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CHECKERS SNAP BARONS SIX-GAME WIN STREAK
By Tracie Gibson,
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma City Barons (10-3-0-1) were defeated by the Charlotte Checkers (9-5-1-0) 3-2 Saturday night at the Cox Convention Center. Left wing Justin Soryal scored the game-winning goal. The loss for the Barons snaps their franchise record six-game winning streak.
The Checkers jumped out to an early 1-0 lead when center Jon Matsumoto shot the puck past goalie Yann Danis. Left wing Drayson Bowman supplied the lone assist on the play at 4:16. The goal snapped Danis’ consecutive shutout streak at 90 minutes and four seconds.
Center Brett Sutter extended Charlotte’s lead at 7:13 when he slipped the puck in after it initially deflected off the post. Defenseman Justin Krueger and right wing Jared Staal both setup the second goal of the night to end the first period 2-0 Charlotte.
At 6:33 in the second period, left wing Justin Soryal pushed the Checkers’ lead to 3-0 after he deflected a Bobby Sanguinetti point shot. Center Brett Sutter also added an assist.
With only 31.8 seconds remaining the second period, Oklahoma City left wing Linus Omark notched the Barons’ first goal of the night to give the team a needed lift into the third period. Centers Ryan O’Marra and Gilbert Brule both helped for a 3-1 score after 40 minutes of play.
Barons’ center Tyler Pitlick’s goal to cut the lead to 3-2 off his own rebound shot from Checkers goalie Justin Peters at 6:02. He started the play by blocking a shot in his own zone after carrying the puck through center to use his speed to turn the corner on the defenseman.
Despite a late power-play opportunity, Oklahoma City was unable to convert on the man advantage to draw even. With under a minute to play, Danis was pulled to provide an extra attacker but was never really threatened.
Oklahoma City goalie Yann Danis (7-3-0) stopped 30 shots in the loss. Charlotte goalie Justin Peters (3-2-0) stopped 29 of 31 shots faced for his first win against the Barons this season.
The Barons travel to Milwaukee Sunday night as Oklahoma City faces the Admirals at 5 p.m. at the Bradley Center. For more information about seats, call 232-GOAL (4625) or by visiting www.okcbarons.com.
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