IN-GAME BLOG: Barons at Griffins Game #2
Minute-by-minute updates from OKC's road game against Grand Rapids
After dropping the first game in this best-of-seven Western Conference Final, the Oklahoma City Barons look to even the series against the Grand Rapids Griffins. The team won't be making any lineup changes.
We'll have live minute-to-minute updates as the game goes on.
Line Combinations (and defence pairings) for the Barons:
Philippe Cornet - Mark Arcobello - Jonathan Cheechoo
Toni Rajala - CJ Stretch - Teemu Hartikainen
Josh Green - Chris VandeVelde - Tyler Pitlick
Ben Eager - Tanner House - Antti Tyrvainen
Martin Marincin - Taylor Fedun
Brandon Davidson - Garrett Stafford
Randy Jones - Andrew Hotham
20:00: The puck has dropped for tonight's game.
16:27: Josh Green has a chance from the top of the crease as he stabs at a loose puck but his backhand attempt is stopped by Griffins netminder Petr Mrazek.
10:22: Barons have a couple of chances to open the scoring as Tyler Pitlick and Brandon Davidson each take slappers from close range. Shots on goal at the midway point of the opening period were 7-1 for the Barons.
4:30: Toni Rajala is denied on a blast from the left circle and then moments later, he sets up C.J. Stretch alone in the crease but Stretch can't get a handle on the puck.
2:47: Tomas Tatar fires a shot from the right circle that beats Yann Danis low to the blocker side, giving the Griffins the game's first lead. | GR 1, OKC 0
0:00: Shots on goal after one period were 12-6 for Oklahoma City.
20:00: The second period is now underway.
13:31: The puck is centred in the slot for what looked to be a great scoring chance for Jonathan Cheechoo but he was accosted by Triston Grant to take away the opportunity.
13:22: Nine seconds into the power play, Josh Green fired a shot on net and C.J. Stretch picked up the garbage in front and put it in to tie the game. | OKC 1, GR 1
10:00: Shots on goal at the midway point of the game were 18-9 for the Barons.
6:41: Nathan Paetsch takes a holding penalty to put the Barons back on the power play.
3:46: Mayhem erupts after a big hit from Antti Tyrvainen takes a slashing penalty. Ben Eager and Brennan Evans also go at it with some pushing and shoving and get sent to the box for roughing as a result.
1:08: Brian Lashoff takes a slashing penalty, sending the Barons back on the man advantage with just over a minute left in the period.
0:00: Shots on goal after two periods were 22 to 15 for Oklahoma City.
20:00: The third period is now underway.
18:57: Rajala skates in on a two-on-one with Teemu Hartikainen. Rajala's pass goes across the slot right on the stick of Hartikainen, who is perched at the right faceoff circle. Hartikainen's one-timer blast beats Mrazek for the goal. | OKC 2, GR 1
17:02: Mitch Callahan breaks in alone on Danis and makes a nice move to deke out the Barons netminder and put the puck in, tying the game up. | OKC 2, GR 2
12:15: Philippe Cornet directs a shot on goal that is kicked out by Mrazek. Marc Arcobello drives the net and the puck deflects in off him to put Oklahoma City back in front. | OKC 3, GR 2
5:21: Shots on goal are 32 to 22 for the Barons with the Griffins pressuring to try and get an equalizer and time running down in the period. Coincidental minors to Stretch and Tatar make it a four-on-four situation for the next two minutes.
52.0: Grand Rapids calls a timeout after the Barons ice the puck.
23.6: Hartikainen puts the puck into an empty net to ice the outcome | OKC 4, GR 2