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BARONS RALLY TO BEAT COMETS IN OVERTIME, 3-2
By Chad Hudson, on 01/09/2014
The Oklahoma City Barons (14-17-1-5) pushed their winning streak to three games in an exciting fashion with a 3-2 overtime thriller over the Utica Comets (11-18-2-2) Thursday Night at the Cox Convention Center.
After a flurry of chances in the final seven minutes of the third period and adding the extra attacker, Oklahoma City finally capitalized when Ryan Hamilton beat Joe Cannata with only four seconds remaining. Assists were credited to Anton Lander and Brad Hunt.
Nearly as soon as overtime began, it was all over. Taylor Fedun rushed into the offensive zone, made a move around the Utica defenseman and then shoveled the puck over Cannata’s glove for the game-winner just 17 seconds in. Miller and Lander assisted on the goal.
The Comets and Barons got off to a fast start, with back and forth action dominating for much of the even strength action. The Comets got on the board first when Nicklas Jensen deflected a Yann Sauve point shot past Bachman’s blocker 5:13 into the first period.
Oklahoma City evened things up with 1:50 remaining in the initial frame. The goal started with an Alexandre Grenier holding minor penalty where Tyler Pitlick made the Comets pay. Pitlick’s one-timer beat Cannata to the blocker side off a beautiful, cross-ice pass from Lander. Hunt was credited with the second assist.
The second period was dominated between the pipes for both teams, as Richard Bachman and Cannata had an answer for the 10 shots each faced. The Barons had a brief 5-on-3 power play opportunity, but were unable to capitalize. After scoring on their only power play chance in the first period, they failed on both attempts in the second.
The final period began with a quick penalty to Roman Horak for holding the stick just 1:06 in. This time, the Comets made the Barons pay.
Jensen netted his second goal of the game to give the Comets a 2-1 lead, which nearly ended up being the game-winner.
Lander assisted on all three Barons goals and has caught fire of late. In his last eight AHL games, Lander has recorded seven goals and five assists for 12 points.
Bachman had 30 saves and Cannata answered with 26 of his own. Hunt recorded two assists in his return to the Barons after returning from the Edmonton Oilers.
The game was back-and-forth nearly the entire game, with both teams battling in all three zones. Each team had one power play goal on three chances.
In what was their first ever meeting, the Comets and Barons did not disappoint. Oklahoma City is back in action Friday and Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. CT against the Charlotte Checkers. Friday night is Barons Night and features $1 hot dogs and $2 beers.
Click here for the box score: http://theahl.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1011617
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