The OKC Barons were defeated by the Abbotsford Heat 4-2 in their second match this weekend. Both teams are now tied at the top of the Western Conference West Division. The Barons were off to a very slow start and struggled all night on defense and shots on goal, as the Heat were back to their aggressive fast game last night.

The first period remained scoreless with Abbotsford outshooting the Barons 9 to 7. Less than halfway through the second, Abbotsford scored at 7:39 on a power-play with a goal by Greg Nemisz and assists by Brendan Mikkelson and Jon Rheault. A short time later at 8:58 Abbotsford’s Clay Wilson scored, with Nemisz and Rheault assisting. OKC Barons’ Hunter Tremblay scored the first Barons’ goal of the night on a breakaway while short-handed. This is Tremblay’s third short-handed goal of the season and the only short-handed Barons’ goals of the season. Late in the second, the Barons tied the game when Chris VandeVelde scored at 18:31 with assists from Gilbert Brule and Ryan Lowery.

The Heat regained their lead in the third period when Guillaume Desbiens scored at 3:25, with assists by Dustin Sylvester and Krys Kolanos. The gamed ended with another goal for the Heat when Rheault scored an empty-netter at 19:26 with an assist by Wilson.

OKC Barons goaltender Yann Danis saved 26 of 29 shots on goal and the Heat’s goaltender Leland Irving saved 21 of 23 shots on goal. The Barons trailed on shots on goal in the first two periods and improved during the third: 7-9, 7-15, and 9-6, for a total of 23-30 shots of goal.

The three stars of the night were Abbotsford Heat players: Nemisz, Rheault and Desbiens.

The OKC Barons will go on the road with games in Grand Rapids and Rockford following Thanksgiving and will return home on December 2nd to face San Antonio.

Starting Lineup: Tulupov, Pitlick, O’Marra, Plante, and Tremblay. Danis in goal.

Scratches: Green, Tyvainen, Lord, Omark.