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Oklahoma City Barons break through for first win

BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer, Modified: October 16, 2010 at 10:23 pm •  Published: October 16, 2010

After Friday's loss, Barons coach Todd Nelson challenged his veterans to do what he knew they could.

After a dismal start Saturday, they came through in a big way.

Brad Moran scored a hat trick, Alexandre Giroux had a pair of assists and Colin McDonald set up Linus Omark's game-winner with less than two minutes left as the Barons beat Lake Erie 4-3 for their first win in team history in front of 3,259 at the Cox Center.

"It's huge for us," Moran said. "There's a lot of new guys and winning brings guys together. Coming from behind is a bonus on top of that. We don't want to do it every night but we know we can do it."

With just 1:23 remaining before a possible overtime, Omark took a pass out from from Liam Reddox and beat Monsters goaltender John Grahame to cap off a comeback from being down 3-0.

"I knew it was going to come if I kept working hard," Omark said. "It's a great win. We had a bad start but we can turn it around."

The Barons play at Houston at 4:05 today in their first road game.

"I don't know if it'll make the ride shorter but it'll definitely make it better," Nelson said.

The power play, which had been a big problem for the Barons as they went winless in their first three, started off disastrously against the Monsters.

The game seemingly fell apart for the Barons after Lake Erie's Mike Carman was sent to the box for hooking with 5:28 left in the first.

Just 11 seconds later, David Liffiton found Greg Mauldin on an outleft pass that left Mauldin one-on-one with Barons goaltender Martin Gerber.

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