CHECKERS TOP BARONS, 3-2
By Jim Byers,
The Charlotte Checkers scored a pair of power play goals and another in a 4-on-4 situation to beat the Oklahoma City Barons 3-2 on Sunday at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte.
Oklahoma City (26-21-2-5) traveled day of game after a 5-4 shootout win on Saturday in Cedar Park, Texas. The Barons' three-game trip ends on Monday at 6 pm (CST) in Charlotte. The Barons are 3-3-1-0 in the season series with the Checkers and saw a two-game winning streak snapped on Sunday.
The Barons out-shot the Checkers in each period and 35-20 for the contest. Despite out-shooting Charlotte 10-5 in the first period, and holding the Checkers without a shot through the first 10 minutes, it was the Checkers who scored first and led 1-0 after one. Matt Beca, stationed mid-slot, one-timed a Luke Pither centering pass on the power play at 15:33.
The second period was scoreless.
The Barons tied the score on Eric Hunter's first goal as a Baron at 1:47 of the third in an assist from Toni Rajala, as Rajala fired a turnaround shot near the net from the point.
David Rutherford put the Checkers (33-18-2-3) back in front 2-1 on the man advantage at 6:20 of the third. Justin Shugg potted the eventual winning goal at 16:39 from the left-wing circle, slipping it past Olivier Roy, who fell to 7-9-1. The Barons made it a one-goal game by scoring with Roy lifted for an extra attacker with 11.2 seconds left, as Dane Byers put home a rebound during a pileup in front.
Justin Peters stopped 33 shots to improve to 22-12-1.
Oklahoma City was scoreless in two power play chances, while the Checkers were 2-for-4 on the man advantage.
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