Oklahoma City Barons: Frustration sets in as slumping Barons lose fifth straight

San Antonio rallies in the third period for a 4-2 victory. The Barons and Rampage play at 7 p.m. Saturday night at Cox Center.
by Michael Baldwin Published: January 18, 2013
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Frustration doesn't come close to describing the Barons' mood following a 4-2 loss to San Antonio on Friday night at the Cox Convention Center.

Similar to losses last weekend, the Barons dominated play, outshooting the Rampage 48-25 in the American Hockey League game.

The bottom line was San Antonio rallied to hand Oklahoma City its fifth straight loss.

“It's frustrating,” said Barons coach Todd Nelson. “If you're not getting scoring chances, that's a red flag. We got scoring chances tonight. We just didn't finish. And (San Antonio goaltender Jacob) Markstrom made some great saves.”

The final score was misleading. OKC led 2-1 midway through the third period. The Rampage tied it with 10:27 to play, taking advantage of a two-on-one opportunity.

San Antonio went ahead with 5:18 remaining on a fluke goal that bounced off the post, then caromed into the net after hitting OKC defenseman Nathan Deck's leg.

“Those things happen,” said Nelson, whose team plays the Rampage again at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Cox Center. “We'll be in games where something fluky happens for us. It always seems to even out. But this has been tough. The last three games we've played well. The guys deserved a better fate.”

In the last three games, the Barons have outshot San Antonio, Texas and Charlotte 119-60 but have been outscored 11-5.

“We played a good game,” said Ryan Martindale who scored his first AHL goal. “We put a lot of pressure on them. We had a lot of opportunities. We'll get our bounces in the future. Hopefully in these close games we can pull out a couple of wins.”

The 48 shots fired at Markstrom were a season high for OKC, just three shy of the Barons franchise record.

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by Michael Baldwin
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Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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