The OKC Barons hang on to win 5-4 against the Grand Rapids Griffins after a chippy and penalty laden match last night. A Griffin rally in the third period with two goals depleted the Barons’ 5-2 lead to 5-4 by the end of the third. At the end of the game both teams had tallied a total of 102 minutes of penalties — 48 minutes for the Barons and 54 for the Griffins. In the second period double misconducts were handed out to the Griffins’ Garnet Exelby for spearing and physical abuse of officials, along with 2 minutes for high sticking and a 5 minute major of spearing — a total of 27 minutes. Later in the same period, Tyler Pitlick was given a game misconduct after a 5 minute major boarding penalty along with a 5 minute penalty for fighting for a total of 20 minutes, along with an ejection from the game.
Starting Line for OKC Barons: Cornet-Arcobello-Keller, Chorney-Helmer, Danis in net
Scratches: Tulupov, Lowery, Kytnar (healthy); Tyrvainen, Green, Omark, Lord (injured).
Dylan Yeo, from the Ontario Reign, has been signed to a PTO and played his first game as an OKC Baron last night (see article below), and Milan Kytnar, recalled from Stockton, also joined the team for this series of road games, however he was a healthy scratch last night. Alex Plante and Taylor Chorney rejoined the Barons after being called up to the Oilers.
UPDATE: Alex Plante has been recalled by the Oilers and will join them in Denver for tonight’s game against the Avalanche.
|1. OKC Grant, (4) (House, Hamilton), 4:25|
|1. GR Nyquist, (6) (Conner, Brunnstrom), 7:26 (PP)|
|1. OKC Brule, (6) (Hartikainen, VandeVelde), 8:25|
|2. GR Andersson, (3) (Conner, Pare), 7:39|
|2. OKC Cornet, (13) (Keller, Arcobello), 15:48 (PP)|
|3. OKC Hartikainen, (8) (Chorney), 1:44|
|3. OKC Hamilton, (1) (Arcobello, Ringwald), 9:00|
|3. GR Conner, (7) (Nyquist, Smith), 14:14 (PP)|
|3. GR Johnson, (9) (Janik, Nyquist), 18:19|
Curtis Hamilton scored his first Barons goal — his first as a pro! — last night. Congratulations!
Yann Danis saved 26 of 30 shots on goal and the Griffins goaltender Tom McCollum saved 28 of 33 shots on goal. Danis record is now 9-4.
The three stars of the night were: 1. OKC Hartikainen (goal, assist); 2. GR Nyquist (power play goal, two assists); 3. OKC Hamilton (game-winning goal, assist)
The OKC Barons play the Rockford IceHogs tonight and return to Grand Rapids to finish their three game road trip Sunday.