OKC Barons notebook: Steve Pinizzotto makes a big impact

by Michael Baldwin Modified: January 18, 2014 at 10:58 pm •  Published: January 18, 2014

Acquired in a trade Friday from the Florida Panthers organization, 29-year-old veteran forward Steve Pinizzotto is known for his physical play. Pinizzotto didn't score in his Barons debut Saturday night, but was named the No. 3 star in Oklahoma City's 2-1 win over Milwaukee.

“I'm big on finishing my checks,” said Pinizzotto, who came over from the San Antonio Rampage. “I play an aggressive style. That's what I like to do; try to get the entire team involved. It's exciting for the fans, too.”


The first 2,000 fans at Saturday's game received a bobblehead of coach Todd Nelson, the first and only coach in the Barons four-year history.

“They did a really good job,” Nelson said. “Give the people who made them credit. They made me look more attractive. It turned out well.”

Did Nelson, from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, think he'd ever have a bobblehead doll?

“No, I never dreamed of something like that,” Nelson said. “The fans seem to enjoy it. That's the main thing.”


After surrendering two power-play goals during a five-on-three situation in a 4-3 loss to Rochester Friday night, the Barons killed off a five-on-three penalty midway through the first period Saturday. The Barons scored two goals later in the period to lead 2-0.

by Michael Baldwin
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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