Oklahoma City Barons notebook: Brandon Davidson might not return until February
The Edmonton Journal reported that defenseman Brandon Davidson might not return to the Oklahoma City lineup until February. Davidson has started a three-week chemotherapy program for testicular cancer.
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“That treatment is going to knock the (energy) out of him, then he'll need rehab to get his strength back,” Barons coach Todd Nelson told the Journal. “The earliest we can look for him is the end of January, but who knows? We'll have to monitor Brandon with our training staff and Edmonton will have some influence, too.”
The Barons are off until 7:30 p.m. Thursday, when they again play the Stars. Next time, it will be in Cedar Park, which is a suburb of Austin, Texas. Oklahoma City returns to the Cox Convention Center at 7 p.m. Friday against a struggling San Antonio Rampage club. Tickets are available at the Cox Center box office.
Most of the Barons will remain in Oklahoma City during the brief Christmas break. Defenseman Justin Schultz and forward Taylor Hall are headed to Las Vegas. Forward Tyler Pitlick will go home to see family in Centerville, Minn. ... Justin Schultz's first goal of the game, which gave the Barons a 1-0 lead, ended a personal shutout streak of 147 minutes, 8 seconds for Texas goaltender Christopher Nilstorp. The native of Sweden gave up goal No. 2 just 1:28 later. After two more goals late in the period, including a softy by Tanner House, Texas coach Willie Desjardins decided to pull Nilstorp in favor of Jack Campbell for the second period. ... Hall was dominated in a fight with Stars tough guy Antoine Roussel in the second period. Barons enforcer Dane Byers tried to retaliate in the third period, but Roussel did not accept the offer to brawl. Byers was penalized for roughing to give Texas a power play opportunity while trailing 5-2. ... Pitlick scored his first goal of the season, in the second period, to give OKC a 5-0 lead. ... Edmond resident Solomon Kramer won a GMC Sierra during the second intermission. It is the sixth vehicle given away by the Barons and John Vance Motors. They will give away six more, all on Saturday home games.
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