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IN-GAME BLOG: Barons at Griffins - Game 6

by Marc Ciampa / Edmonton Oilers
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The Barons have dropped their last two games but get an added boost tonight with Anton Lander returning to the lineup. He slots in on the Nordic line with Toni Rajala and Teemu Hartikainen. C.J. Stretch moves down to line three and Chris VandeVelde line four with Ryan Martindale the odd-man out. 

We'll have live minute-to-minute updates as the game goes on.

Line Combinations (and defence pairings) for the Barons:

Philippe Cornet - Mark Arcobello - Jonathan Cheechoo
Toni Rajala - Anton Lander - Teemu Hartikainen
Josh Green - CJ Stretch - Tyler Pitlick
Ben Eager - Chris VandeVelde - Antti Tyrvainen

Martin Marincin - Taylor Fedun
Brandon Davidson - Garrett Stafford
Randy Jones - Andrew Hotham

Yann Danis


20:00: Tonight's game is now underway.

19:31: Anton Lander's line starts the game and Lander registers the game's first shot, a harmless one from 60 feet out that is handled easily by Griffins starting goaltender Petr Mrazek.

14:36: A scrum erupts in front of the Grand Rapids net and the result is a roughing penalty to Triston Grant.

12:09: Grand Rapids takes another penalty shortly after the Grant minor expires. Brian Lashoff gets two for high sticking.

7:17: Luke Glendening barrels into Yann Danis on the rush and receives two minutes for goaltender interference, giving the Barons their third power play of the opening period.

6:39: Nathan Paetsch goes off for tripping, giving OKC a five-on-three advantage for 1:23.

6:06: Mark Arcobello wires a shot short side from the left circle to finally put the Barons on the board. | OKC 1, GR 0

3:14: Grand Rapids recieves its first power play opportunity late in the opening period when Chris VandeVelde receives two minutes for holding.

2:35: A penalty to Arcobello gives the Griffins a two-man advantage for the next 1:22.

1:21: Grand Rapids ties the game up after the puck takes a weird hop off the end boards onto the stick of Tomas Jurco. Danis was out of position and Jurco put the puck into the open cage. | OKC 1, GR 1

55.4: Garrett Stafford's penalty puts Oklahoma City down two men once again, this time for only 20 seconds.

0:00: Shots on goal after one period were 11-9 for the Griffins.


20:00: Period two is now underway.

15:33: Mitch Callahan fires a wrist shot from the left circle that beats Yann Danis and puts the Griffins in front. | GR 2, OKC 1

13:07: Stafford is robbed by Mrazek after his wrist shot from the right circle is snagged by the Grand Rapids netminder.

8:54: Lander has two great chances to score from in front of the net. His first chance is kicked out by Mrazek and his second chance -- a backhander -- goes off the far post. 

8:54: At the end of the play, Hartikainen and Brennan Evans get two minutes each for roughing, putting the teams in a four-on-four situation.

1:29: Jeff Hoggan skates in on the left side and fires a shot from the left side boards that eludes Danis and increases the Grand Rapids lead. | GR 3, OKC 1

0:00: Shots on goal after two are 27-19 for Grand Rapids.


20:00: Period three is now underway.

18:44: Glendening takes a high-sticking penalty to put the Barons on the power play with a chance to draw within one.

12:51: C.J. Stretch takes a penalty, giving Grand Rapids their fourth power play of the night.

10:19: Shortly after killing the penalty, Mark Arcobello scores on a shot from the right circle that takes a bit of a hop and beats Mrazek. | GR 3, OKC 2

8:38: Andrew Hotham hauled down Jurco on a breakaway, setting up a Griffins penalty shot.

8:38: Jurco attempts a low backhand on a deke and Danis extends his left pad to make the save.

7:49: Jurco takes a hooking penalty, giving the Barons a power play opportunity to tie the game up.

2:27: Toni Rajala picks up the puck off the end boards after Hotham's point shot just missed the net. Rajala makes no mistake, slipping the puck in on the glove side past Mrazek. | OKC 3, GR 3

1:05: Anton Lander scores to put the Barons in front, tipping home a Randy Jones shot for the goal. | OKC 4, GR 3

0:00: Final shot count is 36-30 for Grand Rapids.

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