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Chicago shuts out OKC Barons 3-0

Wolves close gap on Barons in tight AHL playoff race.
by Scott Munn Published: April 6, 2013
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/articleid/3780822/1/pictures/2004810">Photo - Oklahoma City's Tanner House moves up ice during the AHL game between the Oklahoma City Barons and the Chicago Wolves in  Oklahoma City, Saturday, April 6, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City's Tanner House moves up ice during the AHL game between the Oklahoma City Barons and the Chicago Wolves in Oklahoma City, Saturday, April 6, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

“I really thought Niko was strong — he just didn't get any goal support,” Nelson said. “But we have to find a way to get through to Climie. Their defensive structure was good, and we just couldn't find a way to get through.”

Oklahoma City outshot Chicago 31-25, but the numbers were misleading. Climie really didn't face many tough attempts, including three instances when the Wolves were short-handed. In fact, when Hovinen was pulled for an extra attacker and Chicago took a delay-of-game penalty to give the Barons a two-man advantage with 2:01 left, Gulliume Desbiens ripped a three-quarters-of-the-ice shot into an empty net for the 3-0 lead.

“Anytime you let a team score early in a game like we did, it puts you behind the eight-ball,” said Barons alternate captain Jonathan Cheechoo. “After that, you have play your best to give you a chance to come back and win. It takes a lot of energy to do that. We just have to come back (Sunday) and have a better effort in the first period.”

by Scott Munn
Sports Assistant Editor
Scott Munn joined The Oklahoman/Oklahoma City Times sports staffs in October 1982. He spent a year as a formcharter, three years on the desk and 16 as a reporter. Scott has spent the last nine years as an evening assistant sports editor. Scott's...
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