The Barons were 0-3 in shootouts before ending the drought with a 3-2 win over San Antonio Friday night at the Cox Convention Center.
In Oklahoma City's three shootout losses, all against Houston, the Barons skaters were a combined 2-of-14.
In Friday's win, Magnus Paajarvi opened the shootout with a goal. Jordan Eberle, who had been 0-of-3 in shootouts, deked Rampage goalie Jacob Markstrom several times to score the game winner.
“I tried to stick handle the crap out of the puck to try and confuse him,” Eberle said. “I think most goalies think I'm going to go with my backhand now. I kind of faked it and he bit. It was nice to see an open cage.”
ROY COLLECTS A WIN
Barons backup goaltender Olivier Roy stopped four of five shots in overtime to even his record at 4-4. Roy recorded a season-high 32 saves and stuffed San Antonio's Jon Sim, Jonathan Hazen and Drew Shore in overtime. The Rampage's Jon Rheault shot wide.
“You try to get them to make the first move and react as fast you can,” Roy said. “I don't play often. It's a great feeling when you get to play and help the boys.”
NUGENT-HOPKINS TEAM CANADA UPDATE
Barons center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, playing with Team Canada at the world junior tournament in Russia, scored a goal and added an assist Friday in a 6-3 win over Slovakia.
Nugent-Hopkins, who has scored 20 points in 19 games with the Barons, has seven points in two games. Team Canada's next game is at 3:30 a.m. Oklahoma time against Team USA. Games are being televised on the NHL network.
Barons center Chris VandeVelde has been suspended three games for an illegal check to the head during OKC's win Thursday over the Texas Stars. ... Select members of the Barons will skate Saturday from noon to 1 p.m. at the Devon outdoor rink at the Myriad Botanical Gardens in downtown Oklahoma City.
BY MIKE BALDWIN