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POWER PLAY LEADS BARONS PAST ADMIRALS, 4-1
By Cassie Gage,
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma City Barons closed out an eight-game homestand Tuesday evening with a 4-1 win over the Milwaukee Admirals at the Cox Convention Center. Jeff Deslauriers was brilliant in goal for the Barons (12-6-1-1); making 24 saves en route to being named the game’s first star. The Barons scored three power play goals to move past the Admirals (9-6-1-3) for a second consecutive game. Oklahoma City moves into second place in the AHL Western Conference West Division standings with the win.
Linus Omark scored the game’s first goal at the 10:03 mark of the opening period. With the Barons on the power play, Omark buried his own rebound behind Admirals goaltender Mark Dekanich to give Oklahoma City an early 1-0 advantage.
The Barons added a second power play goal in the second period. Colin McDonald redirected a Taylor Chorney shot to increase the home team’s lead to 2-0 at 11:49.
Liam Reddox increased the margin to 3-0 just 54 seconds into the third period on a Reddox signature breakaway shot setup by a takeaway. Omark added his second goal of the game last in the third at 14:46 on a chip shot redirected behind Dekanich to put Oklahoma City up 4-0.
Chris Mueller broke up Deslauriers shutout with a goal at 15:36 to trim the lead to 4-1, a margin that proved to be the final score.
Oklahoma City hits the road for its next five contests, beginning Friday at Lake Erie. Game time from the Quicken Loans Arena is set for 6:30 p.m. CT and can be heard locally on KTOK AM 1000.
Linus Omark scored two goals, moving his team-best season total to 12 … Omark now has a team-high 23 points on the year … He now has four power play goals on the year … Omark extended his point streak to six games, also a team-best … It was Omark’s first game with multiple goals since scoring five against Toronto on Nov. 7 … Brad Moran picked up his ninth and 10th assists of the season on both Omark goals … It was Moran’s first points since having an assist and scoring a goal against Chicago on Nov. 12 … Taylor Chorney had his first two point game of the season with both points coming on assists … Chorney’s single season total is now seven … Chorney has an assist in each of the last two games against Milwaukee … Colin McDonald scored his eighth goal of the season and second in the last two games against the Admirals … Alex Plante was credited with an assist on McDonald’s goal for his third of the year … It was his first point since scoring a goal against Houston on Nov. 6 … Liam Reddox scored his 10th goal of the year and moves into a tie with Alexandre Giroux for second on the team in points (18) … Omark and Reddox are the only two Barons with double-digit goals on the season … Jeff Petry aided with an assist for the second straight game … Petry has nine helpers on the year … Oklahoma City has scored at least once on the power play goal in each of its last six contests … Tonight’s contest marked the end of a season-best eight game homestand … The Barons held the Admirals to a 0-for-3 performance on the power play … Oklahoma City’s penalty kill continues to rank as the best in the American Hockey League at 9-for-101.
Head coach Todd Nelson and Barons' forward Alexandre Giroux talk about the win over Milwaukee, scoring in front of the net and the improving power play.
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