Barons get complacent, blow 2-goal lead and lose to Milwaukee

Oklahoma City gets another crack at Admirals at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Cox Center
BY ED GODFREY, Staff Writer, egodfrey@opubco.com Published: February 17, 2012
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The Admirals scored twice in the second period to take command of the game. Teemu Harikainen scored to bring the Barons within a goal 7:08 into the third period, and the Admirals survived a flurry of Barons' shots in the final minutes to preserve the victory.

Oklahoma City outshot Milwaukee 10-3 in the third period.

“In the third period, we started playing with some desperation and all of sudden we are getting some zone time and some scoring opportunities,” Nelson said.

However, the Barons couldn't get the puck past Milwaukee goalie Jeremy Smith in the final 10 minutes while the Admirals' Jani Lajunen scored an empty-net goal with less than 10 seconds remaining to send the 3,018 fans in attendance heading for the exits.

Nelson called the Barons “sloppy” Friday night in their defensive zone coverage and rush coverage.

“That was one of the worst games we've played defensively in a long time,” Nelson said. “If you don't play good team defense, you give up five goals.”

Nelson thinks the visiting Admirals outworked the Barons most of the game.

“One thing we got to realize is where we are in the standings, it doesn't matter who we play, we are not going to have an easy game,” Nelson said. “ People are going to come in here and want to knock us off. They are going to give us their A game. We are not going to catch teams napping.”