Chances weren't the issue for the Oklahoma City Barons on Tuesday night at the Cox Center.
Capitalizing on those chances, though, was.
Four times, the Barons shots found a post, the couldn't take advantage of a nearly two-minute 5-on-3 chance and a last-second one-timer skirted off Colten Teubert's stick as Rochester made the Barons pay with a 4-3 overtime win in front of 4,044.
“It just wasn't in the cards for us tonight,” Barons coach Todd Nelson said. “If any of those post shots are a quarter of an inch on the inside, it's a different game.
“I thought we probably deserved a better fate tonight.”
The Barons, still leading the American Hockey League's West Division, host Rochester again at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
“It's good to have these two games back to back,” Barons winger Triston Grant said. “It's good to get our legs back under us and because we've got a big trip coming up after this weekend.”
The close calls for the Barons started midway through the first when Magnus Paajarvi and Teemu Hartikainen each rang shots off the post about a minute apart. About five minutes later, Kirill Tulupov's shot also found the post.
Midway through the second, the Americans' Joe Finley was called for delay of game just seven seconds after Riley Boychuk was sent to the box for roughing.
The Barons, though, couldn't take advantage of the extended two-man advantage, clanging yet another shot off the post.
“We got great chances,” Nelson said. “It's just one of those things that happens.”
The Barons had one last chance to end it in regulation, when Mark Arcobello crossed into the Amerks' zone with time running down.
Arcobello found Teubert for a one-time chance just in front of the net but Teubert couldn't connect, as the puck dribbled past him and time ran out to send the game to overtime.
The Barons controlled the early part of the overtime but Philippe Cornet was sent to the box for slashing nearly two minutes in and Drew Schiestel put one past Barons' goaltender Yann Danis after a failed clearing attempt to give the Amerks the win.
“They just kept grinding,” Grant said. “We had a couple chances to put it away but I think this is a game where both teams are fortunate to get out with a point."
The Barons trailed 1-0 and 2-1 before the momentum shifted their way late in the second.
First, Grant tipped in a shot from Chris VandeVelde to tie it with less than two minutes remaining in the period.
Less than a minute later, Dan Ringwald knocked the puck to Ryan O'Marra off a clearing attempt and O'Marra blasted it past Drew MacIntyre to give the Barons their first lead.