Several Barons teammates and staff members have shaved their heads in support of defenseman Brandon Davidson, who was diagnosed with testicular cancer last month. Davidson will undergo chemotherapy treatment on Monday.
“Basically it's just one round,” Davidson said. “It's a reassurance that it won't come back so we can put this thing to rest and get back to hockey. It wasn't an easy decision to make. Basically this was the best opportunity for me to put this thing to sleep and move on.”
Davidson, 21, made the Barons roster in his first pro season. He said he's received a lot of support from fans in Canada and the United States.
“He's not only my teammate he's my roommate,” said Taylor Fedun, a teammate who shaved his head. “He's had a great attitude all along. I wanted to let him know he has my support.”
BARONS' PENALTY KILL IS PERFECT
The Barons entered Friday's game with the AHL's best power play (23.2 percent) but the worst — 30th — penalty killing unit (78.1 percent).
The only power play goal in Oklahoma City's 5-1 win over San Antonio was scored by the Barons' Magnus Paajarvi late in the game.
The Barons were 1-of-6 on the power play, San Antonio 0-of-5.
“The power play definitely needs some work,” said Jordan Eberle, who scored a goal and an assist. “We definitely struggled. If we can figure that out it will be a big key (Saturday).”
OIL SPILLS ...
Defenseman Justin Schultz, who leads the AHL with 35 points, scored his 12th goal of the season but left with five minutes left after taking a slap shot to his ankle while killing off a penalty. ... Barons goaltender Yann Danis stopped 25 of 26 shots to improve his saves percentage to 91.5. ... Team captain Josh Green left the game with seven minutes remaining after suffering a cut on his forehead even though Green got the best of a fight. ... Saturday's game is the Teddy Bear Toss. After the Barons score their first goal fans toss stuffed animals onto the ice which will be collected and donated to EMSA for Kids for Christmas. ... The Barons give away a vehicle at every Saturday home game. This time it will be a Jeep Wrangler.