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.
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.
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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.