WOLVES TOPPLE BARONS 3-2 IN SHOOTOUT
By Jim Byers,
Michael Davies and Nicklas Jensen scored in the shootout while Josh Green was the only Baron to score in the six-round tiebreaker as the Chicago Wolves beat the Oklahoma City Barons 3-2 on Wednesday at Allstate Arena.
It's the sixth straight game Oklahoma City has contested to finish with a 3-2 final score. The Barons are 3-1-0-2 in those last six contests and with 70 points are 10th in the Western Conference, one point behind a three-way logjam for seventh featuring Milwaukee, Chicago and Rockford.
The Barons (30-23-2-8), opened the scoring 4:46 into the first period when Anton Lander back-handed home a centering pass from Toni Rajala. The Wolves matched that 23 seconds later, as Danny Groulx's point shot deflected off Taylor Fedun past Yann Danis, who falls to 17-14-5.
The Wolves took a 2-1 lead late in the opening period when Darren Hayday converted a 2-on-1 with Eric Kattelus at 18:37.
Oklahoma City tied the score 2-2 at 3:57 into the second when Rajala fed Alex Plante, who closed in from the point and beat Matt Climie as the Chicago netminder was scrambling to get back into position after turning the puck over near his goal. For Plante, it was his first goal since Dec. 8, 2011. Climie improves to 18-19-3 as the Wolves halted a two-game losing streak. Oklahoma City out-shot Chicago 33-27 in falling to 0-1-0-1 this season at Allstate Arena. The Wolves are 31-23-5-4.
The Barons, 1-0-0-1 so far during a four-game road swing, meet the Peoria Rivermen on Friday at 7:05 pm CDT at Carver Arena.
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