albany64 bakersfield64 binghamton64 bridgeport64 charlotte64 chicago64 cleveland64 grandrapids64 hartford64 hershey64 iowa64 lehighvalley64 manitoba64 milwaukee64 ontario64 providence64 rochester64 rockford64 sanantonio64 sandiego64 sanjose64 springfield64 stjohns64 stockton64 syracuse64 texas64 toronto64 tucson64 utica64 wbs64
Loading Scoreboard...

Barons push back, force Game 7

Richard Bachman made 33 saves as the Oklahoma City Barons staved off elimination with a 2-1 win over the Utica Comets in Game 6 of their Western Conference semifinal series at the Utica Memorial Auditorium on Monday night.

The teams play a decisive Game 7 on Wednesday in Utica, with the winner advancing to meet Grand Rapids in the Western Conference Finals.

Bachman was outstanding throughout Game 6, especially as the Barons were being outshot 25-8 over the final two periods of the contest.

Brad Hunt gave Oklahoma City a 1-0 lead at the 5:23 mark of the opening period, slipping a backhand shot from the right side past Jacob Markstrom for his third goal of the playoffs and third this series.

Oklahoma City finished the first with a 13-9 edge in shots on goal, but the rest of the game heavily favored the host Comets as they pressed to tie. Utica outshot the Barons 12-3 in the second period and had a 9-1 advantage in the third when Oklahoma City finally doubled its lead.

Ryan Hamilton won a race to a loose puck off a Hunt dump-in and snapped a quick shot that beat Markstrom with 11:34 remaining, giving the Barons a 2-0 cushion. It was the fifth goal of the playoffs for the Barons captain.

Alex Friesen breathed life into the Comets with 5:47 left in the third period, on their 32nd shot of the game. Barons goaltender Richard Bachman got a big piece of Friesen’s wrister from above the right-wing circle, but not enough to stop it from trickling over the goal line for Friesen’s third goal of the postseason.

Utica kept pressuring – Alexandre Grenier’s one-timer hit the post with 3:35 left – but the Barons held on to force Game 7.

Bachman (5-3) raised his playoff save percentage to .950 and was named the game’s first star.

Markstrom (6-5) stopped 19 shots and took the loss despite allowing no more than two goals for the ninth time in 11 starts this postseason.

Western Conference Semifinals – Series “K” (best-of-7)
1-Utica Comets vs. 6-Oklahoma City Barons

Game 1 – Thu., May 7 – Oklahoma City 2, UTICA 1 (4OT)
Game 2 – Fri., May 8 – UTICA 2, Oklahoma City 1 (OT)
Game 3 – Mon., May 11 – Utica 3, OKLAHOMA CITY 2
Game 4 – Wed., May 13 – OKLAHOMA CITY 7, Utica 4
Game 5 – Thu., May 14 – Utica 3, OKLAHOMA CITY 1
Game 6 – Mon., May 18 – Oklahoma City 2, UTICA 1
Game 7 – Wed., May 20 – Oklahoma City at Utica, 7:00
   *if necessary… All times Eastern