Linus Omark's first goal of the season wasn't officially a power-play goal. But it was a game-winner.
Texas Stars defender Aaron Rome had just left the penalty box and was nearing the blue line when Omark fired the puck past Texas goalie Cristopher Nilstorp to give the Oklahoma City Barons a 2-1 overtime win Tuesday night at the Cox Convention Center.
“It was a fantastic move, how he paused to get around the defenseman to get a clean shot on net,” said Barons coach Todd Nelson. “It was a creative play that only so many players can do. It was nice to see him get that first one.”
Omark, the flashy left winger from Sweden, said he's usually a slow starter, which made the game-winner 32 seconds into overtime even sweeter.
“I'm happy that I finally scored a goal, an important goal that helped us win,” Omark said. “I knew it was going to come. Hopefully I can keep it going.”
Considering he's scored 97 goals since turning pro at age 19 seven years ago, it was just a matter of time before Omark lit the lamp.
Omark, 26, played in 46 games for the Barons and 65 games for the Edmonton Oilers in 2010-11 and 2011-12, but played in Switzerland last season. Omark became the first Swede to lead the Swiss pro league in scoring.
“Everybody wants to go up (to the NHL),” Omark said. “That's what makes this such a good league. Everyone wants to take that next step up.”
Omark's goal essentially was a power-play goal, which continued an early season trend in which the Barons' special teams have been dominant.