BARONS CLOSE OUT ROAD TRIP WITH 3-2 LOSS TO RAMPAGE
By Eric Rodgers,
The Oklahoma City Barons fired 38 shots on San Antonio goaltender Jacob Markstrom, but were unable to find the equializer in the third period as the Rampage went on to a 3-2 win over Oklahoma City.
The Barons fall to 11-8-1-2 while the Rampage improve to 10-11-0-3, winning their fourth straight game while the Barons extend their winless streak to four games with their last three losses coming in regulation.
The Barons came out hot, putting four shots on net against Markstrom in the first 2:52 of the game to the Rampage’s one, but San Antonio was able to battle back and take a 7-6 lead in shots at the halfway point of the period.
Jordan Eberle opened the scoring at 11:42 of the 1st, taking the puck down the wing, spinning around defenseman Nolan Yonkman in the faceoff circle and shooting the puck past Markstrom for his 14th goal of the season. The only power-play opportunity of the period was by the Barons during a Yonkman holding penalty, but they were unsuccessful leading to a 1-0 score after 20 minutes of play.
The Rampage tied the game quickly in the 2nd period as Jason DeSantis trailed on a rush into the Barons’ zone, received a pass from Casey Wellman and scored past Yann Danis to tie the game at one at 1:43 of the 2nd.
The first penalty kill for Oklahoma City came at 7:41 as Martin Marincin was called for high-sticking. On the ensuing power play, the Rampage scored the first PP goal of the weekend series as Greg Rallo received a pass from veteran Mike Mottau and one-timed it past Danis to make it 2-1.
A series of three penalties in 19 seconds found the Barons on a 4-on-3 power-play chance. Teemu Hartikainen was sprung for an all-out breakaway by captain Josh Green and Hartikainen earned his seventh goal of the season at 14:01, scoring on a forehand deke past Markstrom to tie the game at two.
San Antonio re-took the lead as the 2nd period neared its end when Casey Wellman once again set up the play, sending the pass this time to James Wright. Wright’s shot made it past Danis on the glove side at 17:09. That goal proved to be the game-winner for the Rampage.
Unsuccessful power plays by both teams kept the 3rd period scoreless. With 1:37 left in the game, the Barons pulled Yann Danis in favor of the extra attacker, but Josh Green was given an extra tripping penalty in an exchange with Scott Timmons, putting the Barons shorthanded for the final 1:04 of the game.
Justin Schultz’ franchise-record tying 10-game point streak came to an end as he was held off of the scoresheet for only the third time this season.
The Barons outshot the Rampage 38-30 as San Antonio improved to 3-1 in the season series against OKC.
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