The Barons (2-1-0) host Houston at 4 p.m. Sunday as they continue a five-game homestand and finish a three-games-in-three-nights stretch.
Oklahoma City struggled against the Aeros last year, going 1-6-1-2. Houston went on to finish second in the AHL's Calder Cup finals.
“We definitely want to be a little better,” Barons defenseman Colten Teubert said. “They were a team that made it all the way to the Calder Cup, and us as the Barons, we want to be a team like that and we want to be able to beat teams that are that good, too.”
1. Ryan Keller
The 27-year-old winger had two goals and two assists.
2. Chris VandeVelde
VandeVelde had a goal and a pair of assists for his first points of the season.
3. Josh Green
The veteran had three assists.
The Barons' front office hoped reducing Cox Center capacity for hockey would give it more of an intimate feeling. The upper bowl of the Cox Center will be covered the entire season, decreasing capacity from 13,000 to 7,500. On Saturday night, a crowd of 5,554 attended the home opener vs. Texas. The Barons averaged 4,155 fans per game last season, which ranked near the middle of the 30-team league.
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Barons coach Todd Nelson said he emphasized sticking to the system in the third period when the game was well in hand.
“It's a coaches nightmare going into the third period,” Nelson said. “You want to make sure you have good habits going into the third period, because how your third period is, is how you're going to lead into the game tomorrow.”