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BARONS FALL TO ADMIRALS 5-3

By Cassie Gage,

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma City Barons led 2-0 but were unable to hang on as the Milwaukee Admirals won 5-3 Friday evening at the Cox Convention Center. The Barons (32-13-2-3) dropped their first contest when leading by two or more goals this year. Milwaukee moved 26-21-2-1 this season.

The Barons jumped out to a quick start in the first period as Linus Omark continued his hot streak since returning from injury. Omark was the recipient of cross-ice pass from Ryan Keller and capitalized on a laid out Jeremy Smith to give Oklahoma City at 1-0 lead at 6:15. The power play goal snapped a three-game streak without a goal while on the man advantage and gave Omark his third straight game with a goal.

Tyler Pitlick scored his fifth of the year and first since Jan. 27 at the 9:18 mark of the first. Pitlick went top shelf on a pass from Hunter Tremblay to push the home lead to 2-0.

Milwaukee cut the Barons’ lead in half when Kyle Wilson wristed a shot past Yann Danis’ stick side at 17:59. The Admirals tied the game at 2-2 late in the period when Ryan Thang was awarded his 13th of the year at 18:29. Milwaukee led in shot at the first intermission 12-11.

Milwaukee took the lead at 5:07 of the second period when Tyler Sloan put the puck past Danis to put the visitors in front 3-2. Ben Ryan doubled the lead at the 16:19 mark with his second of the year. The Admirals led 23-22 in shots at the second intermission.

The Barons got one goal back at 7:08 in the third period as Teemu Hartikainen scored his 11th of the year from Taylor Chorney and Omark. The assist gave Omark two points on the night, his second multiple point game since his return.

Jani Lajuen added the empty netter with less than 10 seconds remaining to secure the 5-3 win for Milwaukee. Despite overtaking the Admirals for the shots lead in the third (32-26), the Barons were unable to get the equalizer late in the period to drop their first contest since Feb. 3.

Oklahoma City faces Milwaukee in a rematch Saturday evening at 7 p.m. CT inside the Cox Convention Center. The game airs locally on KXY 96.1 FM.

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