The Barons' game against San Antonio on Saturday night was stopped with 1:07 left in the first period when fans, as instructed, tossed nearly two thousand stuffed animals onto the ice following their first goal.
Barons teams officials needed several minutes to collect items from the “Teddy Bear Toss,” donations to EMSA for “Kids For Christmas.”
Referees Terry Koharski and Keith Kaval decided to play the final 67 seconds after the first intermission before the official start of the second period.
“It was a really good crowd,” said Jordan Eberle, who scored four goals and had an assist in Oklahoma City's 5-3 win. “It was a fun night. We fed off the crowd a little bit. Give San Antonio credit, too. Every time we scored they responded.”
FAN WINS JEEP WRANGLER
Cynthia Hughes won a 2013 Jeep Wrangler during the second intermission. The Barons are giving away a vehicle at every Saturday home game this season.
One of 20 finalists, Hughes' guess was the closest to the number of words on the front and back pages of a newspaper without going over the correct answer of 3,281 words.
At next Saturday's game, the Barons will give away a GMC Sierra.
THREE GAMES IN THREE DAYS
Following back-to-back wins over San Antonio, the Barons boarded a bus after Saturday's game. Oklahoma City plays the Houston Aeros at 5 p.m. Sunday in the Toyota Center.
Eberle's hat trick was the Barons' first since Colin McDonald in April 2011. ... Center Ryan Martindale, limited to just six games the first two months due to a sprained knee, returned for Saturday's game. Martindale replaced Philippe Cornet on the line with Teemu Hartikainen and team captain Josh Green. ... Backup goaltender Olivier Roy improved to 3-4-0 by stopping 23 of 26 shots. ... The Barons continue to have the AHL's top power play unit after going 2-of-5 with the man advantage.