December 31, 2012 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Texas Stars
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Jordan Eberle scored a natural hat trick in a span of less than three minutes late in the first period and he later added an assist to lead the Oklahoma City Barons to a 5-2 win over the Texas Stars Monday night at Cox Convention Center.
The Stars controlled the play early on as they out-shot the Barons 11-3 in the first 15 minutes of the game. Momentum took an abrupt and dramatic shift when Jordan Eberle scored at15:44 to give Oklahoma a 1-0 lead. Nine seconds later Eberle found the net again as he snapped a wrist shot over the glove of Cristopher Nilstorp for his second goal of the night. The AHL's leading goal scorer completed a natural hat trick at 18:27, scoring his league-leading 23rd goal of year on the power play. Eberle scored his three goals in the span of 2:43 to give the Barons a commanding lead, even though Texas led in shots 12-7 after the first period.
The Stars got on the board seven minutes into the second frame when Colton Sceviour collected a loose rebound from a Maxime Fortunus shot and backhanded the puck into the net. The goal, assisted by Fortunus and Travis Morin, was Sceviour's ninth of the season. Less than two minutes later Justin Schultz regained Oklahoma City's three-goal with a power play goal on a wrist shot from the high slot with traffic in front. Texas equaled a season-high with 21 shots on goal in the middle period, only allowing nine shots from the Barons, but they trailed 4-1 after forty minutes.
A mere 28 seconds into the third period Morin set a beautiful cross-ice pass to Matt Fraser for a blistering one-timer into the net and a power play goal. Fraser's team-leading 12th goal of the year, also assisted by Brenden Dillon, cut the host's lead to 4-2. Barons' goalie Yann Danis kept Texas at bay throughout the final period and in the closing seconds Josh Green added an empty net goal to close out a 5-2 win for Oklahoma City.
Yann Danis finished the game with 42 saves on 44 shots to earn his 13th win of the season in goal for the Barons, while Cristopher Nilstorp had 22 saves on 26 shots in the loss for Texas. The Stars out-shot Oklahoma City 44-27 in the game and went 1-for-6 on the power play; the Barons were 2-for-2 with the man-advantage.
Texas returns to action on Friday, January 4th as they travel to Houston for a 7:05 p.m. faceoff with the Aeros at Toyota Center. The Stars returns home Saturday, January 5th for a 7:00 p.m. faceoff against the Peoria Rivermen at Cedar Park Center. Saturday's home game is a Family Four Pack Night and is the Stars Team Card Set Giveaway. Pro-rated full and partial 2012-13 season seat packages are on sale now. For more information on Texas Stars season tickets call (512) GO-STARS (467-8277) or visit www.TexasStarsHockey.com.