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BARONS HOLD OFF GRAND RAPIDS IN SHOOTOUT

By Jim Byers,

The Barons won the first shootout in team history on Brad Moran's go-ahead goal in the fifth and final round in Friday's 5-4 win over Grand Rapids at Van Andel Arena.

Oklahoma City has won three in a row and is 3-1-0-0 through the first four games of a five-game trip, which ends on Saturday at Peoria with a 7:05 contest on KXY 96.1 FM.

The Barons (6-4-1-0) are two games over .500 for the first time. They opened 2-0, 3-2 and 4-3 leads on Friday, only to have the Griffins tie the score each time. Overtime was forced when Brendan Smith's centering past with 1:07 left in regulation deflected sharply into the net past Martin Gerber, who ran his record to 5-4-0. Oklahoma City was out-shot for the game 29-26, but had 5 shots in the five-minute overtime and started the extra session with 1:07 of power play time carrying over from the third period.

After the scoreless overtime, Alexandre Giroux and Teemu Hartikainen scored in the first and third shootout rounds for the Barons, while Ilari Filppula and Smith connected for Grand Rapids. Moran beat Thomas McCollum low glove side in round five. The final shooter, Francis Pare, tried to deke and shoot but fanned on the shot.

The Barons received goals from Brad Moran and Liam Reddox in the first period, Hartikainen in the second and Milan Kitnar (his first professional goal) in the third. Per AHL rules, Moran is not credited with a goal for making the difference in the shootout. That's recorded as a "bench" goal.

Grand Rapids falls to 4-2-0-2 and is 0-1-0-2 at home.

Friday's box score


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