Ford Scores Two, Barons Defense Better, Power Play Still Off, Oklahoma City Beats San Antonio 3-1

Losing in a shoot out in San Antonio 24 hours prior, the same two teams would travel to Oklahoma City on Saturday for a rematch. A mechanical issue on the Barons sleeper bus forced the squad to disband, and struggle to find flights out of San Antonio to OKC. This, unfortunately, had many players not arriving in Oklahoma until lunchtime. With a puck drop at 7:00, you would have thought that the Barons would be at a great disadvantage. Instead they played patient, realizing they were probably a bit weary, and were able to notch three goals against the Rampage in a 3-1 victory for the home team.

Laurent Brossoit would start for Oklahoma City and be dazzling for sixty straight minutes. And for a second night the Rampage would throw Jacob Markstrom to the net, and he would be pretty solid as well.

Matthew Ford would score his first of two with assists coming from Curtis Hamilton and Ryan Martindale, two guys recently re-inserted into the lineup after injuries. For Hamilton, it was only his fifth game of the season after a long ACL recovery process. Martindale, returning to the lineup for his fourth game in quite some time, looked to return to his offensive form prior to injury. Both the Rampage and Barons would get a chance on the power play in the first period, and both would look majorly unorganized. With twenty minutes complete, it was the Oklahoma City Barons that would come out victorious with an early 1-0 lead.

In the second period Oklahoma City began to slip into the puck possession troubles that they have been plagued with for most of the season. Again, both teams would squander power play chances, but it was San Antonio that would sneak in a goal at the 8:26 mark. John Lee would score his third on the season, and the Rampage would even things up. San Antonio began to amp up their shot totals, and we got our first really good look at Laurent Brossoit as a prospect. Stopping all but one of twelve shots, he would eventually end the night facing 31 shots. After two periods, the game was tied at one all.

The Barons would score twice in the third period, with Anton Lander putting his team up a goal in the first two minutes of the final period. The pace slowed, the Barons defense looked far more disciplines, and Brossoit continued to be glorious. One or two scoring chances for each club just weren’t enough as the Barons would seal the deal via an empty netter from Matthew Ford. The final score of 3-1 would put the Barons one step closer to .500.