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BARONS SURVIVE RAMPAGE IN CRUCIAL WIN, 3-2

By LeighAnn Sims,

Maintaining great defense throughout the game, the Oklahoma City Barons (31-20-2-5) pulled out a 3-2 win over the San Antonio Rampage (33-23-2-0) tonight at the Cox Convention Center. 

Just 2:24 into the first period, Rampage right wing Matt Watkins scored the first goal of the night on a San Antonio power play. The Barons fought back and were rewarded about eight minutes later when Alexandre Giroux melted the ice with a one timer off the wing to tie the score 1-1. Jeff Petry and Bryan Helmer were credited with the assists for the tying goal.  

The Barons came out strong in the second period with an early goal by Zack Stortini at 3:52. The goal was his first goal since joining the Barons. Barely two minutes later, the Barons held onto their scoring momentum with a goal by Brad Moran. Petry and Colin McDonald assisted. Feeling the pressure, San Antonio replaced their starting goalie, Matt Climie with Joe Fallon. Neither team scored again and the Barons ended the period leading 3-1.  

With both teams vying for a spot in the playoffs, the Rampage refused to give up. Mattheiu Beaudoin lessened the Barons lead at 2:03 after his shot got stuck between the Barons’ goalie Jeff Deslauriers arm and pad. The puck then dribbled past Deslauriers and was eventually swatted in by Randy Robitaille, leaving the score 3-2 in favor of the Barons.  

The Barons defense with the help of 22 saves by Deslauriers, held on to the 3-2 lead. Additionally, they lead in overall shots on goal 31-24. 

The Barons play at home again tomorrow night against the Houston Aeros at 7:05 p.m. CT.

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