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Barons storm back to force Game 7

OKC scored three third-period goals to defeat Grand Rapids, 4-3

Wednesday, 06.5.2013 / 9:03 AM ET / Recap
By Kyle Kujawa  - Griffins Public Relations Manager
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Barons storm back to force Game 7
Griffins forward Luke Glendening crashes into Barons goalie Yann Danis following Jeff Hoggan's goal gave the Griffins a 3-2 lead in the second period of Tuesday's Game 6 in Grand Rapids. (Photo by Mark Newman/Grand Rapids Griffins)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Oklahoma City Barons scored three times in the last 10:19 of the third period, including the tying and game-winning goals within the final 2:27, to shock the Grand Rapids Griffins with a 4-3 victory on Tuesday at Van Andel Arena, tying the Western Conference finals at three games apiece.

As a result, the Griffins will play just the fourth Game 7 in franchise history and the third on home ice on Wednesday, to determine who will face the Syracuse Crunch in the Calder Cup finals. Game time is 7 p.m., and tickets are available at griffinshockey.com.

The Barons’ Mark Arcobello threaded a shot into the top corner of Petr Mrazek’s net from the left circle during a 5-on-3 power play 13:54 into the opening period, scoring Oklahoma City’s first goal since Game 3 and snapping its 0-for-19 drought with the man-advantage. That goal also broke Mrazek’s shutout streak at 175:32 and ended his run of 109 consecutive saves.

Grand Rapids answered during its own two-man advantage with 1:21 left in the period. Nathan Paetsch fired a shot wide right of the net that slammed off the end boards, and Tomas Jurco was waiting along the goal line to grab the puck and quickly bank it off Yann Danis’ back.

Mitch Callahan gave the Griffins the lead at 4:27 of the second, carrying the puck up the left side and into the Barons’ zone before snapping a wicked wrister past Danis from the top of the circle. Jeff Hoggan then made it 3-1 with 1:29 remaining in the period on a very similar play, flinging a shot on goal from the left boards that seemed to surprise Danis and found the far corner.

Midway through the third, the visitors cut their deficit in half off a turnover in the Griffins’ end, as Jonathan Cheechoo quickly fed Arcobello in the high slot for a shot that snuck past Mrazek at 9:41.

Jurco had an opportunity to restore the two-goal lead when he was awarded a penalty shot after being pulled down on a breakaway, but his try was denied by Danis’ left pad at the 11:22 mark.

The Barons were down to the final three minutes of their season when they scored the equalizer, with Toni Rajala rushing in from the right side to pot a carom off the end boards that sat near the post at 17:33. Then with just 1:05 remaining, Oklahoma City scored the game-winner when Randy Jones’ shot from the left half-wall was redirected over Mrazek’s left shoulder by Anton Lander, stunning the crowd of 4,926.

Fittingly, the Griffins lost after leading by two goals in the third for the first time since a 7-5 defeat at Oklahoma City on Feb. 9, when they led 3-1 after two and 4-2 at the 5:17 mark of the third. The Barons, meanwhile, became the fourth team in AHL history to win three road elimination games in a single postseason. No team has won four times under such circumstances.

Mrazek made 26 saves in defeat while Danis turned aside 33 shots.

GAME NOTES: The Griffins fell to 10-13 all time and 3-9 at home when their opponent faces elimination. When facing elimination themselves, the Griffins are 7-10 overall and 4-5 at Van Andel Arena. … Grand Rapids is 1-2 in its history in Game 7s, including a 4-1 loss at Manitoba in the 2007 North Division semifinals, a 5-4 win over Manitoba in the 2006 North Division finals, and a 2-1 loss to Houston in the 2003 Western Conference finals. … Mrazek’s shutout streak was his second-longest of the postseason, as he authored a streak of 178:58 from Game 4 against Houston to Game 2 against Toronto. … In the three games since Joakim Andersson and Gustav Nyquist returned from Detroit, Grand Rapids has gone 4-for-10 on the power play. Over the series’ first three games, the Griffins went 0-for-9. … The Griffins outshot the Barons for the first time during the series, to a count of 36-30.

THREE STARS: 1. Anton Lander, OKC (GWG, 2 assists); 2. Mark Arcobello, OKC (2 goals); 3. Jeff Hoggan, GRG (1 goal)

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
5 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
6 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
7 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
12 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
15 BUF 55 21 28 6 125 151 48
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 53 18 20 26 38
H. Zetterberg 54 10 27 4 37
T. Tatar 53 16 17 0 33
G. Nyquist 54 14 16 0 30
P. Datsyuk 39 8 21 13 29
J. Abdelkader 54 14 13 -3 27
M. Green 46 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 40 5 11 7 16
D. DeKeyser 50 7 8 13 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 21 10 4 .934 1.94
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89