Barons better Bulldogs

bulldogsOklahoma City, Oklahoma – Three unanswered third period goals lifted the Oklahoma City Barons to a 4-1 American Hockey League win over the Hamilton Bulldogs 4-1 on Tuesday night.

Jonathan Cheechoo scored the game-winner and Teemu Hartikainen notched two assists for the Barons.

After a goalless first period, Oklahoma City opened the scoring at 15:05 of the second frame on a tally by Chris VandeVelde. Hamilton goaltender Robert Mayer stopped the first shot by Hartikainen but VandeVelde made good on the rebound.

Hamilton tied the score just over two minutes later when Kyle Hagel notched his first goal of the season in his 58th game putting a shot past former Bulldogs goaltender Yann Danis.

The Barons took a 2-1 lead near the midway mark of the final period when Mark Arcobello took a shot from the far circle. The puck was tipped by Cheechoo into the net. Brandon Davidson put one in the empty net with a minute left to play and 27 seconds later Tanner House added another counter into the vacated net in favour of an extra attacker.

Oklahoma City outshot Hamilton, 28-20.

Earlier in the day, the Montreal Canadiens returned defenceman Nathan Beaulieu to the Bulldogs.

Beaulieu, 20, played two games for the Canadiens since being recalled on March 29 and had one assist and two penalty minutes. He has played 62 games for the Bulldogs this season recording 25 points (six goals, 19 assists) and 56 penalty minutes and leads the team in assists.

The Bulldogs’ next game is against the Rampage in San Antonio on Friday (April 5) at 8:30 p.m.

Scoring summary

1st Period:
No Scoring

2nd Period:
1. OKC – Chris VandeVelde (3) – (Teemu Hartikainen, Toni Rajala) – 15:35
2. HAM – Kyle Hagel (1) – (Jarred Tinordi, Zack Stortini) – 17:56

3rd Period:
3. OKC – Jonathan Cheechoo (10) – (Mark Arcobello, Phil Cornet) – 9:42
4. OKC – Brandon Davidson (2) – 19:00 (EN)
5. OKC – Tanner House (6) – (Teemu Hartikainen, Andrew Hotham) – 19:27 (EN)

Oklahoma City: 8-12-8—28
Hamilton: 2-7-11—20

Power Play:
Oklahoma City: 0-for-1
Hamilton: 0-for-4

Attendance: 2,368