Moser Helps Ads Earn Point
Oklahoma City, OK--Goalie Richard Bachman turned aside 41 shots in regulation to lead the Oklahoma City Barons to a 5-4 shootout win over the Milwaukee Admirals Sunday.
Admirals forward Simon Moser forced the overtime when he scored from the left circle with 2.6 seconds remaining in regulation. After an icing violation against Oklahoma City set up an offensive zone faceoff, Mark Van Guilder won the faceoff and Moser fired a quick shot that squeezed through Bachman’s legs for his eight goal of the season.
In the shootout, the first two Barons shooters (Jack Combs and Ryan Hamilton) were able to score. The Admirals second shooter, Taylor Beck, put Milwaukee on the board. Moser came through, again, as Milwaukee’s fifth shooter to force a sudden death session in the shootout. The Barons clinched the shootout win when C.J. Stretch scored for the Barons before Milwaukee’s Miikka Salomaki shot a backhander wide of the goal.
Milwaukee started the scoring early, just 1:39 into the game. Beck held the puck along the wall at the left circle in the Barons zone. He spotted Filip Forsberg coming onto the ice and skating to the slot.
Beck fed a backhand pass to Forsberg who fired a high shot over Oklahoma City goalie Richard Bachman’s left shoulder for his sixth goal of the season. Beck and Joonas Jarvinen recorded the assists.
Beck’s assist was his 107th career point with the Admirals, moving him into a tie with Timofei Shishkanov for 12th place on the Admirals all-time AHL scoring list.
The Barons tied the game at 18:53 when Tyler Pitlick finished a 3-on-2 rush by snapping his fourth goal of the season over the right shoulder of Marek Mazanec.
Oklahoma City took a 2-1 lead at 9:39 of the second period when Jack Combs backhanded a rebound of a David Musil shot past Mazanec for his first goal of the season.
Barons forward Matthew Ford gave his team a 3-1 lead at 6:55 of the third period with a wristshot from the slot.
The Admirals pulled within one when Vinny Saponari scored a power play goal at 12:30 of the third period. Saponari fired a wristshot from the left circle past Bachman for his fifth goal of the season, fourth on the power play. The assists were awarded to Joe Piskula and Charles-Olivier Roussel.
Barons defenseman Taylor Fedun scored a power play goal that bounced off the stick of Admirals defenseman Scott Valentine and, then, Van Guilder into the net at 14:42 of the third period.
Down 4-2, Milwaukee struck to get within one just 44 seconds after the Fedun goal. Van Guilder won a faceoff to the left of Bachman. Saponari moved the puck back to Van Guilder on the left post where he planted his sixth goal of the season. Saponari and Moser recorded the helpers.
The Admirals recorded a season-high 45 shots on goal in the loss. Milwaukee has equaled its longest winless streak of the season at three games.
The Admirals return home game to face the Toronto Marlies Tues, Jan. 21 at 7:00 pm.
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