BARONS SCORE THREE UNANSWERED TO COMEBACK FOR 3-2 WIN OVER SAN ANTONIO
By Eric Rodgers,
Taylor Fedun, Philippe Cornet, and Toni Rajala scored three unanswered goals to guide the Barons comeback from a 2-0 deficit and gave them a 3-2 win at the AT&T Center in San Antonio. Yann Danis made 16 saves for the win to improve to 17-14-4, while Dov Grumet-Morris turned away 30 shots and fell to 11-14-4 on the season. The Barons improve to 30-23-2-7 with 69 points, while the Rampage drop below .500, 27-28-1-6.
Traveling overnight to San Antonio after playing at home the night before, the Barons seemed a bit road weary in the first period and gave up the first two goals of the game. A three-on-two by the Rampage saw the puck go from Evan Barlow to Jared Gomes and he scored to open the scoring at 6:34. Five minutes later, John McFarland escaped from his mark to tip a pass from Scott Timmins into the net for the 2-0 lead at 11:56. The shots after twenty minutes favored San Antonio 8-6.
The Barons rebounded in the second to draw back even with the Rampage. On a delayed penalty, Taylor Fedun came in and put in a rebound at 4:43 to bring the Barons to within one, assisted by Toni Rajala and Johnathan Cheechoo. Later in the second, the Barons took advantage of a Greg Rallo tripping penalty as Philippe Cornet tipped a pass from Cheechoo across the crease for the game-tying goal at 14:58. Outshooting the Rampage in the 2nd 14-5, the Barons held a 20-13 lead in shots after 40 minutes.
A stalemate ensued for the first eight minutes of the third period, until Gomes was sent to the box for tripping. On the power play, Toni Rajala put the moves on Grumet-Morris and got in deep in the slot, faking a shot to get the San Antonio goaltender down on the ice and he floated the puck into the goal to give the Barons the 3-2 lead at 8:58. The Barons held off the Rampage through the last half of the period, killing off a full two-minute penalty and another short-handed situation in the final minute of the third to earn the 3-2 decision in regulation.
The Barons power play went 2-for-3 on the night, while the penalty kill went 3-for-3 and now sits at 10-for-10 in their last three games. This win marked the fourth straight win for the Barons against the Rampage, the last three taking place at the AT&T Center.
The last five Barons decisions have ended in a 3-2 score, all with the road team getting the win. The Barons are 3-1-0-1 in that stretch. The Barons extend their road winning streak to four games and are 5-1-0-0 in their last six away from home.
The Barons are next in action on Wednesday at the Allstate Arena as they take on the Chicago Wolves at 7 PM Central on 96.1 KXY.
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