Barons fight back to tie series
Will Acton gets Marlies lone goal in Game 2
May 18: Marlies 1 at Barons 5
Best of seven Western Conference Final tied 1-1
Forward lines:: D’Amigo-Kadri-Frattin, Deschamps-Colborne-Mueller, Scott-Zigomanis-Hamilton, Rosehill-Acton-Dupuis
Defence pairings: Fraser-Holzer, Gardiner-Blacker, Gysbers-Mikus
Goaltenders: Scrivens (Loss 59:15 minutes played, 22 saves, 4 GA), Rynnas (0:00), (empty net, 1 GA)
The Oklahoma City Barons showed on Friday night how they got to be the top seed in the Western Conference.
The home team responded to a shutout loss 24 hours earlier by handling the Toronto Marlies 5-1 to even the conference final series at a game apiece.
Toronto’s undoing was their lack of discipline, surrendering 8 power-play chances to the Barons overall. While only one of those opportunities resulted in an Oklahoma City power-play goal, any chance for the Marlies – who trailed from the 4:23 mark of the first period onward – to get into any type of offensive rhythm was disrupted.
The first goal of the game by Mark Arcobello ended a string of 39 consecutive penalties killed by the Marlies.
Will Acton had the lone goal for Dallas Eakins’ squad, using a burst of speed to fight off a pair of Barons defenders before getting the puck by goalie Yann Danis. It was Acton’s first career playoff goal; a bit of redemption for having been thwarted on several good scoring chances throughout the series.
The next three games are slated for Ricoh Coliseum, beginning Victoria Day Monday at 3pm Eastern.