NESBITT'S TWO GOALS LIFT OKC TO 4-2 WIN
By Cassie Gage,
The Oklahoma City Barons scored twice on a major penalty power play in the third period to down the Iowa Wild 4-2 Sunday afternoon at the Wells Fargo Center in Des Moines. Olivier Roy made his first start of the year for the Barons (1-3-0-0) and turned away 28 of the 30 shots he faced en route to the win. The Wild fell to 1-1-0-0 on the year.
The Wild jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first period as Dave Steckel scored his first of the season at 4:01. The Wild led in shots 12-9 after the first period and held the 1-0 lead until 9:45 of the second period when Derek Nesbitt scored his first of the season. Nesbitt’s rebound shot was assisted by Andrew Miller and Ryan Martindale to even the score at 1-1.
Nesbitt came through again at 13:36 to give Oklahoma City its first lead of the game at 2-1 with a backhander that just went behind Darcy Kuemper. Miller earned his second of three assists on the day, and Martin Gernat had the secondary assist. Iowa added the equalizer at 16:46 as Brett Bulmer scored his second goal of the weekend. The Barons out-shot the Wild 13-8 in the period.
The tide turned for the Barons late in the third as Jason Zucker received a match penalty for a check to the head at 7:20. Oklahoma City capitalized on the five minute major power play as Anton Lander scored at 9:50 with the assists to Nesbitt and Kale Kessy, and Ryan Jones at 10:36 from Miller to secure the 4-2 win for the Barons. Oklahoma City ended the game out-shooting the Wild 32-30.
The Barons return home for a Tuesday evening contest against the Texas Stars. The puck drops on the first Winning Weekday of the year at 7 p.m. CT at the Cox Convention Center.
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