Eberle scores twice to lead Barons over Checkers 4-2
Taylor Hall nets three points; Barons rally with three third-period goals for the win
Jordan Eberle scored two goals, Taylor Hall picked up three assists and Yann Danis turned away 30 of 32 shots as the Oklahoma City Barons defeated the Charlotte Checkers 4-2 in Charlotte on Saturday night.
Yann Danis gets the start in goal for Oklahoma City. Philippe Cornet slides in on a line with Mark Arcobello and Toni Rajala. Barons healthy scratches are Teigan Zahn and Cam Abney.
Arcobello was hauled down in the neutral zone early in the opening period, putting Oklahoma City on the power play for the first time on the night.
Charlotte was able to kill off that penalty and with just over four minutes to play in the opening period, the Checkers' league-best power play saw its first appearance. Oklahoma City's Chris VandeVelde was sent off for tripping.
Samson nearly opened the scoring with a dangerous screened shot from the slot that Danis likely didn't see but somehow got in front of.
Tim Wallace nearly scored with less than 10 seconds to play in the period as he came barrelling down the right-wing side before firing a shot on Danis. The Barons netminder charged out to challenge and kicked the puck aside.
Shots on goal after one were 8 to 5 in favour of Charlotte.
Charlotte got on the board early in the second period. Zac Dalpe picked up a rebound at the top of the crease and backhanded it past a sprawled-out Danis to make it a 1-0 game for the home side.
While on the power play, Oklahoma City nearly tied the game at about the seven-minute mark. Justin Schultz took a cross-ice pass and fired it on Checkers goaltender Justin Peters but Peters came across and made a very nice save to keep his team in front by one.
Midway through the period, the Barons started to run into some penalty trouble. Toni Rajala was sent off for tripping and 30 seconds later Colten Teubert received a boarding penalty to give the Checkers a two-man advantage.
After killing off the penalties, the Barons tied the game on a nice play by Jusitn Schultz and Jordan Eberle. Schultz backhanded a pass right on the stick of Eberle at the right post and the winger made no mistake, putting it into the open cage for the 1-1 tie.
In the final minute of the period, Charlotte scored again to regain the lead. Zach Boychuk wristed it past Danis off the rush to make it 2-1 Checkers.
Shots on goal were 21 to 13 for Charlotte after two periods.
Early in the third, Jordan Eberle scored a highlight-reel goal to tie the game once again. Eberle walked right into the Checkers zone before making some slick moves in close. He then backhanded it past Peters to make it 2-2.
Penalties by Eberle and Henry a minute apart shortly after the goal put the Barons down two men for the second time in the game but once again OKC was able to kill it off.
Oklahoma City took its first lead of the game 8:13 into the third. Taylor Hall took the puck behind the net, turned and fed it to Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in the slot. RNH made no mistake, wiring it past Peters to make it 3-2 Barons.
Colten Teubert took OKC's sixth penalty of the game with less than five minutes to play in the third but once again, the Barons penalty killers came up huge.
Charlotte continued to pressure until Teubert potted a long-range empty-net goal in the final minute to make the final 4-2.