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Barons veteran Josh Green has impressive resume — and hates to lose

The Oklahoma City Barons blew a third-period lead and lost a 3-2 overtime decision Saturday.
BY SCOTT MUNN, Assistant Sports Editor, Published: March 10, 2012

Green watched. Green listened. Green learned from mistakes.

Now, he is trying to pass along some of that wisdom on and off the ice.

Green says, “I think I can still play the game,” which was proved in January when the Barons' parent team, the Edmonton Oilers, twice called up Green for depth on the forward end. But he is seasoned vet on an Oklahoma City roster stocked with outstanding prospects, like his Barons linemates Magnus Paajarvi and Teemu Hartikainen.

Green and Paajarvi combined for two goals and two assists Saturday night, and Hartikainen was a pest in the Lake Erie end. The trio accounted for 10 of the Barons' 36 shots on goal.

“He has a voice in the dressing room, and his work ethic sets an example,” Barons coach Todd Nelson said. “He's a nice mentor for our young guys, a good player for us and a player who gives Edmonton some depth when they need an extra forward.”

The Barons (36-17-8) gained one standings point for going past regulation; the Western Division leader is now 10 points ahead of second-place Abbotsford.

Some good did come out of the setback, and “we do want to win the division so we can have home ice throughout,” Green said. “But it really does hurt to lose like that.”