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BARONS TAME WOLVES, 6-2
By Cassie Gage,
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma City Barons scored two first period goals and never trailed Friday evening to down the Chicago Wolves, 6-2, at the Cox Convention Center. Chicago (6-8-1-0) cut the lead to one in the second period, but Barons goalie Martin Gerber stood tall, tying a season high with 35 saves. Liam Reddox recorded his first two goal game of the season, scoring the first and third goals for Oklahoma City (10-6-1-0).
Oklahoma City went on the penalty kill at the 3:06 mark of the opening period and 18 seconds later Reddox broke away on a pass from Ryan O’Marra to put the Barons up 1-0. Strong team defense paid dividends late in the period as Colin McDonald connected on his backhand on a pass from Alexandre Giroux and Brad Moran at 14:57 to give Oklahoma City a 2-0 lead at the first intermission.
Reddox added his second goal of the game at the 5:53 mark of the second period, giving the Barons a 3-0 lead. Reddox was aided on the play by a pass from Linus Omark and O’Marra. Spencer Machacek’s rebound goal got the Wolves on the board at 8:00 to trim the advantage to 3-1. Machacek added his second of the game at 14:42 to cut the margin to 3-2 at the end of the second period.
After off-setting penalties resulted in a 4-for-4 for both teams at 12:53 in the third, Chris Vandevelde scored on a wraparound from Ben Ondrus at the 13:02 mark to give the Barons a two-goal advantage. Moran then sent a shot past Peter Mannino to put Oklahoma City up 5-2 at 15:11. Giroux and Jake Taylor were credited with the assists on the goal.
Shawn Belle put the game away at 18:23 with a power play goal, his second goal of the season, making the finally tally 6-2 in favor of the home team. O’Marra picked up his third assist of the night and Jeff Petry had his eighth assist of the year on the Belle goal.
The Barons are back in action next Friday, Nov. 19, against the Texas Stars. The game is scheduled to begin at 7:05 p.m. CT at the Cox Convention Center.
Liam Reddox’s shorthanded goal was his second of the year … The Barons have three shorthanded goals on the year … Reddox’s scored two goals in a game for the first time this season and moved his season total to nine … Ryan O’Marra’s assists on both Reddox goals and Shawn Belle’s goal brought his season total to a team-best 12 … Colin McDonald’s goal was his sixth of the year … Alexandre Giroux moved his assists total to 11 on the year … Brad Moran’s helper was his eighth of the year … Oklahoma City held its opponent scoreless in the first period for the first time since Oct. 27 (at Chicago) … Linus Omark’s ninth assist of the season extended his team-best point total to 19 … Belle scored his second goal of the season and 14th point …Belle leads all defensemen in the American Hockey League with 15 points on the year … Jeff Petry recorded his eighth assist this year on Belle’s goal … The Barons allowed a season-high 37 shots … The previous high was 35 allowed against Lake Erie (Oct. 19) and at Chicago (Oct. 27) … Martin Gerber tied a season high with 35 saves … He previously matched the total in a shutout win against Lake Erie on Oct. 19 … Oklahoma City put up a season-high 43 shots against Peter Mannino … His previous high was 40 at Milwaukee (Nov. 7) … Oklahoma has scored six goals in two of its last three games.
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