Alexandre Grenier scored off a rebound with 12:49 left in the game, and goaltender Jacob Markstrom made several big saves down the stretch, and the Utica Comets eliminated the Barons 1-0 in Game 7 of an American Hockey League Western Conference semifinal series.
A crowd of 3,835 at Utica Memorial Auditorium watched the hometown Comets fail to clear the puck from their own zone. Hamilton recovered the loose puck and whipped around and fired a game-winning shot on goaltender Jacob Markstrom.
Games 3, 4 and, if necessary, 5 will be at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City. Game 3 is set for Monday, May 11; Game 4 is Wednesday, May 13; and Game 5 would be Thursday, May 14. All faceoff times in OKC are 7 p.m.