The Barons certainly miss four young Oiler stars that accounted for 55 goals the three months they were in Oklahoma City.
“They're finishers,” Nelson said. “That's why they play on the top line in Edmonton. Our guys just have to stick with it.”
It's not as if the Barons haven't had opportunities.
Mark Arcobello tied a Barons franchise record with 12 shots on goal, nearly half as many as San Antonio's entire roster. The telling stat was Arcobello was minus-2.
“Some games everything goes in. Other games you can't buy a goal,” Martindale said. “We have a lot of good offensive talent on this team. With the big guys going up, that gives everyone an opportunity to step in and show what they have.”
The Barons dominated the first period, outshooting the Rampage 19-2 but only had a 1-0 lead to show for it, Martindale scoring off a beautiful Tyler Pitlick pass.
San Antonio's Jon Rheault scored his 14th goal of the season, a short-handed goal, five minutes into the second period to tie it. Rajala's goal early in the third period gave OKC a 2-1 lead.
The Rampage scored two goals within a five-minute span to take the lead and added an empty-netter with 19 seconds left.
“We can't hang our heads,” Nelson said. “We have to refocus for tomorrow. If we get that same effort. eventually good things will start happening for us.”