OKC Barons: Barons bounce back, beat Toronto

Oklahoma City coach Todd Nelson said his American Hockey League team played its most complete game of the season.
by Michael Baldwin Published: January 30, 2014
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Coming off the worst game in the American Hockey League franchise's four-year history, the Oklahoma City Barons played one their best games of the season Thursday night at the Cox Convention Center.

The Barons notched a 5-3 win over Toronto, outshooting the Marlies 42-22.

“That was the most complete game our team has played all year,” said Barons coach Todd Nelson. “We did a great job in the offensive zone, working the puck around, finding our best (opportunities). We did a lot of good things tonight.”

In their previous outing, at Charlotte, the Barons allowed a franchise worst nine goals and a franchise worst 47 regulation shots.

“We all felt really bad after that game,” said Oklahoma City team captain Anton Lander, who scored a goal and chipped in two assists on Thursday night. “Tonight, we all stuck together. When someone got hit all five guys were over there to protect them. We put a lot of shots on net. This was a good team win.”

Despite the solid game, the outcome was still undecided when the Marlies (25-14-4) rallied to tie 3-3 midway through the third period. The Barons retook the lead when Jack Combs slammed in a rebound with 6:14 remaining. Lander added an empty-net goal with 1:05 to play in a penalty-filled game.

“It would be nice to find a way to coast in one time and win 5-1,” Nelson said. “But that's not the way our team is this year. We like to have drama and give fans their money's worth.”


by Michael Baldwin
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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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