Tyler Pitlick scored the game's decisive goal late in the third period to lift the Oklahoma City Barons past the Charlotte Checkers 6-4 Friday night at the Cox Convention Center.
With the game tied 4-4, Pitlick received a pass from Anton Lander in the Charlotte slot and fired a wrister past Charlotte goalie Drew MacIntyre for what would eventually be the game-winning goal at 18:14 of the frame.
Pitlick registered a goal and an assist in his first game at the Cox Convention Center since Nov. 1.
Brock McGinn got the Checkers on the board 3:14 of the first period, when he took a pass in the Oklahoma City slot from Justin Shugg and sent it past Barons goalie Richard Bachman for a 1-0 Charlotte lead.
The Checkers extended their lead to 2-0 at 8:24 of the frame when Danny Biega corralled a puck that deflected off Barons forward Matt Ford just beyond the right circle of the Oklahoma City zone and fired a slap shot through traffic and under the glove of Bachman.
Oklahoma City scored its first goal at 11:44 of the first period when Ford took a pass from Travis Ewanyk and slid a shot past Charlotte goalie Drew MacIntyre, making the score 2-1 in favor of the Checkers.
At 13:57 of the first, Oklahoma City knotted the score at two when Ryan Hamilton received the puck from Andrew Miller for a partial breakaway and pushed a forehand shot through the legs of MacIntyre.
Iiro Pakarinen gave the Barons a 3-2 lead at 11:44 of the second period when he grabbed a Tyler Pitlick pass near the left circle of the Charlotte zone and flicked a wrist shot past a sliding MacIntyre. The goal was Pakarinen's first since returning from Edmonton last week.
Oklahoma City stretched its lead to 4-2 at the 3:17 mark of the third period when Brad Hunt sent a pass through the Charlotte crease that found a wide-open Curtis Hamilton who chipped the puck into the pack of the Checkers net.
Charlotte mounted a comeback in the third that began with Shugg taking a pass from McGinn rear the left side of the Oklahoma City net and flipping it past Bachman, cutting the Barons' lead to 4-3 at 6:19.
McGinn scored his second goal of the game at 12:48 of the third, with Charlotte on the power play as a result of a tripping penalty to Oklahoma City's Jason Williams at 11:47, to tie the game at four.
Following Pitclick's go-ahead goal, Pakarinen added an empty-net goal at 19:36, giving the Barons their eventual 6-4 win.
The Barons and Checkers meet again Saturday, Nov. 22, when they face off at the Cox Convention Center in a 7 p.m. start. Fans have a chance to win a turkey on-ice following the game during the annual turkey shoot. Saturday is also the first Devon Salute to Heroes night of the season.