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ADMIRALS HOLD ON, TOP BARONS 3-2
By Jim Byers,The Milwaukee Admirals used a three-goal first period on Sunday at the Bradley Center to send the Barons to their second straight 3-2 loss, the first time this season Oklahoma City has dropped consecutive games in regulation.
The Barons, 10-4-0-1, face Rockford on Wednesday at the MBO Harris Bank Center before returning home to host Rockford on Friday and Saturday.
Milwaukee improves to 8-3-0-1.
The Barons scored first on Philippe Cornet's ninth of the season just 30 seconds after the opening faceoff. It was the fastest Barons' goal from the start of a period this season. Alex Plante dumped the puck into Milwaukee's zone, but as it traveled around the ledge it took an expected carom into the slot and Cornet slid the puck into the net, which had been vacated by goaltender Jeremy Smith in anticipation of a play behind the goal.
Milwaukee countered with three unanswered goals in the first to take a 3-1 lead after one. Mark Van Guilder converted a crisp centering pass from Ryan Flynn for the Admirals' first goal at 8:33, followed by a power play tally by Juuso Puustinen at 9:53. Puustinen's goal ended a stretch of 19 straight successful penalty kills by the Barons.
Milwaukee's third goal was scored unassisted by Kyle Wilson at 13:47 after an errant pass in the Barons' zone.
Oklahoma City made it close with Cornet's second goal of the game at 15:22 of the third on a tip of a Taylor Chorney point shot to conclude the scoring.
The second period was scoreless. The Barons, who wound up with 17 shots, recorded two shots in each of the first two periods. Milwaukee was credited with 29 shots on David LeNeveu, who fell to 3-1-1. Smith upped his record to 7-2-1 in this first of four meetings between the teams.
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