Rookie defenseman Justin Schultz scored 1:36 into overtime late Saturday night, giving the Oklahoma City Barons a 2-1 victory over the Abbotsford Heat in an American Hockey League game before 7,046 fans at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre. The win snapped the Barons' three-game winless skid that dated back to a Nov. 3 overtime loss to Houston in the Cox Convention Center.
Schultz told The Canadian Press that he was about to leave the ice on a shift change, but “I stayed out there and (Jordan Eberle) had it, and I knew he was going to find me. He made a great pass. Their D-man was kind of screening the goalie, so I just put it in.”
Oklahoma City improved to 6-5-1 and remained tied for second place with Houston. The Barons and Aeros are six standings points behind South Division leader Charlotte. Previously hot Abbotsford fell to 7-1-3.
With young Edmonton Oiler superstars Eberle, Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins all playing, the Barons ended a franchise-record scoring drought at 187:02. Hall buried scored his second goal of the season, at 7:46 of the third period. The Heat's Dustin Sylvester tied the game 1-1 with 1:45 remaining in regulation, putting a rebound past goaltender Yann Danis.
Oklahoma City returns to the Cox Center at 10:35 a.m. Tuesday for its annual Field Trip Day game.
The University of Central Oklahoma soccer team is done for the season after a 1-0 loss Sunday to host Minnesota-Mankato in the NCAA Division II Central Regional I. Minnesota-Mankato scored the game-winner at the 81:28 mark, when Brianne West put the ball past diving goalkeeper Meagan Burke. UCO ended its season with a 16-3-3 record. The Bronchos were playing in their ninth NCAA Tournament since 2000.