By Cassie Gage, OKC Barons on 01/26/2011

Returning home following a seven-game road trip, the Oklahoma City Barons fell to the Chicago Wolves 5-4 in a shootout Wednesday evening at the Cox Convention Center. The Barons (25-16-2-5) came back from a two-goal deficit to tie the game, but were unable to come away with a win against the Wolves (25-20-2-3).  

With Colin McDonald and Shawn Belle in the penalty box, the Wolves took advantage of a 5-on-3 power play early in the first period. Andre Deveaux scored at 6:58 on an assist from Paul Postma and Darren Haydar. Just one minute later, the Wolves’ Ryan Garbutt doubled the Chicago lead with a goal at 7:50 on another power play. Teemu Hartikainen finally put the Barons on the board at 12:43 on a deflection pass from Milan Kytnar as the opening period ended with Barons trailing 2-1.  

Returning to the ice for period two, the Barons gained momentum by scoring back-to-back goals a season- best 28 seconds apart. The first came as a result from a shot by Alex Plante who managed to get a shot off while falling. Greg Stewart completed Plante’s attempt with a goal, tying the score. Brad Moran kept the crowd cheering with another goal, assisted by Taylor Chorney and Alexandre Giroux at 3:56.  The Barons held onto their 3-2 lead until late in the second, when the Wolves’ Fredrik Pettersson redirected a pass that trickled past Martin Gerber at 16:33. Gerber stopped the Wolves from scoring again with only 35 seconds left in the period with a nice glove save, keeping the score 3-3.  

Matt Marquardt opened period three scoring with a rocket from the point at 7:52. Andrew Lord and Richard Petiot assisted on Marquardt’s third goal of the season. With less than a minute remaining, the Wolves pulled their goalie in favor of the extra attacker. At 19:36, Garbutt scored his second of the game when he stuffed home the rebound from Jared Ross to force overtime deadlocked at 4-4. 

 Neither team scored in the extra frame, forcing a shootout. The Wolves opened and scored with their second shooter, Michael Davies. McDonald responded for the Barons in the fourth round, tying it up 1-1. Neither team scored again until the 10th round, when Pettersson got one past Gerber. Chicago goaltender Drew MacIntyre stopped Ryan O’Marra to secure the 5-4 win for the visiting team.   

Oklahoma City continues its five-game homestand this Friday against the Texas Stars at 6:05 p.m. CT. The first 2,000 kids 12 and under receive a special Barons practice-style jersey on youth jersey night.


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