OKC EARNS OT WIN OVER ABBOTSFORD
By Chris Wescott,
The Barons came out and played with a different level of intensity following their 4-0 loss on Friday night, and it showed in a hard fought 2-1 overtime victory over Abbotsford.
OKC outshot the Heat 15-5 in the first period and 34-32 on the game but the first goal didn't come until the final frame.
At 7:46 of the third period, 47:46 into the game, the Barons broke the scoreless contest.
Abbotsford's Joe Piskula was called for tripping when he took down Taylor Hall in the neutral zone giving OKC their first man advantage of the night.
Hall, the former first overall NHL Draft pick, scored on the power play from a steep angle, just above the goal line to the left of Taylor.
Hall sniped it top shelf, stick side of Taylor and gave OKC new life in a tight game. Fellow first overall pick Ryan Nugent-Hopkins recorded an assist on the play.
Dustin Sylvester tied the game with just 1:45 left in the third off a back door rebound, sending the game to overtime. Ben Street and Paul Byron were awarded the assists.
Then it was rookie defenseman Justin Schultz who put the game away 1:36 into the extra period. Schultz hammered home a wrist shot from the slot to score his seventh goal of the season.
Jordan Eberle recorded the lone assist on the game winner.
OKC hosts Toronto at 10:30 a.m. CT for their annual Kids Day Game at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City. Call 405-232-GOAL for tickets.
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