Yes, the NBA Thunder is making history with each playoff game and that is awesome, but if you can’t get a ticket, your next best bet is across the street Tuesday night at Cox Convention Center where the Barons need a win in Game 3 of their opening round playoff series with Hamilton. The parent club Oilers really sent some talent their way for the OKC folks to cheer on this time of year, so I recommend you catch a game and see if this OKC team can advance in the playoffs, too.
The Hamilton Bulldogs downed the Oklahoma City Barons 2-1 in Game 2 of their best-of-7 series in Hamilton, Ontario. The Bulldogs now own a 2-0 lead in the series.
Brad Moran scored the lone goal for the Barons at 17:18 of the first period. Colin McDonald carried the puck into the offensive zone. He found Moran cutting into the slot, centered the puck and Moran blasted it past Bulldogs netminder Drew MacIntyre.
Hamilton would score twice in just over a minute of game play between the end of the first period and the beginning of the second. With under three seconds to play in the first, Andreas Engqvist centered the puck where it bounced in off of defenseman Richard Petiot’s skate. The Bulldogs’ second goal came on an early second-period power play when Nigel Dawes ripped a one-timer past Barons goalkeeper Martin Gerber.
As the game progressed, the Bulldogs continued their strong defensive stance, utilizing the strong goaltending of Drew MacIntyre to keep the Barons off the scoreboard. That included a 15-2 shot advantage in the third period and a 39-23 advantage in the game. Through two games, MacIntyre has stopped 62 of 65 Barons shots.
Goaltender Martin Gerber stopped 21 of the 23 shots he faced in the game. Gerber has played five of the six periods in the series, he has stopped 42 of 46 shots.
Another key to the Bulldogs taking a 2-0 lead in the series has been the ability to take advantage of power-play chances. The Bulldogs have four power-play goals in 12 chances, while the Barons have failed to convert on six chances.
The series moves to Oklahoma City for games next week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday (if necessary). All three games faceoff at 7:05 p.m. at the Cox Convention Center. The games can be heard on the Barons flagship station 96.1 KXY and in Edmonton on The Team 1260. Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, including the Cox Convention Center box office.