TAYLOR FEDUN SCORES TWICE IN BARONS 4-1 WIN OVER HOUSTON
By Jim Byers,
Taylor Fedun had his first two-goal game as a professional while Toni Rajala and Mark Arcobello each chipped in a goal and an assist in the Oklahoma City Barons' 4-1 over the Houston Aeros on Wednesday at the Toyota Center in Houston.
The Barons, 36-24-2-8, have won six of their last seven and are 8-0-0-1 in their last nine road games. A four-game trip continues on Friday at 6 pm (CDT) at Rochester. The win moves the Barons into a three-way tie for the fifth-most points in the Western Conference with 82, as they join Houston and Rochester.
Oklahoma city out-shot Houston 38-21, their 10th straight game limiting an opponent to 28 or fewer shots. The Aeros see a three-game winning streak halted in falling to 36-25-5-5.
Houston scored first, as defenseman Kyle Medvec converted off a rush to beat Yann Danis at 6:21. Oklahoma City out-shot Houston 15-9 in the opening period.
The Barons turned the game in their favor in the second period, out-shooting the Aeros 18-3 and taking the lead on goals 28 seconds apart at 2:14 and 2:42. Mark Arcobello buried a shot from the deep slot to tie the game 1-1 on setups by Toni Rajala and Martin Marincin.
Oklahoma City took the lead shortly thereafter when Taylor Fedun burst down the left wing and nipped the upper glove side of former Baron Jeff Deslauriers, who played the first 32 minutes before leaving with a left leg injury. Chris VandeVelde and Tyler Pitlick earned the assists. Deslauriers stopped 28 of 30 shots. Mike Condon, fresh out of Princeton University, replaced Deslauriers for his first AHL experience. Deslauriers took the loss to fall to 1-1-0 in three Houston appearances.
Fedun added another goal on the power play with three seconds left in the second period, with an assist to Marincin, his second of the game.
Rajala closed out the scoring on a two-man advantage at 4:21 of the third from Teemu Hartikainen and Arcobello.
Danis made 20 saves in improving to 23-14-5.
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