The Barons played a complete game on Friday night against San Antonio that resulted in a resounding victory. The team did so many things right. But for every thing that the Barons did right, the Rampage did equally as wrong. Just atrocious for a San Antonio team that was on the up. So it was inevitable that we’d see a more determined Rampage squad, and more in step with their “strong and sturdy” motif. And, for the most part, we saw that team. But the Barons were, again, laser focused and determined to turn things around.
Jordan Eberle, a guy who’s had 11 professional 2 goal games would notch his first ever hat trick as a paid employee of the Edmonton Oilers. He’d also tack on an empty netter for good measure, as the Barons defeated the San Antonio Rampage, 5-3 on Saturday night. Teddy Bear Toss, Christmas tree bidding, and car giveaways were all on tap, but the real show was Mr. Ebs.
Olivier Roy, having a below average AHL season, would get the start, look really good at times, and really bad at others. In all, he needed a win and his team gave him the help he hadn’t received in previous starts. The timing was perfect, and Roy would stop 23 of 26.
Ironically, the Rampage would score first. In the first 3:30, Jon Sim would score his second goal of the season and his second in two days as San Antonio would take an early 1-0 lead. Sim would prove to be the only source of offense for his squad, and in a big way. But quickly, Schultz would give us a beautiful creeping in power play move that netted the late period equalizer for OKC. Only six shots for OKC in that first period was quite remarkable given the opening frame score.
The next two goals came in the fist period c/o some really great moments between Jordan Eberle and Mark Arcobello. The first was a dynamite move from Ebs who was able to ward off three different Rampage players and wrist a shot past San Antonio goaltender Dov Grumet-Morris. Seven minutes later, Eberle would get his second of the night off a fantastic give and go from Arcobello that was spine tingly. With a 3-1 lead, Jon Sim would strike back for his second of the game and inch the Rampage just one goal closer to the Barons. The second period would end with a 3-2 OKC lead.
A carryover Nolan Yonkman penalty put the Barons on the power play for nearly the first two minutes of the third period. And, of course, Jordan Eberle would score his third of the game. This time, Arcobello whistled the puck onto the stick of Ebs whom was hanging out in front of the net. Hat trick complet, and the Barons improve their lead to 4-2. But Jon Sim, who hadn’t scored the entire season until Friday night, would roar back with another goal of his own equaling Eberle’s three goal night and placing the Rampage within shouting distance of a win. 4-3 was the score. Oklahoma City would go into protect-a-lead mode in the last ten minutes of the game, and there were some scary moments for both sides. But Roy, the Barons defense, and some smart thinking forwards would hang on to the victory. Jordan Eberle would seal the deal with a long empty netter, his fourth of the game, and OKC would defeat the San Antonio Rampage for a second straight night with a score of 5-3.