BARONS RALLY IN THIRD TO BEAT CHARLOTTE
By Jim Byers,
Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Colten Teubert scored third-period goals to propel the Oklahoma City Barons to a come-from-behind, 4-2 win on Saturday over the Charlotte Checkers at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte.
The Barons, 10-5-1-1, made their season-best winning streak four games by dealing the Checkers (12-4-0-2) their first regulation loss since Nov 6. Oklahoma City is 2-0-0-0 in the first two games of a stretch of seven straight on the road.
Oklahoma City trailed 2-1 after two periods, rallying to win for the first time in four games this year when facing a deficit after 40 minutes.
After a scoreless first period, Charlotte struck first when Zac Dalpe found a loose puck at the side of the crease at 4:45 of the second, sliding it past Yann Danis.
The Barons tied the score 1-1 on Eberle's first of the night and eighth of the season at 13:23, converting a deflected shot from Justin Schultz. The Checkers regained the lead, however, on an unassisted goal by Zach Boychuk on a 2-on-1 after a turnover while the Barons were on a rush at the other end.
Eberle's second of the game 1:25 into the third period tied the score 2-2 as he weaved in deep and tucked a top-shelf backhander past Justin Peters. Nugent-Hopkins put home the eventual winner on a setup by Taylor Hall, who chipped in three assists, at 8:13. Teubert's first goal of the season went into an empty net at 19:21.
Barons defenseman Justin Schultz maintained his AHL lead in points (as of the end of the game) with 25, including a league-high 16 assists, as he had two helpers.
Danis made 30 saves in upping his record to 8-4-1. Peters stopped 18 shots in seeing a five-game personal winning streak end, dropping his mark to 7-2-0.
The same teams meet Sunday at 2 pm (CST) at Time Warner Cable Arena. Oklahoma City leads the eight-game season series 1-0-0-0.
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