“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.”