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CHICAGO HANDS OKC 2-1 LOSS

By Chris Wescott,

The Chicago Wolves beat the Oklahoma City Barons 2-1 today at the Cox Convention Center in OKC Sunday afternoon.

Oklahoma City opened the scoring, when Teemu Hartikainen put one past Chicago goaltender Edward Pasquale at the 13:05 mark of the first period. Hartikainen’s goal was assisted by Ben Ondrus and Milan Kytnar. It was the second goal of the season for the Kuopio, Finland native. The first period ended with Oklahoma City leading 1-0.

Just 1:23 into the second frame, Riley Holzapfel got Chicago on the board.  That was followed by the eventual game winner at 8:30 of the second period.  Martin Gerber made a save on a shot by Fredrik Pettersson. But the puck snuck through the goaltender’s pads and was poked in behind Gerber by Darren Haydar.

With the game close at 2-1, the Barons got into penalty trouble. Gerber made several big saves in the late third on a long Chicago power play when Gregory Stewart sat four minutes for cross-checking and interference.

Towards the end of Stewart’s penalty however, Jake Taylor went to the box for slashing, keeping the Barons’ special teams on the ice for an extra two minutes.

With time running down, Oklahoma City drove the puck down the ice with less than 20 seconds remaining in the game. Chicago iced the puck, bringing it right back down to the Wolves’ end.

With just 10.9 seconds left in the game the Barons won the draw, but the Wolves cleared it, ending any chance for a tying goal. Chicago moves to 1-1-0 on the season, and Oklahoma City drops to 0-2-0.

Gerber faced 30 shots, making 28 saves in his second start for the Barons.

The Barons host the Houston Aeros Friday October 15, at 7:05 p.m. at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City.

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