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BARONS FALL SHORT TO GRIFFINS, 5-2

By LeighAnn Sims,

The Oklahoma City Barons split a two-game series this weekend against the Grand Rapids Griffins. After 6-5 overtime win the previous night, the Barons fell 5-2 to the Griffins on Saturday.  

In the first period, Colin McDonald was the first to put a point up when Brad Moran found him on a pass from behind the Griffins net. The power-play goal would be the only of the period, as Martin Gerber stopped all 12 of the Griffins attempts.

Grand Rapids responded early in the second with a goal by Cory Emmerton at just two minutes into the period to tie the score. Shortly after, the Barons were forced to kill a penalty, but that turned out to be a good thing as Chris Vandevelde scored short handed to put the Barons back in the lead, 2-1. The short-handed goal was the ninth scored by the Barons this season.

The Griffins came back in the back half of the second period with two quick goals 41 seconds apart just before the midway mark of the second period. Goals by Doug Janik and Jamie Tardif gave the Griffins a lead they would never relinquish.  

Chris Minard’s goal 11:30 into the third gave the Griffins a two goal lead, and Jan Mursak added an empty netter to complete the scoring for the Griffins.

Barons goaltender Martin Gerber stopped 23 of 28 shots in the loss. His record falls to 20-14-3.

The Barons begin a 14-day, nine-game roadtrip Tuesday March 15 against Peoria Rivermen in the Peoria Civic Center at 7:05 p.m. CT.

 

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