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Comets vs. Barons: Games 3, 4 & 5

by Tyson Giuriato / Vancouver Canucks

The Utica Comets have two chances on home ice to close out their second round series against the Oklahoma City Barons.

After splitting the first two games in Utica, the Comets took two of the three against the Barons down in Oklahoma City, bringing a 3-2 series lead back to Utica for a sold out Game 6 and if necessary, Game 7.

Game 1 – Thursday, May 7th – OK City 2 – Utica 1 (4OT)
Game 2 – Friday, May 8th – Utica 2 – OK City 1 (OT)
Game 3 – Monday, May 11th – Utica 3 – OK City 2
Game 4 – Wednesday, May 13th – Ok City 7 – Utica 4
Game 5 – Thursday, May 14th – Utica 3 – Oklahoma City 1
Game 6 – Monday, May 18th – 4pm PT @ Utica
**Game 7 – Wednesday, May 20th – 4pm PT @ Utica
** If necessary

Game 3: Comets 3 – Barons 2

-Mike Zalewski’s first goal of the post-season couldn’t have been any bigger, as his tally 4:50 into the third period broke a 2-2 tie and stood up as the game-winner.

-Alexandre Grenier’s fine post-season play continued, as he notched a goal and assist.

-Alex Friesen added his first goal of the playoffs, giving the Comets the lead just 1:20 into the game.

-Jacob Markstrom stopped 20-of-22 shots in net.

-Attendance was just 1,470 at the Cox Convention Centre in Oklahoma City.

Game 4: Barons 7 – Comets 4

-It was a rare off-night for Jacob Markstrom, who allowed six goals on 23 shots. The goaltender hadn’t given up five goals or more in a game since back on January 2.

-Alex Friesen led the way with a goal and assist for the Comets, while Sven Baertschi, Brendan Gaunce and Hunter Skinkaruk added singles.

Game 5: Comets 3 – Barons 1

-Peter Andersson’s first goal of the post-season 3:54 into the second period proved to be the game-winner.

-Wacey Hamilton opened the scoring just past the midway mark of the first period, while Alexandre Grenier added an empty-netter with just 16 seconds left.

-Brendan Gaunce finished the night with a pair of assists.

-Jacob Markstrom bounced back in goal, stopping 33-of-34 shots fired his way, while being named the first star of the game.

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