Rocco Grimaldi scored the game-winning goal in overtime late Saturday night, and San Antonio edged Oklahoma City 3-2 in an American Hockey League game at the AT&T Center. The game was the first of the regular season for Oklahoma City; the Barons open the home portion of their season at 7 p.m. Friday against defending champion Texas at the Cox Center.
Barons at San Antonio
When: 7 p.m. Saturday, 7 p.m.
Where: AT&T Center, San Antonio
Radio: KGHM-AM 1340
Scouting report: Three years ago, the division rivals squared off in an entertaining playoff series, but the past two years, the Barons have rallied to make the playoffs while San Antonio has finished near the bottom of the AHL’s Western Conference. … The Barons have reached the playoffs all four years under coach Todd Nelson. … The Barons will be led by some veterans and several talented kids making their pro debuts. Anton Lander, last year’s team captain, returns after being one of Edmonton’s final cuts. Lander scored 52 points in 46 games in OKC.
Jeff Ewing enjoyed his three years living in Oklahoma City while serving as tournament director of the 2014 U.S. Senior Open at Oak Tree National. Ewing enjoyed it so much he’s making OKC his permanent home.
The Barons have lowered tickets prices for the 2014-15 season. In a newly configured 6,468-seat setup at the Cox Convention Center, the Barons are offering 1,500 tickets to every home game for $10 compared to 400 tickets a game sold at $10 last season.
Oklahoma City Barons training-camp practice sessions are open to the public free of charge at the Cox Convention Center.
Monday: practice 10-11:15 a.m.
Tuesday: practice 10-11:15 a.m.
Wednesday: practice 10-11:15 a.m.
Thursday: practice 10-11:15 a.m.
Friday: Preseason road game (at Texas Stars)
Saturday: Preseason road game (at San Antonio).
Sunday: Day off
Monday, Oct. 6: practice 10-11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 7: practice 10-11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 8: practice 10-11:30 a.m.
Thursday, Oct. 9: practice 10-11:30 a.m.
The 2014-15 Barons will open the season building around veteran forward Matt Ford, who scored 25 goals for OKC last season, and defenseman Brad Hunt, who compile 50 points to establish the franchise scoring record for a blue-liner last season.
The Oklahoma City Barons will open training camp at 10 a.m. Monday, and the public is invited to watch free of charge. The American Hockey League team will work out until 11:15 a.m. at the Cox Convention Center. Practices continue at the same time on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
The team will leave for Cedar Park, Texas, at 9 a.m. Friday for an exhibition game against the defending Calder Cup champion Texas Stars at 7 that night.
Oklahoma City opens the home portion of the regular season at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 against the Stars. Ticket information is available at 232-4625.
BOXING CARD SET FOR SATURDAY
Three former world champions are on a boxing card Saturday at the Downtown Airpark.