Regulation couldn’t decide a winner between the Utica Comets and Oklahoma City Barons on Tuesday in Oklahoma City.
The teams almost got through the overtime period, too, but the Barons came away with a 1-0 win on Jason Williams’ goal with less than 30 seconds to play.
The Comets dropped to 14-5-3-0, and the Barons improved to 12-4-2-2.
The score was knotted at zero after the first and second periods, with Oklahoma City holding a 23-20 shots-on-goal advantage, and with both teams coming up empty on a pair of power plays.
The Barons extended their winning streak to six games. The Comets have scored a total of three goals in their last three games.
Oklahoma almost was awarded a key penalty late in the third period, when an errant pass landed in the Comets’ bench. The referee initially called a delay-of-game penalty on Utica, but it was called off after a short conference with the linesmen.
Utica killed two power plays in regulation, and Oklahoma City killed off three.
The Comets are back at it tonight. They’re taking a 6-hour bus ride to Cedar Park, Texas, to take on the defending Calder Cup champion Stars. Puck drops at 8:30 p.m. Eastern. Texas is 7-6-6-0 on the season, and it has lost eight of its last nine games.
The Comets move on to San Antonio on Friday to play the Rampage (also at 8:30).
Barons 1, Comets 0 (OT)
Utica 0 0 0 0 – 0
Oklahoma City 0 0 0 1 – 1
1st Period-No Scoring.Penalties-Jeffrey Uti (tripping), 13:56.
2nd Period-No Scoring.Penalties-Ford Okc (slashing), 4:17; Shinkaruk Uti (holding), 10:38; Lander Okc (kneeing), 17:17.
3rd Period-No Scoring.Penalties-Gaunce Uti (fighting), 7:16; Musil Okc (tripping, fighting), 7:16
OT Period-1, Oklahoma City, Williams 8 (C. Hamilton), 4:33. Penalties-No Penalties.
Shots on Goal-Utica 9-11-13-1-34. Oklahoma City 12-11-6-6-35.
Power Play Opportunities-Utica 0 / 3; Oklahoma City 0 / 2.
Goalies-Utica, Eriksson 7-3-0 (35 shots-34 saves). Oklahoma City, Bachman 6-1-2 (34 shots-34 saves).
The American Hockey League announced that Utica Comets left wing Darren Archibald has been suspended for three (3) games as a consequence of an illegal check to the head of an opponent in a game at Albany on Nov. 29.
Archibald was suspended under the provisions of AHL Rule 28.1 (supplementary discipline).
Archibald will miss Utica’s games Tuesday (Dec. 2) at Oklahoma City, Wednesday (Dec. 3) at Texas and Friday (Dec. 5) at San Antonio.
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