IN-GAME BLOG: Griffins at Barons - Game 4
Minute-by-minute updates from OKC's home game against Grand Rapids
The Barons won Game 3 on Wednesday to take a 2-1 series lead. Game 4 was supposed to be played last night but a tornado which hit the Oklahoma City area and the subsequent flooding of the Cox Convention Center forced a postponement. The only change to the lineup from last night was Ryan Martindale in place of the injured Tanner House and that still stands.
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
20:00: Tonight's game is now underway.
15:04: Both teams trade chances early on. The best chance for the Barons came on a Martin Marincin blast from the high slot that just went high over the Griffins net.
12:47: The first penalty of the game goes to Francis Pare of Grand Rapids for getting his stick up high on Oklahoma City's Randy Jones.
10:13: Shortly after the penalty expired, Chris VandeVelde streaked up ice on a partial breakaway. His shot was stopped by Griffins netminder Petr Mrazek.
9:29: Jones gets sent off for slashing moments after Toni Rajala nearly snuck the puck in on the short side with a nice deke move.
7:52: After about 90 seconds of sustained pressure, Joakim Andersson takes a feed from Gustav Nyquist and fires it low blocker side past Danis to put the Griffins on the board. | GR 1, OKC 0
7:21: Luke Glendening goes to the box, giving the Barons their second power play of the game.
5:08: Barons nearly score on their power play opportunity and moments after it expires, they get another chance. Tomas Tatar gets two minutes for interference.
3:01: Tyler Pitlick hammers Griffins defenceman Nathan Paetsch into the boards in the corner of the Grand Rapids zone.
0:00: Shots on goal after the opening period were 14 to 13 for the Barons.
20:00: The second period is now underway.
18:03: Riley Sheahan scores on a goalmouth scramble in front of Danis to increase the Griffins lead. | GR 2, OKC 0
12:59: Andrew Hotham and Glendening engage in some pushing and shoving. Both players are sent to the box for two minutes for roughing, creating a four-on-four situation.
11:35: Landon Ferraro completes a three-way passing play by tapping the puck in off the rush past Danis, increasing the Grand Rapids lead to 3-0. | GR 3, OKC 0
6:57: Grand Rapids calls a timeout after icing the puck.
5:02: Antti Tyrvainen drops the gloves Mitch Callahan after Tyrvainen hit one of his teammates, Landon Ferraro, into the boards. Callahan gets two minutes for instigating plus a 10-minute misconduct.
4:54: The Barons looked to have gotten on the board but it was ruled no goal as C.J. Stretch kicked it in.
0:00: Shots on goal after two were 27 to 25 for Grand Rapids.
20:00: Period three is now underway.
9:11: Ben Eager has an effective shift, with several hits in the offensive zone as the Barons fourth line tries to create some momentum for the home side.
6:42: With just under seven minutes remaining in the third period, the Barons had a 9-3 edge in shots in the final frame and 34-30 in the game overall.
2:48: Mark Arcobello takes a penalty, putting the Barons down a man. To counter, OKC pulls their goaltender.
1:47: Jan Mursak scores an empty-net goal to make it a 4-0 game.
1:01: Some sparks fly near the end of the game. Tyrvainen gets four minutes for spearing while Callahan gets four for roughing.
0:00: Final shot count is 40-32 for the Barons.