The Barons got three goals from three different players from three different lines in their 3-1 win over Toronto on Tuesday.
That type of team-wide contribution has become a theme this season in the scoring department.
Thirteen Barons players have scored at least one goal. Colten Teubert, who recently was recalled by Edmonton, would make 14.
Ryan O'Marra said the balance is due to the team having more depth than a year ago, which has helped the Barons withstand injuries, call-ups and fatigue.
“We're rolling four lines,” O'Marra said. “It's not like there's guys who are just sitting on the bench the entire game and not getting in there when there's a lot of penalties. Everyone's rolling through. And it's everyone pulling together. I think that's been the biggest thing. Guys aren't getting over tired because everyone's being used.”
Philippe Cornet leads the team with eight goals. Josh Green and Teemu Hartikainen rank second with five apiece. Four players have three goals.
“There are certain guys that we rely on to get goals,” said coach Todd Nelson. “But when you look at our lineup, it doesn't matter what line I throw out there.
“When we looked at our lineup at the start of the year, we thought that we'd have to score by committee and that's what we're doing. The plan is unfolding nicely. I think that makes us a very tough team to beat because teams can't key on one or two lines. They have to key on all four.”
OKC SPECIAL ON SPECIAL TEAMS
The Barons killed all 11 of Toronto's power-play opportunities on Tuesday, improving their penalty kill percentage to 84.8 percent and moving into eighth in the AHL in penalty kill percentage.
“That was one of the things Nelly talked about before the game was special teams and how important it was going to be,” said Bryan Helmer. “Our PK came up big tonight, and that's what we need to win games.”
HOME SKID SNAPPED
With the 3-1 win over Toronto, the Barons snapped a brief two-game home losing streak. Oklahoma City is now 4-2 inside the Cox Convention Center.
“We want to establish ourselves as a tough team to play against in our rink,” said O'Marra. “I don't think we did that well last year. I think we were barely .500 with a lot of overtime losses and shootout losses in there. I think this year it's a big part of our game plan moving forward; establish ourselves as a tough team at home and just keep rolling like we did last year on the road.”
REST AND RELAXATION
Nelson said he thinks the grind of the season is starting to take a toll on his players. So the Barons coach is giving them the day off from practice Wednesday.
The Barons came off a four-game road trip before Tuesday morning's home game against Toronto.
“I think we're getting mentally tired right now,” Nelson said. “It's not so much physically. It's mental, because we've been on such a grind. And we have three big games coming up. Sometimes you just have to get away from the rink then you're fresh mentally when you come back in for practice on Thursday.”
BARONS TO BUILD HOMES WITH HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
The Barons will partner with the Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity on Wednesday morning on a home in the Hope Crossing area.
Barons players, coaching and front office staffs will begin work framing a home that is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
“Our theme for this season is ‘Building,'” said Prodigal LLC owner Bob Funk Jr. “Building relationships, building team, building memories, building community.”
He came an assist short of notching the Gordie Howe hat trick. But his third goal of the season was the game-winner.
In yet another strong performance, he recorded 33 saves, including 13 in the third period while helping OKC kill all 11 of Toronto's power-play opportunities.
Omark had an assist to Grant on the game-tying goal.