The Oklahoma City Barons haven't been on the bad end of many blowouts this season.
Thursday night in their AHL Western Conference Finals opener against Toronto, though, they were dealt a big one.
Seemingly everything went against the Barons from early on as the Marlies rolled to a 5-0 win in front of 2,596 at the Cox Center.
“It was embarrassing tonight,” Barons captain Bryan Helmer said. “Guys weren't ready right off the hop, and it's unfortunate.”
The loss was the Barons’ worst since a 7-0 defeat at Texas on opening night, Oct. 9.
The teams will play Game 2 at 7 p.m. Friday at the Cox Center.
“That's the beauty of this is we don't have to wait a couple days to come back out here,” Ryan Keller said. “We've got to come out desperate and compete and just be hungry. We need it more than they do, obviously, and we've got to come with that mentality.”
Helmer addressed the team following the loss.
“It's just between us,” Helmer said. “It's something I had to do. Hopefully the boys will respond tomorrow night and we'll just leave it at that.”
Less than six minutes in, Marcel Mueller scored on a delayed penalty just after a sprawling save by Barons goaltender Yann Danis.
By late in the first, the Barons trailed by two, and things never got much better.