By Doug Plagens, Special to WFNY
A four-goal third period for the Oklahoma City Barons halted a comeback attempt for the Lake Erie Monsters (8-7-0-1), who fell 6-1 to the Barons Thursday night at Quicken Loans Arena. Colin Smith tied the game with a power play goal in the second period, but Oklahoma City followed Smith’s tally with five unanswered goals.
After a scoreless first period in which the Monsters outshot the Barons 18-6, Oklahoma City notched the game’s first goal when Travis Ewanyk took a puck up the left side and completed his rush with a backhand shot that beat Monsters goalie Calvin Pickard at 3:09 of the second period.
The Monsters tied the game when they cashed in on a five-on-three power play at 6:06 of the second period. Bryan Lerg sent a perfect pass across the goal mouth area to Colin Smith, who tapped the puck in for his second goal of the season. Andrew Agozzino also assisted on the goal.
Taylor Fedun scored top-shelf on a power play goal to put the Barons up 2-1 at 7:57 of the second period, with his shot coming from the top of the left circle.
Anton Lander scored twice for the Barons in the first 1:05 of the third period, before Ewanyk added a goal at 3:22 and Ryan Hamilton scored at 10:29 of the third period to give Oklahoma City a 6-1 lead.
Calvin Pickard took the loss in net and is now 5-5-1; he stopped 16 of 21 shots in 43:22 of game time. Sami Aittokallio stopped eight of nine shots in 16:38 of relief for the Monsters. Laurent Brossoit stopped 36 of 37 shots in the Oklahoma City win; he is 1-1-0.
The Monsters and Barons meet again Friday night at 7:30 at Quicken Loans Arena. The loss ended a four-game unbeaten-in-regulation streak for the Monsters, who host the Barons again Friday at 7:30 PM.
NOTES: The Monsters are 0-1-0-0 against the Barons this season… The Monsters registered 64 penalty minutes and the Barons had 54 total penalty minutes in the game… The Monsters finished the game 1-8 on the power play, while Oklahoma City was 3-8 on the man-advantage… The Monsters are 5-5-0-1 at home this season… The Monsters and Barons hadn’t met since 10/23/12.
(Image via John Saraya/LEM)