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OKC Barons rally to defeat Milwaukee Admirals 3-2

The Oklahoma City Barons rallied Saturday night with three second-period goals to defeat the Admirals for the first time this season.
BY ED GODFREY, Staff Writer, egodfrey@opubco.com Published: February 18, 2012
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It was the first time in two years that Hartikainen's family had gotten to see him play. It also was the first time they have seen him play in the United States.

“Maybe they have to stay longer if I score every night,” Hartikainen said.

Hartikainen's father was happy with his son's goal on Friday night but told him after the game, “Yeah, but you lost. Tomorrow you have to win and play a little better.”

MORE ENERGY ON SATURDAY

After Friday night's frustrating loss, Nelson showed a video of the game to the team on Saturday morning and pointed out his squad's lack of effort at times.

“I don't know if they were (angry) last night but I was still angry this morning so I let the guys know that,” Nelson said. “We had a little video session and looked at a few aspects of the game and all it came down to was our work ethic.

“In certain areas we went hard and in certain areas we didn't (on Friday night). I was happy with the 60 minutes they put in tonight. I thought we had a better effort out of everybody.”

Rodney said the Barons were a more determined squad on Saturday night.

“You never want to lose on your home ice and as the coach went over (Saturday) morning, we don't have the best home record,” he said. “That's something we wanted to address and I think we did that.”

Oklahoma City is now 14-8-2-2 at home and 19-5-0-1 on the road.

BIG CROWD

Saturday night's attendance of 6,266 was the second-best of the season for the Barons at the Cox Convention Center. The only one better was the crowd of 6,282 on Nov. 11.

UP NEXT

The Barons play the third game of their four-game homestand Sunday against San Antonio. Face off is 4 p.m.

Fans can skate with the team for 45 minutes after the game. Skates are provided or fans can bring their own.