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OKC Barons: Linus Omark has four points, Barons beat Abbotsford

Omark scored two goals and added two assists as Oklahoma City holds on to beat Heat, 4-3. Teams play again at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Cox Center.
by Michael Baldwin Published: October 18, 2013

It's safe to say Linus Omark has snapped out of an early season offensive slump.

Three days after scoring the overtime game-winner, Omark scored four points, including two goals, in the Barons' 4-3 American Hockey League win over the Abbotsford Heat on Friday night at the Cox Convention Center.

Both of Omark's goals were examples of his unique talent.

Less than five minutes into Friday's game, Omark created a scoring chance with nifty skating, then fired a backhander past Abbotsford goalie Reto Berra, who was pulled early in the second period after OKC jumped out to a 4-0 lead.

“He's a great player,” said Oklahoma City's Anton Lander, a fellow Swede who has known Omark since their junior days. “These kind of nights, you can get caught up watching him. You try to get him the puck down low. But tonight, he did it all by himself.”

Omark used a crossover move to flip the puck over Berra's shoulder for a 2-0 OKC lead. The Barons made it 4-0 in the second period. Omark had an assist on OKC's other two goals.

Best known for two YouTube-sensation goals earlier in his career, Omark is back in Oklahoma City a year after becoming the first Swede to win the scoring title in Switzerland's pro league.

“Our line has had to get a little chemistry,” said Tyler Pitlick, who had two assists. “Linus does a lot of things other players normally don't because he's so good. You have to kind of learn off that.”

In addition to playing in 46 games with the Barons their first two seasons, Omark played in 65 games with Edmonton. He was hoping to make the Oilers out of training camp, but was cut, cleared waivers and is back in OKC.

“I just have to play my game,” Omark said. “Hopefully, I can continue to get shots, and hopefully goals. I like playing here, but my goal is to play in the NHL. Right now, I'm focused on helping this team get points (wins), and I'm hoping they'll give me a chance.”

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by Michael Baldwin
Redhawks, Barons, MLB, NFL Reporter
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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