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OKC Barons find their ‘swagger' in 3-1 win over Toronto Marlies

BY DARNELL MAYBERRY, Staff Writer, dmayberry@opubco.com Modified: November 8, 2011 at 7:57 pm •  Published: November 8, 2011
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The Oklahoma City Barons aren't playing their best hockey.

But the AHL team is winning and winning plenty.

Ask coach Todd Nelson the key to his team's success and he'll explain it in a word.

Swagger.

“We're finding out that the guys have a swagger about them,” Nelson said following his team's 3-1 win over Toronto on Tuesday afternoon.

“I call swagger a situation where it doesn't matter what the score is, you know you can win that game. That's what they're finding out. And when you play with a swagger, it's not cockiness, it's that inner-confidence that you know that you can come back on a team or you can hold that 1-0 lead or 2-0 lead.”

Before 4,411 fans, many of them shrieking children in attendance during the annual “Field Trip” matinee, the Barons (9-2-0-1) displayed their growing penchant for pulling out wins in comeback fashion.

After falling behind 1-0 in the second period, the Barons quickly snapped out of an early funk that was marred by sloppy play. Following a goal on a slap shot from the point by Marlies defenseman Simon Gysbers at 14:32 of the second period, the Barons answered with the equalizer 4 minutes, 13 seconds later. Teemu Hartikainen punched it in from in front of the net after getting assisted by Linus Omark and Ryan Lowery. The game-tying goal came right at the end of a power play, as a Marlies player was returning from the penalty box.

“Whenever you're down by a goal, you have to respond,” said goalie Yann Dannis. “Because the next thing you know they score another one and you've built yourself a hole. So it definitely woke us up.”

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