AEROS DOWN BARONS, 4-3
By Chris Wescott,
The Barons scored two power-play goals and Olivier Roy made 23 saves, but Oklahoma City dropped their second straight to the Houston Aeros, 4-3 in regulation.
At 7:49 of the first period, Justin Fontaine scored for Houston to open scoring.
Following a couple of scrums, resulting in an OKC power play, Jordan Eberle tied the game with a mid-range shot through traffic at 11:18 of the opening frame. Rookie defenseman Justin Schultz continued to pad his impressive stats, extending his scoring streak to nine games with an assist on the play, his 30th point of the season. Taylor Hall also tallied an assist on the goal.
Schultz now has two scoring streaks of nine-plus games on the season.
Houston grabbed the lead again, this time with a short-handed goal by Jason Zucker at 13:14 from Johan Larsson.
Just 25 seconds later, on a delayed penalty, Mark Arcobello scored to tie the game 2-2 with an assist from defenseman Taylor Fedun and Magnus Paajarvi.
After an initial save by Roy on a shot by Charlie Coyle, Larsson snuck the puck past the goaltender and gave Houston their third lead of the night at 13:03 of the second period.
Houston pushed their lead to two with another Zucker score at 13:00 of the final period.
22 seconds later, Hall rushed down the ice and put a great move on the Houston defenseman to break in and score on Aeros goaltender Matt Hackett. Schultz recorded his second assist of the night, his 31st point of the season.
A late surge by the Barons wasn't enough and OKC dropped to 11-6-1-2 on the season while the Aeros improved to 11-6-1-2 and won their fifth straight. The loss was the Barons first since a 4-0 setback in Abbotsford on November 9. The Barons record is 6-1-1-1 in their last nine games.
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