OKLAHOMA CITY - Jake Gardiner scored in overtime as the Toronto Marlies defeated the Oklahoma City Barons 6-5 in American Hockey League action Tuesday afternoon.
Will Acton, Nicolas Deschamps, Kenny Ryan, Greg Scott and Mike Zigomanis also scored for Toronto (6-4-1), which had a 4-0 lead after the first period before the Barons mounted a furious comeback. Mike Kostka had three assists.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had two goals and an assist for Oklahoma City (6-5-1), while Jordan Eberle added a four assists. Teemu Hartikainen, Taylor Hall and Mark Arcobello also scored, and league-leading scorer Justin Schultz added two assists.
Jussi Rynnas made 31 saves for Toronto.
It looked like it would be a blowout after a first dominated by the Marlies. Acton scored just 36 seconds into the game, then Deschamps, Ryan and Scott scored over a span of 87 seconds late in the period to put the shellshocked Barons into a hole.
Hall finally got Oklahoma City on the board with a power-play goal at 16:19 of the second.
Arcobello scored the Barons' second straight goal with the man advantage at 4:53 of the third to pull his team to within two.
Zigomanis scored on a power play at 7:10 to restore Toronto's three-goal lead before the Barons went on a scoring tear of their own.
Nugent-Hopkins and Hartikainen scored power-play goals 73 seconds apart late in the third before Nugent-Hopkins scored his second of the game with 22 seconds remaining in regulation to send the game to overtime.
Gardiner scored at 4:32 of overtime to salvage the win for the Marlies.
With the two assists Schultz, a rookie defenceman, now has 18 points in 13 games to top the league's scoring race. Eberle is second with 16.
Note to readers: This is a corrected story. Due to an official scoring change Hartikainen scored instead of Eberle and Nugent-Hopkins now has two goals and an assist.