The Texas Stars lead the American Hockey League in goals. Texas right winger Colton Sceviour is second in the league in scoring.
Oklahoma City Barons coach Todd Nelson, though, wasn't pleased that the high-powered Stars escaped with a 5-4 win Tuesday night at the Cox Convention Center.
“It wasn't so much what they did as much as what we gave them. That's the bottom line,” Nelson said. “We had a lot of unforced errors and should have made a lot better reads.”
The Barons owned 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 leads and tied the game 4-4 midway through the second period. Sceviour, though, scored his second goal of the game, his 17th of the season, with 9:57 to play to leave the Barons frustrated.
“Tonight was a big opportunity for us,” said OKC defenseman Taylor Fedun, who had two assists. “They have some firepower, but they're missing some of it due to call-ups to Dallas. We were forcing plays on their end and then we started having some breakdowns.”
Owning the AHL's top power play, the Stars scored their 27th and 28th goals with the man advantage to tie the game 1-1 and 2-2.
“The first goal went in off one of our defenseman. Those things happen. It's a bad break,” Nelson said. “All the rest of their goals were unforced errors. We have to bear down with our passing and receiving. They're a good hockey team, but I didn't think they were at their best tonight. We shot ourselves in the foot.”
Linus Omark gave Oklahoma City a 1-0 lead midway through the first period when he stopped on a dime and slid a crossing pass to Martin Marincin in the right slot. Texas tied it on Curtis McKenzie's power play goal late in the period.