Ilya Bryzgalov, OKC Barons stop Abbotsford

by Michael Baldwin Published: November 16, 2013

“Bryz looked a lot more calm. He was more composed,” said Barons coach Todd Nelson. “He stood tall and made some big saves. I think he's on the right path on the way back.”

Barons center C.J. Stretch scored his second and third goals of the season late in the second period to give the Barons a 2-0 lead. Abbotsford's only goal was midway through the third period.

Linus Omark, OKC's leading scorer, scored his 10th of the season, a power-play goal with 8:12 to play. Ben Eager ended any possible drama with an empty-net goal with 1:33 left.

OKC's second line of Stretch, Austin Fyten and Andrew Miller played well in both games against Abbotsford. Fyten and Miller recorded assists on both of Stretch's goals.

Even if Saturday was his final AHL game, Bryzgalov enjoyed the experience.

“This is a great group of young guys that enjoy the game,” Bryzgalov said. “This was fun. This is a game we all love. I'm no different. When I was sitting at home, I missed it.”

by Michael Baldwin
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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