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.
*Carley Stanley scored her 10th goal of the season and added two assists as Central Missouri hammered previously unbeaten Southwestern State 3-0 in the NCAA Division II Central Regional II. Central Minnesota will play Minnesota-Mankato for the Central Regional championship, with the victor advancing to the NCAA Championships.
Southwestern State finished 20-1-1.
*The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma received a host site for the NAIA Men's Soccer Championships. The Drovers (13-0-4) will find out Monday who they play in the Opening Round on Hampton Field at Chickasha High School. The first game is scheduled for Saturday. USAO is tied for No. 4 in the NAIA rankings with Concordia (Calif.).
JOHNSON FINISHES THIRD
Oklahoma City native Wayne Johnson remained in the national championships chase, finishing third late Saturday night in an American Sprint Car Series A feature at Southern New Mexico Speedway in Las Cruces. Johnson, who now lives in Knoxville, Iowa, is 122 points shy of Jason Johnson of Eunice, La., with three races remaining on the 2012 schedule. Travis Rilat of Forney, Texas, and Johnny Herrera of Albuquerque, N.M., finished first and second, respectively, Saturday night. Jason Johnson was fourth.