A different day, but the same emoting from the Oklahoma City Barons. After being defeated soundly in the third period on Saturday, the Barons would again suffer the same fate but with the defeating coming in the second period. They’d lose to the San Antonio Rampage again on Sunday, 3-2.
Let’s start with the positives. The Barons scored on the power play. That’s a good thing. If you guaranteed me 1/4 each night I’d probably take it. The team also out shot the Rampage in every single period, and thus for the entire game (38 to 30). Jordan Eberle and Teemu Hartikainen had two of the best goals of the season. Ebs with a scary magician like spinner and Teemu with a fantastic breakaway. Yann Danis, not the dominate force of a year ago, but decent enough to bail his team out in bunches. But Sunday he was semi-shakey when the team needed him the most. He doesn’t get much help mind you (player turnovers, blocking shots, etc), but sometimes you have to be the guy to get things rolling — Sunday he wasn’t.
The first period began with a Jordan Eberle “Goal of the Year” candidate Back-handed with his back to the goal, and assisted by Taylor Hall and Justin Schultz, it’s one you have to see to believe. And that would be all the scoring in the first period. It was also a goaltending battle in the first, and the brief edge was given to Jacob Markstrom, whom would steal the show the rest of the evening as well.
The second period was brutal for OKC. Jason DeSantis, who’d have a two point night, scored first for San Antonio followed 7 minutes later by alternate captain Greg Rallo on the power play. The Rampage would suddenly be up a goal, when Teemu Hartikainen would capitilize on a terrible penalty kill moment for San Antonio. The breakaway was legit NHL style, and the Barons would be back neck-and-neck with the Rampage. But James Wright would get his team back on top when he scored with 3 minutes left in the second period. San Antonio would take a 3 goals to 2 lead on OKC.
The third period was, again, a goaltending dual. Markstrom stopped 11 and Danis stopped 10. With Oklahoma City pushing to make the game even, San Antonio pushed back knowing that this incarnation of the Barons isn’t worth messing around on. But in the end, that second period three goal flurry by the Rampage was too much. Oklahoma City would lose again to the San Antonio Rampage, 3-2.