LANDER'S 6-POINT NIGHT KEYS 7-3 WIN AT ROCKFORD
By Jim Byers,
Anton Lander set a club record with six points, including a hat trick, in the Oklahoma City Barons' 7-3 win over the Rockford IceHogs on Saturday at BMO Harris Bank Center.
Oklahoma City, 32-23-2-8, wraps up a four-game road stretch with a 3-0-0-1 record and is riding a club-record seven-game unbeaten streak away from home (6-0-0-1). Rockford falls to 34-30-2-1.
The Barons broke the game open with a five-goal second period and at one point tallied seven unanswered goals after falling behind 2-0 in the first.
The IceHogs jumped out to a 2-0 lead on a pair of goals from the edge of the crease. Brandon Svendsen opened the scoring at 8:02 with a backhander set up by Rostislav Olesz. Brad Mills made it 2-0 when a point shot caromed to the deep slot and he had a tap-in past Yann Danis at 11:50.
The Barons cut the deficit in half at 16:37 when Brandon Davidson's point shot deflected to Lander at the side of the net. Seven of Lander's eight goals this season have come on the road.
Teemu Hartikainen tied the game 2-2 at 2:48 of the second on a nifty move in deep, putting it past starter Carter Hutton (23-22-1). Lander added a wrap-around to make it 3-2 at 12:27. Jonathan Cheechoo was credited with a goal on a shot by Philippe Cornet at 14:13 that resulted in Hutton being lifted in favor of Henrik Karlsson, who surrendered the final three goals.
Hartikainen added another on a deflection in front at 15:41, followed by Taylor Fedun's fourth goal in 10 games with nine seconds left in the second period to make it 6-2 on the man advantage.
Lander completed the hat trick on the power play at 9:55 of the third on a cross-ice pass from Martin Marincin.
Shawn LaLonde completed the scoring at 16:29 of the third for Rockford. Yann Danis stopped 24 shots in improving to 19-14-5.
Oklahoma City went 2-for-5 on the power play while killing off both Rockford power plays. The Barons are 19-for-19 on the penalty kill in the past six games.
The Barons return home to face the Hamilton Bulldogs on Tuesday at 7 pm CDT at The Cox Center.
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