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OKC Barons: Houston Aeros hold off Barons 1-0

Houston, using a solid defensive game ahead of backup goaltender Mike Brodeur, limited OKC's offensive chances and came out with a win.
by Ryan Aber Published: April 22, 2012
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The Barons had dominated the first two games of their first-round series against Houston.

The Aeros started backup goaltender Mike Brodeur on Sunday as the series moved to Oklahoma City and the Barons looked in prime position to finish off a sweep.

But Houston, using a solid defensive game ahead of Brodeur, limited the Barons' offensive chances, and the Barons moved away from what had been so successful in Games 1 and 2, as the Aeros came out with a 1-0 win in front of 2,859 at the Cox Center.

“Give them credit, they played a heck of a game,” Barons captain Bryan Helmer said. “I think we didn't play as hard as we should've. We played extremely well in their building and came back here and thought we could do it on the perimeter and all the fancy stuff and not sticking to our game plan and it obviously didn't work.”

The Barons lead the series 2-1 and have another chance to finish off the series at home Tuesday, when they host the Aeros at 7 p.m.

The power play that had helped push them through building a 2-0 lead turned sour in Game 3.

After going 2 for 7 on the power play in Houston, the Barons came up empty on seven power play tries Sunday.

“The power play was atrocious,” Barons coach Todd Nelson said. “That's the bottom line. There's no two ways about it. We had some chances, we didn't bury them.”

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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