BARONS FALL TO CHECKERS, 3-2
By Jennifer Cochran ,
The Oklahoma City Barons opened the 2013-14 season Friday evening with a 3-2 loss to the Charlotte Checkers at the Cox Convention Center. Brody Sutter scored the game-winning goal at the 14:44 mark of third period to give the Checkers the win. Justin Peters earned the win in net for the Checkers, while Richard Bachman picked up the loss for the Barons (0-1-0-0).
Charlotte took an early lead with Chris Terry’s goal just 49 seconds into the game. Bachman recorded two great saves against Nicolas Blanchard and Matt Marquardt, but Mark Flood put the Checkers up 2-0 at 11:51. The Checkers led the Barons in shots 15-6 at the first intermission.
Oklahoma City appeared to have scored early in the second, but Ryan Jones was called for goaltender interference and the goal was waved off. Jones got his chance at 5:36 as he put home a rebound from Ryan Martindale to trim the lead to 2-1. Matt Ford earned the secondary assist on the goal. Peters made several good saves in the period as Oklahoma City rallied to out-shoot the Checkers 18-5 in the period to take a 24-20 lead through 40 minutes of play.
The Barons had a 21-second 5-on-3 but were unable to capitalize with the two-man advantage. During the back half of the second penalty that resulted in the 5-on-3, Anton Lander made a crisp pass to Philip Larsen who put home the equalizing goal at 6:42. Brad Hunt picked up his first points as a Baron with the secondary assist.
Charlotte regained the lead at 14:44 as Sutter scored the game-winning goal with Rasmus Rissanen earning the assist. Peters stood tall in net, turning Oklahoma City’s remaining attempts as the Barons out-shot the Checkers 34-32 for the game.
The Barons host the Checkers Saturday evening in a 7 p.m. CT contest at the Cox Convention Center. One lucky Barons fan will Drive Away in a brand-new Dodge RAM pick-up truck during the Drive Away Every Saturday promotion.
Click here for the boxscore: http://theahl.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1011106
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