BARONS FALL TO CHECKERS 4-3 IN OVERTIME
By Cassie Gage,
The Oklahoma City Barons rallied from a 1-0 deficit but the Charlotte Checkers responded for a 4-3 overtime win Saturday evening at the Cox Convention Center. The Barons (18-14-2-3) led 3-1 in the second period but a late second-period goal pulled the Checkers to within one and Charlotte tied the game late in the third.
The Barons led in shots 10-6 at the end of the first but the Checkers had the period’s only goal to carry a 1-0 lead into the locker room at the break.
Philippe Cornet was robbed of a goal early in the game by Charlotte goaltender Justin Peters. Oklahoma City committed the first penalty of the game and the Checkers took advantage of the opportunity.
Riley Nash went top-shelf on Barons goaltender Yann Danis to give the Checkers a 1-0 lead at 4:02 while on the power play.
The Barons got additional quality scoring chances in the the period, but Peters stood tall, coming up with save after save. Peters saw a scramble in front of the net and a prime scoring chance from Taylor Fedun late in the period but the Barons were unable to break through.
The Barons rallied in the second period, rallying to take a 3-2 lead into the second intermission. Oklahoma City put 13 shots on goal, extending the shots advantage to 23-11 after two periods.
Mark Arcobello put the Barons on the board just 43 seconds into the second. Arcobello banked in the goal from behind the net following a pass from Alex Plante.
After a review for a Charlotte no-goal, Cornet came through with his first AHL goal this season. The power play goal came at 7:31 and extended Oklahoma City’s lead to 2-1.
Toni Rajala continued his persisting play but Peters robbed the rookie after a takeaway. Rajala finally broke through at 10:16 as he put home a rebound following an initial shot from Ryan Martindale. The Barons managed to get several chances at the rebound before Rajala made it 3-1.
Brett Sutter cut the lead back to one at 10:48 as the puck trickled past Danis.
The Barons out-shot the Checkers 12-3 in the third period and despite playing a controlling pace, Charlotte managed to even the score late to force overtime.
Peters continued to come up big for the Checkers, making save after save to keep Oklahoma City off the board. It was A.J. Jenks who scored the equalizer for Charlotte late. Jenks’ game-tying goal came off a broken play in the near circle at 17:32.
Zac Dalpe sent a shot just high of Danis early in the extra period and Chris Terry ended it just 49 seconds in as Terry’s power play goal went high stick side to cap a 4-3 win for the Checkers.
Oklahoma City hosts the Texas Stars Sunday evening at 4 p.m. CT at the Cox Convention Center.
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