OKC Barons rally to defeat Milwaukee Admirals 3-2

The Oklahoma City Barons rallied Saturday night with three second-period goals to defeat the Admirals for the first time this season.
BY ED GODFREY, Staff Writer, egodfrey@opubco.com Published: February 18, 2012
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Barons 3, Milwaukee 2

In game that was just the opposite of Friday night's contest, the Oklahoma City Barons rallied Saturday night from a 2-0 deficit with three second period goals to defeat the Admirals for the first time in three tries this season.

On Friday night at the Cox Convention Center, the Barons squandered a 2-0 lead and were beaten 5-3 by Milwaukee.

“I guess we gave them a taste of their own medicine,” said Barons defenseman Bryan Rodney.

THREE STARS

Bryan Rodney: In just his second game with the Barons after being traded from the Anaheim Ducks organization, Rodney scored his first goal and assist for Oklahoma City on Saturday night.

Teemu Hartikainen: The Barons left wing scored the game-winner late in the second period, his second goal in as many nights.

Phillippe Cornet: The Barons forward scored his team-leading 22nd{+ }goal in the second period on a breakaway.

RODNEY CONTRIBUTING IMMEDIATELY

Rodney is a power-play specialist and paying immediate dividends for the Barons. His goal and assist Saturday night both came on when the Barons had the man advantage.

“He's just a good player,” Barons head coach Todd Nelson said. “He's a smart hockey player. That's one of our main reasons we got him here, to help out on our power play. He was the catalyst for our comeback. He's fun to watch.”

Nelson compared the two-time American Hockey League all-star to a quarterback on the football field.

“He sees two plays ahead,” Nelson said. “He sees things that guys normally don't see.”

Said Rodney: “I wouldn't call me the quarterback. I am just the guy that carries the puck up the ice.”

TEEMU'S FAMILY IN OKC

Hartikainen's father, mother and brother from Finland were in attendance for both Barons' games against Milwaukee.

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