Newcomer C.J. Stretch helps Barons beat Texas Stars

by Michael Baldwin Published: February 26, 2013

“He's the fourth-leading scorer in that league,” Scott said. “He has some grit and energy. We wanted to bring him in and see what he's got to see if he can prove himself at this level.”

Veteran defensemen Randy Jones and Clark were involved in OKC's first two goals.

Clark, who has played in 681 NHL games, scored his first Barons goal on a pass from Philippe Cornet to put OKC up 1-0. After the Stars tied it, Jones set up Tanner House for a 2-1 lead. Stretch scored an insurance goal.

“It was a huge goal,” Nelson said. “That's why we got him here. We wanted to get more secondary scoring. Besides that, I liked his defensive play. He looked very comfortable out there. He looked composed.”

Texas has been the AHL's hottest team and soared to the top of the Western Conference. It was only the Stars' second regulation loss in their last 15 games.

The Barons have been equally as hot at the Cox Center, extending their season-best home winning streak to five.

“To be honest I was quite worried about this game,” Nelson said. “Anytime you do a home-and-home (with Houston) like we did last weekend it usually takes two or three days to recover from it. I could tell the guys weren't as energetic as they can be.

“I'm very happy with the win. The guys gave me what they had. And Stretch scored the big goal. ”

by Michael Baldwin
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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