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Barons Strike Oil against Admirals

Goalie Atte Engren turned aside 34 shots but it wasn’t enough as the Milwaukee Admirals dropped a 3-2 game to the Oklahoma City Barons in Oklahoma City, OK.

Leading 2-0, Milwaukee got into penalty trouble in the latter half of the second period and allowed three tallies to the Barons, the team with the best record in the AHL.

Milwaukee scored a power play goal to open the scoring at 9:56 of the first period. Kyle Wilson controlled the puck atop the right circle. He passed the puck to goal line for Chris Mueller. Mueller then fed a pass from the right post to the left circle that defenseman Victor Bartley slapped into the net past goalie David LeNeveu. It was Bartley’s sixth goal of the season and fifth on the power play.

The Admirals claimed a 2-0 lead at 9:14 of the second period when Jani Lajunen scored his third goal of the season and second goal in as many nights. A Barons clearing attempt from behind the goal was intercepted above the left circle by Milwaukee’s Kevin Henderson. Henderson sent a wristshot on goal that LeNeveu tried to steer to the left corner. However, Lajunen knocked it out of mid-air for the goal.

Oklahoma City got on the board at 10:30 of the second period with a 5-on-3 power play goal by defenseman Bryan Rodney. Henderson was in the box for Milwaukee via a tripping infraction at 9:41. Just four seconds later, Teemu Laakso joined Henderson on a delay of game penalty when he fired the puck into the seats.

The Barons tied the game with another power play goal at 12:58 of the second period. This time, the penalty was on Admirals goalie Atte Engren for delay of game as he played the puck into the seats. Rodney fed a pass from his blue line to Philippe Cornet who got behind the Admirals defense and scored on the breakaway.

With just 1:06 left in the second period, Oklahoma City took its first lead when the puck bounced off Scott Ford’s skate behind the Admirals goal and found its way to Teemu Hartikainen on the right post for stuff into the net.

Milwaukee returns to the Bradley Center Friday, Feb. 24 to host Abbotsford at 7 pm. National recording artist the Dropkick Murphys will perform in a post-game concert on February 24th sponsored by Toyota, Time Warner Cable, Lee Jeans, & Coors Light. Also, the first 3,000 fans will receive Sendik’s Recyclable red bags. Fans can order tickets by calling Ticketmaster at (800)745-3000 or by logging on to the Admirals website at www.milwaukeeadmirals.com. Groups of ten or more get $2 off every ticket. For more info on how to order group tickets please call (414)227-0550. Don’t forget to follow the Admirals on Twitter (@mkeadmirals) and on Facebook!

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