The shootout when 12 shooters deep with Justin Schultz scoring the winner for OKC.
Olivier Roy got the start in goal for Oklahoma City and Jeremy Smith for Milwaukee.
Alex Plante took the game's first penalty, putting Milwaukee on the power play and the Ads capitalized.
Victor Bartley pinched in from the point and took a pass in the slot from Chris Mueller, who was perched at the right side of the net. Bartley one-timed the feed in past Roy to make it 1-0 for the host Admirals.
The goal came as the Ads were mired in a 1-for-24 slump on the power play. It was also the first time in eight games that OKC allowed a first period goal.
Mark Van Guilder took a hooking penalty with less than three minutes to play in the opening period. The Barons had one great chance on their first man advantage of the game as Jordan Eberle one-timed a feed from Justin Schultz but it just missed the mark.
Shots on goal were 15 to 5 for the Barons after one period but they were down a goal on the scoreboard.
Taylor Hall took a roughing penalty early in the second period but the Barons were able to kill it off relatively easily.
Neither side was able to generate much in the way of offence in the second period. Eight minutes in, shots were 3 to 2 for the Ads.
After a shift with Lander, Paajarvi and Hartikainen where they had the Admirals pinned deep for over a minute, Scott Valentine took a delay of game penalty giving the Barons a chance to take the momentum and net the tying goal.
However, it was Milwaukee that capitalized and doubled their lead to 2-0. Olivier Roy went to handle the puck behind his net and was stripped of the puck by Kevin Henderson. Roy scurried back to his crease but Henderson wrapped it around and in for the goal.
On the same power play, Chris Mueller had a breakaway and was denied by Roy on a brilliant glove save to keep it a two-goal game.
Shots on goal after two periods were 21 to 12 for Oklahoma City.
Michael Latta took a high sticking penalty five minutes into the period. Latta clipped Anton Lander and drew blood, resulting in a four-minute Barons power play.
Midway through the man advantage, coach Nelson called a timeout to rest his troops. It paid off as Mark Arcobello made a brilliant cross-ice pass onto the stick of Taylor Hall, who one-timed it past Admirals netminder Jeremy Smith for the goal.
With five minutes left in the third, shots on goal were 10 to 1 for OKC, and 31 to 13 in the game overall.
With 150 seconds to play, Tyler Pitlick was pressuring deep in the Admirals zone and was held up by Taylor Beck, giving the Barons a power play opportunity to tie the game.
It only took OKC moments to get the tying goal. Schultz fed Eberle at the left faceoff circle and he made no mistake, one-timing it past Smith to tie the game at 2-2.
Shots on goal at the end of regulation were 36 to 13 in favour of Oklahoma City.
Van Guilder nearly ended it when he had a clear-cut breakaway. He faked the shot and then blasted it on goal but Roy closed the five-hole and kept his team alive.
After only one shot on goal in the entire third period, Milwaukee had four shots in overtime, outshooting OKC 4-1 in the extra frame.
Shots after 65 minutes favoured Oklahoma City by a wide margin, 37 to 17.
Chris Mueller - saved
Magnus Paajarvi - scored
Austin Watson - scored
Anton Lander - saved
Taylor Beck - saved
Jordan Eberle - saved
Jon Blum - missed net
Mark Arcobello - saved
Dan Ellis - saved
Taylor Hall - saved
Juuso Puustinen - saved
Justin Schultz - scored
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