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OKC Barons: Barons make big comeback but fall in shootout

Steve Pinizzotto and Jack Combs score for Barons to send game into overtime. But Utica goaltender Joacim Eriksson comes up big in shootout. Oklahoma City still gets a standings point to close gap on Milwaukee for final playoff berth in Western Conference.
From Staff Reports Published: March 5, 2014

UTICA, N.Y. — Pascal Pelletier and Nicklas Jensen scored shootout goals to lift Utica to a 4-3 American Hockey League victory over Oklahoma City on Wednesday night before 2,808 fans inside Memorial Auditorium.

Utica goaltender Joacim Eriksson allowed just one goal — by Jack Combs — in the extra session to help the Comets survive a hot Oklahoma City team. Utica (24-26-7) blew a two-goal lead in the third period after Steve Pinizzotto and Combs scored about seven minutes apart. Combs’ fifth goal of the season tied the game 3-3 with 4:10 left in regulation.

Mark Arcobello assisted on Combs’ goal. Arcobello has 20 points in 10 game since he joined Oklahoma City from the Edmonton Oilers.

The Barons (26-24-8) picked up a standings point for taking the Comets into a shootout. OKC is two points behind Milwaukee for the eighth and final playoff berth in the Western Conference.

Oklahoma City continues its three-game road trip at 6:30 p.m. Friday against in Hamilton, Ontario. The Bulldogs, who are 25-25-5 and five standings points behind OKC, added former Edmonton goaltender Devan Dubnyk on Wednesday. Dubnyk started the season with Edmonton and was traded to Nashville. He was released by the Predators and signed with the Montreal Canadiens’ organization.