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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

The final score was misleading.

Very misleading.

The Barons posted a 7-3 win over the Texas Stars on Wednesday night at the Cox Convention Center to take a commanding lead in their second-round, best-of-7 American Hockey League playoff series.

In their third season, the Barons were 0-9 in the playoffs when trailing after two periods but presented coach Todd Nelson with the ideal birthday present by scoring five third-period goals, including four goals the final six minutes.

The Barons lead the series 3-1. They can clinch a berth in the Western Conference finals for the second consecutive year with a win in Game 5 Thursday night at the Cox Convention Center. Faceoff is 7:05.

“I like the way our guys are playing. They're confident,” said Nelson, who turned 44 on Wednesday. “But let's face it; the fourth win in a seven-game series is always the toughest. It's a cliché, but it's so darn true.”

The third win was much tougher than the score indicated.

The Stars, the top seed in the Western Conference, owned 2-1 and 3-2 leads.

Oklahoma City tied it on Antti Tyrvainen's goal with 13:08 remaining. Tyrvainen shoveled in a backhanded rebound one handed while falling to the ice.

“Ben (Eager) gave me a great rebound,” Tyrvainen said. “It bounced my way. Things happen so quickly. You just react. The net was open. I just wanted to get my stick on it.”

In a game that featured 75 shots and end-to-end action, defenseman Taylor Fedun's 35-foot goal off a rebound was the deciding goal that put the Barons up 4-3 with 5:36 to play.

“(Tyler Pitlick) did a great job to get the shot on net,” Fedun said. “Their goalie went down to make the save. When it came to me I just tried to throw it back on net before he was able to get his bearings. He wasn't able to hug the post and it snuck in the net.”

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by Michael Baldwin
Redhawks, Barons, MLB, NFL Reporter
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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