The Texas Stars are out of the AHL’s Calder Cup Playoffs. The Oklahoma City Barons finished off the Stars in the Western Conference Semifinals Thursday night, defeating Texas 5-1 at Cox Convention Center to take the series 4-1.
The Stars, who were the top team in the Western Conference during the regular season and the South Division champions, were outscored 16-4 by the Barons over the final three games of the series.
Oklahoma City will move onto the Western Conference Finals to take on either Grand Rapids or Toronto.
The Stars had a 12-8 shots advantage in the first period, but the Barons scored the only goal of the first 20 minutes. It came with 2:39 left when Teemu Hartikainen scored off a shot from just below the left faceoff circle.
The Barons scored twice in the second period on odd-man rushes to extend their lead to 3-0 in the game.
Defenseman Taylor Fedun jumped up on the rush, took a pass from Mark Arcobello and lifted a puck over Texas goaltender Cristopher Nilstorp to make it a 2-0 game at the 1:36 mark of the second.
After a neutral zone turnover, the Barons got a two-on-one rush midway through the period and C.J. Stretch finished it off to put the Barons up 3-0 at the 9:16 mark of the second.
The Barons were on the power play to start the third period and cashed in to make it a 4-0 game when Garrett Stafford scored off a blast from the point at the 1:24 mark.
Arcobello scored off a shot from the slot at 12:02 of the third to make it a 5-0 game.
The Stars finally got on the board with 2:57 remaining in the game when Justin Dowling scored with Texas on the power play.
*Defenseman Joe Morrow and forward Luke Gazdic were scratched Thursday night. Defenseman Tyler Sloan and forward Taylor Vause were inserted into the lineup.
*Barons forward Marc Arcobello scored six goals in the series, almost matching Texas’ team total of seven over the five games.
*Barons goaltender Yann Danis stopped 160 of 167 shots in the series for a .958 save percentage.
*Stars goaltender Cristopher Nilstorp ended the playoffs with a 4-5 record, 2.30 goals against average and .922 save percentage.
*Defenseman Kevin Connauton led Texas in playoff scoring with 5 points (2 goals, 3 assists).
*Texas was 3-19 on the power play in the series. Oklahoma City was 3-18 on the power play in the series.