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Oklahoma City Barons: Barons have a score to settle with Aeros

The Barons, perhaps the most-talented team in the AHL, were outplayed, out-hustled and outshot during their last game against Houston.
by Michael Baldwin Published: November 1, 2012
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photo - Chris VandeVelde of the Oklahoma City Barons chases Bryan Lerg of the Lake Erie Monsters during AHL hockey game at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, October 23, 2012. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Chris VandeVelde of the Oklahoma City Barons chases Bryan Lerg of the Lake Erie Monsters during AHL hockey game at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, October 23, 2012. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Because of NHL-star-caliber talent playing in Oklahoma City during the lockout, the Barons have a target on their backs.

Now it's the Barons turn to target an opponent.

Oklahoma City hosts Houston for two games Friday and Saturday to close out a seven-game homestand. The last time the South Division rivals met a week ago, the Barons were thoroughly outplayed in a 6-4 loss.

“We didn't have a good game,” said Barons coach Todd Nelson. “It's a great opportunity moving forward to redefine ourselves as a team to play the game the right way. I don't think Houston saw what our team is able to do. But give them credit. They played a good, strong game.”

Houston out-hustled OKC and outshot the Barons, 39-20. Despite the Barons' lackluster effort, the game was tied 4-4 before the Aeros scored two third period goals.

“This is big for us,” said Barons forward Jordan Eberle. “They're a team we didn't bring our best and they played pretty well and handed it to us pretty good. We need to get four points against them and move forward.”

Charlotte (6-2-1) currently leads the South Division. Houston (4-2-1) is one point in front of Oklahoma City (4-3-0).

“I wouldn't say it's revenge, but we want to make a statement that we're better than the last seven games overall,” said forward Magnus Paajarvi. “A 4-3 record isn't really good enough for us. We want to be better than that. I think it's good we have that attitude.

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by Michael Baldwin
Redhawks, Barons, MLB, NFL Reporter
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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