got around a fallen Patrik Nemeth and scored from the right circle to make it a 2-0 game.

Eberle struck again on the Barons’ first power play of the game, tallying from close range the 18:27 mark to make it three goals in a 2:43 span.

The Stars outshot the Barons, 21-9, in the second period, but each team scored once. Sceviour banged home a rebound at the 7:11 mark to cut the Barons’ lead to 3-1.

But less than two minutes later Oklahoma City made it a 4-1 game by taking advantage of their second power play chance of the night. Justin Schultz scored from the point at the 9:07 mark.

The Stars had a big chance to cut it into the lead when they had 1:46 of five-on-three power play time late in the second, but they couldn’t score.

The Stars still had 2:06 of power play time when the third period opened, and scored quickly. Travis Morin sent a cross-ice pass to Fraser, who scored off a one-timer from the right circle at the 28 second mark.

The Stars had a chance to cut the lead to one with around 14 minutes left, but Barons goalie Yann Danis made a nice save on Fraser with the Stars on a two-on-one rush.

The Stars pulled Nilstorp with 1:45 remaining for the extra attacker, but Barons captain Josh Green scored into the open net to put Oklahoma City up, 5-2, and seal the victory.

Notes

*Oklahoma City has scored 26 goals (4.5/game) against Texas this season.

*The Barons were 2-2 on the power play in Monday’s game and are 10-27 (37.0%) on the PP in six games vs. Texas this season.

*The Stars are 10-17 (58.8%) on the penalty kill over the last five games.

*Texas was 1-6 on the power play and is 6-20 (30.0%) on the PP over the last five games.

*Matt Fraser’s goal was his team-leading 12th of the season.

*Reilly Smith had a six-game points streak come to an end.

*D Gord Baldwin, signed to a PTO earlier this week by Texas, made his Stars debut.

*Oklahoma City forward Jordan Eberle leads the AHL in goals (23) and points (47).

*Oklahoma City defenseman Justin Schultz leads the AHL in assists (28) and ranks second in points (45).

*Stars forward Luke Gazdic and Barons forward Erick Lizon fought twice in the game.

Texas lineup

R. Smith-Eakin-Chiasson
Fraser-Morin-Sceviour
Gazdic-Vause-Petersen
Hedden-Roussel-A. Smith

Benn-Oleksiak
Nemeth-Dillon
Baldwin-Fortunus

Nilstorp (starter)
Campbell (backup)

Injured: Vincour, Glennie, Sloan
Scratched: Wathier, Labrie

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