BARONS FALL TO HOUSTON 2-1 IN A SHOOTOUT
By Josh Evans, OKC Barons on 03/18/2012
The Oklahoma City Barons fell to the Houston Aeros 2-1 in a shootout Sunday evening at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. Despite the shootout loss, the Barons extended their streak of earning standings points to seven straight and are now 4-0-2-1 in those games.
David McIntyre staked the Aeros to a 1-0 lead just 1:55 into the game. He worked himself into the Barons zone and was able to whistle one past Barons netminder Yann Danis.
The Barons held a territorial advantage for much of the second period, holding a 12-4 shot on goal advantage. However, it was one of the final shots in the period that would eventually tie the game at one.
With the Barons on the power play, Ryan Keller fired a shot goalward that was stopped by Houston netminder Joe Fallson. Josh Green was camped to the side of Fallon, collected the rebound, and sent it home. The goal was Green’s 14th of the season.
The third period was similar to the second, as the Barons held a shot on goal advantage. However, both netminder were up to the challenge, making several key saves.
The teams would stay scoreless through the overtime and head to a shootout. This was the third time these teams have had the game decided by a shootout at the Toyota Center in Houston.
Hunter Tremblay and Magnus Paajarvi, the first two Barons shooters, scored on the Aeros netminder, but the next five were turned way by Fallon. Danis stopped four of the seven shooters he saw in the shootout. Joel Broda scored the game-winner in the shootout.
Yann Danis stopped 21 of the 22 shots he saw in regulation and overtime. His record falls to 22-11-2 on the season.
The Barons have earned standing points in each of their last seven games, going 4-0-2-1 in that stretch. Oklahoma City has gone on to earn points in eight of nine (4-1-2-2).
The Barons return to action next weekend with three home games. Friday, the Barons host the Texas Stars, AHL affiliate of the Dallas Stars, at 7 p.m. They close out the weekend with back-to-back games against the Grand Rapids Griffins, AHL affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings. Faceoff Saturday is 7 p.m., while faceoff Sunday is slated for 4 p.m.
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