TORNADO BLOG: Griffins at Barons - Game 4
Minute-by-minute updates from OKC's postponed-by-tornado home game against Grand Rapids
The Barons took a 2-1 series lead after winning Game 3 by a score of 4-1 on Wednesday night. The only lineup change for tonight is Ryan Martindale draws in for the injured Tanner House.
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 - Ryan Martindale - Antti Tyrvainen
Martin Marincin - Taylor Fedun
Brandon Davidson - Garrett Stafford
Randy Jones - Andrew Hotham
5:25 p.m. MDT: Tonight's game was scheduled to begin at 6:05 p.m. MDT but warm-ups have been delayed until the tornado storm passes.
5:37 p.m. MDT: The P.A. announcer again says that the warm-ups have been delayed due to the storm.
5:52 p.m. MDT: The announcer has asked that the arena bowl be cleared and everyone move to a safe area.
6:00 p.m. MDT: The fans, Barons and Griffins players and staff were all sent into the underground parkade while the tornado passed over downtown Oklahoma City.
6:45 p.m. MDT: Everyone began filing back up from the bowl after the emergency had passed.
7:00 p.m MDT: Due to flooding in the arena, all fans were asked to move from the east side of the arena to the west side. Water was dripping down the stairs. The press box was also evacuated due to the water and amount of electrical equipment in the area.
|Fans back inside
7:20 p.m. MDT: Barons announce the postponement of tonight's game. They will now play tomorrow night and Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. MDT.
7:39 p.m. MDT: Rain continues to pelt the downtown area as fans stay inside the arena to stay safe.
Crazy night here in
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Oklahoma City – Game four of the American Hockey League’s Western Conference Final between Oklahoma City and Grand Rapids, scheduled for Friday evening, has been postponed. Game 4 will be played on Saturday, June 1. Game 5 will be played Sunday, June 2 at 4 p.m.
Severe weather moved through the downtown Oklahoma City area around 6:30 p.m. and the arena was evacuated to the parking garage below ground. The arena suffered severe leaking and flooding during the storm. It was deemed play could not begin tonight in interest of the safety of players, fans and staff.
All tickets purchased for Friday night’s game will be honored for the rescheduled game, Sunday afternoon.
Further information will be provided as it becomes available.