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BARONS HALTED BY MARLIES 2-0
By Blake Colston, on 01/06/2012
Despite finishing with a 24-16 shots on goal advantage the Oklahoma City Barons (23-9-1-3) dropped a defensive-minded contest to the Toronto Marlies 2-0 (19-12-3-2) Friday evening at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto.
Defense was the order of the night through the first two periods of play. The two division-leading clubs combined for only 22 shots on goal through 40 minutes and just three penalties were whistled.
Just over three minutes into the third period Matt Caruana collected a rebound in front of Barons netminder Yann Danis and shoveled off to Mike Zigomanis who slapped a backhand past Danis to give the Marlies a lead they would not relinquish.
A hooking penalty against Toronto’s Nicolas Deschamps at 17:22 of the third provided Oklahoma City with one final chance to even the contest but they could not cash in on the man advantage.
Instead, the power play expired and with 1.5 seconds remaining Mike Zigomanis added his second goal of the night, this one an empty netter, to seal the victory for Toronto.
Jussi Rynnas stopped all 24 shots he faced to collect his second consecutive shutout. Yann Danis denied 14 of 15 in the loss.
Ryan Keller did not play after suffering an injury Wednesday night against Lake Erie.
The Barons conclude their four-game road trip with a Sunday afternoon game at Hamilton. Faceoff is set for 2 P.M. CST.
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