The Barons tied a franchise record with four power-play goals in a 6-5 overtime loss to Toronto on Tuesday afternoon at the Cox Convention Center. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Teemu Hartikainen, Taylor Hall and Mark Arcobello each had a power-play goal.
“They have an aggressive penalty kill, and we seemed to have success with it,” said Jordan Eberle, who had four assists. “We got four and easily could have gotten a couple of more. Every time we were out there we were dangerous.”
Oklahoma City was 4-of-7 with the man advantage.
ANOTHER SLOW START
The Barons never trailed heading into the third period of their first nine games, but the have dug early holes in three of their last four games, including a 4-0 deficit after one period Tuesday against Toronto.
“In morning games you never know how guys are going to react,” said coach Todd Nelson. “It's definitely a different situation. We have to at least be even after the first period. It's unnecessary for us to be in that situation.”
GREEN'S GANG PROGRAM
Barons captain Josh Green has started a program called Green's Gang. For the remainder of the season, Green will welcome a child and family that's facing difficult medical conditions. The first child honored was ProCure Proton Therapy Center pediatric brain tumor patient Ali Mustafa, who attended Tuesday's game with family members.
The Barons close out a three-game homestand with games Friday and Saturday night against Milwaukee. It will be the first two meetings between the Barons and Admirals.
After the game, official scorers credited Hartikainen with a tip-in goal. The goal originally was given to Eberle. ... The Barons have loaned defenseman Dan Ringwald to Stockton of the ECHL. Ringwald, who signed a free-agent deal with OKC, recorded zero points in six games. ... Veteran defenseman Alex Plante was minus-2 in Tuesday's loss and is a team worst minus-6 for the season.