Stars get expected playoff atmosphere, power play has puzzling success

Brett Ritchie celebrates his goal in the third period. (Photo by Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)

Brett Ritchie celebrates his goal in the third period. (Photo by Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)

The Texas Stars were expecting a playoff atmosphere and they got one on Friday in a 4-3 overtime win against the Oklahoma City Barons.

“They’re a good team, they always play well against us,” Stars coach Willie Desjardins said. “You got to commend them for how hard they played … it was a tough game for us, I think we were really feeling the effects off the road.”

Texas rallied from a trio of one-goal deficits, and trailed in shots for most of the game until the third period.

In the final 22 minutes and 10 seconds, Texas outshot Oklahoma City 19-9 and had the majority of the quality scoring chances in overtime.

“I didn’t think we played our best the first half of the game,” Brett Ritchie said. “You could feel it in the building we were going to tie it. Then obviously a good goal in overtime, so it was good for us.”

One shot success

Texas went 2-for-4 of the power play Friday, but only fired 2 shots on net with the man advantage.

“We’re missing some guys, but we still went 2-for-4,” Scott Glennie said. “I don’t think it was the best job tonight. We still got two goals on the power play tonight, all said and done we’ll take it.”

Scott Glennie scored on one-timer in the first period after a slick pass by Curtis McKenzie from the front of the net.

The next power play resulted in more shots by the Barons, three, while Texas didn’t have a shot on net. The third power play yielded more success, with Dustin Jeffrey scoring on the only shot of that man advantage.

Texas’ fourth power play didn’t register a shot and was cut short when Mike Hedden was called for holding.

Shorthanded Barons

Oklahoma City was missing two key players Friday night with Mark Arcobello and Roman Horak out with injuries.

Arcobello has played 15 games with the Barons this season and has been on a torrid pace, scoring 28 points (10 goals and 18 assists). Horak has 47 points (20 goals, 27 assists) in 60 games and suffered an injury in the Barons last game.

Horak may play tomorrow, while Arcobello isn’t expected to play this weekend.

Milestones

Derek Meech played his 550th professional game Friday night, while Cristopher Nilstorp surpassed 15,000 minutes played in his professional career.

Mike Hedden also added his 200th career point in the third period when he assisted on Brett Ritchie’s 17th goal of the year.

For the Oklahoma City Barons, Alex Lavoie scored his first career AHL goal.

Lavoie has spent most of the season with the Allen Americans in the CHL and had 74 points in 59 games.

Making it even sweeter, his dad was in attendance Friday night.

Stars announce Modano night

The Texas Stars will host Mike Modano night on April 4, the team announced on Friday.

Fans in attendance will get special rally towel with, what I assume, is Mike Modano insignia and possibly a number 9 (just guessing).

Tonight’s lines:

McKenzie-Morin-Stransky
Hedden-Dowling-Ritchie
Ranford-Jeffrey-Glennie
Henderson-Peters-Vause

Oleksiak-Gaunce
Nemeth-Meech
Jokipakka-Fortunus

Nilstorp
Campbell

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