OKC Barons beat Rockford 5-2

Barons win for just second time this month.
BY ED GODFREY, Staff Writer, egodfrey@opubco.com Published: March 13, 2012
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In the second period, the Barons chased Rockford goalie Carter Hutton on goals by Chris VandeVelde and Chorney. Bryan Helmer and Tyler Pitlick both had assists on VandeVelde's goal, while Ryan Keller and Mark Arcobello assisted on Chorney's goal.

Rockford climbed back into the game on a second-period goal by Peter LeBlanc and a third-period score by Rostislav Olesz with just 4:56 remaining to trim the Barons' lead.

But any thoughts of a come-from-behind win by the IceHogs were quickly dashed just 15 seconds later when Chorney fired a wrist shot from just inside the blue line that found the Rockford net. Chorney had just received the puck after Arcobello won the faceoff in the left wing circle.

“I don't think the goalie ever saw it,” Chorney said. “There were a lot of bodies in front. That was big for us. It gave us another two-goal cushion.”

Hunter Tremblay intercepted a Rockford pass and scored an empty-net goal with 1.5 seconds left.

Nelson said the Barons have been playing well in March even though Tuesday's victory was just their second of the month.

“It's kind of funny how the game works. I think the two best games we played (in March) were in Peoria, and we lost that game in overtime, and here at home on Saturday night (a 3-2 overtime loss to Lake Erie),” Nelson said. “Sooner or later when you are playing pretty well, good things are going to happen.”

And good things happened for the Barons Tuesday night.



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