OKC Barons' power-play slump finally ends

by Michael Baldwin Published: March 22, 2013

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.”


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.”

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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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