The Barons were 2 1/2 minutes from forcing overtime and picking up at least one standings point against Charlotte on Friday night. But a questionable roughing penalty called against defenseman Colten Teubert with 2:19 remaining left the Barons short-handed and ultimately led to the Checkers' game-winning goal.
Barons captain Bryan Helmer, however, said Teubert doesn't need a talking-to about his aggressiveness on the questionable play.
“Tubey's an intense player. He plays on that edge,” Helmer said. “I didn't really see (the hit), but a lot of guys said it was questionable. And to call it in the last minute of the game is pretty tough. I wouldn't say anything to Tubey about that because, like I said, he plays on an edge and he has to do that to be successful.”
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
The Barons dropped their first ever game against Charlotte but perhaps learned what to expect when they meet again.
“I think next time we'll be more prepared,” said Mark Arcobello, who scored the Barons' only goal for his first of the year. “I think the next time we play them we'll know a little more about them and hopefully it'll go a little bit better for us.”
The Barons will face the Checkers seven more times this season. The Checkers, the Carolina Hurricanes farm team, return to Oklahoma City for a back-to-back on Nov. 11 and Nov. 12.
PETRY CALLED UP
Edmonton on Friday recalled defenseman Jeff Petry.
Petry was assigned to the Barons on Oct. 19 and played in two games. He registered one assist. He became the first Barons player recalled by the Oilers this season.
A second-round choice in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Petry began the season with the Oilers and played three games before being assigned to Oklahoma City.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
After a five-game home stand, the Barons will set out on the road for their next three.
Oklahoma City will play at Houston on Saturday night and at San Antonio on Sunday afternoon before traveling to Abbotsford on Nov. 3.
The Barons won't return to the Cox Convention Center until Nov. 8, when they host Toronto at 10:30 a.m.
“Sometimes it's good to go on the road after something like this,” said Barons coach Todd Nelson after Friday's 2-1 loss to Charlotte.
“Right now, it's a good time for us to get back on the road. It's a good time for us to learn how to win games on the road until we come back home here.”