Barons coach Todd Nelson opened overtime with three forwards and defenseman Taylor Fedun.
“I'm thinking, ‘Go for it' because our record isn't too good in shootouts,” Nelson said. “It also gives us some options off the rush since forwards generally are more aggressive.”
But it was Fedun who scored the game-winner 17 seconds into the extra period to lift Oklahoma City to a 3-2 win over Utica Thursday night at the Cox Convention Center.
The Barons are 0-5 in shootouts this season with an American Hockey League-worst 2-of-22 on shootout attempts. OKC goalies saves percentage is .522 in shootouts.
HUNT REASSIGNED TO OKC
Veteran defenseman Brad Hunt made his NHL debut last week playing three games for the Edmonton Oilers. Reassigned Thursday to Oklahoma City, Hunt notched two assists his first game back with the Barons.
“Putting on an NHL jersey is something I've dreamed of since I was a little kid playing street hockey,” said Hunt from Ridge Meadows, British Columbia, Canada. “It was an unbelievable experience. That's something no one can ever take away from me, something I'll hold in my heart for a long time.”
NEXT UP: CHARLOTTE
The Barons host Charlotte at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The West Division rivals haven't met since the Checkers won the first two games of the season by identical 3-2 scores in OKC.
“We're both very different teams than we were back in October,” Fedun said. “We'll enjoy this one then starting watching film (Friday) morning.”
Aaron Palushaj and Zach Boychuk, Charlotte's top scorers who have a combined 55 points, are with the NHL team, the Carolina Hurricanes. The Checkers top scorer on the roster is 24-year-old veteran Chris Terry (26 points, 13 goals, 28 games). Forward Philippe Cornet, who was an AHL All-Star for the Barons during the 2011-12 season, currently plays for Charlotte.
OIL SPILLS ...
Oklahoma City center C.J. Stretch, who suffered a severe lip laceration last Saturday, is wearing a protective mask. ... Left-winger Curtis Hamilton's scoring streak ended at four games. Hamilton scored five goals the previous four games. ... By winning on a week night, fans who attended Thursday game receive a free ticket to the Jan. 30 game against Toronto.