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BARONS DROP THIRD STRAIGHT
By Cassie Gage,
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma City Barons dropped a third straight game in regulation Saturday evening, falling to the San Antonio Rampage 4-2 at the Cox Convention Center. The Barons (16-11-1-3) took an early lead and battled back to tie the game but were unable to overcome costly penalties in the bid for a win against the Rampage (21-8-1-0).
Taylor Chorney put the Barons on the board first with a slapshot that hit the post and went in behind Rampage goalie Joe Fallon at the 8:58 mark of the opening period. The power play goal was Chorney’s first of the season and assisted by Milan Kytnar and Teemu Hartikainen. The Rampage answered with a power play goal from Petr Prucha at 15:46.
San Antonio took the lead at 13:14 in the second period when Garrett Stafford scored the third power play goal of the night to give the Rampage a 2-1 advantage. A milestone moment came late in the period for Alexandre Giroux with the Barons on the power play. Giroux’s shot toward the net was rejected by Fallon but Colin McDonald stuffed a second rebound attempt to tie the game at 19:45. The assist was Giroux’s 600th career American Hockey League point. Brad Moran picked up the second assist on the goal.
The Rampage went back ahead at 5:04 in the third when Andrew Ebbett tallied his third point of the night with his first goal to push San Antonio in front 3-2. Ryan Hollweg put the game away for the Rampage at 7:33 to post a final tally of 4-2 in favor of the road team.
The Barons hit the road for their next contest, Monday, December 20 at the Texas Stars beginning at 7:05 p.m. CT. Oklahoma City returns home to the Cox Convention Center on Wednesday, December 28 in a rematch with the Stars at 7:05 p.m. CT.
Taylor Chorney scored his first goal of the season in the first period … The Barons collected 884 stuffed animals in their first ever Teddy Bear Toss. The stuffed animals were donated to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol...Milan Kytnar got his sixth assist of the year on Chorney’s goal … Teemu Hartikainen was credited with his eighth assist of the year on Chorney's goal ... San Antonio allowed the opposition to score the first goal of the game for the 11th time in the last 12 games … Colin McDonaldscored his career-high 14th goal of the season … Alexandre Giroux got his 18th assist of the year on McDonald’s goal … The point was Giroux’s 600th of his AHL career … Giroux is the 44th AHL player to reach the milestone … Giroux was honored prior to the game by AHL Director of Hockey Operations Rod Pasma for being selected as captain for the AHL Western Conference team at the 2011 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Capital BlueCross … Brad Moran recorded his 15th assist of the year … Barons goalie Martin Gerber faced 38 shots on the evening, the second highest total by an opposing team this season … The highest was 39 versus Houston on Dec. 7 … Oklahoma City fell to 11-6 when scoring the game’s first goal … The Barons dropped three straight games in regulation for the first time this season.
OKC head coach Todd Nelson and forward Alexandre Giroux talk about the loss to San Antonio and Giroux reaching 600 career points.
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