ADMIRALS' BECK TAKEN TO HOSPITAL
Milwaukee right winger Taylor Beck, the Admirals' leading scorer, was immobilized and transported to the hospital for a CT scan Friday night following a violent crash into the boards with 3:31 left in the third period of Oklahoma City's 2-1 overtime win.
OKC defenseman Alex Plante was assessed a five-minute major, game-misconduct for boarding on the play. Beck, injured behind the Barons goal, was unconscious for a couple of minutes. Before he left the ice, Beck was talking and moving his extremities.
“He was cut pretty bad above the eye and was bleeding quite a bit,” said OKC goaltender Yann Danis. “I think he was out for a bit. But he was awake when they left. He was moving fine. He was aware of what was going on.”
Plante stood nearby and watched medical personnel attend to Beck before leaving for the locker room.
FEDUN'S FIRST CAREER GOAL
Barons rookie defenseman Taylor Fedun scored his first professional goal late in the second period on a shot from just inside the blue line that glanced off the right pipe.
“It's only 13 games into the season. But since I didn't play last year it seems like such a long time since I've put the puck in the net,” Fedun said. “It was a really good feeling to see our guys' arms go up in front of the net.”
Fedun, who has four assists, identifies with Beck's injury. Fedun missed what was supposed to be his rookie season when he shattered his femur on a similar play last year in an Edmonton Oilers preseason game.
“It really makes you uncomfortable when something like that happens,” Fedun said. “It puts things into perspective. It almost takes your mind away from the game a little bit. Hopefully, we get some good news (on Beck).”
ANOTHER SATURDAY CAR GIVEAWAY
The Barons are giving away a dozen vehicles this year, including every Saturday home game. The Barons already have given away a Jeep Liberty Latitude, Dodger Challenge and GMC Sierra. At Saturday's game 20 finalists will have a chance to win a GMC Acadia mini van.
OIL SPILLS ...
Milwaukee had a goal waved off late in the second period when referee Trevor Hanson blew his whistle even though the puck was still in play. The Admirals scored a second later in a wild scramble in front Danis, but the goal did not count. ... Team captain Josh Green celebrated his 35th birthday on Friday. Green remains sidelined with sore ribs he suffered early in the season.
BY MIKE BALDWIN