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.