OKLAHOMA CITY — Even with a 1-0 series lead, the Texas Stars adjusted their lineup before continuing the best-of-five first-round AHL playoff series with the Oklahoma City Barons on Saturday night.
Jack Campbell, Branden Troock and William Wrenn made their professional playoff debuts after sitting in Game 1.
Campbell was stellar and stopped 38 of 40 shots, propelling Texas to a 3-2 victory in overtime.
Brendan Ranford scored the winning goal with 4 minutes, 56 seconds remaining. It capped a wild comeback for Texas, which tied the game with 38.9 seconds remaining on Travis Morin’s second goal of the night.
Morin had scored with 17.2 seconds remaining in the second period to tie the game at 1-1.
Troock and Wrenn entered the lineup as a result of Game 1 incidents involving Scott Glennie and Cameron Gaunce.
Glennie was suspended one game for boarding Jordan Oesterle, a hit that sidelined the Barons forward indefinitely, according to the Oklahoma City injury report. Troock took his spot on the second line with Mike Hedden and Justin Dowling.
Wrenn filled in on defense for Gaunce, who was injured in Game 1 when Steve Pinizzotto elbowed him in the back of the head. Pinizzotto was suspended for two games.
“They have to be ready; we don’t have any choice,” coach Willie Desjardins said before the game. “That’s what all the players want — a chance to come in and play. … The guys that have stepped in have done a good job.”