For the second straight night, the Oklahoma City Barons (21-7-1-3) and Rochester Americans (15-12-4-1) needed extra time to decide the outcome of their game. For the second straight night, Rochester skated away with a 4-3 win, this time in a shootout.
Similar to last night’s game, the Americans jumped on the board first. Defenseman T.J. Brennan fired a shot from the right point that found its way by Barons goaltender Yann Danis.
Just over five minutes later, the Barons would answer with a power-play goal. Ryan Keller collected the puck in the deep slot and whistled one past the right side of Rochester goaltender David Leggio for his 10th goal of the season. In addition to the score being even, shots were even at eight in the period.
The Barons would strike next with their second power-play marker of the game at 12:57 of the second. Dan Ringwald picked up a Josh Green pass near the blueline, skated into the slot and put a quick wrist shot past Leggio. Just before the goal, defenseman Bryan Helmer helped deny a Travis Turnbull short-handed scoring chance. The goal is Ringwald’s first as a member of the Barons roster.
With just over six minutes left in the second, the Barons found themselves in a spot where they were forced to kill off a lengthy 5-on-3 short-handed situation. The penalty killers combined with Danis to deny Rochester on the multiple chances.
Rochester would eventually tie the game at two when Jacob Legace netted his eighth goal of the season. Phil Varone fettered a shot toward Danis and Lagace was able to get just enough of the puck to send it over the shoulder of the Barons netminder. By virtue of their extended power-play chance, Rochester held an 8-5 shots on goal advantage in the period.
The early part of the third period belonged to the Barons. Keller scored his second of the night just 21 seconds into the frame to give the Barons a 3-2 lead. He converted on a nifty cross-ice pass from Bryan Helmer. That was followed shortly by a full five-minute power play after Rochester forward Travis Turnbull was assessed 27 minutes in penalties, including an unmatched major for fighting. By virtue of the extended power play, the Barons would outshoot Rochester 7-0 in the first part of the third period.
Like the night before, Rochester would tie the game near the midway mark of the third. At 10:17 Legace deflected a Marcus Foligno shot. The goal for Lagace was his second of the evening.
Neither team would score during the remainder of regulation or the five-minute overtime session. In the shootout, Keller and Paajarvi would score for the Barons. Those goals were answered by Lagace and Jonathan Parker. Rochester defenseman T.J. Brennan scored the game winner at the sixth round.
Barons goaltender Yann Danis stopped 21 of the 24 shots he faced in regulation and three of six in the shootout to get tagged with the shootout loss. Danis’ record falls to 13-5-1. Rochester goaltender David Leggio earned the win by making 22 saves and stopping four of six in the shootout. He improves to 9-7-0 on the season.
Oklahoma City is off until Saturday when they host the San Antonio Rampage at the Cox Convention Center at 7 p.m. The Barons are hosting a Boulevard Brewery tasting prior to the game. Fans 21-and-older can sample Boulevard Pale Ale, Boulevard Wheat, Boulevard IPA and Boulevard Amber. In addition, fans will receive items to prepare themselves for the Opening Night celebration such as beads and masks. Doors open at 6 p.m.
NOTE: Fans can join the Barons players and coaches tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. at the Devon Rink at the Myriad Gardens. Admission and skate rental is free from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. while the Barons are there.