Barons rally for shootout win over San Antonio
Oklahoma City comes back from 2-0 deficit to top Rampage 3-2 in a shootout
The Oklahoma City Barons rallied from a 2-0 deficit to defeat the San Antonio Rampage 3-2 in a shootout on Friday night at the Cox Convention Center.
Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall had two assists apiece while Mark Arcobello and Teemu Hartikainen scored the goals.
Olivier Roy got the start in goal for the Barons, Jacob Markstrom for San Antonio.
Three minutes into the game, Anton Lander took an interference penalty to give the Rampage the game's first power play.
The Barons were able to kill it off and near the period's midway point went on a power play of their own. Taylor Hall drove towards the net on the rush and was held up by Rampage defenceman Alex Petrovic.
The best chance on the power play came when Arcobello sprung Hall for a breakaway similar to what happened on Thursday night but Hall was unable to get a handle on the puck.
The overall shot count in the period was 14 to 13 in favour of Oklahoma City.
San Antonio struck early in the second period to open the scoring. Casey Wellman fired the puck past Olivier Roy for the goal.
Less than a minute later, tempers started to erupt as both sides participated in a skirmish in the Rampage zone. Erick Lizon and Erick Sellick did some pushing and shoving with the end result being an extra five minutes to the Barons' Lizon.
While shorthanded, Tanner House had a breakaway but had the puck chopped away from him from behind before he could get a shot on the net.
After the Lizon penalty expired, Rheault took a hooking penalty to give Oklahoma City the power play once again and a chance to get back on even terms but once again they were unable to convert.
At the 9:22 mark, San Antonio scored again to increase their lead to 2-0. Gomes picked up a rebound for the marker.
The Barons looked to finally connect on the power play with no time left on the clock in the second period. Teemu Hartikainen batted it out of the air in the slot past Markstrom. The goal was reviewed to see if it went in before the period ended.
Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle got the assists on the goal that made it a 2-1 game.
Shots on goal after two periods were 29 to 24 for Oklahoma City.
A great individual effort by Hall early in the third period led to the Barons getting the tying goal. Hall powered his way to the net and put the puck on goal. Arcobello was right there to pick up the garbage and put it home and make it a 2-2 tie game.
Alex Plante got his stick high on Jon Sim and as a result received two minutes for roughing with 8:17 to play in the third period. the Barons penalty killers stood tall, limiting San Antonio's chances during the important two minutes.
The shot count was high on both sides with 5:32 to play in the third. Oklahoma City was outshooting San Antonio 37 to 32.
Eric Selleck clipped Anton Lander with a high stick with 4:24 to go in the period and cut him wide open. Result was a four-minute power play for the Barons and a great chance to take the lead.
With over two minutes to play, Magnus Paajarvi was clipped in front of the net to put another San Antonio player in the box and put Oklahoma City on a two-man advantage.
San Antonio's penalty killers came up huge, as did Markstrom with a number of spectacular stops to preserve the draw.
Shots after regulation time were 43 to 33 for the Barons.
The Barons started the extra frame with three forwards and a defenceman in Hall, Eberle, Arcobello and Schultz in an attempt to end the game early in OT but the shift was shortened after Arcobello took a penalty.
After Arcobello came out of the box, he fed Hall with a pass and sent him in alone. Hall attempted a backhand deke but Markstrom again came up with a huge save.
Sim - Saved
Paajarvi - Scored
Rheault - Saved
Lander - Saved
Wright - Scored
Eberle - Scored
Hazen - Missed Net
Hall - Missed Net
Shore - Saved