CEDAR PARK, Texas — Missed opportunities, a hot Texas Stars goaltender and poor special teams play doomed the Oklahoma City Barons on Saturday night.
The Stars won Game 2 of the AHL Western Conference semifinal series, 2-1, evening the series at one game apiece.
In the first period, Oklahoma City took control and forced the Stars to take three penalties. However, despite having a five-on-three advantage for the final minute of the period, the Barons could not find a way to put anything past Stars goalie Cristopher Nilstrop.
“Any time you have a five-on-three opportunity, you should be able to generate something.” Barons head coach Todd Nelson said. “We had some good chances on our power play, we just didn't finish and capitalize on those. Sometimes you have games like that.”
With the Stars leading 1-0, after a redirection from Mike Hedden on a Jamie Oleksiak shot, the Barons began the second period still on the power play. But the Barons still could not find a way to cash in and did not score.
For the game, they would go 0 for 4 with the man advantage and 1 for 5 on the penalty kill.