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Oklahoma City Barons break through for first win

BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer, raber@opubco.com Modified: October 16, 2010 at 10:23 pm •  Published: October 16, 2010
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Mauldin beat Gerber on the stick side for the shorthanded goal.

Just more than a minute later, the Monsters got a similar chance, though this time David Van der Gulik beat Gerber on the glove side for yet another shorthanded goal.

"Couple unlucky bounces that bounced over our d-men," Barons captain Ben Ondrus said. "They're a good team and they capitalized. It was a little disappointing. Everyone's trying to do so much and to have that go against us was a real test of character."

After some "elevated" words from Nelson at the intermission, the Barons quickly fell behind by another goal.

But just past the midway point of the second, Moran put one past Monsters goaltender John Grahame to get the Barons on the board.

From that point on, the Barons controlled the game.

Just more than four minutes later, Moran gave the Barons their first power play goal of the season when he jammed home a rebound past Grahame.

The Barons started the season 0 for 21 on the power play before Moran's goal.

Moran capped off the first hat trick in team history with another goal at 15:36 of the third to bring the game back even.

After scoring just once in each of their first three games, the Barons were on an offensive roll.

"We've put in some good efforts and we weren't being rewarded," Ondrus said. "It's tough when you're working so hard and you're not getting rewarded offensively. We persevered tonight and made a good comeback. It's nice to get that first win."