POWER PLAY ON FIRE
The Barons scored two power play goals Friday night in a 4-3 win over Abbotsford. Six games into the season, the Barons power play (28.0 percent) ranks third in the 30-team American Hockey League.
Oklahoma City's top 5-on-4 unit scored both power play goals. Linus Omark scored late in the first period for a 2-0 lead. Derek Nesbitt scored with the man advantage early in the second period.
For the season OKC is 7-of-25 on the power play.
“We also scored a goal on a delayed penalty,” said Barons coach Todd Nelson. “The guys are working well together. Our penalty kill also has been strong even though they got one on us tonight. Special teams are key. Right now, I'm happy with how they're rolling for us.”
The Edmonton Oilers recalled defenseman Denis Gresbeshkov, who was in Oklahoma City on a conditioning assignment. Gresbeshkov, who played in three games with the Barons, is a 30-year-old veteran with 227 NHL games experience and has played in 144 games in Russia's pro league.
The Barons signed defenseman Erik Burgdoerfer to an American Hockey League contract. Burgdoerfer, 24, has registered 53 points in 202 games in the ECHL the past four years. After he signed with OKC, Burgdoerfer was reassigned to Bakersfield.
OIL SPILLS ...
Center Ryan Martindale is undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery and will be sidelined four to six weeks. ... Defenseman Brandon Davidson was a healthy scratch Friday but will play in Saturday's 7 p.m. rematch with Abbotsford. ... Every Saturday night the Barons give away a new vehicle. The second giveaway is a 2013 Dodge Avenger.
DOUBLE-A TEAM HAS UNIQUE PROMOTION
Bakersfield, the Edmonton Oilers' Double-A affiliate, featured a unique promotion at its home opener Friday night in California. Team officials gave away Angry Birds plush hats, a takeoff from a bizarre incident that occurred last season. During the national anthem at a game in February, an Andean condor named Queen Victoria got loose in Rabobank Arena.
The Bakersfield hockey franchise has concocted unique promotions over the years. In addition to Charlie Sheen Night, the Condors have given away a cemetery plot and offered pop star Justin Bieber a contract.
BY MIKE BALDWIN