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Oklahoma City Barons: Ryan Martindale's scores game-winner to life OKC over San Antonio

Ryan Martindale's second AHL goal was a dramatic game-winner that lifted the Barons to a 2-1 win over San Antonio in front of 4,208 fans Saturday night at the Cox Convention Center.
By Mike Baldwin Published: January 19, 2013
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For the second straight game, a textbook Tyler Pitlick corner pass produced a highlight-reel goal. Pitlick set up Byers for his third goal of the season with 7:08 left in the first period.

“It was great effort by Marty on the forecheck to get the turnover and then Pitter found Byers back door,” Nelson said. “It was just a good hockey goal.

“Marty also had a chance in the first period and didn't shoot. We talked about it: ‘Marty, you can beat this guy. You have a good enough shot.' He got the opportunity again late and it went in.”

OKC once again outshot its opponent (36-25) but needed goaltender Olivier Roy to make 24 saves.

With starting goaltender Yann Danis called up to Edmonton three days ago, Roy played in back-to-back games for the first time all season.

“You're more confident the more you play,” Roy said. “It's a great feeling to play the second game in a row. I don't know how long Yann will be up there but I'm going to enjoy it while I can.”

San Antonio tied the game 1-1 late in the second period on Andre Deveaux's goal. The Barons once again had more scoring opportunities. The previous three games, all losses, they outshot opponents 119-60.

“When you're on a losing streak the next game you win is never easy,” Nelson said. “It's not a 5-0 or 5-1 win. It's always a tight game. Hopefully this gives us confidence heading into this (three-game) road trip.”