Hedden Scores 50th Career AHL Goal, Jokipakka Tallies Two Assists In Losing Effort
Mike Hedden scored his 100th career pro goal, his 50th in the AHL, but the Texas Stars came up short against the Oklahoma City Barons 7-4 Sunday afternoon in front of 3,916 fans at Cedar Park Center.
The Barons struck first on a power play when Anton Lander found Ryan Hamilton backdoor for a tap-in goal to give Oklahoma City the 1-0 lead. Ryan Button answered for the Stars, picking up a rebound to the right of Baron’s goalie Richard Bachman and sliding a backhand through traffic and under the fallen Bachman to knot things up at one. Oklahoma City responded just 25 seconds later with Austin Fyten launching a low angle shot from the goal line that squeaked past Texas goalie Cristopher Nilstorp, putting the Barons back ahead 2-1.
The Stars tied the game again early in the second when Mike Hedden redirected a Derek Meech blast into the back of the net to make it 2-2. Hedden’s goal was the 50th of his AHL career and the 100th of his professional career. Oklahoma City took the lead back a mere 58 seconds later, as Matthew Ford put a wrist shot from the right faceoff circle past Nilstorp. Brett Ritchie netted an equalizer for the Stars, ripping a wrist shot that beat Bachman glove side at 3:34. The back and forth play continued with Roman Horak blasted in a one-timer off the post and in to put the Barons ahead 4-3. Oklahoma City added another goal on a Will Acton wrist shot that found its way in and then tripled their lead when defenseman Brad Hunt beat Nilstorp with a quick wrister from the right circle, giving the Barons a 6-3 advantage.
Texas cut into the deficit at 4:23 into the third period when rookie Curtis McKenzie took a pass from the corner via Colton Sceviour and buried the puck to make it 6-4 for his 16th goal of the year. Oklahoma City then countered with another goal of its own, on a Mark Arcobello wrist shot to put the final at 7-4.
Oklahoma City goalie Richard Bachman had 41 saves on 45 shots and earned his 10th win of the season. Cristopher Nilstorp stopped 25-of-32 shots faced and took the loss in goal for Texas. The Stars outshot the Barons 45-32 and went 0-for-4 on the power play. Oklahoma City was 2-for-3 with the man-advantage.
The Stars will finish their current seven-game home stand by taking on the Oklahoma City Barons on Tuesday, February 4th for a 7:30 p.m. face off at Cedar Park Center. Tuesday’s game is another HEB Night. 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.