Both of Oklahoma City's goals Tuesday night in a 4-2 loss to Peoria were scored by the No. 1 line on the power play. One of Barons coach Todd Nelson's biggest concerns 23 games into the season is the top line has produced most of the goals.
“We need to start getting scoring from other lines. We just do,” Nelson said. “That's something I can't explain. Last year we had scoring spread around. Those guys have to come to the party. Enough is enough.”
RIVERMEN OUTSHOOT BARONS
Nelson has stressed that the Barons need to be more aggressive. Peoria outshot Oklahoma City 34-28 on Tuesday.
“When we were in Charlotte we put up 40-plus shots and scored seven goals. It's no secret why,” said team captain Josh Green. “We were shooting the puck, getting traffic and putting everything on net. That's the way we're going to have to win.”
SCHULTZ GETS TWO MORE POINTS
Barons rookie defenseman Justin Schultz recorded two more points to increase his total to 34, which leads the American Hockey League. Schultz also leads the league with 23 assists.
“I'd much rather get the win,” Schultz said. “It doesn't feel good when you get points and you don't get the win. The two power-play goals were probably the only positive tonight. It's very frustrating. We've got to get this figured out.”
PELSS INELIGIBLE UNTIL JAN. 11
AHL officials announced Barons left winger Kristians Pelss will be ineligible until Oklahoma City plays Charlotte on Jan. 11. Pelss was suspended 21 games for a Dec. 1 slashing incident with Stockton in the ECHL, a suspension the AHL will uphold.
Barons backup goaltender Olivier Roy stopped 30 shots but dropped to 2-4. ... Fans are encouraged to bring a new or gently loved stuffed animal to Saturday's game. ... Peoria goaltender Jake Allen got a rare assist on the Rivermen's second goal. Allen started a breakout with a long pass that ended with a T.J. Hensick goal.
By Mike Baldwin