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BARONS SKATE PAST HOGS FOR 7-0 WIN

By LeighAnn Sims,

The list of scorers seemed never-ending as the Oklahoma City Barons(37-28-2-9) blanked the Rockford Icehogs(33-33-4-5) 7-0 tonight in their first game back in the Cox Convention Center.


The first period was only the start of what would be a great scoring night for the Barons. Alexandre Giroux put the Barons on the board with an unassisted goal at 12:05. As the Icehogs remained scoreless, Colin McDonald tallied up two more for the Barons before the end of the period.

Down 3-0, the Icehogs replaced their starting goaltender at the start of the second. Unfortunately for them, the change in the net didn’t make much of a difference. The Barons’ offense, accompanied by Jeff Deslauriers’ presence in between the posts allowed for three more points on the Oklahoma City side of the board before the end of the period.

The first of the three was a monumental goal made on an assist by Milan Kytnar to Tanner House. The goal would mark his first in the American Hockey League.  Just one minute later, House returned the favor, and Kytnar scored to increase the lead, 5-0. Alex Plante would score the final goal of the second, leaving the Barons over the Icehogs 6-0.

Less than two minutes into the final period, Ben Ondrus decided he didn’t want to be left out of the growing list of scorers. Assisted by Philippe Cornet, Ondrus put the Barons up 7-0, the biggest goal total since the January 13 game, against Peoria.

The Icehogs were unable to respond before the final horn sounded, ensuring a 7-0 win for the Barons. Deslauriers earned his first shut out of the year, stopping all 33 of the Icehogs’ shots.

The Barons play again tomorrow in the Cox Convention Center at 7:05 p.m.(CT).Tomorrow night is also fan appreciation night. 

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