BARONS EARN FIRST WIN OF THE SEASON; DOWN LAKE ERIE 3-2
By Josh Evans, OKC Barons
The Oklahoma City Barons earned a split of the weekend set with the Lake Erie Monsters with a 3-2 win over the Monsters Saturday afternoon in Cleveland. First-year defenseman Justin Schultz snapped a shot past Monsters netminder Calvin Pickard with just under four minutes left in the game for the game winner.
The Barons got off to a great start when Josh Green staked the team to a 1-0 lead just 42 seconds into the contest. From behind the goalline, Green collected a pass from Ryan Martindale and fired the puck near the net of Monsters goaltender Calvin Pickard. The puck bounded in off of Pickard for Green’s first of the year.
With just over five minutes left in the first period, Barons defenseman Martin Marincin extended the lead to 2-0. He fired the puck near the vicinity of Pickard and it deflected off of defenseman Thomas Pock. Green and Martindale each had an assist on the play.
In the second period, the Barons benefitted from a string of five consecutive minor penalties from Lake Erie, including nearly 44 seconds of two-man advantage time. Although the Barons were able to increase their shot total, they were unable to find a hole in the Monsters’ defense.
Shortly after the string of penalties expired, the Monsters went on the power play and converted. Tyson Barrie found his way into the slot and sent one past Barons goaltender Olivier Roy at 13:22 of the second.
Lake Erie tied the game at two with just under six minutes to play in the game as Paul Carey converted for their second power-play goal of the afternoon. David Olver collected a Mitchell Heard pass and carried the puck through the neutral zone. He found his way in front of Roy and was able to fire two shots on goal. Carey converted on the rebound of Olver’s second shot to tie the game at two.
Just over two minutes later, Schultz received a pass from Mark Arcobello in the right-wing circle and rifled the puck over the shoulder of Pickard.
Lake Erie pulled Pickard in favor of an extra attacker and nearly converted, but Roy stood tall and made two outstanding saves to preserve the win. Roy made 37 saves to earn his first win of the season.
Oklahoma City returns home to begin a seven-game homestand on Friday, October 19. Faceoff at the Cox Convention Center is 7 p.m. That marks the first of 12 nights the Barons are giving away a car. The first night, the Barons are giving away a Dodge Challenger.
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