OKC Barons: Barons win again, take 3-1 lead in best-of-7 series

Oklahoma City beats Texas, but 7-3 final score is misleading
by Michael Baldwin Published: May 15, 2013
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photo - Oklahoma City's Teemu Hartikainen (10) reacts after a Barons' goal against Texas during the conference semifinal hockey game between the Oklahoma City Barons and the Texas Stars at the Cox Convention Center on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 in Oklahoma City, Okla.  Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City's Teemu Hartikainen (10) reacts after a Barons' goal against Texas during the conference semifinal hockey game between the Oklahoma City Barons and the Texas Stars at the Cox Convention Center on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 in Oklahoma City, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

Fedun's goal opened the floodgates.

Mark Arcobello scored his second goal of the game with 2:00 left.

Tyrvainen scored his second goal, an empty-netter with 1:24 remaining for a commanding three-goal lead. Garrett Stafford added a power-play goal with 15 seconds left.

The Barons, though, played catch-up most of the game other than a short lived 1-0 lead early in the second period.

Oklahoma City fired 46 shots at Texas goalie Cristopher Nilstorp, who entered the game with a 1.90 goals against average in the playoffs.

“We finally started capitalizing on chances,” Nelson said. “We had plenty of chances in the second period. Nilstorp made some great saves. It finally worked out for us. We kept shooting and driving to the net.”

The Barons have been relying on goaltender Yann Danis, an improved defense and solid penalty killing unit. In Game 4, they needed offensive production that included two goals from Tyrvainen, who plays on the fourth line.

“That's what wins games in the playoffs,” Fedun said. “You have to find different ways to win. On a night we weren't able to stifle them as much as we have been it was nice to explode a little bit offensively.”

The Barons had to finish the regular season 13-3-3 just to get in the playoffs, but they've been the AHL's hottest team the past two months.

“We want to finish it. They're still very much in this series, but we don't want to let them hang around,” Arcobello said. “If we can bring the effort like we did tonight, we should be in good shape.”

by Michael Baldwin
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Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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