But it was Marincin who played a key role when the Barons seized control of the game in the second period.
“Early in the year he logged a lot of ice time with Justin Schultz, and he kind of wore down,” Scott said. “When we started managing his minutes he became a lot better.
“A lot of his mistakes were masked early by Justin Schultz. Those were mental errors because he was tired at the end of games. As the year went on we put him in a better position and he's taken off. He's still got to work on his strength but that part of his game will come.”
Nelson said Marincin has tried to put on weight.
“I've watched him eat. He eats a lot, but I don't know where it all goes,” Nelson said. “Once his body matures he'll get stronger and stronger. He has some nice offensive ability but also does a great job defensively.”
Marincin, still trying to learn English, said he's pleased with his first pro season. He's focused on helping the Barons make another extended playoff run.
“Everything has been good for me,” Marincin said. “I play with Fedsy (Taylor Fedun). He's really helped. Sometimes he can charge up with the forwards, sometimes it's me. We complement each other well.”
Marincin, 6-foot-5, 197 pounds, played with Prince George and Regina in the Western Hockey League the past two seasons. His pro debut has put him on the radar to join the Oilers even if it's another year or two away.
“He's a tall, lanky guy who has a great stick,” Nelson said. “It's very hard to maneuver the puck around him. He's been very good for us the second half of the year. He's been very consistent. We're very happy with the way he's progressed. It shows in his plus/minus.”