BARONS ADVANCE WITH 5-2 WIN OVER HOUSTON
By Cassie Gage,The Oklahoma City Barons advanced to the Calder Cup Conference Semifinals for the first time in franchise history with a 5-2 win over the Houston Aeros Tuesday evening. Oklahoma City won the series 3-1 and out-shot the Aeros 143-76 during the series.
Oklahoma City got its first chance to score less than 30 seconds into the game when Tyler Pitlick got away for a breakaway attempt that was turned away by Houston goaltender Mike Brodeur.
Pitlick’s strong play was awarded late in the first when he and Mark Arcobello got a two-on-one that Acrobello converted into first goal of the playoffs. Arcobello beat Brodeur high glove side at 6:13 to give the home team a 1-0 lead.
The Barons held the 1-0 lead until late in the first when Nate Prosser scored off the faceoff to tie the game 1-1. Oklahoma City led in shots 9-5 at the first intermission.
Oklahoma City re-gained the lead early in the second period as Teemu Hartikainen’s shot from the top of the left circle dribbled past Brodeur to put the Barons back in front 2-1 just 45 seconds into the frame. The goal was Hartikainen’s second of the playoffs. Josh Green netted his second assist, and Dan Ringwald recorded his first point with an assist.
The Aeros answered at the 4:15 mark of the period as Kris Foucault scored on a rebound to tie the game at 2-all.
Arcobello and Pitlick picked up assists on Dylan Yeo’s first goal of the playoffs at 8:51 of the second. Yeo’s slapshot went past Brodeur in the same spot as Arcobello’s earlier goal to put the Barons back up 3-2. Oklahoma City continued to add to its shots on goal lead, taking a 17-10 advantage into the locker room at the second intermission.
The Barons went ahead 4-2 at the 8:28 mark of the third period when Philippe Cornet capitalized off a giveaway from Brodeur behind the net. Cornet’s patience in front of a scrambling goaltender paid off as he slammed home the pass from birthday boy Anton Lander. Green added an unassisted empty net goal at 18:30 to secure the 5-2 win.
Oklahoma City ended the game with a 27-21 shots advantage over the Aeros. Houston went 0-for-13 on the power play during the series. For more information regarding the conference semifinals, stay tuned to OKCBarons.com.
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