By Cassie Gage, OKC Barons on 01/20/2013

The Edmonton Oilers, the NHL affiliate of the Oklahoma City Barons, opened the 2012-13 season Sunday evening with a 3-2 shootout victory over the Vancouver Canucks. Seven players with ties to the Oklahoma City Barons played in the game.

Forward Teemu Hartikainen
started at left wing on the Oilers’ third line with Ben Eager and Shawn Horcoff. Hartikainen played six minutes, 10 seconds and had one shot and one hit. Hartikainen also came up big for the team with an early first period defensive stand on Henrik Sedin.

Edmonton’s top line of Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle, who all played in Oklahoma City earlier this season, were all a plus-one. Eberle’s backhanded goal with four seconds remaining in the second period cut the Vancouver lead in half to 2-1. Hall had an assist on the Eberle goal.

The trio along with Justin Schultz, who also played as a Baron, were four-fifths of the Oilers top power play unit.  Schultz saw 20:52 of ice time, including 3:47 on the power play. Goaltender Yann Danis was Edmonton’s backup to starting goaltender Devin Dubnyk.

After Eberle’s goal in the second, Ales Hemsky tied the game at the 14:05 mark of the third. Dubnyk stopped both skaters faced during the shootout, while Sam Gagner and Hemsky scored to give the Oilers the 3-2 win. Former Baron Jeff Petry also had a plus-one rating.

The Oilers return home Tuesday, Jan. 22 to host the San Jose Sharks at 9 p.m. CT at Rexall Place.

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