Richard Bachman Makes 39 Saves to Blank his Former Team
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Texas Stars had their franchise record-tying six-game winning streak ended by a former Star as goaltender Richard Bachman turned in a herculean 39-save effort to lead the Oklahoma City Barons to a 2-0 shutout victory Friday night at Cox Convention Center.
The first period was a scoreless affair where Texas out-shot the Barons 14-6, but could not solve Oklahoma City goaltender Richard Bachman, who made dazzling saves throughout the opening frame.
The Stars continued their shots advantage in the second period, but it was the Barons who scored first. Martin Gernat’s slap shot from the blue line hit teammate Roman Horak in front and Andrew Miller knocked in the loose puck to make it 1-0 Barons at 5:21. Bachman continued his heroics with a stunning save to steal a far post chance from Mike Hedden and then the Oklahoma City back stop denied Toby Petersen on a shorthanded partial breakaway. Late in the period the Barons doubled their lead with a power play goal at 14:50. Will Acton’s shot from the left wing was kicked out by Cristopher Nilstorp’s left pad, but it went right to C.J. Stretch, who one-timed it into the net. The Stars out-shot the Barons 30-18 through 40 minutes, but trailed 2-0.
Chances were more limited in the third period, with Texas holding a slim 9-8 advantage. The Stars would pull Nilstorp for an extra attacker in the final 90 seconds, but Bachman stood tall to complete the shutout.
Richard Bachman stopped all 39 shots he faced to record his first shutout of the season in goal for Oklahoma City. Cristopher Nilstorp finished with 24 saves on 26 shots in goal for Texas as his personal three-game winning streak came to an end. The Stars out-shot the Barons 39-26 and went 0-for-4 on the power play, while Oklahoma City was 1-for-3 on the man-advantage. It was only the second time in the last 11 games that Texas did not score at least one power play goal.
Note: Bachman’s shutout was the 10th of his AHL career and 11th of his pro career. Bachman is the Texas Stars franchise leader in shutouts with nine in 84 career games for Texas.
The Stars continue their three-game road trip as they face the Oklahoma City Barons again on Saturday, December 21st for a 7:00 p.m. face off at Cox Convention Center. Texas will return home to face the San Antonio Rampage on Saturday, December 28th with a 7:00 p.m. face off at Cedar Park Center. The December 28th home game against the Rampage is another Texas Lottery Lucky Row Night, a Coke Zero Family Four Pack Night and is the 2014 Texas Stars Calendar Giveaway night presented by The Parking Spot. 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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