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OKC Barons notebook: Coach Todd Nelson's overtime strategy is to 'go for it'

Defenseman Taylor Fedun scores 17 seconds into overtime as OKC beats Utica.
BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Published: January 9, 2014
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photo - Barons goalie Richard Bachman deflects the puck during Thursday’s game against Utica. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Barons goalie Richard Bachman deflects the puck during Thursday’s game against Utica. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

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.

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