OFFENSE PUSHES BARONS PAST GRIFFINS, 5-2
By Cassie Gage,
Oklahoma City scored two goals in each of the first two periods and added another in the third as the Barons outlasted the Grand Rapids Griffins 5-2 Saturday evening at the Cox Convention Center. The Barons (41-17-4-5) improved to 20-0 when scoring four or more goals in a game and became the first team in the Western Conference to eclipse the 90-point mark this year with 91.
Grand Rapids (29-26-6-4) put 33 shots on goal against Barons goaltender Yann Danis, but Danis made 31 saves en route to Oklahoma City’s ninth straight game with standing points. It was Josh Green who provided the offensive spark with one goal and two assists on a night where the Barons saw 10 different players with points on the scoresheet.
Mark Arcobello opened the scoring at the 10:17 mark of the opening period as he tipped in Hunter Tremblay’s shot from the point to give the Barons the early 1-0 lead. The goal was Arcobello’s 15th of the year and marked the second straight game with a goal for the right winger. Taylor Chorney earned the secondary assist on the goal, giving the defenseman five points in the last six games.
Triston Grant added to the lead at 17:59 with a backhanded shot past Griffins goaltender Tom McCollum to give Oklahoma City a 2-0 lead at the first intermission. Green earned his first point of the night on the goal as Bryan Helmer also assisted to put the home team up by two.
Grand Rapids cut the lead in half early in the second period as Doug Janik scored his eighth of the year just 41 seconds in to make it 2-1 Oklahoma City. Magnus Paajarvi regained the two-goal advantage for the Barons at 3:18 capitalizing off a pass from Green to push the Barons lead to 3-1.
The Griffins made the most of a 5-on-3 power play just past the midway point of the period as Jamie Johnson connected to trim the lead back to a one-goal advantage at 3-2 at 8:31.
Oklahoma City added a late goal in the period at 18:11 as Philippe Cornet scored his team-leading 24th goal of the year to double the lead 4-2 heading into the second intermission.
Green then finished off the scoring early in the third at 1:24 coming up with his 15th goal of the year on a second rebound attempt as the Barons went on to win 5-2.
Green earned the game’s first star honors, while Danis was the third star. Defenseman Bryan Rodney added three assists on the night to be named the game’s second star.
The Barons face the Griffins in a rematch Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. CT inside the Cox Convention Center.
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