TORONTO TAKES 2-1 LEAD WITH 5-3 WIN
By Chris Wescott,
Late in the second period, Oklahoma City scored two goals in just over a minute to tie the game, but the Toronto Marlies would take control late and defeat the Barons 5-3 in Game Three of the Western Conference Finals.
Toronto, who now leads the series 2-1, opened scoring at 12:35 of the first when Philippe Dupuis took a shot from a steep angle on the power play and thread the puck through traffic. He was assisted by Nicolas Deschamps and Matt Lashoff on the play.
The Marlies took a 2-0 lead on the power play at 14:57 of the second period when Ryan Hamilton scored, assisted by Jake Gardiner and Lashoff.
Bryan Rodney cut the lead to one, scoring for the Barons at 17:10 of the second on the man advantage. Rodney was assisted by Dan Ringwald and Magnus Paajarvi on the score.
Just 1:19 later, at 18:29 of the second period, Chris VandeVelde pushed the puck past Toronto goaltender Ben Scrivens to tie the game 2-2. Dylan Yeo and Teemu Hartikainen were credited with the assists.
The score did not hold very long, as Marlies forward Matt Frattin scored unassisted at 19:17 of the middle frame to re-claim the lead for the home team in front of their crowd of 7,327.
Magnus Paajarvi gave OKC hope late, when he opened up the third period scoring with his own unassisted goal at 11:56 to make the score 3-3.
Frattin would answer back at 17:58, assisted by Dupuis, to take a 4-3 lead.
The Barons would pull goaltender Yann Danis, who made 21 saves on the night, with roughly two minutes to play and Jerry D’Amigo would net the dagger, an empty net goal at 18:53.
Marlies netminder Ben Scrivens made 25 saves in the game on route to the win.
OKC and Toronto will meet again on Wednesday night at 6 p.m. Central Time for Game Four of the Western Conference Finals.
Games four and five will be broadcast live on Cox Channel 3 and 703 in HD locally on Cox Digital Cable. There will be watch parties for both games at Buffalo Wild Wings on NW Expressway.
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