Last night the OKC Barons defeated the Houston Aeros in a shootout 5-4. Early in the first period Josh Green scored the Barons’ first goal of the night at 1:08, with Kirill Tulupov and Bryan Helmer assisting. Later in the same period Hunter Tremblay scored on an Aeros powerplay while short-handed at 12:03. The Barons’ third goal was scored by Philippe Cornet at 18:20, assisted by Tulupov and Alex Plante. Shots on goal during the first period were in the Barons favor 9-3, and the first period ended with the score 3-0

Houston Aeros’ goaltender Matt Hackett was replaced by Dennis Endras in the second period and after surrendering a three goal advantage in the first period to the Barons, the Aeros came out strong with a goal by Carson McMillan at 2:46, assisted by Chad Rau. The Aeros scored again at 9:39 with a goal by Justin Fontaine, assisted by David McIntyre.

Late in the second the Barons rallied with a powerplay goal by Teemu Hartikainen at 11:54, assisted by Ryan Keller and Josh Green. A short time later Houston answered with a goal by Jarod Palmer at 16:35, assisted by Chay Genoway, to end the second period with a score of 4-3. The Aeros shots on goal during the second period were double the Barons at 12-6.

Early in the third period a tripping penalty by Josh Green gave the Aeros the opportunity to score on a powerplay. Casey Wellman scored at 2:09 with assists by Chay Genoway and Jon DiSalvatore to tie the game at 4. The third period ended with no additional goals and went into overtime at 4-4. Shots on goal for the third period were tied at 8-8.

Overtime remained scoreless and the game went into a shootout with OKC Barons shooting first. After four rounds, the Barons tallied two goals by Mark Arcobello and Philippe Cornet, and Houston zero, resulting in a Barons win. Final score 5-4 (SO).

Yann Danis saved 23 of 27 shots on goal. Aeros Matt Hackett saved 6 on 9 shots during the first period and Hackett’s replacement Dennis Endras saved 15 of 16 shots on goal for the remainder of the game. The total shots on goal for the night were 26-27 in Aeros favor.

It is worth noting that Kirill Tulupov garnered his first two AHL assists last night. Sadly, we have not seen Tulupov on OKC ice yet during the regular season, but we are very anxious to see much more of the 6′ 4″ defenseman back in Oklahoma City.

Link to Jim Byers’ article Barons Drop Aeros 5-4 in Shootout.

Link to the AHL Game Summary.

This afternoon the Barons will face the San Antonio Rampage for the second game in their four game roadtrip to Texas and then Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada.