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BARONS DROP 2-1 OVERTIME DECISION TO ROCKFORD
By Josh Evans, OKC Barons
The Oklahoma City Barons (23-10-2-3) dropped their third straight decision, this time a 2-1 overtime loss to the Rockford IceHogs (14-20-1-3) last night at the Cox Convention Center.
Oklahoma City was efficient in the first period, scoring on one of their two shots. Mark Arcobello collected a Hunter Tremblay pass near the left-wing circle and snapped one past IceHogs netminder Carter Hutton.
After a scoreless second period, the teams continued to battle into the third with the Barons clinging to the 1-0 lead. Early in the last period, the Barons killed off an extended period with a two-man disadvantage. The penalty kill provided the Barons with a spark that would carry them into the back half of the period.
Following an unsuccessful Barons power play late in the third, the IceHogs would tie the game at one. Brandon Segal assisted on Philippe Paradis’ second goal of the season. Paradis was able to move to the middle of the ice and slide the puck under Barons netminder Yann Danis.
The teams would trade chances late in the third, but went to overtime tied at one.
Rockford would score the game-winner 2:50 into the extra frame when Ben Smith deflected a Brian Fahey point shot past Danis.
Danis would stop 21 of the 23 shots he faced. His record falls to 15-6-2.
The Barons are looking for their scoring touch as they head into their two-game set with division rival Abbotsford. Oklahoma City has been held scoreless in eight of their last 10 periods of play. Their last multi-goal period was a two-goal first period in their 3-2 win on January 4 over the Lake Erie Monsters.
By way of their 2-1 win over Peoria, the Houston Aeros are now tied with the Barons atop the Western Division with 51 standings points. Abbotsford is just two points back with 49. Three of the top four clubs in the AHL reside in the Western Division.
Oklahoma City hosts division rival Abbotsford in a two-game set beginning tomorrow night at the Cox Convention Center. Faceoff is 7 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. on Sunday.
NOTE: The Barons wore their dark blue sweaters traditionally used for road games in their game last night against Rockford. The IceHogs brought their white sweaters with them for their two-game trip to Oklahoma City and San Antonio at the request of the Rampage who are wearing a dark specialty jersey tomorrow night.
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