BARONS FALL TO GRIFFFINS, 4-1
By Cassie Gage, OKC Barons on 03/25/2012
The Oklahoma City Barons closed out a three-game homestand Sunday afternoon with a 4-1 loss to the Grand Rapids Griffins. The Barons (41-18-4-5) put 44 shots on goal but were unable to win a seventh straight game in regulation.
Joakim Andersson gave Grand Rapids a 1-0 lead at the 17:59 mark of the first period as he put home a rebound just five seconds into a Griffins power play. Grand Rapids out-shot the Barons 11-9 in the period.
Antti Tyrvainen scored the equalizer at 6:51 of the second period on a rebound shot that trickled in behind Griffins goaltender Tom McCollum. Tyrvainen’s goal was his fourth of the year and first since Feb. 25 at Charlotte. Bryan Rodney picked up the primary assist, while Philippe Cornet earned his 12th assist of the year to even the score 1-1.
Chris Minard put the visiting team back in front just 4:10 into the third period as his one-timer from the high slot regained the 2-1 lead for the Griffins. Grand Rapids pushed the lead to 3-1 at 8:17 when Francis Pare capitalized off a long feed from Travis Ehrhardt.
Chris Connor added the empty-net goal at 18:30 to secure the 4-1 win for the Griffins.
Josh Green led the Barons with six shots on goal, while Magnus Paajarvi and Ryan Keller each had five each.
Half of Oklahoma City's 44 shots came in the third period, setting a franchise record for shots on goal in a single period (22).
Oklahoma City hits the road for its next two games. The Barons return home Tuesday, April 3 at 7 p.m. CT inside the Cox Convention Center.
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