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BRULE'S OT GOAL GIVES BARONS 4-3 WIN

By Jim Byers,

Gilbert Brule scored at 2:53 of overtime to give the Oklahoma City Barons a sweep of a two-game series in Abbotsford as the Barons beat the Heat 4-3 on Saturday at the Entertainment and Sports Centre.

Brule was set up by Linus Omark, who had three asists in the game as Oklahoma City won its fourth straight (all on the road) and improved to 8-2-0-1. The Heat fell to 7-4-1-0.

Josh Green, who missed the third period with an injury added two goals for the Barons while Ryan Keller had a pair of assists.

The Heat opened the scoring with a pair of goals in the first 4:12 of the opening period. Ben Walter put one past David LeNeveu from the deep slot. Greg Nemisz followed with a shorthanded goal wehen LeNeveu attempted a head-man pass and shot it into Nemisz, who then fired the puck into a vacated net.

The Barons responded with a power play goal by Philippe Cornet, his team-high eighth goal, from Guibert Brule at 5:01. Oklahoma City tied the score when Josh Green connected from Ryan Keller and Linus Omark at 11:18.

Oklahoma had 11:11 seconds of man-advantage time in the first period, helped by a major and game misconduct assessed to Abbotsford's Jordan Henry for slashing Antti Tyrvainen, who did not return. Green gave the Barons a 3-2 lead at 9:41 of the third on setups by Omark and Tanner House.

The Heat tied the score 3-3 on Nemisz's second of the game as he tucked a blocked point shot past LeNeveu, who improved to 3-0-1 with 19 saves.

Joni Ortio received his first start of the year for the Heat, spelling the league's busiest goaltender Leland Irving. Ortio made 21 saves in falling to 0-1-0.

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