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ROCHESTER DOWNS BARONS 4-3 IN OT
By Josh Evans, OKC Barons on 12/27/2011
Rochester defenseman Drew Schiestel scored 3:21 into overtime to give the Rochester Americans a 4-3 win over the Oklahoma City Barons Tuesday evening at the Cox Convention Center.
The first period saw the teams trade power-play goals. Paul Szczechura stuffed home a rebound off his own shot from just in front of Barons netminder Yann Danis 2:45 into the frame. Barons forward Josh Green answered just over five minutes later when he deflected a shot past Americans netminder Drew MacIntyre.
Rochester would take a 2-1 lead into the dressing room however when defenseman Alex Biega scored from the right point shortly after an offensive zone faceoff. Rochester would hold a 12-10 shot advantage after the first period.
The shots advantage would swing toward Oklahoma City in the second period. However, it took nearly the entire period for the Barons to light the lamp. At 18:10 of the second, Triston Grant tipped home a Chris VandeVelde shot from a steep angle to the left of MacIntyre.
Just under a minute later, defenseman Dan Ringwald kept in an attempted clearing pass and found Ryan O’Marra in the high slot. O’Marra turned, fired and bested the Rochester netminder.
Exactly halfway through the third period, Rochester would tie the game on Szczechura’s second of the night. He collected a turnover in the left-wing faceoff circle and rifled a shot past Danis.
Each team would have their chances late in the game, but neither squad could convert and the game went to overtime.
Early in the extra session, Ryan Keller set up Green for a one-timer that was stopped by MacIntyre as he slid across his crease. Shortly thereafter, Philippe Cornet was whistled for a slashing call, setting up Rochester on their fifth power-play chance of the evening.
Schiestel collected a pass from Phil Varone and sent it past a screened Danis for the game winner at 3:21 of the extra session.
The two power-play goals surrendered by the Barons marks the first time this season they have allowed multiple power-play goals at home. Despite allowing those power-play goals, the Barons are still killing penalties at a 90 percent clip at home.
Barons goaltender Yann Danis stopped 19 of the 23 shots he faced in the overtime loss. Americans netminder Drew MacIntyre made 27 saves in the win.
Barons fans may remember MacIntyre. He backstopped the Hamilton Bulldogs in their first-round playoff series with Oklahoma City last season. Including those games, MacIntyre is 6-3 against Oklahoma City.
The Barons and Rochester complete this two-game set tomorrow evening at 7 p.m. at the Cox Convention Center.
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