The Texas Stars gave fans an early Christmas gift Saturday night as the club embarrassed the Oklahoma City Barons with a 7-2 victory on home ice.

The Stars got out to an early start in the contest as forward Travis Morin managed to beat Barons netminder Richard Bachman just 23 seconds into the game for a 1-0 lead.

The Barons wouldn’t take long to respond as Ryan Martindale beat Christopher Nilstorp to tie the game just under a minute later. The Stars however would take the lead into the dressing room to end the first period courtesy of Ryan Button who scored his first of the season for a 2-1 lead.

The Barons would tie the game just before the halfway point of the second period as Will Acton netted a short handed goal against the Stars to make it a 2-2 game. This would quickly change however as Taylor Vause and the Stars would strike on the man advantage just 40 seconds later to give the stars the 3-2 lead.

Texas would then add insult to injury, as they padded their lead by scoring another two goals under a minute apart late in the frame to make it 5-2 after 40 minutes of play. Travis Morin would net his second of the night, meanwhile Mike Hedden was credited with his 10th of the season.

The Barons tried hard to find some goals in the third period, but NIlstorp turned aside 12 shots in the frame to prevent Oklahoma from getting any closer. The Barons opted to play Chet Pickard to start the third period in hopes of finding some kind of spark. The Stars, however, would beat up on Pickard like they did with Bachman as they once again score two goals less than a minute apart as Toby Petersen and Chris Mueller helped the Stars cruise to a big 7-2 victory.

Nilstorp turned aside 34 of 36 shots in the victory for the Stars, meanwhile Bachman and Pickard allowed a total of 7 goals in 38 shots in a losing effort.

Both teams played their final games of the season before Christmas, the Stars will play their next game on Friday against the San Antonio Rampage, meanwhile the Barons will battle against the Abbotsford Heat.



Adam Reid

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