Oklahoma City Outlasts Lake Erie, Continue To Roll

photo by Rob Ferguson

A team that the OKC Barons have only seen twice this year, the Lake Erie Monsters, visited the Cox Center on Friday night. The home team, who are still without Mark Arcobello due to Olympic rules, is on a hot streak unlike any other we’ve seen this season. The notoriously feisty Erie Monsters would be an unfamiliar, but important test for the Barons.

C.J. Stretch and captain Anton Lander scored goals en route to a 2-1 victory in Bricktown last night.

The first period was tame with no goals scored, few penalties, but some really fabulous goaltending. Richard Bachman needed a good game and a good game he’d get. Meanwhile, Sami Aittokallio, the Finnish goaltender in his sophomore season, was pretty good on the night himself.

As the game moved to the second and third periods, the toughness set in, which typically favors the Monsters, but on his night the teams were able to muster what would be considered some goofy penalties with Erie being consistently goofy. Two even strength goals were scored, one for each club, and the game went to the final twenty minutes tied one all.

Bachman would make some man-sized stops while Aittokallio did the same. Yet for Bachman, he’d face forty shots in total, only letting in a solitary one. Karl Stollery would take a late third hooking penalty that would give the Barons their fifth power play opportunity of the game. Anton Lander would score with twenty seconds remaining in the period, and OKC would win in high-energy fashion, 2-1.

Bachman was good. The Barons only allowed one power play opportunity for Lake Erie. They scored at even strength, and with an extra skater. They overcame high shot totals. They kept their cool. It was an important win as the same two square off on Saturday night.

OKC Lines & Pairs

Combs-Lander-Fyten
Horak-Stretch-Pinizzotto
Eager-Acton-Ford
Kessy-Ewanyk
(Yes, eleven forwards)

Gernat-Fedun
Davidson-Hunt
Klefbom-Musil
Grebeshkov

Scratches via Eric Rodgers

Pitlick(in NY),C.Hamilton(knee),R.Hamilton(high ankle sprain),Miller(hand),Arcobello(Oly. Break),MacIntyre(healthy)