After a Kid's Day game against the Toronto Marlies that saw the Barons trail 4-0 after the 1st, and rebound to tie the game in the last five minutes of the 3rd only to lose in overtime, the Barons look to keep the momentum going this weekend against the Milwaukee Admirals.
Tuesday, Olivier Roy gave up a quick goal to the Marlies 36 seconds into the game as Will Acton received a pass as he came down the wing to score. Seventeen minutes later, it seemed like there was nothing the Barons could do to stop the Marlies attack. Nicolas Deschamps, Kenny Ryan, and Greg Scott all scored within 1:27 of each other, chasing Roy from net after the third goal, and the fourth goal being scored against Yann Danis. After 20 minutes, it was 4-0 Marlies.
The Barons showed some life in the 2nd period and held off the Marlies from scoring. At 16:19, Taylor Hall scored his third goal of the season as the Barons were on a power play with former Baron Dylan Yeo in the penalty box for high-sticking. Coming back in the 3rd period, the Barons trailed 4-1 and needed to give all they had to come back. At 4:53, just before a Joe Colborne penalty ended, Mark Arcobello made it 4-2. Taylor Hall took a tripping penalty a couple minutes later and the Marlies took advantage of that as Mike Zigomanis seemingly put away the game and made it 5-2.
Trying to find some life, Dane Byers went after Mark Fraser on the same play that Zigomanis was called for high-sticking. The Barons came away with the power play and were given even more of a chance as Carter Ashton was sent to the box for hooking. On the 5-on-3 disadvantage, Toronto head coach Dallas Eakins was given a minor penalty and a game misconduct for saying a few choice words to the referees. This gave the Barons a 5-on-3 advantage for a good amount of time, and the Barons made the most of it. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored to make it 5-3, and a minute later, the Barons pulled Yann Danis for an extra attacker. With the 6-on-4 advantage on the PP, Teemu Hartikainen scored his fourth of the season to make it 5-4. In the waning seconds of the game, Danis was pulled once again and with a scramble in front of the net, Nugent-Hopkins got his second of the game to tie it at 5-5 with 22 seconds left in the 3rd.
Halfway through OT, Alex Plante was called for holding as he tried to stop a scoring chance in the Barons zone, and put the Barons on the penalty kill for most of the remainder of OT. The Barons were able to kill the penalty off statistically, but lost a faceoff and Jake Gardiner put it home to give the Marlies the 6-5 victory.
After splitting the season series with Milwaukee last year, the Barons look to get out of the near .500 range. Leading the scoring for the Admirals is Taylor Beck who has 12 points in 12 games, and rookie Patrick Cehlin who has 10 points in 10 games. In net, Jeremy Smith has been playing in the bulk of the games for Milwaukee as rookie Magnus Hellberg has struggled in the three games that he has played.
Both games this weekend have a 7:00 start time, with the radio broadcast at 6:45. Tune in for Friday's game on 96.1 KXY and Saturday's game on 1340 The Game.