The OKC Barons put a halt to their two-game losing streak last night in Rockford when they beat the IceHogs 5-4. Their record now stands at 11-4-0-1 and places them at the top of the Western Conference West Division — along with the team we meet this weekend in back-to-back Friday and Saturday games, Abbotsford Heat, standing at 11-4-1-0.

At 8:06 into the first period the Rockford IceHogs got the first goal of the night during a power-play when Peter LeBlanc scored, with assists by Jeremy Morin and Brandon Segal. OKC Barons tied the game later in the first at 13:04 while also on a power-play when Teemu Hartikainen scored, when assists by Linus Omark and Bryan Helmer.

The Barons came out strong during the second period and Teemu Hartikainen scored his second goal of the night at 2:33, with assists by Ryan Lowery and Gillbert Brule. Later in the same period, Gilbert Brule scored a goal at 11:50 on a power-play, with assists by Hartikainen and the OKC Barons goaltender Yann Danis. Philippe Cornet scored the Barons fourth goal of the night at 14:58, with assists by Ryan Keller and Mark Arcobello.

The Barons started the third period with a comfortable lead at 4-1 however the IceHogs rallied strongly beginning with a goal by Brandon Segal at 3:12 into the period, with assists by Brian Fahey and Brett McLean. A few minutes later the Icehogs scored once again with a goal by Peter LeBlanc, with assists by Ryan Stanton and Shawn Lelonde. Near the end of the third period at 11:47 an IceHogs goal by Brandon Pirri, and assists by Andrew Shaw and Peter LeBlanc, tied the game at 4-4.

OKC Barons were able to rally after the three consecutive IceHogs goals when Ryan Keller scored at 12:45, with assists by Philippe Cornet and Colten Teubert.

At 16:45 into the third period, the IceHogs were given a penalty shot when Cornet tripped Brett McLean on a breakaway. OKC Barons goaltender Yann Danis made the timely save to maintain the Barons’ lead.

Yann Danis saved 32 shots on goal, in addition to the saved penalty shot in the third period. The IceHogs goaltender Alexander Salak saved 16 of 20 shots and was replaced in the third period by Alec Richards who saved 5 of 6 shots.

LW-C-RW:

  • Omark-House-Hartikainen
  • Cornet-Arcobello-Keller
  • Tremblay-O’Marra-Brule
  • Hamilton-Vandevelde-Pitlick

D:

  • Plante/Tulupov
  • Lowery/Helmer
  • Chorney/Teubert

Yann Danis in net

Starters: Cornet-Arcobello-Keller, Lowery and Helmer, Danis

Scratches: Grant and Montgomery – healthy; Tyrvainen, Green and Lord – injuries

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