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BARONS SHUTOUT AEROS 4-0 IN PRESEASON ACTION
By Ben Coldagelli,
The Oklahoma City Barons dominated their only preseason game of the 2011-12 season with a 4-0 victory over the defending Western Conference champion Houston Aeros Friday night at the Cox Convention Center.
Houston entered the preseason matchup coming off of a strong 2010-11 campaign, claiming the Western Conference title before falling to Binghamton in the Calder Cup Finals. The Aeros dominated the Barons last season, defeating Oklahoma City in nine of the 10 contests between the two teams, including the last seven straight.
Despite the series history, Friday night’s matchup was all Barons.
Oklahoma City struck first with a goal by rookie forward Ryan Martindale off a Bryan Helmer assist with 5:08 remaining in the first period. The Barons scored again four minutes later on a Dan Ringwald goal with less than one minute left in the period. The rookie defenseman swept the puck past a crowded net area with assists credited to Curtis Hamilton and Chris VandeVelde, giving the Barons a 2-0 lead going into the first intermission.
Center Tyler Pitlick extended the Oklahoma City lead to three with a goal 8:59 into the second period. Hunter Tremblay and Mark Arcobello were awarded the assists.
Pitlick struck again with a power play goal late in the third period, supplying the Barons their fourth and final goal of the night. Arcobello and Ringwald each picked up their second point of the night with assists on the goal. The Barons were 1-6 on the power play while killing all four of Houston’s power play opportunities.
Oklahoma City’s starting goaltender David LeNeveu saved all 11 shots on net he saw in his 30:52 of action. Olivier Roy replaced LeNeveu halfway through the second period and remained in net for the remainder of the game. Roy stopped all 10 of the shots he faced to complete the shutout.
Aeros goaltender Dennis Endras surrendered three goals on 18 shots in his 30:52 of action. Houston backup Darcy Kuemper, who also entered the game halfway through the second, saved 12 of the 13 shots he saw. The Barons outshot the Aeros 30-22 in the preseason win.
Oklahoma City starts its 2011-12 regular season campaign against the Texas Stars in Austin, Texas, on October 9 at 5 p.m.
The Barons home opener is October 15 at the Cox Convention Center against Texas at 7 p.m.
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