The OKC Barons (12-4-0-1) defeated the Abbotsford Heat (11-5-1-0) 4-1 in a strong victory breaking Abbotsford’s seven-game on the road winning streak. The win places the Barons at the top of the Western Conference West Division, one point ahead of the Heat, who they will face again tonight. The Barons met the Heat last night minus several players — Taylor Chorney and Colten Teubert, who were called up to Edmonton yesterday, and Linus Omark, who broke his ankle during the Rockford game earlier this week.

The Barons put up the first two goals of the night when Tyler Pitlick scored his third goal of the season at 2:37 in the first period, with assists from Tanner House and Kirill Tulupov. Later in the same period, Philippe Cornet scored, with Ryan Keller and Mark Arcobello assists, bringing Cornet’s goals for the season to twelve.

The Barons continued in the second period with a goal from Tanner House at 10:59 with an assist by Triston Grant. Later in the second the Heat put up their first and only score of the night with a goal by Jon Rheault, and assists by Ben Walter and Dustin Sylvester.

OKC Barons would finish the night with another goal by Ryan Keller at 5:57 into the third period, clinching the win for the Barons at 4-1.

The two teams were almost evenly matched with shots on goal for the night with Abbotsford edging out the Barons 25-24. The Heat’s goaltender, Leland Irving saved 20 of 24 shots on goal, while the Barons’ goaltender David LeNeveu had an outstanding night, saving 24 of 25.

Late in the third period Kirill Tulupov was given a game misconduct and ejected from the game due to his unfastened fight strap during a fight with Lance Bouma, after Bouma slashed Tulupov. With an assist earlier in the period and the fight, fans were looking forward to Tulupov’s Gordie Howe hat trick, but it was not to be last night. Perhaps tonight in the rematch between the Barons and Heat?

The three stars of the night were: Tanner House, Ryan Keller and David LeNeveu. Well done!

Starters: Tupulov, Plante, Tremblay, O’Marra, Pitlick and LeNeveu.

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