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OKC Barons: Barons get outworked in 3-2 loss to Grand Rapids

Oklahoma City coach Todd Nelson said his American Hockey League team needs “to get back in the saddle” for Saturday’s 7 p.m. game against Grand Rapids at Cox Convention Center.
By Mike Baldwin Published: March 14, 2014

The Oklahoma City Barons’ club record home “unbeaten” streak ended Friday night.

Defending Calder Cup champion Grand Rapids never trailed en route to a 3-2 win in front of 3,294 fans at the Cox Convention Center.

It was the Barons first regulation home loss in two months. In their previous nine home games, Oklahoma City was 8-0-1.

“We got outworked,” said Barons coach Todd Nelson. “We have to move past this and get back in the saddle (Saturday). You can’t get outworked by a team that played the previous night.”

Special teams played a key role. The Griffins, the Detroit Red Wings Triple-A affiliate, scored two power play goals and killed off all five penalties.

“We weren’t able to connect,” said forward Andrew Miller, who scored in his first game back after being sidelined two months with a broken hand. “We’ve got to bear down on the power play.”

The Barons (29-25-8) feature one of the American Hockey League’s top power-play units, but the flip side, their penalty-kill, ranks 29th out of 30 teams.

In their last three games, the Barons have surrendered six power-play goals. Two of Grand Rapids’ three goals Friday night were with the man advantage.

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