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Barons: Peoria goaltender Jake Allen turns away Barons

Oklahoma City had several chances against Rivermen goaltender but managed just one goal.
by Ryan Aber Modified: April 6, 2012 at 11:31 pm •  Published: April 6, 2012

Momentum can be fleeting.

Barons coach Todd Nelson has preached to his American Hockey League team all season about the importance of the shift immediately following a goal.

Friday night against Peoria, a defensive breakdown on that shift helped the Rivermen knock off the Barons 3-1 in front of 3,105 fans at the Cox Center.

“We tied it up, it's a 1-1 game and the next shift after that, we miss an assignment and there it is,” Barons coach Todd Nelson said. “I think we didn't play with enough emotion tonight, and I thought we didn't finish enough checks out there.”

The Barons had, in spurts at least, plenty of chances on Peoria goaltender Jake Allen throughout the night.

But until midway through the third, none found their way into the net.

Allen stuffed several breakaways and partial breakaways — several by Magnus Paajarvi — to keep Peoria ahead 1-0 after Mark Cundari's goal late in the first.

“You've got to give him credit, he made some big saves,” Barons winger Ryan Keller said. “But at the same time, we've got to bear down. We're going to run into good goalies in the playoffs and in the rest of the season here, and we've got to find ways to get more than one goal.”

The Barons finally caught a break midway through the third when Antti Tyrvainen threw the puck at the net.

Waiting just outside the crease, Josh Green tipped the puck and screened Allen, before Keller put the rebound home.

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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