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BARONS DROP AEROS 5-4 IN SHOOTOUT
By Jim Byers,
The Oklahoma City Barons surrendered a three-goal lead, but were still able to defeat the Houston Aeros 5-4 in a shootout at the Toyota Center in Houston. Josh Green and Kirill Tulupov each scored multiple points for the Barons.
Josh Green scored 1:08 into the contest, the quickest Barons goal this from the start of a period this season, on a close-in backhand past Matt Hackett, who played the first period before being lifted for Dennis Endras.
Hunter Tremblay out-raced the Houston defense while short-handed and slipped one past Hackett on a breakaway at 12:03 to give the Barons a 2-0 edge. Philippe Cornet concluded the first-period tallies with a tip of a Kirill Tulupov shot at 18:40. Tulupov had his first two AHL points on assists in the first period.
Houston cut into the deficit with goals by Carson McMillian at 2:46 and Justin Fontaine at 9:39 of the second. A two-man advantage goal by Teemu Hartikainen from the slot at 11:54 gave the Barons a 4-2 lead, but Jarrod Palmer trimmed the margin to 4-3 after two on a goal from the edge of the crease at 16:35.
Houston wasted no time in tying the game early in the third period. Casey Wellman potted his seventh goal of the season just 2:09 into the period with a power-play goal. The teams played without another power-play chance in the third and went into overtime tied at four.
After a scoreless overtime period, the teams engaged in a shootout lasting four shooters. Yann Danis stopped all four shooters he faced while Philippe Cornet and Mark Arcobello scored. It was the Barons second shootout of the season.
Danis stopped 23 of the 27 shots he faced in regulation and overtime and all four in the shootout to post his fourth win of the season.
The Barons had a short-handed goal, were 1-for-5 on the man advantage and killed off six of seven short-handed opportunities.
After a relatively short bus ride to San Antonio, the Barons return to action tomorrow afternoon against the Rampage at 3:30 p.m. The game can be heard on 96.1 KXY
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