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BARONS ROLL PAST ABBOTSFORD, 4-1
By Cassie Gage,
OKLAHOMA CITY – In a battle of the top two teams in the American Hockey League Western Conference’s West Division, the Oklahoma City Barons downed the Abbotsford Heat 4-1 Friday evening at the Cox Convention Center. The Barons (12-4-0-1) snapped the Heat’s seven-game road winning streak to hand Abbotsford (11-5-1-0) its first road loss since Oct. 26.
David LeNeveu moved to 4-1-0-1 on the year, making 24 saves and allowed just the one goal late in the second period. The win also marked LeNeveu's first on home ice this season.
Tyler Pitlick scored his third goal of the year after stuffing home a rebound on a Tanner House shot just 2:37 into the game. The duo developed a two-on-one off an Abbotsford turnover and Pitlick was able to slap House’s rebound past Leland Irving to give the home team a 1-0 lead.
Philippe Cornet continued his hot streak, scoring his league-leading 12th goal of the year at 7:40 in the first period. Cornet deked and got Irving to commit to push the puck just under his right pad to put Oklahoma City up 2-0. It was Cornet’s fourth goal and fifth point in three games.
After putting up several quality scoring opportunities in the opening period, the first period ended with the Barons leading 2-0 and the two teams equal in shots at 10 apiece.
The Pitlick, House and Triston Grant line came through again at the 10:59 mark of the second period. House scored his first goal of the season on an assist from Grant as the Barons led 3-0.
Abbotsford broke the shutout late in the second as Jon Rheault got the Heat on the board at 17:20.
After ending the first dead-even in shots, Abbotsford managed to put nine on the board in the second, while Oklahoma City had eight.
Ryan Keller scored his fifth goal of the year, unassisted at 5:57 in the third period. Keller was able to hold on the puck long enough to throw off Irving and get the soft pass to trickle through to the back of the net. Abbotsford led in shots 25-24 at the end of the game.
The Barons face Abbotsford in a rematch Saturday evening at 7 p.m. CT at the Cox Convention Center. The game can be heard locally on KXY 96.1 FM.
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