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HEAT USE 4-GOAL THIRD PERIOD TO DOWN BARONS 5-3
By Josh Evans, OKC BaronsThe Oklahoma City Barons appeared to be in control of their meeting with the Abbotsford Heat Friday night at the Cox Convention Center. However Abbotsford had separate plans, scoring four third period goals en route to a 5-3 win.
Abbotsford jumped on the board a 9:45 of the first with Stefan Meyer’s first of two on the evening. The Barons would respond with just under two minutes left in the first when newcomer Colten Teubert blasted home a shot from the right point. Brad Moran cleanly won a draw back to Teubert who wasted no time in sending the puck home. Teubert was acquired Monday in an Edmonton trade with Los Angeles.
The second period saw Colin McDonald score his 25th goal of the season at 8:26 on the power play. That put the Barons in a comfortable position with a 2-1 lead. That would be their only lead of the night.
Period three would be the Barons undoing as they allowed four goals in the frame, three of them coming in the first four minutes of the stanza. Eighteen seconds into the third, Ryan McMurchy scored his first of two on the evening besting Barons starter Jeff Deslauriers to tie the game at two. Just over two minutes later the Heat would take the lead with a Quintin Laing power-play goal. The goal barrage for the Heat continued when MacMurchy potted his second of the period at 3:56.
Shortly after Meyer’s goal, Deslauriers was taken out of the game in favor of Martin Gerber who had just returned from Edmonton. Deslauriers stopped 19 of the 23 shots he faced on the night in the loss. Gerber would stop three of the four shots he faced.
Meyer notched his second of the night at 9:05 to end the scoring for the Heat.
Defenseman Kevin Montgomery, acquired in a trade with Colorado earlier in the week, gave the Barons a glimmer of hope when he snapped home a cross-crease pass from Teemu Hartikainen to bring the Barons to within two.
The Barons pulled Gerber in favor of an extra attacker with just over two minutes to play, but didn’t seriously threaten Heat netminder Leland Irving who stopped 35 of the 38 shots he saw on the night.
Oklahoma City falls to 32-22-2-5, but 14-14-2-4 at home.
These two teams tangle again tomorrow at 7:05 p.m. at the Cox Convention Center. The game can be heard on the Barons flagship station, 96.1 KXY.
Prior to the game, defenseman Bryan Helmer was honored by AHL President Dave Andrews for his accomplishments: becoming the AHL's top scoring defenseman of all time and becoming the seventh player in AHL history to play 1,000 AHL games.
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