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BLOG: Khaira lifts Barons to OT win & series sweep

by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers




An Oilers prospect, in his return from injury, scored the overtime winner and lifted the Oklahoma City Barons to a 2-1 win and a 3-0 sweep of the San Antonio Rampage.

Jujhar Khaira, playing in his first game since March 4, scored the game-winning goal at 5:01 of the overtime period.

In the first, there was a scramble in front of the San Antonio net. The puck slid behind Rampage goaltender Dan Ellis, but was covered up by bodies. Following an official review, it was confirmed to be no goal.

Kellen Jones jammed a rebound past Ellis at 18:51 of the second period to give OKC a 1-0 lead. Matthew Ford and Jason Williams earned the assists.

Kellen’s twin brother, Connor, scored the overtime winner in game two and came close to giving the Barons a 2-0 lead with 1:30 left in the game but his one-on-one chance was stopped by Ellis.

Ellis left the ice, giving San Antonio an extra attacker, with about 80 seconds left in the third. Dylan Olsen potted the equalizer with 58.3 seconds left in the game, assisted by Vincent Trocheck and Garrett Wilson. That goal sent it to overtime.

Bachman had his work cut out for him in regulation, making 35 saves through 60 minutes.

In overtime, it was the Oilers 2012 third-round pick, Khaira, who brought the brooms out for the sweep. Mitch Moroz, the 32nd overall pick in 2012, set that play up. Moroz came down the wing and centred a pass through two Rampage bodies. The puck reached Ford, who fired it over the net. Khaira banked the rebound in off of a sprawled Ellis for the win.

Bachman made 35 saves in his first start of the 2015 playoffs. The Barons second-round opponent is yet to be determined.

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