Jordan Eberle shines, but Barons lose to Houston in shootout

Aeros' third-period barrage sinks OKC.
by Michael Baldwin Published: November 3, 2012

It's the second consecutive game Houston erased a 3-0 deficit, although the Barons did win 4-3 Friday night.

“It (stinks) being up 3-0 and lose in a shootout,” said forward Magnus Paajarvi. “We might as well lose 10-0. At least we still got a (standings) point. But the third period is where we should be at our best. We've really got to work on that.”

Eberle's goal 10 seconds into the third period would have been the highlight of the young season if the Barons hadn't squandered the lead. Eberle stole the puck from Aeros defenseman Tyler Cuma and skated in uncontested.

“I could see he was fumbling it a bit,” Eberle said. “I just kind of poked it over his stick and actually had to calm the puck down first. It was rolling on me. I guess that's one of my two moves.”

Eberle and Edmonton's other young stars have a lot more than two moves. The Oilers' foundation players supplied all three goals. In addition to Eberle's two goals, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored his third goal of the season early in the second period to give OKC a 1-0 lead.

“Eberle and Nuge had strong games,” Nelson said. “That line played pretty well. We have to get secondary scoring. We can't rely on those guys all the time. It's good they're scoring, but we have to get the total package.”

The top priority moving forward is protecting third-period leads.

“We obviously let it get away,” Nelson said. “Three minutes of the game we had brain cramps. They ended up capitalizing. I was happy with the overall game other than those three or four minutes. We have to learn from that.”

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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