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Oklahoma City Barons: Jordan Eberle scores hat trick in Barons' 5-2 win over Texas

If the NHL lockout ends before OKC comes back from road trip on Jan. 11, Eberle played his last game in the city in style.
BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, Published: December 31, 2012

Eberle isn't the only young Edmonton Oiler star playing in OKC during the lockout.

Schultz, a rookie defenseman, scored his 17th goal and added an assist. Schultz is second in the AHL in scoring (45 points) behind Eberle (47).

Hall, who had a hat trick last week and has played on a line with Eberle the past two years in Edmonton, added three assists.

Even after former No. 1 pick Ryan Nugent-Hopkins left to join Team Canada at the world junior tournament, the No. 1 line has been highly productive with Mark Arcobello replacing Nugent-Hopkins.

“We get a lot of chances,” Hall said. “We're here to produce points. Right now we've found a groove and are playing some teams that are giving us a couple of things on the power play. Arcobello has come in and been a real plus. He's allowed me and Ebs to play our game.”

The Oilers young stars repeatedly have said it's been a blessing to be able to play in OKC during the lockout.

“There's a good chance during this road trip that we're called to come back to OKC, get our stuff and report to Edmonton,” Hall said. “We're trying to put that in the back of our heads. For sure this was a night to remember. It was New Year's Eve. The crowd was great.

“We've had a really good time here. It wasn't the ideal situation. We'd rather be in Edmonton. But the people of Oklahoma City and our teammates here really gave us a chance to fit in.”