Texas Stars eliminated from playoffs with 5-1 loss to Oklahoma City

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.

Notes

*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.

Stars lineup

Hedden-Dowling-Chiasson
Smith-Sceviour-Glennie
Fraser-Petersen-Morin
Wathier-Vause-Ritchie

Connauton-Gaunce
Benn-Oleksiak
Sloan-Fortunus

Nilstorp
Campbell

One Response to “Texas Stars eliminated from playoffs with 5-1 loss to Oklahoma City”

  1. Good luck next year, boys!

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