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Oklahoma City Barons: Barons lose in shootout, but playoff race remains tight

Oklahoma City picks up a standings point for going into shootout, falls one point shy of Chicago for final playoff spot.
From Staff Reports Published: March 27, 2013
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CHICAGO — The Oklahoma City Barons and Chicago Wolves played about as even a game as it could get.

Two teams with identical records. Two teams tied for the eighth and final playoff berth in American Hockey League's Western Conference.

In the end Wednesday night, the Wolves had a slim upper hand, trimming Oklahoma City 3-2 in a shootout before 6,487 fans at Allstate Arena. Chicago picked up two standings points for the overtime victory, while Oklahoma City added one. Although Chicago (31-23-9) took a one-point lead over the Barons (30-23-10) in the standings, plenty of hockey remains to decide who will make the postseason.

Anton Lander and Alex Plante had regulation goals for Oklahoma City; Plante's first of the season, with 16:03 left in the second period, tied the score at 2-2. But it wasn't until Nicklas Jensen beat Barons goaltender Yann Danis in a six-round shootout that the game was decided.

Oklahoma City continues its three-game road trip at 7:05 p.m. Friday at Peoria, a club that went into Wednesday night's games just two standings points behind the Barons and Wolves.