IN-GAME BLOG: Griffins at Barons - Game 3
Minute-by-minute updates from OKC's home game against Grand Rapids
The Barons earned a split on the weekend in Grand Rapids and now look to take their first lead of the series as it shifts south to Oklahoma City for the next three games.
We'll have live minute-to-minute updates as the game goes on, including highlights of each goal and photos.
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: After a moving pre-game ceremony in honour of the victims of the Moore, Oklahoma tornado, the puck has dropped for tonight's game.
16:40: Taylor Fedun rushed into the Grand Rapids zone and his shot on net was stopped by Griffins netminder Petr Mrazek. Fedun batted the rebound in but it was ruled that it was knocked in with a high stick.
15:57: Oklahoma City had another great scoring chance after Toni Rajala stripped a Griffins skater of the puck in the Grand Rapids zone. He then centred the puck to Teemu Hartikainen who was stopped by Mrazek.
12:46: Ben Eager uses his speed to create some separation in the neutral zone, blazing into the Grand Rapids end. After crossing the blueline, he blasts a shot five-hole | OKC 1, GR 0
11:35: Just over a minute later, Josh Green intercepts a clearing attempt from Riley Sheahan, spins and fires it far side past Mrazek to double the Barons lead. | OKC 2, GR 0
8:48: The first penalty of the game goes to Antti Tyrvainen.
8:12: The Griffins power play is short lived as Sheahan gets sent off for interference only 35 seconds into the man advantage.
3:25: Brandon Davidson spots Philippe Cornet skating down the right side. Davidson's pass is right on the money and Cornet makes no mistake, putting the puck into the open side for the three-goal lead. | OKC 3, GR 0
0:49.8: Andrew Hotham gets sent off for elbowing in the final minute of the opening period to give Grand Rapids its second power play of the game.
0:00: Shots on goal after one period were 9-6 for Oklahoma City.
Cheechoo's assist on the Cornet goal extended his points streak and assist streak to five games.
20:00: Second period is now underway.
13:02: Tanner House is levelled by Triston Grant in the Grand Rapids zone and is knocked unconscious. Ben Eager drops the gloves and goes after Grant. House has to be helped off the ice on a stretcher. The result of everything was a Griffins power play.
Eager received two minutes for instigating, five minutes for fighting, a 10-minute misconduct and a game misconduct.
11:57: A Chad Billins penalty for interference puts an end to the Grand Rapids power play.
11:01: Mark Arcobello sliced his way up the middle of the ice and was subsequently hacked by Adam Almquist to give the Barons a two-man advantage for the next minute.
6:00: Jonathan Cheechoo was whacked skating out of his own zone, sending the Griffins and Billins back to the box.
3:18: Tyler Pitlick gets two minutes for high sticking.
1:59: Tyrvainen and Tomas Jurco drop the gloves for a quick bout as both combatants quickly fall to the ice.
0:00: Shots in the second were 11-6 for the Barons. In the entire game, they were 20-12.
Eager's goal was his first as a Baron and first since a game on February 28 with the Oilers in Dallas.
20:00: Third period is now underway.
16:34: Some more pushing and shoving between the two sides as tempers flare early in the third.
13:24: Barons continue to pressure the Griffins in their own end and it eventually leads to another Grand Rapids penalty. Pulkkinen is ticketed for grabbing hold of Arcobello behind the Griffins net.
6:25: Toni Rajala and Luke Glendening both receive two minutes for roughing.
4:54: With both sides playing four-on-four, Billins fired a shot from the point that found its way past Danis to put the Griffins on the board. | OKC 3, GR 1
2:45: Griffins pull their goaltender with a ton of time left on the clock as they look for a couple of goals to tie this game up.
1:32: Barons call a timeout.
1:14: Jonathan Cheechoo scores an empty-net goal to clinch the outcome. | OKC 4, GR 1
0:00: Final shot tally is 33 to 21 for Oklahoma City.