The Oklahoma City Barons were thumped 4-0 by the Abbotsford Heat on Friday in Abbotsford, B.C., falling woefully short in the special-teams game. More troubling is that the fact that Barons have now been shut out in two straight games.
“Special teams once again. We don't capitalize on our opportunities and our PK has to get better,” said Barons head coach Todd Nelson. “It's been our Achilles heel.
“Right now, we're just shooting ourselves in the foot.”
Dustin Sylvester put a power-play goal past Barons goaltender Yann Danis at 18:50 of the first period, giving the Heat a 1-0 lead, then Ben Street added another eight minutes into the second.
Before the second intermission, Martin Marincin's attempted clearing pass from the behind the Barons net hit a teammate and ricocheted into the net. Krys Kolanos put a finishing touch with a five-on-three marker.
“I've been on the other side of that and it deflates you,” Street said of Abbotsford's back-breaking third goal. “But we didn't want to take our foot of the gas.”
The Barons have scored 31 goals in 11 games, well short of the pre-season expectations, given they have Edmondton Oilers stars Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in the lineup. They were to be an unstoppable lot.
Instead, they are 5-5-0-1.
QUAIL CREEK'S PHILBRICK NAMED TO PGA BOARD
Edmond's Bob Philbrick, the PGA general manager at Quail Creek Golf and Country Club, was one of six new members of the PGA of America's Board of Directors sworn in Saturday at the 96th PGA Annual Meeting in Baltimore.
Philbrick succeeds Michael Tucker of St. Louis, as the District 7 Director for the Gateway, Midwest and South Central PGA Sections. He was elected to PGA membership in 1976 and has served as PGA general manager at Quail Creek Golf and Country Club since 2003. This is his second time on the PGA Board of Directors, following a three-year term from 1997-1999.
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