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BARONS END WEEKEND WITH A 4-3 SHOOTOUT LOSS TO HOUSTON
By Eric Rodgers,
A three-point night by Taylor Hall wasn't enough for the Oklahoma City Barons, as they fell to the Houston Aeros 4-3 in a shootout at the Toyota Center in Houston. On the season, the Barons fall to 13-9-1-3 while the Aeros improve to 14-8-1-3.
With Yann Danis in net, the Barons gave up the first goal of the game as Rob Mignardi scored his first goal of the season. Taylor Hall answered right back for the Barons at 5:25 after Jordan Henry sent the puck towards the net from the point. From in front of the net, Hall picked up his eighth goal of the season. Henry and Anton Lander added the assists.
After their fist unsuccessful power-play chance, the Barons converted on the second to give them a 2-1 lead. Taylor Hall picked up a loose puck and sent it to defenseman Justin Schultz at the center point where he rifled it past Houston netminder Matt Hackett. Schultz' goal gives him 14 on the season as he now has a three-game goal streak. Schultz now sits six goals away from tying the AHL record for most goals by a rookie defenseman. With the assist, Hall earned his second point of the game and Mark Arcobello earned his seventh assist of the weekend.
The Barons killed off four straight penalties that extended from the end of the 1st period into the 2nd and saw Oklahoma City shorthanded for eight minutes during that time. Houston scored the lone goal in the middle frame as Mikael Granlund tied it with his fifth goal of the season at 16:42. Charlie Coyle picked up the primary assist after making a play to get away from the Barons defense and find Granlund for the goal.
Tied 2-2 heading into the 3rd period, the Barons only mustered four shots on net in the final 20 minutes. They made them count though. Mark Arcobello picked up a pass from Jordan Eberle and Arcobello sniped a shot top-shelf past Hackett's glove to give the Barons their second lead of the night with a 3-2 score at 11:11. Hall received the second assist on the play to give him three points on the night.
Jordan Henry was called for slashing at 16:22 of the third. On the ensuing Aeros power play, Charlie Coyle set-up Jason Zucker to tie the game at three and send the game into overtime. The extra period was scoreless as the Barons killed a Martin Marincin penalty and Yann Danis turned aside six shots in the five-minute period to bring the game to a shootout.
The Barons were unable to score in the shootout as Hackett stopped Arcobello, Schultz, Eberle, and Hall. Danis turned aside Zucker and Coyle, but shots by Zack Phillips and Granlund gave the Aeros the 2-0 advantage in four rounds of the shootout and the game-winner.
Despite the shootout loss, the Barons pick up five points of a possible six in the three-in-three weekend. The Barons return home this Friday, December 21st and Saturday December 22nd against the Texas Stars in a two-game series. The Barons fell to 0-3 in shootouts this season, all of them against the Aeros.
Click here for the gamesheet: http://theahl.com/stats/official-game-report.php?game_id=1010248
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