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BARONS COME UP SHORT IN DEFENSIVE BATTLE
By Ben Coldagelli,
The Oklahoma City Barons fell to the Charlotte Checkers 2-1 Friday after a last-minute goal by Matthew Pistilli at the Cox Convention Center. The Barons (4-2-0-1) suffered their first regulation loss at home this season. The matchup also marked the first meeting in franchise history between Barons and Charlotte (5-2-1-0).
Charlotte’s Jerome Samson gave the Checkers the early lead by sinking the puck to the top shelf 13:57 into the game. Chris Durno and Brett Bellemore were credited with the assists.
The Barons responded in the second period with a slap-shot goal by Mark Arcobello from 50 feet out. Ryan Lowrey and Hunter Tremblay were awarded the assists after setting up the Arcobello’s first goal of the season 4:08 into the period.
Tied at one goal apiece with just over two minutes to play, the Barons Colten Teubert was whistled for a roughing penalty, giving Charlotte a late-game power play.
The Checkers took full advantage of the power play, with Matthew Pistilli scoring the game-winning goal with 44 seconds left on the clock.
Prior to the Checkers late-game heroics, the Barons penalty kill had been strong, killing 27 of the 29 (93.1 percent) power plays they faced in their previous five games.
Despite the loss, Oklahoma City goalie Yann Danis continued to be dominant at home for the Barons, stopping 34 of Charlotte’s 36 shots. The Quebec native has saved 115 of 119 shots during his four games at the Cox Convention Center, good for a .966 save percentage.
Charlotte netminder Mike Murphy saved 22 of 23 shots.
Oklahoma City travels south to Texas for two more games this weekend, facing off against Houston on Saturday night at 7:35 p.m. The Barons then take on San Antonio on Sunday afternoon at 3:30 CT. Oklahoma City is 1-0 against both clubs this season.
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