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BARONS FALL TO AEROS IN SHOOTOUT, 4-3
By Cassie Gage,
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma City Barons surged late to take the lead against Houston Aers but was unable to maintain it as the Aeros (14-10-1-2) won 4-3 in a shootout Tuesday night at the Cox Convention Center. Oklahoma City (14-8-1-3) dropped its first game when leading after two periods this year.
The Aeros got the game’s first goal early in the first period. Matt Kassian put a tip-in behind Barons goalie Jeff Deslauriers to put Houston up 1-0. The Barons were out-shot in the period 12-10 and had several opportunities to put the puck in the net but Anton Khudobin held strong to keep them off the board.
The Barons went on the power play late in the second period and after Colin McDonald just missed the net, McDonald assisted on Brad Moran’s game-tying goal at 13:45. Oklahoma City took a 2-1 lead at the 19:02 mark on a point shot from Jeff Petry.
Each team got five shots on goal in the period, but it was the Barons who got two behind Khudobin to take the lead into the locker room at the second intermission.
Giroux scored in his second straight game at the 3:30 mark of the third period to put the home team up 3-1. Moran got his second assist of the night and third point, tying a season high. The Aeros pulled to within one at the 4:10 mark of the period with a goal from Robbie Earl.
Houston tied the game in the third at 14:07 on a power play goal by Earl. After Deslauriers received a double minor for roughing late in the third at 15:13, the Barons played fantastic defense to keep the visitors off the board and force overtime.
Both teams had opportunities to score in the extra frame. The Barons benefitted from a power play midway through the period but neither team was able to score as Oklahoma City went to its fifth shootout of the season.
Khudobin turned away Teemu Hartikainen and Linus Omark before Earl found the back of the net for the Aeros. Giroux and Shawn Belle were also turned away before Moran missed to give Houston a 4-3 win.
Oklahoma City returns to action Friday, Dec. 10 against Manitoba at 7:05 p.m. CT at the Cox Convention Center. The Barons and Moose meet for a third time in the last eight days. Manitoba won 3-2 in a shootout on Dec. 3, while Oklahoma City won 4-0 on Dec. 4.
Brad Moran scored his ninth goal of the season … It was Moran’s first goal since Nov. 27 at Lake Erie … Moran also had two assists … Moran’s 13th and 14th assists of the year moved his point total to 15 … It was Moran’s second three-point game of the season … He previously had a hat trick against Lake Erie on Oct. 16 … Colin McDonald picked up his third assist … Alexandre Giroux was credited with an assist on both Moran and Petry’s goals to move his total to 17 on the year … Giroux scored his eighth goal of the season … Petry scored his fifth goal of the season … Petry had an assist for the second straight game … It was his fifth two-point game of the season … Oklahoma City moved to 9-0-0-1 when leading after two periods … It was Oklahoma City’s first come-from-ahead loss after leading by two or more goals this year … The game’s three stars were (1) Earl, (2) Giroux and (3) Moran.
Barons' Forward Colin McDonald Reacts Following a 4-3 Loss to Houston.
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