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Oklahoma City Barons: Charlotte bounces Barons, 7-0

Oklahoma City faces reality check. The “Fab Four” is gone to Edmonton. Now it's time for others to step up and score.
by Michael Baldwin Published: January 11, 2013
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Most American Hockey League teams are losing some of their top players to NHL training camps now that the lockout has ended.

Not South Division-leading Charlotte.

With five of their top-seven scorers still on the roster the Checkers romped to a 7-0 American Hockey League win over the Barons on Friday night at the Cox Convention Center.

It got so bad some of the 3,772 fans started booing during the third period.

“When you lose 7-0 you have a lot of passengers (along for the ride),” said Barons coach Todd Nelson. “That's one thing we can't have.”

Seven different players scored for Charlotte. Zach Boychuk scored his 16th goal, Zac Dalpe his 12th and Chris Terry his 11th.

In contrast, Teemu Hartikainen is the only player on Oklahoma City's roster with double digit goals (11). And Hartikainen will be leaving this weekend for Edmonton's training camp with a good chance to stick with the Oilers all season.

“We can't get too down,” said team captain Josh Green said. “Hopefully, we learned from it, remember the feeling and play like we don't want it to happen again. Obviously, we need to get better, play a little more gritty and have guys care a little more. This was embarrassing.”

Friday's game was a reality check. Someone must provide goals now that Jordan Eberle, Justin Schultz, Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins have returned to Edmonton. The “Fab Four” combined for 55 goals in 34 games with the Barons.

But the most glaring stat is OKC has surrendered 115 goals, the second most in the AHL.

“We don't have the firepower we did at the start of the year,” Green said. “Ebs had 50 points. I think our leading scorer last year had 50 points (all season). It's got to be a team game, keep them low scoring games and play team defense.”

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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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