DAVIDSON FUELS COMEBACK AS BARONS DOWN RAMPAGE, 6-5
By Cassie Gage,
The Oklahoma City Barons scored two goals 26 seconds apart and rallied to defeat the San Antonio Rampage, 6-5, Sunday afternoon at the Cox Convention Center. Oklahoma City (26-24-1-6) led 3-0 before San Antonio (24-24-3-5) scored five straight to lead 5-3 early in the third. The win earned Barons head coach Todd Nelson No. 300 of his professional career (300-167-54).
Brandon Davidson earned the game’s first star acknowledgement en route to a two-goal, plus-three performance. Davidson scored his first goal of the season at 11:28 to tie the game at 5-all and added the gamewinner with 35.2 seconds remaining in regulation.
The Barons took a 3-0 lead in the first period as Roman Horak opened the scoring 1:35 into the game while the Barons were on the power play. Mark Arcobello extended his point streak to nine games with an assist on the Horak goal. In nine games back from Edmonton, Arcobello has 19 points and is one game shy of the franchise point streak (10).
Arcobello got on the scoreboard at 6:06 and Will Acton added his eighth of the season at 10:40 to put Oklahoma City up 3-0. The Rampage got one of the goals back as Garrett Wilson scored at 11:04. The Barons led 3-1 after one despite the Rampage leading shots, 19-9.
The Rampage mounted a response in the second period with a pair of goals from Colby Robak at 7:08 and Ryan Martindale on the power play at 19:45 to tie the game after 40 minutes of play. San Antonio led in shots 29-21 at the end of two.
San Antonio quickly took the lead in third as the Rampage got goals from Vincent Trocheck at 2:24 and Quinton Howden at 3:36 to take a 5-3 lead.
Oklahoma City pulled to within one at 5-4 on Travis Ewanyk’s fifth goal of the season at 11:02 and 26 seconds later, Davidson sniped his first of the season to pull the Barons back equal. Davidson added his second of the game, almost from the same spot as his first, at 19:24 to seal the comeback victory, 6-5.
Oklahoma City hits the road for a Wednesday evening contest against the Utica Comets. Faceoff is at 6 p.m. CT at Memorial Auditorium and can be heard locally on 96.1 KXY. The Barons stay on the road to face the Hamilton Bulldogs Friday at 6:30 p.m. CT and the Rochester Americans Sunday at 4:05 p.m. CT.
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