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BARONS BLANK HEAT 4-0
By Blake Colston, on 02/09/2012The Oklahoma City Barons (31-12-2-3) used the final two periods to pull away from the Abbotsford Heat (26-19-3-0) by the score of 4-0 and collect their league best 31st victory at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary.
Despite a scoreless first each team had scoring oppurtunites.Goaltender interference against Bryan Helmer at 7:15 of the first gave Abbotsford the lone man advantage of the period.
The resulting Heat power play almost turned into a goal for Oklahoma City. Tanner House nearly registered the score after he broke free of the defense just past center ice, but his backhand try was denied by Abbotsford netminder Henrik Karlsson. Abbotsford outshot Oklahoma City 11-7 in the initial 20 minutes.
The Barons offense came to life midway through the second period. Seconds after the first Oklahoma City power play of the game expired, Curtis Hamilton found Marc Arcobello in the deep slot. Arcobello lifted a shot past Karlsson to put the Barons ahead 1-0 at 12:29 of the second.
Linus Omark and Josh Green combined to bolster the Barons lead late in the second period. After picking up a loose puck at center ice Omark skated into the Abbotsford zone and sent a pass to Green. He was able to corral the pass and score at 19:32 to send Oklahoma City into the 2nd intermission with momentum.
Omark, playing in his first game since mid November after sustaining an ankle injury, put the Barons on cruise control early in the third with his second goal of the season, beating Karlsson high to the glove side to make it 3-0. Taylor Chorney and Colton Teubert picked up assists on the play.
Hunter Tremblay got in on the scoring action at 10:51 of the third period putting home a rebound of a Mark Arcobello shot to give the Barons a 4-0 advantage.
Oklahoma City goaltender Yann Danis posted his second straight shutout and fifth straight victory stopping all 24 shots he faced. It is his fifth shutout of the season and the sixth by a Barons netminder on the campaign.
The teams will travel back to Abbotsford tomorrow for a Saturday evening matchup inside the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre. Faceoff is set for 9 p.m. CST.
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