By Blake Colston, on 01/20/2012

Two first period goals by defenseman Dylan Yeo helped the Oklahoma City Barons defeat the Rochester Americans 4-2, and bolster their Western Division lead over Houston and Abbotsford.

Yeo initiated the scoring at 6:19 of the first period, collecting the puck off a rebound of a Teemu Hartikainen shot and slipped one around the left leg of Amerks goaltender Drew MacIntyre.

Less than two minutes later Yeo put home him his fourth goal of the season and second of the night. He shot this one to the short side of MacIntyre who was screened by Chris VandeVelde, to give the Barons a 2-0 advantage.

Neither team found the back of the net in a physical second period that featured five penalties, including ten-minute misconducts for the Americans Zack Kassian and the Barons Cameron Abney.

Rochester cut Oklahoma City’s lead in half only 1:02 into the third period on a goal by Jacob Legace. The goal was assisted by Paul Szczechura.

Curtis Hamilton provided the Barons with some momentary breathing room at 12:40 of the third. Hamilton gathered in a nice feed from Ryan Keller and beat Drew MacIntyre to put Oklahoma City back up by two goals.

The two-goal advantage was short-lived however, as the Americans cut the Barons lead back to one at 17:39. A quick Rochester flurry while the Amerks goaltender was pulled for an extra attacker produced three quick shots, two of which were turned away by goaltender Yann Danis; the third however, snuck through Danis and made the score 3-2.

Oklahoma City put the game away for good with under two minutes remaining. The Barons capitlaized off a Rochester turnover as Hunter Tremblay skated in and fired a quick wrister past MacIntyre to close the scoring.

Yann Danis stopped 19 of 21 shots in the win while Rochester netminder Drew MacIntyre denied 19 of 23.

Oklahoma City concludes their three-game road trip tomorrow evening in Cleveland against the Lake Erie Monsters. Faceoff is set for 6:30.

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