BACK IN THE WIN COLUMN: BARONS HOLD OFF RAMPAGE 3-2
By Jim Byers,
The Oklahoma City Barons led after each of the first two periods and hung on by killing off four overlapping penalties late in a 3-2 win over the San Antonio Rampage on Sunday at AT&T Center.
The Barons improve to 28-22-2-6, 64 points, ninth in the Western Conference but only two points back of sixth.
The Rampage, which out-shot the Barons 39-25, saw a two-game winning streak end and fall to 26-26-1-4.
Oklahoma City led 3-1 inside the game's final five minutes when penalties put them two men short. After failing to convert on the two-man advantages, San Antonio closed to within a goal at 18:32 on a point shot by Brendon Nash with the goalie pulled for an extra attacker and Brett Clark still in the penalty box for a double minor.
The Barons killed off the remaining time on Clark's penalty and held on to imporove to 6-4-0-0 against San Antonio this season. Olivier Roy made 37 saves in upping his record to 8-9-1. Dov Grumet-Morris fell to 10-12-2.
The Barons tallied the first goal for the fourth straight game when C.J. Stretch put home a steep-angle shot 1:52 after the opening faceoff.
San Antonio had the shot edge 15-10 in a wide-open first period.
Oklahoma City built its lead to 2-0 at 13:31 of the second period on the power play, as Mark Arcobello slid a shot past the short side of Grumet-Norris.
San Antonio responded with a goal from the slot by Eric Selleck at 15:15 as they produced 29 shots on Roy through two periods.
Martin Marincin had the eventual winning goal on a slap shot set up by Toni Rajala, who had two assists in the game, at 11:02 of the third.
Philippe Cornet also added a pair of assists and has five points in the past two games.
The same two teams meet on Wednesday at 7 pm CDT at San Antonio.
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