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Barons reclaim sole possession of first place

Oklahoma City ends four-game winless skid by beating Abbotsford to reclaim division lead. Lennart Petrell's goal late in the second period might have demoralized Heat.
BY ED GODFREY, Staff Writer, Published: January 15, 2012

Hunter Tremblay had an assist on the play and also on the Barons' second goal, which was scored right after killing a penalty. Kytnar popped out of the penalty box and immediately received a headman pass from Tremblay.

The pass gave Kytnar a breakaway opportunity, but his initial shot was stopped by Taylor. However, the Barons' forward was able to collect the rebound and score on his second attempt. Tremblay's pass, however, made the play.

“I ended up blocking a shot with my hand and basically just tried to get it down the ice, and he (Kytnar) popped right out of the box,” Tremblay said. “I was watching the whole way down hoping he was going to bury it.”

Nelson called it a heads-up play by a heads-up player.

“He is a very smart player,” Nelson said of Tremblay. “He plays the game hard. He got into a fight tonight. The only thing he was missing for a Gordie Howe hat trick was a goal. He played well. That's what we expect from him. He gives us everything he has.”

In fact, Nelson was impressed by the effort from his entire squad Sunday considering the back-to-back-back games.

“Abbotsford should have been fresher, but I thought our guys battled like warriors,” he said. “We didn't have the jump we did last night (Saturday's 2-1 loss to Abbotsford). I thought we were a bit off. But as the game went on we got better, and that is a credit to our guys. We stuck with it.

“Talking to our oldest player, (39-year-old) Brian Helmer, he said he had nothing left at the end of the game. That's what we expect from all of our guys. When the guys have nothing left to give, you realize you got the most out of them. That's what happened tonight. Our guys wanted it.”