OKC Barons shut out by Chicago Wolves
OKLAHOMA CITY — Bill Sweatt received the puck just behind Oklahoma City’s blue line. The Chicago winger skated past all five Barons players, deked Barons goalie Yann Danis and tapped the puck into the net.
Sweatt’s second goal of the game was indicative of Chicago’s 3-0 defeat of the Barons Saturday night in Cox Convention Center. The loss was Oklahoma City’s second in consecutive nights, and its second to the Wolves this season.
“He’s a fast player, and he can really move his feet out there,” Barons coach Todd Nelson said of Sweatt. “Anytime you see him streaking down the wing you have to be aware of him.”
Chicago (40-26-6) skated the game’s first two periods with purpose and scored two of its three goals inside the first 11 minutes of the game.
“They came out hard in the first,” Danis said. “They’re fighting to clinch their division. We knew they were going to come hard, and that’s the kind of team we’re going to have to go through to get to the cup.”
The Wolves are 3-1-1 in their last five games and are fighting for playoff berth. Nelson knows the Barons could potentially face Chicago in postseason play but isn’t fazed by that fact.
“I don’t care who we play,” he said. “Playoffs is a different season, and history has proven it doesn’t matter what you do in the season — it’s playoff time that counts.”
Sports Photo Galleriesview all
- 10457Oklahoma tornadoes: Cost, custom keep basements scarce
- 9286Oklahoma tornadoes: Plaza Towers Elementary School teacher shoved students into bathroom as wall collapsed
- 5848Downtown wish list includes Super Target
- 4983Oklahoma tornadoes: The 'Big Dog,' the little boy and the hug that triumphs over tragedy
- 4420Oklahoma City pastor will face trial in fatal shooting of son-in law
- 4301Oklahoma tornadoes: Price family recovering after some heavy blows
- 4216How to help tornado victims