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HOUSTON DROPS OKC 6-1 IN OPENER

By Chris Wescott,

The Houston Aeros spoiled Oklahoma City’s inaugural season opener, beating the Barons 6-1 at the Cox Convention Center in OKC. The Barons trailed early and could never catch up to Houston, despite out-shooting the visitors, 31-26.

The Aeros scored the first goal of the game at the 11:09 mark of the opening period. Colton Gilles was assisted on the play by Jared Surgeon.  Houston went on to score two more un-answered goals before Oklahoma City would get on the board.

The crowd of over 9,800 fans went wild when Teemu Hartikainen scored the first goal in Barons’ franchise history at the 10:53 mark of the second period. Hartikainen took a long distance pass from Brad Moran and broke in on Aeros goaltender, Matt Hackett, putting the puck in the net and pulling the Barons within two.

Houston then went back on the offensive attack, scoring three more times and shutting down any hope of a Barons comeback.

The crowd did have something to cheer about in the third period, when OKC defenseman, Shawn Belle, engaged Jarod Palmer in the first fight in Barons’ history

Just moments later, Ben Ondrus would enter the penalty box for a fight of his own when he went toe-to-toe with Joel Broda of the Aeros.

Barons’ starting goaltender, Martin Gerber, faced all 26 of the Aero’s shots, making 20 saves.

Oklahoma City (0-1-0) looks to rebound from the loss quickly, as they host the Chicago Wolves tomorrow afternoon at 3:05 p.m. at the Cox Convention Center in OKC.

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