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BARONS TAKE DOWN TORONTO ON FIELD TRIP DAY, 3-1

By Ben Coldagelli,

The Oklahoma City Barons won their fifth-straight by defeating the Toronto Marlies 3-1 in their annual Field Trip Day matinee Tuesday at the Cox Convention Center.

The Barons improved to 9-2-0-1 with their season-best fifth-straight win while Toronto dropped to 6-5-2-0.

Oklahoma City’s defense was on full display in the first period, killing a pair of power plays and stopping all 12 of Toronto’s shots.

The Marlies broke the defensive battle and went ahead with a shot from just inside the blue line by Simon Gysbers 14:12 into the second period. Nazem Kadri and Marcel Mueller were credited with the assists.

Oklahoma City responded with a Teemu Hartikainen goal off a behind-the-net pass from Linus Omark to tie it up with 1:15 remaining in the second.

Triston Grant put the Barons ahead halfway through the third period with assists from Alex Plante and Chris Vandevelde. After Plante’s shot from the point bounded off the endboards just to the left of Toronto goaltender Mark Owuya, Grant kept the play alive and poked the puck between Owouya’s left skate and the left post.

The Barons solidified their lead with an empty-net short-handed goal by Hunter Tremblay with 1:16 remaining.

Oklahoma City’s victory marks its third-straight come-from-behind win.

Yann Danis picked up his sixth win in his past seven starts in between the pipes, stopping 27 of the 28 shots he faced.

On the other end of the ice, Toronto netminder Mark Owuya saved 22 of 24 shots.

Oklahoma City played shorthanded numerous times throughout the matinee matchup, totaling 37 penalty minutes, the third most in franchise history. The Barons’ defense killed the penalty in all 11 of Toronto’s power plays. Oklahoma City came up short in their six power plays.

The Barons hosted over 2,500 students from 41 Oklahoma schools for their 10:30 a.m. matchup at the Cox Convention Center.

Oklahoma City hosts the Charlotte Checkers in a pair of weekend games on Friday and Saturday nights at 7:00. The Friday night matchup is $1 hot dog and Jersey Giveaway night. Call 405-232-GOAL for ticket information or log on to okcbarons.com.

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