By Cassie Gage, OKC Barons on 01/07/2011

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma City Barons continued a five-game homestand Friday evening at the Cox Convention Center. The Barons (18-15-1-4) fell to the Peoria Rivermen (24-10-2-1), who scored three first period goals en route to the 5-2 win. Peoria goaltender Jake Allen made 37 saves on the night, his second highest total of the season. 

Dave Spina put Peoria on the board first with a shot from the top of the circle at the 5:35 mark of the opening period. The Rivermen added a second goal at 6:54 by Andrew Carroll to lead 2-0 before Graham Mink scored on the power play at 13:14 to give Peoria a 3-0 lead at the first intermission.

Spina added his second goal of the game, a shorthanded tally, late in the second period at 17:38. Milan Kytnar got the home team on the board at 19:54 with a slapshot from the high slot. Matt Marquardt and Alex Plante picked up assists on the goal. 


The Rivermen added another goal at the 14:25 mark of the third when Mink scored his second of the game. In his first game back after a call-up to Edmonton, Ryan O’Marra netted his second goal of the season at 18:58. O’Marra’s goal was assisted by recently signed Bryan Helmer and Ben Ondrus. 

Oklahoma City managed to close the shots on goal gap in the third. After trailing in shots 30-23 at the end of the second, the Barons had just two fewer than Peoria at the end of the game, 41-39. 

The Barons continue the current homestand tomorrow night. Oklahoma City faces Peoria in a rematch at 6:05 p.m. CT at the Cox Convention Center. 

Andrew Lord wore No. 17 as newcomer Bryan Helmer wore No. 21 … Helmer was signed to a professional tryout contract this morning … Milan Kytnar scored his third goal of the season … Matt Marquardt picked up his fifth assist of the year on Kyntar’s goal … Alex Plante recorded his seventh assist … Ryan O’Marra scored his second goal of the year … Helmer earned his first assist … Ben Ondrus tallied his ninth assist of the season.


Head coach Todd Nelson and Barons' defenseman Shawne Belle react to a 5-2 loss to Peoria.

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