BARONS EARN 3-2 SHOOTOUT WIN IN SAN ANTONIO
By Eric Rodgers,
Toni Rajala scored the game-tying goal in the 3rd and the game-winning shootout goal to give the Oklahoma City Barons the 3-2 win over the San Antonio Rampage at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. Olivier Roy earned his third straight win over the Rampage by making 27 saves to improve to 9-9-1 on the season. Dov Grumet-Morris in net for the Rampage made 29 saves in the shootout loss to fall to 10-12-3. The Barons improve to 29-22-2-6 on the season with 66 points. San Antonio falls to 26-26-1-5.
The 1st period ended in a scoreless tie despite multiple chances for both teams on the power play. The Rampage went 0-for-2 with the man advantage, while the Barons were 0-for-4 including a two-man advantage lasting 1:42. Oklahoma City had the majority of chances in the frame, holding a 10-6 edge in shots over San Antonio after the 1st.
Two straight unmatched minors committed by the Barons resulted in the Rampage scoring the first two goals of the game. Jed Ortmeyer opened the scoring at 5:05 after escaping a check to receive the pass, and Jared Gomes scored on a rebound at 15:23 to make it 2-0 Rampage. Less than a minute later, Jonathan Cheechoo gave a backhand pass to Taylor Fedun and he potted his fourth goal of the season to bring the Barons back to within one at 16:17. A boarding penalty against Cheechoo gave the Barons their third straight unmatched minor, and the Barons ended the period on the penalty kill trailing 2-1.
Able to kill the penalty to start the final frame, the Barons turned on the attack. At 1:48, Mark Arcobello found Toni Rajala with a cross-ice pass and Rajala hit the twine to tie the game up at 2-2. Back and forth action filled the rest of the 3rd period, with each team unsuccessful on a power play chance, and the game headed to overtime with the 2-2 score.
A scoreless overtime led to a shootout. Olivier Roy turned aside three of four shooters, while goals by Josh Green, Mark Arcobello, and the game-winner by Toni Rajala gave the Barons the 3-2 win.
The Barons power play went 0-for-5 on the night, while the penalty kill went 4-for-6. The Barons improve to a 7-4-0-0 record in the season series against the Rampage, winning for the second time this season at the AT&T Center.
The Barons return to action on March 19th to take on the Rochester Americans for the first time this season in a Winning Weekdays matchup at the Cox Convention Center.
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