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BARONS OFFENSIVE EXPLOSION LEADS TO 5-2 WIN OVER HAMILTON

By Cassie Gage,

The Oklahoma City Barons ended the power play drought and added three even strength goals and an empty net goal to down the Hamilton Bulldogs 5-2 Wednesday evening at the Cox Convention Center. With the win, the Barons (2-2-0-0) even the North Division Semi-Final against the Bulldogs (2-2-0-0) at 2-2. 

Hunter Tremblay scored his first goal as a Baron just 3:06 into the game. Tremblay’s unassisted tally came following a Hamilton turnover behind the net. Tremblay made his presence felt early in the game by not only getting two more shots on goal but by throwing a solid hit against Hamilton’s Dustin Boyd, pushing him into the bench area.                                      

Hamilton added the equalizer at the 10:29 mark of the period when Ian Schultz got a Nigel Dawes rebound off the post to tie the game at 1-1. The two teams combined for 19 shots on goal in the first period with Hamilton having an 11-8 edge at the intermission.
 

Oklahoma City brought the offensive pressure to start the period and, at the 5:40 mark, the persistence paid off. Ryan O’Marra blasted a shot and Zach Stortini got the rebound behind Bulldogs goaltender Drew MacIntyre to give the Barons the lead at 2-1. 

Hamilton responded to even the score at 13:50 as Paul Zanette got the puck past Martin Gerber. After the Barons led in shots on goal at 5-2 in the period following the Stortini goal, Hamilton controlled the puck for the latter half of the second, taking a lead on shots on goal, but a late holding penalty to Hamilton’s Kyle Klubertanz gave Oklahoma City the power play advantage with less than two minutes remaining.  

Prior to the power play opportunity, the Barons were 0-for-16 with the man advantage but Mark Arcobello ended that drought with his first goal of the postseason to give the Barons a 3-2 lead at the second intermission. 

Oklahoma City added an insurance goal at the 11:26 mark of the third period as Linus Omark got the puck past MacIntyre to push the advantage to 4-2. Arcobello was credited with the secondary assist on the goal, giving him his second point of the night. 

Chris VandeVelde added an empty netter at 19:20 to secure a 5-2 win for Oklahoma City and even the series. 


Game five of the North Division Semi-Final is Friday evening at 7:05 p.m. CT at the Cox Convention Center. Game six is scheduled for 3 p.m. CT Sunday, April 24 at the Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, Ontario.

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