GRIFFINS TOP BARONS IN SHOOTOUT, 5-4
By Jim Byers,
The Oklahoma City Barons rallied from a 2-0 first-period deficit to tie the score at various stages 2-2, 3-3 and 4-4, but the Grand Rapids Griffins scored twice in the shootout to win 5-4 on Wednesday at Van Andel Arena.
The Griffins had both goals in the four-round shootout to win their third in a row to improve to 24-12-2-2. The Barons fall to 19-16-2-4. Grand Rapids has won both meetings so far in the four-game regular season series.
Petr Mrazek made 33 saves, including two big glove stops in overtime, to up his record to 14-5-1. Olivier Roy also had 33 saves in dropping to 6-6-1.
The Griffins scored early and late in the first period to lead 2-0 after one. Tomas Jurco opened the scoring with a well-placed wrist shot from the high slot at 3:13. The Griffins followed with a goal with 9.7 seconds left in the opening period when Jeff Hoggan's shot deflected to Mitch Callahan on the doorstep and he tucked it past Olivier Roy.
The Barons scored three goals in the second period, twice tying the score, but the Griffins emerged with a 4-3 lead after two. Mark Arcobello converted a Josh Green cehtering pass 53 seconds into the period to make it 2-1. Antti Tyrvainen, in his first game since Nov, 16, scored off the wing at 2:29 to tie the game.
Grand Rapids' Adam Alquist scored from the point at 10:51 to make it 3-2 Griffins. Tanner House countered with a goal on setups by Toni Rajala and Martin Marincin at 15:54, once again squaring the score at 3-3.
Tomas Tatar put the Griffins back in front when he slipped one past Roy from a steep angle at 17:45 on an assist from NHL veteran Mike Knuble, playing his first game as a Griffin.
Martin Marincin scored for the Barons from in lose at 9:43 of the third to tie the score 4-4 as Rajala picked up his second assist of the game.
After a scoreless overtime, during which the Barons had 8 shots on goal, Grand Rapids Chad Billins and Gustav Nyquist scored the only goals of the shootout, Nyquist on a spin-a-rama from the edge of the crease.
Oklahoma City visits the Milwaukee Admirals on Friday at 7 pm CST before a 7:05 pm game on Saturday at Rockford wraps up this three-game trip. Both games will be broadcast on KXY 96.1 FM.
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