BARONS RALLY FALLS SHORT AT TORONTO
By Jim Byers,
The Oklahoma City Barons saw an 11-game road unbeaten streak end on Tuesday at Ricoh Coliseum as the Toronto Marlies held on for a 2-1 win. The loss, Oklahoma City's first in regulation on the road since March 3, keeps the Barons in seventh place in the Western Conference with 85 points and a 37-25-2-9 record.
Toronto, the North Division leader with a Calder Cup playoff spot clinched, improve to 41-23-3-6. The Marlies win the season series 2-0, including an overtime win at Oklahoma City on Nov. 13.
Oklahoma City ends a four-game trip with a 2-1-0-1 record and returns home to face the Abbotsford Heat on Friday at 7pm at the Cox Center. Games on Saturday and Sunday wrap up the regular season.
A fast-paced first period was scoreless, as each team put 13 shots on goal.
The Marlies broke a scoreless tie at 11:04 of the second period on a tip in front by Greg McKegg off a Morgan Reilly shot. Toronto took a 2-0 lead at 10:56 of the third on a partial breakaway by Will Acton, set up by former Baron Dylan Yeo's long lead pass.
Philippe Cornet gave the Barons hope with 1:06 remaining when he jammed the puck through a pileup in the Toronto crease with Yann Danis pulled for an extra attacker.
The Marlies out-shot the Barons 32-31, snapping Oklahoma City's string of 11 straight games out-shooting the opponent.
Danis falls to 24-15-6, while Drew MacIntyre, who made 30 saves, improves to 12-5-3.
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