BARONS HOLD OFF LATE CHARGE BY PEORIA, EARN 4-2 WIN
By Eric Rodgers,
A third period charge by the Peoria Rivermen came up short as the Oklahoma City Barons earned a 4-2 win at the Carver Arena. Mark Arcobello was credited with the go-ahead goal in the third period, while Brandon Davidson earned his first career AHL goal to put the game out of reach. Yann Danis earned the win, making 25 saves to improve to 18-14-5 on the season. Brian Elliott in net for Peoria on a conditioning stint made 26 saves in the loss.
The 1st period included back-and-forth action for much of the period, including two unsuccessful power plays by the Barons and one for the Rivermen. The Barons were able to open the scoring against Elliott at 18:49 as Curtis Hamilton picked up a turnover and got the puck to Tanner House who picked the glove-side corner to get the 1-0 lead heading into the intermission.
A penalty by the Barons and Mark Arcobello 13 seconds into the second was successfully killed off. Using the momentum from the penalty kill, Anton Lander found Toni Rajala streaking up the left-wing side. Rajala used his go-to deke to put Elliott off-balance and score the Barons second of the night at 3:36. Newcomer Kendall McFaull earned an assist on the play, giving him his first career AHL point.
An Andrew Murray hooking penalty gave the Barons another power-play chance and it only took 35 seconds for Arcobello to snap a shot stick-side past Elliott at 5:41 to give the Barons the 3-0 lead. The Barons defense and penalty-killing crew stayed hot through the rest of the second period and killed off another two disadvantages to keep Peoria off the board.
The Rivermen brokeDanis' shutout bid 3:25 into the third as Tyler Shattock received a pass from Brett Sonne and as Shattock was falling, he got a shot off and past Danis to make it a 3-1 game. T.J. Hensick brought Peoria back to within one at 12:20 by beating Danis top-shelf to make it 3-2.
A power-play chance late in the period for Peoria was successfully killed off by the Barons and Oklahoma City was able to hold off the Rivermen charge with the empty net. In the final minute, Brandon Davidson fished the puck out of skates and scored from within the Barons blue line to earn his first career AHL goal and the 4-2 score at 19:34.
The penalty kill continues to thrive, going 5-for-5 on the night and has gone 17-for-17 in the last five games. The power play went 1-for-3 on the night.
The Barons improved to 31-23-2-8 and 72 points on the season. Peoria falls to 30-30-4-3, remaining at 65 points.
Oklahoma City returns to action tomorrow night in Rockford, Illinois to take on the Rockford IceHogs at 7:05. Tune into the game on the Barons flagship station 96.1 KXY with the pregame broadcast starting at 6:45 Central Time.
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