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BARONS RUN PAST ADMIRALS, 5-2
By Cassie Gage,
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma City Barons scored three first period goals and never trailed Sunday afternoon in a 5-2 win over the Milwaukee Admirals. The Barons (11-6-1-1) got two goals from Ben Ondrus and a spectacular goaltending performance from Jeff Deslauriers in the first of two back-to-back games against the Admirals (9-5-1-3).
Oklahoma City scored the game’s first goal on a power play at the 5:50 mark of the opening period. Alexandre Giroux’s one-timer was deflected into the goal by Colin McDonald to give the home team a 1-0 advantage. The Barons added a second goal shortly after the first at 7:12 when Ondrus redirected a Matt Marquardt shot behind Admirals goalie Jeremy Smith.
Ondrus added his second goal of the game late in the first period at 17:05. Ondrus once again redirected a pass, this time from Alex Plante to put the Barons up 3-0. The Admirals answered less than a minute later at 18:16 when Linus Klasen put the puck past Deslauriers as Oklahoma City took a 3-1 lead into the locker room at the first intermission.
Despite each team putting nine shots on goal in the second period, neither team was able to find the back of the net as the 3-1 Barons lead held at the second intermission.
The Barons extended their lead to 4-1 at the 4:45 mark of the third period when Jeff Petry’s shot dribbled past Smith for a shorthanded tally. Oklahoma City added its fifth goal of the afternoon on a Teemu Hartikainen power play goal at 8:19.
Milwaukee added a second goal by Aaron Johnson with less than a minute remaining in regulation as the Barons won 5-2. Deslauriers made 28 saves, his second highest total of the year, just trailing his 34-save performance from Friday.
Oklahoma City closes out its eight-game homestand with a rematch against the Admirals on Tuesday evening at 7:05 p.m. CT at the Cox Convention Center.
Jeff Deslauriers made his second straight start, fourth of the season … Colin McDonald scored his seventh goal of the season and second on the power play … Ben Ondrus scored his second and third goals of the year … All three of Ondrus’ goals have come in the month of November … Chris Vandevelde recorded his second assist of the year … Alex Plante had his third assist of the season on Ondrus’ second goal … Jeff Petry’s shorthanded goal was his third of the season, first shorthanded … The Barons now have four shorthanded goals on the year … Teemu Hartikainen scored his seventh goal of the year … Hartikainen has scored one goal in each of the last two games … Linus Omark added his 11th assist of the year, third best on the team … Matt Marquardt had two assists for a season-high two points … Liam Reddox had his first assist since Nov. 9 vs. San Antonio … Milwaukee went 0-for-5 on the power play, moving Oklahoma City’s penalty kill to 9-for-98 on the year … The Barons continue to have the American Hockey League’s top penalty kill at 91.8 percent … Oklahoma City has scored at least five goals in each of its last four wins.
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