Barons notebook: Oklahoma City benefiting from total team effort

BY DARNELL MAYBERRY, Staff Writer, dmayberry@opubco.com Published: November 8, 2011
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The Barons got three goals from three different players from three different lines in their 3-1 win over Toronto on Tuesday.

That type of team-wide contribution has become a theme this season in the scoring department.

Thirteen Barons players have scored at least one goal. Colten Teubert, who recently was recalled by Edmonton, would make 14.

Ryan O'Marra said the balance is due to the team having more depth than a year ago, which has helped the Barons withstand injuries, call-ups and fatigue.

“We're rolling four lines,” O'Marra said. “It's not like there's guys who are just sitting on the bench the entire game and not getting in there when there's a lot of penalties. Everyone's rolling through. And it's everyone pulling together. I think that's been the biggest thing. Guys aren't getting over tired because everyone's being used.”

Philippe Cornet leads the team with eight goals. Josh Green and Teemu Hartikainen rank second with five apiece. Four players have three goals.

“There are certain guys that we rely on to get goals,” said coach Todd Nelson. “But when you look at our lineup, it doesn't matter what line I throw out there.

“When we looked at our lineup at the start of the year, we thought that we'd have to score by committee and that's what we're doing. The plan is unfolding nicely. I think that makes us a very tough team to beat because teams can't key on one or two lines. They have to key on all four.”

OKC SPECIAL ON SPECIAL TEAMS

The Barons killed all 11 of Toronto's power-play opportunities on Tuesday, improving their penalty kill percentage to 84.8 percent and moving into eighth in the AHL in penalty kill percentage.

“That was one of the things Nelly talked about before the game was special teams and how important it was going to be,” said Bryan Helmer. “Our PK came up big tonight, and that's what we need to win games.”