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.”