The Oklahoma City Barons continued their comeback ways in game two against San Antonio, battling back from down 3-0 to tie in the game’s final minute, and Connor Jones made no mistake in overtime, netting the winner and lifting OKC to a 2-0 series lead.
The Barons got the 4-3 win, but it was a tough road to that finish.
For the first few shifts of the game, the Barons seemed to have the jump. Right off the opening draw, 10 seconds in, Jason Williams had a breakaway on the new Rampage starter, Michael Houser. Dan Ellis started in San Antonio’s game one loss.
Despite the quick start for OKC, the Rampage took over in the first period. Connor Brickley tipped a shot in past Laurent Brossoit at 9:16. Brett Olson and Corban Knight earned the helpers.
On the power play, San Antonio took a 2-0 lead at 12:34 of the first. Knight put away a rebound, assisted by Brickley and Jesse Blacker.
Brossoit had his work cut out for him in the first, as the Barons were outshot 18-9 in the opening 20 minutes.
It didn’t get much easier in the second. John McFarland worked his way around Martin Marincin and put the puck through Brossoit’s legs for the 3-0 Rampage lead at 6:44 of the middle frame. Edmonton native Alex Petrovic recorded the lone assist.
Brossoit was pulled in favour of Richard Bachman, in the hopes that a change would spark a reaction from the team.
The Barons hit the post moments later, with players celebrating as if it was a goal. Unfortunately, it never crossed the line.
Bachman made a good save following a scramble in front with six minutes remaining in the second period.
Andrew Miller set up Barons Captain Ryan Hamilton for OKC’s first goal of the game at 17:27 of the middle frame to make it 3-1. Joshua Winquist earned the second assist on the power play goal.
The Barons inched even closer when Jordan Oesterle struck on the man advantage with 3:17 remaining in the third period. C.J. Stretch and Williams had the assists.
Matthew Ford netted the equalizer with a tip in front of the Rampage net with 36 seconds remaining in the game.
It was Jones who scored the winner at 4:01 of the overtime period, assisted by Ford and Oesterle.
The Barons hope to get the sweep, of the best-of-five series, in game three on Wednesday night.