Oklahoma City Barons: OKC fires 34 shots, spends most of the game in San Antonio zone

Barons continue homestand at 7 p.m. Saturday. Lake Erie Monsters visit the Cox Center on another car giveaway night.
by Michael Baldwin Published: October 19, 2012
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photo - Oklahoma City's Dane Byers (34) takes a shot against San Antonio goalie, Jacob Markstrom (30, during a game between the Oklahoma City Barons and the San Antonio Rampage at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Friday, Oct. 19, 2012.  Photo by Garett Fisbeck, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City's Dane Byers (34) takes a shot against San Antonio goalie, Jacob Markstrom (30, during a game between the Oklahoma City Barons and the San Antonio Rampage at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Friday, Oct. 19, 2012. Photo by Garett Fisbeck, The Oklahoman

The Barons outshot San Antonio 34-16 and had the puck on the offensive end much of the game in a 5-2 win over the Rampage Friday night at the Cox Convention Center.

“We controlled the play really well in the offensive end,” said Jordan Eberle, who scored his first Barons goal. “Honestly, I can't really remember a defensive zone shift. We had a lot more chances. We could have buried a couple more.”

Both San Antonio goals came on Barons mistakes. James Wright gave the Rampage a 1-0 lead early in the game when he was left alone in the crease. San Antonio tied it 2-2 early in the second period, catching OKC in a line change which allowed Greg Rollo to score on a breakaway against goaltender Yann Danis.

“Those are things we can correct,” said Barons coach Todd Nelson. “It was a (bad) read on the first goal. The second goal was a mismanagement of a line change. At the start of the year, the first 10 games you're always working out the cobwebs.”

MONSTERS A FAMILIAR FOE

The Barons host Lake Erie at 7 p.m. Saturday. They split two games last weekend in Cleveland. The Monsters (2-1-0) are the American Hockey League's top penalty-killing team one week into the season. Lake Erie has killed 25 of 26 penalties.

CAR GIVEAWAY SATURDAY

Kenneth Cooley won the Opening Night “car” giveaway, a 2012 Dodge Challenger. The Barons will give away a car at every Saturday home game, including a GMC Sierra truck Saturday night. The Barons are giving away 12 cars throughout the season, believed to be the most vehicles ever given away by a minor league hockey team.

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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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