By George Darkow, OKC Barons on 01/30/2014

Anton Lander had a goal and two assists as the Oklahoma City Barons defeated the Toronto Marlies 5-3 Thursday night at the Cox Convention Center.

Lander recorded assists on the Barons’ first two goals of the game and later tallied an empty netter for his team-leading 12th goal of the season.

Ryan Hamilton put the Barons on the scoreboard first at 8:52 in the first, when he received a Lander pass and evaded the Toronto defense before wristing a shot past Marlies goalie Drew MacIntyre to give Oklahoma City a 1-0 lead.

The Barons added to their lead midway through the second period, when Tyler Pitlick tipped a Lander shot from the point past MacIntyre at the 9:28 mark.


Toronto narrowed the score to 2-1 at 13:56 in the second, when Spencer Abbott rammed a rebounding Wade MacLeod shot under the pads of Barons goalie Richard Bachman from point-blank range.

Oklahoma City would regain its two-goal lead just 13 seconds later, when Travis Ewanyk received the puck near the Toronto net off a Brad Hunt shot and flipped a high backhand shot past MacIntyre for a 3-1 Barons lead.

The Barons’ two-goal lead didn’t hold up long, though, as Abbott scored his second goal of the night for the Marlies, putting a rebounded Sam Carrick shot past Bachman, tightening Oklahoma City’s lead to 3-2 at 18:49 of the second period. Abbott’s goal came on the power play, with Oklahoma City’s Hunt serving a 2:00 penalty for holding the stick at 18:23.

Toronto knotted the score at three goals when T.J. Brennan took a Brandon Kozun pass near the left circle and fired a wrist shot past Bachman at 7:28 of the third period.

After Toronto’s Korbinian Holzer was whistled for a kneeing penalty at 12:01 of the third, Oklahoma City netted the game-winner when Jack Combs tipped the rebound of a C.J. Stretch shot from the left circle past MacIntyre for a 4-3 Barons lead.

Lander netted an empty-net goal 18:55 of the third, making the score 5-3.

Oklahoma City improved to 17-22-1-5, while the Marlies dropped to 25-14-2-2.

Oklahoma City is back in action Sunday, Feb. 2, when they take on the Texas Stars at 1 p.m. at the Cedar Park Center in Cedar Park, Texas.

The Barons’ next home game will be Friday, Feb. 14, when they take on the Lake Erie Monsters at 7 p.m.  

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