The Oklahoma City Barons ended an 0-for-16 power play slump on Dane Byers' third-period goal Friday night in a 3-2 loss to Houston. Byers poked the puck in during a melee in front of the net.
“Our second unit just willed the puck in,” said coach Todd Nelson. “Sometimes when you're going through a tough time on the power play, getting a goal like that may spark us.”
The Barons have had a tough time. They're 9.1 percent on the power play over their past 14 games, going 5-for-55 with the man advantage.
In Friday's game, Nelson went with five forwards on the first power play unit.
“That unit had some really good looks,” Nelson said. “We just didn't finish. (Mark) Arcobello had a really good chance in the first period. (Darcy) Kuepmer made a great save on him.”
AEROS WIN FACEOFF BATTLES
Nelson said one of the subtle keys to Houston's win was the Aeros won the majority of faceoffs.
“I think only one of our centers did well in the faceoff dot,” Nelson said. “Those are little things where we need to win those battles to have success. Tonight we didn't do that and they got the win.”