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.”

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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