The Oklahoma City Barons peppered 47 shots in a convincing 7-2 win over the Charlotte Checkers on Sunday afternoon. The win was Oklahoma City's fifth straight as the team now draws to within two points of the AHL-leading Checkers in the standings.
Yann Danis got the start in goal for Oklahoma City once again as the Barons go with the same lineup as Saturday. Dan Ellis started in net for Charlotte.
Oklahoma City got on the board early as Anton Lander picked up a loose puck four minutes into the game from the top of the crease and wristed it past Ellis for the goal. Magnus Paajarvi got the lone assist.
Charlotte took the game's first penalty, putting the Barons on the power play. Tim Wallace took a slashing minor for the Checkers. The Barons weren't able to generate much with the man advantage, however.
Tim Wallace scored for Charlotte just past the midway point of the period, redirecting a shot from in front of the net past Danis to make it 1-1.
With seven minutes to play in the period, Alex Plante took an interference penalty to give Charlotte their first power play but it was Oklahoma City that scored.
Chris VandeVelde took the puck into the zone and moved it to Justin Schultz. Schultz's initial shot was kicked out by Ellis but VandeVelde was right there for the rebound to score shorthanded and make it 2-1 OKC.
The Barons extended their lead to 3-1 when Schultz fired a pass across the slot right on the stick of Eberle. Eberle made no mistake, roofing it for the goal.
Shots on goal after one were 18 to 9 for the Barons.
Taylor Fedun took a holding penalty early in the period to give Charlotte their second power play of the game. A holding penalty to Jordan Henry about a minute later gave the Checkers an extended five-on-three.
Charlotte was able to convert on the two-man advantage. Zac Dalpe threaded a pass right across the crease onto the stick of Zach Boychuk who made no mistake, putting the puck in before Danis could make his way across.
Near the midway point of the period, the Barons struck twice in 22 seconds to make it a 5-2 game. Martin Marincin's shot from the right point was deflected in front by Dane Byers past Dan Ellis. Moments later, Eberle threaded a beauty pass across the slot onto the stick of Justin Schultz who made no mistake, roofing it for the goal.
Oklahoma City extended its lead to 6-2 when Eberle drove down the left wing side before driving to the net and muscling the puck past Ellis. The goal also chased Ellis from the net as he was replaced by Justin Peters.
At the end of two, shots were 31 to 16 for OKC.
Oklahoma City carried the play for the first half of the final frame, outshooting Charlotte 8 to 3 during that span for a total of 39 shots in the game through the game's first 49 minutes.
Teemu Hartikainen made it a 7-2 game with just over five minutes to play in the third period. His shot from the left post beat Peters to extend the Barons lead to five. Anton Lander, with his second point of the game and season, and Magnus Paajarvi with the assists.
In the end, the Barons had 47 shots on goal to Charlotte's 25 en route to a 7-2 victory.
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