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MORAN AND OMARK LIFT BARONS OVER MONSTERS 4-3
By Chris Wescott,The Oklahoma City Barons would not be denied the first win in franchise history tonight, scoring four un-answered goals in a 4-3 comeback win against the visiting Lake Erie Monsters. Brad Moran netted the first hat-trick in Barons’ history and Linus Omark scored the game winner with just 1:28 remaining in the third en-route to the come-from-behind win.
The Lake Erie Monsters opened the scoring 14:39 into the game. Greg Maudlin scored a short-handed goal, assisted by David Liffiton. The visitors continued to prey on the Barons’ special teams struggles scoring a second short-handed goal on the same Barons’ power play at 15:45. David Van der Gulik scored that goal, assisted by Matthew Ford.
The Monsters took a three goal lead at 2:44 in the second period, when David Liffiton put the puck past OKC’s goaltender, Martin Gerber from the blue line.
It wasn’t until 11:25 in the second that Oklahoma City erased the zero on the scoreboard. Brad Moran poked the puck in net off assists by Alexandre Giroux and Colin McDonald. It was his first goal of the season, but not his last of the night.
Moran scored again just over four minutes later. Moran’s second goal of the night pulled the Barons to within one at the 15:37 mark of the second frame. Moran’s second goal was assisted by Colin McDonald. The second period ended in a 3-2 nail biter.
Moran recorded the first hat-trick in Barons’ franchise history at 15:36 in the third with a blistering slapshot over the shoulder of Monsters goaltender John Grahame. The goal tied the game at three.
With the clock winding down and the Barons hungry for their first win, Liam Reddox made a perfect pass to Linus Omark at the right wing. Omark shot the puck across the body of Grahame, sailing under his right arm. That goal, scored at 18:37 in the final period, proved to be the game-winner. The Barons survived a late power-play opportunity by the Monsters to earn the 4-3 win.
The Barons move to 1-2-1-0 on the season, while the Lake Erie Monsters fall to 2-1-0-0. Oklahoma City now travels to Houston to play their first road game of the season tomorrow afternoon at 4:05 p.m.
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Barons' head coach Todd Nelson and team captain Ben Ondrus react to the Barons' 4-3 win tonight.
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