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Oklahoma City Barons notebook: Goaltender Niko Hovinen gets first start for OKC

The 6-foot-7 netminder shakes off nerves, bad start to help Barons whip Charlotte
by Michael Baldwin Published: February 1, 2013
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photo - Oklahoma City's Tanner House (21) takes the puck past Charlotte's Marc-Andre Gragnani (5) during an AHL hockey game between the Charlotte Checkers and the Oklahoma City Barons at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City's Tanner House (21) takes the puck past Charlotte's Marc-Andre Gragnani (5) during an AHL hockey game between the Charlotte Checkers and the Oklahoma City Barons at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

FAB FOUR PLAYING WELL IN EDMONTON

Edmonton's four young stars that played three months with the Barons during the NHL lockout are off to solid starts with the Oilers, who are a 4-2-1, tied with Minnesota for the Northwest Division lead.

Taylor Hall leads the Oilers with nine points, including seven assists. Jordan Eberle (seven points), Justin Schultz (five) and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (five) are among Edmonton's top scorers in addition to veteran Sam Gagner (eight points).

OIL SPILLS ...

The Barons raised $26,300 for Special Olympics by auctioning off every player's one-of-a-kind Special Olympic jerseys after the game. All-Star Mark Arcobello's No. 26 jersey drew the largest bid ($1,600). That total will rise substantially when the four NHL players' autographed jerseys will be auctioned off online starting on Monday ... Defenseman Taylor Fedun and forward Curtis Hamilton were healthy scratches.

BY MIKE BALDWIN

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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