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BARONS DROP CLOSE ONE TO SAN ANTONIO 4-3

By Josh Evans, OKC Barons on 12/31/2011

The Oklahoma City Barons saw their five-game streak of earning at least one standings point snapped with a 4-3 loss to the San Antonio Rampage last night at the Cox Convention Center.  Josh Green, Annti Tyrvainen and Hunter Tremblay each scored for the Barons.

San Antonio opened the scoring with a power-play goal at 6:06 of the first.  Defenseman Tyler Strachan found himself near the blueline and fired one that made its way past Barons starter David LeNeveu.

Oklahoma City would waste little time in tying the score.  Ryan Keller was able to hold the puck near the blueline and find Josh Green in the deep slot.  Green lifted a backhander over the left shoulder of Rampage starter Jacob Markstrom at 8:39.

The teams traded flurries in the second period, but it was San Antonio that would end up converting.  Evgenii Dadonov would skate nearly the length of the ice and attempt a wraparound shot.  LeNeveu would stop the puck near the goal line, but it had enough momentum to carry all the way over the line and give the Rampage the lead heading into the second intermission.

The third period would decide the game.  Barons forward Annti Tyrvainen snapped a wrist shot past Markstrom at 2:55 of the third to even the game at two.  Momentum appeard to shift toward the Barons.  However, goals by Rampage forwards Scott Timmins and David Marshall just under three minutes apart midway through the third proved to be the difference.

In the final five minutes of the game, the Barons poured on the pressure and were able to draw within one with just under three minutes to play.  From behind the net, Teemu Hartikainen found Tremblay streaking into the slot.  Tremblay was able to snap it past Markstrom’s right shoulder to close the gap to 4-3.

The Barons pulled LeNeveu in favor of an extra attacker and got two deflected shots on Markstrom, but were unable to find the equalizer.  The Barons outshot the Rampage 16-4 in the third.

For the eighth straight game, the final score of the Barons game was decided by one goal.  Oklahoma City leads the league in games decided by one goal at 23.  In those games, the team is 13-6-1-3.  Over the last 24 games, 23 of them have been decided by one goal or one goal plus an empty netter.  The exception was a Barons 4-1 win over Abbotsford on November 18.

The Barons waste no time in getting back to action as they skate in Houston tomorrow afternoon at 5 p.m.  Next week features games Wednesday against Lake Erie, Friday against Toronto and Sunday against Hamilton.

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