Oklahoma City Barons: Barons lose defenseman Alex Plante to broken jaw

Colten Teubert, a healthy scratch the previous two playoff games, will fill Plante's spot in the lineup. OKC plays Wednesday at Charlotte in Game 3 of an American Hockey League playoff series.
by Michael Baldwin Published: April 29, 2013

Plante suffered the injury early in the third period of Oklahoma City's 5-2 win Saturday night, which tied the series 1-1.

“He was battling a guy in front of the net. A shot got deflected and hit him in the jaw,” Nelson said. “It was a freak accident.”

A first-round pick in 2007, Plante was playing his best hockey late in the season after being a healthy scratch earlier in the season. Including Games 1 and 2 of the playoffs, Plante appeared in 51 games with OKC.

“He got off to a rough start but was playing very well for us down the stretch,” Nelson said. “He was moving a lot quicker. It's pretty unfortunate this happened to him.”

The remainder of OKC's first-round series will be in Charlotte. Game 3 is Wednesday night, Game 4 Friday night. If necessary, Game 5 would be Saturday night. The winner advances to a best-of-7, second-round series.

The Barons have played well on the road the past seven weeks, going 9-1-2 away from home.

“I don't think it matters where we play right now,” Nelson said. “If we play with passion, play with energy we can have success.”

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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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