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Barons open home season with 10-1 rout of Texas

BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer, raber@opubco.com Published: October 15, 2011
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/articleid/3614111/1/pictures/1537168">Photo - OKC's Ryan Lowery (24) and Hunter Tremblay (36) fight for control of the puck during a game between the Oklahoma City Barons and the Texas Stars at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011.  Photo by Garett Fisbeck, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD
OKC's Ryan Lowery (24) and Hunter Tremblay (36) fight for control of the puck during a game between the Oklahoma City Barons and the Texas Stars at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011. Photo by Garett Fisbeck, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD

They combined for 10 goals in their first five home games last year.

“I think the whole team kind of learned from last year, that and the fact that they beat us 7-0 there,” Chris VandeVelde said. “We just came out hard and just didn't look back.”

Saturday night, they got off to a quick start, scoring three times in 1-minute, 27 seconds, just past the midway point of the first period.

Hunter Tremblay, Keller and Grant scored the rapid-fire goals.

The Barons topped that stretch in the second period, scoring four goals in a span of 4:05 — the final three in a span of 44 seconds and the last two coming 10 seconds apart.

The goal stretches each set franchise records.

Eight different players scored for the Barons.

“Last year, when we had a bunch of call-ups, we were basically relying on one line to get the job done,” Nelson said. “We knew going into this season that we'd have a solid lineup, but it was just a matter of getting the right combinations, getting the guys playing together and it all clicked tonight.”


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