Barons on a Streak

With a crowd of 4411 strong, 2500 of them school kids from local schools for the Field Trip Day game, the Barons would win their fifth-straight, defeating the Toronto Marlies 3-1 on Tuesday. It was the second highest attendance number, the highest being just over 5000 for the season opener. Let’s hope some of those kids can talk their parents in to attending future games!!

The Barons have tied Houston for first place in the West Division at 19 points with the win Tuesday morning, sitting at 9-2-0 with the extra game on the Aeros. While spending more time in the penalty box than they needed to be, making many wonder if OKC has a an officials vendetta against them, the Barons penalty killing maintains a 94.7% and third in the AHL while at home.

Toronto would score first in the second period, amazingly enough, not while on the power play. Simon Gysbers got one through OKC’s Yani Danis’ glove with a nice shot from point. Danis would from that point make some great saves when it really counted, stopping the remaining of the 33 shots.

A few minutes later, with a beauty of a pass from Linus Omark from behind the net, Teemu Hartikainen would tie the game.

Triston Grant would put the Barons ahead, taking the shot off an endboard rebound chance in the third period. With two minutes left to play, the Marlies were handed several opportunities but could never cash in on their power play chances. OKC’s Tyler Pitlick was first sent to the box for a too many men on the ice call. Hunter Tremblay would deflate Toronto’s hopes by sending the puck across ice into the empty net 30 second into the power play. Ryan O’marra would be called for tripping then slapped with a 10 minute game misconduct with less than 30 seconds of game time left. Faced with a 6 on 3, the Barons would maintain their penalty kill edge however and take away a hard fought win.

 Coach Nelson has every reason to be proud of his team, keeping their cool and keeping their focus through a tough win.

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