Ranford Makes Pro Debut for Texas; Morin Notches 7th Point of Season
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Brendan Ranford made his professional debut and Travis Morin recorded his team-leading seventh point of the season, but the Texas Stars fell to the Oklahoma City Barons 2-1 in overtime Tuesday night at Cox Convention Center.
After a scoreless first period, the Barons struck first just 50 seconds into the middle frame. With a power play that carried over from the end of the first period, rookie Andrew Miller scored his first career pro goal, beating Stars goalie Cristopher Nilstorp to put Oklahoma City ahead 1-0. Nilstorp was sharp later in the period as he made several saves to keep the game close, including a breakaway save on Barons’ forward Ben Eager.
Texas tied the game early in the third period on Colton Sceviour’s 68th career AHL goal at 4:32. Sceviour first lifted a backhand shot across the body of former Stars goalie Richard Bachman, who was playing his first ever game against Texas. The puck rang off the far post, but ricocheted back to Sceviour and he snapped his second attempt over the fallen Bachman to level the score. Travis Morin and Patrik Nemeth earned assists, with Morin recording his team-leading seventh point of the year, which puts him tied for second in the AHL in points. Texas fought off a too-many men on the ice penalty with six minutes left in regulation, but then defenseman Aaron Rome was whistled for interference with 1:32 remaining on the clock, giving Oklahoma City its fifth power play of the night.
The Barons failed to capitalize in regulation, but then won the game 32 seconds into overtime as Linus Omark scored the game-winner just after Rome stepped out of the penalty box.
Richard Bachman recorded his first win of the season with 22 saves on 23 shots in goal for Oklahoma City. Cristopher Nilstorp stopped 34-of-36 shots to earn a point for Texas, while being tagged with an overtime loss. The Barons out-shot the Stars 36-23 and went 1-for-5 on the power play; Texas was 0-for-4 with the man-advantage.
Notes: Sent down yesterday by Dallas on a conditioning loan, defenseman Aaron Rome made his Texas Stars debut, playing in his first AHL game since December 12, 2009 with Manitoba, spanning 1,403 days, nearly four years. Rookie forward Brendan Ranford made his professional debut, veteran forward Chris Mueller made his Stars debut and second year forward Austin Smith played his first game of the season for Texas.
The Stars will complete their two-game road trip on Friday, October 18th as they travel to San Antonio for a 7:30 p.m. face off with the Rampage at AT&T Center. Texas will return to Cedar Park Center Saturday, October 19th as they host San Antonio at 7:00 p.m. for another Coca-Cola Family Four Pack Night, a Texas Lottery Lucky Row Night and a Stars hockey puck giveaway presented by Austin Telco Federal Credit Union. Pro-rated full and partial 2013-14 Texas Stars Season Tickets are on sale now. For more information on Texas Stars season tickets call (512) GO-STARS (467-8277) or visit www.TexasStarsHockey.com.
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