The Barons league-leading power play continued to impress with goals by Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall but it was the Houston Aeros who came out on top with a pair of third-period goals en route to a 4-2 win over Oklahoma City on Tuesday night.
Yann Danis got the start in goal for the Barons and Matt Hackett for Houston.
The Barons got off to a quick start, outshooting Houston 8-1 through the game's opening three minutes but could not make a dent on the scoreboard.
Jason Zucker nearly opened the scoring with a wraparound attempt about seven minutes in. Zucker's attempt slipped under Danis but hit the post behind the OKC netminder and somehow stayed out of the net.
Zucker then took a hooking penalty at 8:02 to receive the game's first power play.
14 seconds into the penalty, the Barons scored to take a 1-0 lead. Eberle threaded a pass right across the slot onto the stick of Hall and he made no mistake, firing it into the open cage on the one-timer.
After 20 minutes, shots on goal were 13 to 11 in favour of Oklahoma City.
Less than a minute into the second period, Teemu Hartikainen took a hooking penalty to give Houston its first power play of the game.
With the man advantage, Houston connected to tie the game. Zucker picked up the puck on the right side boards and walked out in front before firing a wrist shot top corner behind Danis to make it 1-1.
Several minutes later, the Aeros struck to take their first lead of the game. Nick Petersen threaded a pass through the slot from the side of the net right onto the stick of Charlie Coyle. Coyle made no mistake, firing the puck along the ice just inside the left post.
The Barons got that goal back, however. Couture took a boarding penalty and less than a minute later, Eberle struck for his 24th goal of the season to pull OKC back on even terms.
Shots on goal after two periods were 24 to 19 for Oklahoma City.
Jason Zucker scored early in the third period to give Houston a 3-2 lead. From the high slot, Zucker fired the puck top corner through a screen past Danis for the goal.
Houston continued to press for the insurance marker as the period neared the midway point. During a mad scramble in front of the net, Martin Marincin held up an Aeros skater to give the home side a power play.
In the final minute, Johan Larsson added an empty-net goal to give the Aeros a 4-2 lead and clinch the victory.
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