The OKC Barons were defeated by the Grand Rapids Griffins 3-2 in a shootout Saturday night. Both teams got off to a very slow start in the first and second periods which were full of OKC Barons penalties. The Griffins were the first to score late in the second period when Brent Raedeke scored the first goal of the night at 15:45, with assists by Andrej Nestrasil and Gustav Nyquist, for a 1-0 lead. A short time later on a power play, the Griffins scored again with a goal by Nestrasil at 18:33, with assists by Joakim Andersson and Brendan Smith, to go into the third period 2-0.
Later in the third period, the Barons finally came alive during a powerplay and Teemu Hartikainen scored the Barons’ first goal of the night at 12:46 with assists by Curtis Hamilton and Bryan Helmer. A very short time later, Ryan O’Marra scored with a rebound from his own shot, at 14:16, with an assist from Jeff Petry, to tie the game 2-2.
Although the Barons outshot the Griffins 3-0 during overtime, the game went into a nine-round shootout which kept Barons’ fans on their feet. During the second round Philippe Cornet scored the Barons’ only goal. Gustav Nyquist scored for the Griffins in the second round and it was Brendan Smith who scored in the ninth round and won the game for the Griffins.
David LeNeveu was in net for the Barons and saved 36 of 38 shots on goal. The Griffins’ goaltender, Joey MacDonald saved 33 of 35 shots of goal. The three stars of the night were Andrej Nestrasil for the Griffins, and David LeNeveu and Ryan O’Marra for the Barons. I would also include Teemu Hartikainen to that list in a tie for third for his third period goal which fired up the Barons and set the tenor for the remainder of the final period into overtime. Teemu, your exuberance last night was a joy to watch!