BARONS FELLED BY ROCHESTER 3-2 IN A SHOOTOUT
By Eric Rodgers,
Tyler Pitlick and Anton Lander scored goals for the Oklahoma City Barons, but David Leggio was the story as he stopped 40 shots to help give the Rochester Americans the 3-2 shootout win at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, New York. Yann Danis stopped 28 shots and one of three shootout attempts as he fell to 23-14-6 on the season. Leggio stopped all four shootout attempts as he picked up the win to improve to 37-22-1.
Oklahoma City started the first period with a flurry of shots on Leggio, jumping out to a 7-0 lead in the shot column. Unsuccessful on an abbreviated power play, the Barons killed off two Rochester power plays as well. The first goal of the game came from the Barons as Chris VandeVelde was able to make a backhand saucer pass find Tyler Pitlick between the circles and he fired it past Leggio to put the Barons up 1-0 at 14:51. Building off of the early flurry, the Barons held a 16-7 lead in shots after one.
Multiple chances by both teams with the man-advantage would be unsuccessful in the second period, but Rochester scored 1:13 into the period shorthanded. Cody McCormick received a pass from Matt MacKenzie, came down the wing and scored past Danis to make it a 1-1 game. Later, Nick Tarnasky found a rebound from a stop by Danis of a Maxime Legault shot. Tarnasky's 16th of the season gave Rochester their first lead of the night. Rochester battled back in the shots department as the Barons held a 25-23 edge after 40 minutes.
A slow start to the third period lasted until the 8:18 mark when Toni Rajala found Teemu Hartikainen with a pass up the ice. Hartikainen was stopped at the half-boards and found Anton Lander in the slot who fired the puck past Leggio to tie the game at 2-2. Tanner House had a chance to end the game in the final minute as he got in all alone, but Leggio got the pad down to keep the game tied and send it to overtime.
No score in overtime led to a shootout that saw Leggio stop all four Barons shooters while Johan Larsson and Colin Jacobs scored for Rochester to give the Americans the 3-2 shootout win over the Barons.
Oklahoma City falls to 36-24-2-9 on the season with 83 points, while Rochester improves to 40-27-3-1 with 84 points as both teams sit neck and neck in the standings.
The Barons power play went scoreless in five chances while the penalty kill remained hot, killing all four of the shorthanded situations they faced.
The unbeaten streak on the road continues for the Barons, who are now 8-0-0-2 in their last ten games on the road.
Oklahoma City returns to action on Sunday afternoon as they take on the Hamilton Bulldogs for a 4pm Central time start.
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