Both penalty boxes were frequently occupied the first two periods of the Oklahoma City Barons' 6-0 loss to the Chicago Wolves on Friday night at the Cox Convention Center.
Oklahoma City was whistled for seven penalties, Chicago six. The Wolves were 1-of-7 on the power play, the Barons 0-of-6.
“There wasn't a lot of flow. It's hard to get your guys going,” said Barons coach Todd Nelson. “You'd like at least one rotation through your (four) lines to get everybody in the game. We couldn't do that tonight.
“We never scored any of our power-play chances. The reason we've been winning some games is our special teams have been really strong, but they weren't strong tonight.”
ROY PULLED EARLY
Friday was Olivier Roy's first game as game as the Barons' No. 1 goaltender since Richard Bachman was called up to Edmonton last week. Roy lasted only two periods, allowing five goals on 21 shots before being replaced by Tyler Bunz at the start of the third period.
Roy is 1-2 this season, but was 9-9-1 last season with the Barons.
“It's on everybody,” Nelson said. “Let's face it, we have to play better in front of our goaltenders. Four of the goals are tic-tac-toe plays where we were just standing around. A team like that will make you pay. And they have big bodies. You have to work for every inch of ice you get.”
LARSEN RECALLED BY OILERS
The Oklahoma City/Edmonton shuttle continued Friday when the Oilers recalled 23-year-old defenseman Philip Larsen after sending defensemen Corey Potter and Denis Grebeshkov to OKC on Thursday.
The past two weeks, the Oilers have recalled eight players — team captain Anton Lander (twice), Bachman, left winger Ben Eager, right winger Tyler Pitlick and left winger Ryan Jones, plus defensemen Taylor Fedun, Grebeshkov and Potter, who have returned to the Barons.
Edmonton's injuries have had a trickle-down effect on Oklahoma City's roster. For Friday's game, the Barons had only one healthy scratch (defenseman Brad Hunt). ... The Barons were shut out for the second time this season, the other a 1-0 loss at Iowa. ... As part of the “Drive Away Every Saturday” promotion, the Barons will give away a new Hyundai Elantra at Saturday's 7 p.m. home game against Chicago.