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BARONS FIGHT OFF ICEHOGS TO WIN 5-2

By Cassie Gage,

The Oklahoma City Barons defeated the Rockford IceHogs 5-2 Tuesday evening at the Cox Convention Center. Rookie netminder Olivier Roy earned the victory in his first career start for the Barons (37-17-4-4) as he turned away 36 shots. Rockford fell to 28-27-2-5.

Not long after killing off a five-minute major penalty in the first period, the Barons went on the power play and capitalized on the opportunity with the man-advantage. Strong puck movement led to a Josh Green centering pass for Teemu Hartikainen’s 14th goal of the season at 13:08. Magnus Paajarvi earned the secondary assist on the goal to extend his point streak to six games. Rockford led in the shots department 12-7 at the end of the first period.

The Barons added to the lead early in the second period as Chris VandeVelde netted his seventh goal of the year at 4:41. Bryan Helmer and Tyler Pitlick earned the assists on the goal.

Oklahoma City then chased Rockford starting goaltender Carter Hutton as Taylor Chorney scored the first Barons goal by a defenseman in 10 games at 6:42. Chorney’s wrister went five-hole on Hutton as the Barons stretched the advantage to 3-0. Ryan Keller and Mark Acrobello earned the assists on Chorney’s fourth goal of the year.

The IceHogs’ Peter LeBlanc cut the Oklahoma City lead to 3-1 while on a 5-on-3 power play at 9:59 in the period. Rockford extended its edge in shots on goal to 26-18 after 40 minutes of play.

LeBlanc aided in cutting the lead to 3-2 in the third period as his centering pass resulted in a goal from Rostislav Olesz at 15:04.

Less than a minute later, Chorney scored his second goal of the game after Arcobello won a faceoff. Chorney’s wrister marked the third time this season a Barons defenseman had scored two or more goals in a game.

Hunter Tremblay added an empty-net goal at 19:58 to secure the 5-2 win for Oklahoma City.

The Barons remained the only AHL team without a regulation loss when leading at an intermission. Oklahoma City is 18-0-2-1 when leading after one period and 26-0-4-0 when in front after two. The Barons also moved to 25-1-2-3 when scoring at least one power play goal.

The Barons hit the road for a pair of games at Texas on March 16-17 in Cedar Park, Texas. Friday’s game is a 7:30 p.m. CT puck drop and Saturday’s is at 7 p.m. CT. Radio for both games airs locally on KXY 96.1.

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