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Barons gain momentum on road trip

by Michael Baldwin Modified: June 17, 2013 at 1:05 pm •  Published: March 6, 2013

Any road win is cherished. The Barons winning two of three games on a grueling road trip could be a defining moment in the 2012-13 season.

It’s difficult to play three games in three days. The Barons played three games in three days in two different time zones, in arenas nearly 1,200 miles apart.

“There were a lot of positives on the road trip,” said coach Todd Nelson. “Getting two out of three despite tough travel is a pretty good accomplishment.”

The trip opened in the Austin, Texas, area against the Stars. After posting a shootout win on Saturday night, the Barons bused to Dallas late that night, then boarded a 7:30 a.m. flight to Charlotte, N.C., the following morning to play a late Sunday afternoon game.

“We only got a couple of hours sleep,” Nelson said. “I didn’t know much energy the guys were going to have. We played well. To be honest I feel we should have won that game. We outshot them and I felt outplayed them.

“It was one of those things (Justin) Peters, their goaltender, stole a game for them. It was disappointing. We felt we deserved a better fate.”

The trip ended with a win Monday night in Charlotte.

“It was a really big road trip for our team,” Nelson said. “Getting that win on Tuesday night at home started the week off really well. Then we got four (standings) points. We would have loved to have gotten all six points but it was a very rewarding trip.”

The Barons return to action Friday and Saturday with home games against Rockford at the Cox Convention Center.

by Michael Baldwin
Redhawks, Barons, MLB, NFL Reporter
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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