By Cassie Gage, OKC Barons on 02/04/2011

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma City Barons reversed fortune Friday evening, getting a 2-1 shootout win over the Peoria Rivermen at the Cox Convention Center. Starting goaltender Martin Gerber made 28 saves and turned aside all 10 attempts in the shootout to secure the win for the Barons (27-18-2-5). The Barons turned on the offense, pelting Peoria starting goaltender Jake Allen with 37 shots during regulation and overtime.

Just like the previous evening, the Rivermen got the game’s first goal with the two-man advantage. T.J. Hensick scored on a 5-on-3 power play at the 8:42 mark to give Peoria the early 1-0 lead. The Barons doubled the Rivermen in shots in the first, 12-6. 

Oklahoma City’s barrage of shots continued into the second period. The Barons got the equalizer early in the frame, capitalizing on their own 5-on-3 power play. Alexandre Giroux rocketed a one-timer off the post to tie the game at 1-1 at 2:21. Bryan Helmer was credited with the primary assist while Brad Moran got the secondary. At the end of two, Oklahoma City led in shots 26-14. 

After an even keel third period which saw Peoria hold a 10-8 advantage in shots, the two teams ended regulation in a 1-1 tie. During the five-minute overtime period, the Barons managed to officially put one shot up against Allen but the score remained tied as the game was decided by a shootout.

Each team used the necessary five shooters in the shootout and after a few posts and several saves, the shootout went to extra shooters. Chris VandeVelde was the first person to score to give Oklahoma City 1-0 lead after 10 shooters. Gerber then stopped Mark Cundari to secure the 2-1 win for the home team.
 The win marked the first time the home team came away victorious in the series between the two teams this season.

The Barons return to action Saturday evening against the Texas Stars in Cedar Park, Texas at 7 p.m. CT. Oklahoma City returns home next Wednesday for an early start against the San Antonio Rampage. Faceoff is set for 10:35 a.m. CT so local area school students may attend the game.

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