BARONS HELD IN CHECK BY HEAT; BLANKED 4-0
By Josh Evans, OKC Barons
The Oklahoma City Barons were downed 4-0 by the Abbotsford Heat in the first of two games this weekend in Abbotsford, B.C.
During the first period of play, the teams traded opportunities. The Barons best chance occurred when defenseman Colten Teubert corralled a puck deep in the slot. He worked his way toward the slot and lifted a shot toward Heat neminder Danny Taylor. He made the shoulder save to keep the Barons off the board.
Abbotsford scored the first of their three power-play goals with just over a minute to play in the period when Dustin Sylvester converted the rebound of a Ben Street shot from the deep left-wing circle.
The Heat would strike twice in the second period. Street picked up his fourth of the season midway through the second on the power play and Ryan Walter was credited with a goal after an attempted outlet pass bounded off a Barons player and into the net.
Abbotsford put the game away in the third with their third power-play tally. Kris Kolonos converted on a 5-on-3 advantage at 11:23 of the period.
Barons goaltender Yann Danis stopped 32 of the 36 shots he faced on the night. Heat netminder Danny Taylor stopped all 23 shots he saw for the shutout win.
The special teams were the key factor in the game. Abbotsford converted on three of their nine power-play chances, while the Barons were held in check on their five power-play opportunities.
The loss for the Barons is their first loss on the road against Abbotsford in the brief series between the two clubs. Oklahoma City had won the previous six. The shutout also marks the first time in franchise history the Barons have been held scoreless in back-to-back games.
Oklahoma City and Abbotsford wrap up the Western Canada portion of this season’s four-game series between the two clubs tomorrow night. Faceoff is slated for 9 p.m. (ct). The game can be seen in Canada on Sportsnet.
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