OKC Barons: Coach Todd Nelson taking loss to Abbotsford in stride

ABBOTSFORD 2, BARONS 1 — Oklahoma City coach Todd Nelson wasn't exactly a happy camper after his team's overtime loss to Rockford on Friday. But after Saturday's loss to Abbotsford, Nelson said he was ‘happy with the process the guys played.'
BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer, raber@opubco.com Published: January 14, 2012
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After the Oklahoma City Barons dropped their fourth consecutive game, 2-1 to Abbotsford, on Saturday night, Barons coach Todd Nelson took things in stride.

“I thought we played well,” Nelson said. “We played a strong 60 minutes. Even though last night, we got a point, tonight we didn't get any, tonight I was happy with the process the guys played.”

Nelson wasn't happy with his team following Friday's overtime loss to Rockford where they managed just 19 shots--two in the first period.

So Saturday morning, he gathered his team for a film session that included clips of game situations where the team passed up shots that could've been taken.

“We had a pretty good heart-to-heart this morning,” Nelson said. “There's a stat out there that nine times out of 10, so 90 percent of the time when you take a shot you recover the puck.

“We talked about that. It wasn't a real pleasant way but we felt like we got out point across and it looks like it did.”

The Barons outshot Abbotsford 33-15, including taking the game's first five shots.

But though the Barons showed better habits, the result was the same.

Now, the Barons find themselves in a three-way tie with Abbotsford and Houston atop the West Division. Houston lost to Peoria on Saturday night.

The Barons will host Abbotsford at 4 p.m. today to wrap up the three-game weekend.



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