CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Oklahoma City Barons' offensively challenged forward end and its young defensive corps continued to struggle Friday night against the Charlotte Checkers.
Zach Boychuk and Chris Terry each accounted for four points, helping the Checkers mash Oklahoma City 9-3 in a penalty-filled American Hockey League game at Time Warner Cable Arena.
The Barons fell to 0-6 this season against their West Division rival, and Friday's game, before 8,160 fans, was the most lopsided. Oklahoma City (16-22-6) only trailed 4-2 after three periods, but Charlotte (21-19-1) continued to fire at will against goaltender Chet Pickard. The Checkers scored five more goals, three while on the power play.
Charlotte finished with 50 shots on Pickard, who played the entire 60 minutes. Boychuk capped a hat trick with two goals in the third period. Terry assisted on all three of Boychuk's goals.
Referees Jamie Koharski and David Banfield were kept busy as the teams combined for 28 penalties for 124 minutes. Linesmen Paul Camathan and Terry Wicklum had to break up six fights, one each at the 16:08, 16:10 and 16:15 marks of the third period. Pickard and Charlotte goaltender John Muse were penalized two minutes each for leaving the crease, perhaps coming close to trading blows at 16:15.
C.J. Stretch, Tyler Pitlick and Roman Horak scored for Oklahoma City, which finished with 29 shots on Muse.
The Barons next play 7 p.m. Thursday against the Toronto Marlies at the Cox Convention Center.