After an 8-2 lambasting by the Milwaukee Admirals the night before, the Oklahoma City Barons needed to come out strong against the Rockford IceHogs. And they’d do just that. The Barons would beat the IceHogs 4-3 on Saturday night.
The first period was pretty solid for both goaltenders and both offensive units. Newcomers to the Barons, Brett Clark and Jonathan Cheechoo, seemed like they finally were getting into a rhythm with their new club. But Rockford would get an early lead care of top scorer Martin St. Pierre. And his mid-period goal would be the only tally in the first 20. Rockford ended the period with a 1-0 lead.
In the second period, the Barons would answer back quickly by scoring three goals including the first one on the power play from AHL All-Star, Mark Arcobello and helpers from Clark and Cheechoo. Rockford would again take the lead following Antti Tyrvainen being whistled for an iffy hooking penalty. But the Barons would round out the period by scoring two within a matter of two minutes towards the end of the frame. Philippe Cornet and Josh Green were credited with the goals, and the Barons flexed a bit of muscle in the second period. It would end with OKC on top 3-2.
It would take nearly fifteen minutes for Rockford to even things out, but the tied game would only last for ninety seconds or so as Colten Teubert unleashed a heavy shot that pinballed through traffic and into the net. The Barons would squeeze out a victory by scoring a power play goal, playing very well at 5 on 5, and killing four of five penalties. The final 4-3 score also earned OKC the much needed two points.