Texas Stars come back to beat OKC Barons

by Michael Baldwin Published: December 31, 2013

Scoring a short-handed goal is rare. Scoring two in a game is extremely rare.

The Oklahoma City Barons scored two goals while attempting to kill off penalties Tuesday night, but it wasn't enough as Oklahoma City squandered a four-goal lead, losing to the Texas Stars 6-5 in overtime in front of 3,804 fans at the Cox Convention Center.

“It's definitely frustrating,” said Barons coach Todd Nelson. “It's fitting that it's New Year's Eve. It's time for us to close the chapter on 2013 and focus on next year. We got a (standings) point but when you score five goals at home, you should win the game.”

The Barons dominated the first period, building a 2-0 lead on goals 23 seconds apart by Curtis Hamilton and Will Acton, who scored two goals each.

Oklahoma City pushed the lead to 5-1 midway through the second period on Derek Nesbitt's goal, but the Stars charged back behind Chris Mueller's hat trick.

“I think we backed off a little bit and they kept coming,” Hamilton said. “You can't back off nowadays. You have to keep pushing. The best defense is a strong offense.”

For the first time all season, the Barons had a chance to outshoot an opponent in three consecutive games, but the Stars outshot OKC 34-13 the final two periods and overtime to own a 41-25 overall edge.

“With the offensive power they have you can't give them too many chances,” Acton said. “Bachs (goalie Richard Bachman) played tremendous. We could have given up a lot more goals. It would have been worse than it was if it wasn't for him.”

The Barons owned 3-0 and 5-1 leads. The offensively loaded Stars scored one goal late in the second period and three in the third period.

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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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