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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HOME SKID SNAPPED

With the 3-1 win over Toronto, the Barons snapped a brief two-game home losing streak. Oklahoma City is now 4-2 inside the Cox Convention Center.

“We want to establish ourselves as a tough team to play against in our rink,” said O'Marra. “I don't think we did that well last year. I think we were barely .500 with a lot of overtime losses and shootout losses in there. I think this year it's a big part of our game plan moving forward; establish ourselves as a tough team at home and just keep rolling like we did last year on the road.”

REST AND RELAXATION

Nelson said he thinks the grind of the season is starting to take a toll on his players. So the Barons coach is giving them the day off from practice Wednesday.

The Barons came off a four-game road trip before Tuesday morning's home game against Toronto.

“I think we're getting mentally tired right now,” Nelson said. “It's not so much physically. It's mental, because we've been on such a grind. And we have three big games coming up. Sometimes you just have to get away from the rink then you're fresh mentally when you come back in for practice on Thursday.”

BARONS TO BUILD HOMES WITH HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

The Barons will partner with the Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity on Wednesday morning on a home in the Hope Crossing area.

Barons players, coaching and front office staffs will begin work framing a home that is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

“Our theme for this season is ‘Building,'” said Prodigal LLC owner Bob Funk Jr. “Building relationships, building team, building memories, building community.”

THREE STARS

Triston Grant

He came an assist short of notching the Gordie Howe hat trick. But his third goal of the season was the game-winner.

Yann Dannis

In yet another strong performance, he recorded 33 saves, including 13 in the third period while helping OKC kill all 11 of Toronto's power-play opportunities.

Linus Omark

Omark had an assist to Grant on the game-tying goal.


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