In their first game without their top scorer, the Oklahoma City Barons broke a four-game winless streak.
Linus Omark's Christmas wish was granted and the Barons' parent club, the Edmonton Oilers, traded the winger who had 29 points in 29 games for Oklahoma City to the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday.
On Friday night, the Barons immediately proved there will be life after Omark by downing the Texas Stars, 2-0, at the Cox Convention Center.
Goaltender Richard Bachman turned away 39 shots to blank the Stars (17-9-4) and post the first shutout of the season for the Barons (11-14-5).
“He was outstanding today,” Barons' defenseman David Musil said of Bachman. “He was our best player.”
Bachman's 39 saves were the most ever by a Baron in a shutout.
“If you do rating from one to five with one being the poorest, he's definitely a five tonight,” Barons coach Todd Nelson said of his netminder. “He shut the door.”
Bachman started three games in the net for Edmonton this season before a groin injury sidelined him. He just rejoined Oklahoma City on the Barons recent six-game road trip.
“It was definitely a lot of shots,” Bachman said. “But it wasn't too surprising. We knew going into the game they are a team that likes to throw a lot of pucks on net from anywhere on the ice. We were kind of prepared for that.”
Offensively, the Barons got second-period goals from Andrew Miller and C.J. Stretch to win for only the second time in December.