BY RYAN ABER
The Barons line of Linus Omark, Liam Reddox and Ryan O’Marra has produced its share of goals overall but O’Marra is still looking for his first goal.
O’Marra has piled up the assists, with nine entering Friday’s game against Chicago, but is disappointed with his lack of goals.
“I feel at times I’m holding them back a bit since I haven’t been scoring at all,” O’Marra said. “It’s been frustrating.”
O’Marra can’t remember going through a stretch of 16 games without a goal and isn’t sure what can be done to break through.
“Enough’s enough,” he said. “I’ve got to help them out a bit more with the chances I’ve been getting. I’ve got to start putting pucks in the net. It’s laughable at the moment. It’s embarrassment.”
Through those 16 games, though, O’Marra has already equalled his highest assist output as a pro. Last season, he recorded 12 goals and seven assists splitting time between Edmonton and the Oilers’ AHL affiliate in Springfield, Mass.
O’Marra is also leading the Barons on plus/minus at plus-7, one ahead of Reddox.
Early goal problems continue
Even after scoring just 17 seconds into Tuesday’s eventual loss to San Antonio, the Barons streak of allowing goals early continued.
The Rampage tied it just 4:06 in, their sixth consecutive game allowing a goal in the first 5:35.
The Barons have been 4-2 in that stretch but have to fix the issue, O’Marra said.
“We just have to keep it simple,” O’Marra said. “I don’t there’s any quick fix for it.
“Yeah, we’ve been able to come back but we can’t keep doing that.”
Barons coach Todd Nelson said the team needed to jump ahead better, especially at home.
“We’ve discussed that as a team,” Nelson said. “I don’t know what it is. It takes us awhile to get upset and get going. We have to have better starts.
“We can look at our routine. Whatever it takes, we have to fix that.”
Lowe happy with continuity
Edmonton President of Hockey Operations Kevin Lowe took in Tuesday’s game, watching from up top with Barons general manager Bill Scott.
For the second time with Lowe in attendance, the Barons lost, but the performance was much better than Lowe’s other trip which came on opening night. The Barons lost 6-1 that night.
Edmonton has yet to call up a player from the Barons and, despite the Oilers early season struggles, Lowe is happy there is stability with the Barons for now.
“You want to be able to keep some continuity,” Lowe said. “It’s good that we’ve been able to let them stay together early in the season. We’re going to need players from here, there’s no doubt. You can’t go through an NHL season without injuries but it’s nice to be able to let them come together as a team early.”
Cornet close to return
Nelson said after Tuesday’s loss that left winger Philippe Cornet should be ready to return this weekend.
Cornet has missed the Barons last five games with an undisclosed lower-body injury.
Cornet has two assists in 10 games.
While Cornet’s return is imminent, defenseman Richard Petiot could be out for a week, also with a lower-body injury.
Petiot missed his first game of the season Tuesday. He has four assists and is plus-3 in 15 games.
Cornet practiced Wednesday. Petiot did not.