Oklahoma scene: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins plays well in opener

Barons, Edmonton Oilers star collects five points as Team Canada pounds Germany 9-3 in junior tournament
From Staff Reports Published: December 26, 2012
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Oklahoma City Barons center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had five points in his debut with the Canadian junior national hockey team, which beat Germany 9-3 Wednesday in Ufa, Russia.

In Canada's Pool A opener, Nugent-Hopkins compiled four assists and a goal. Nugent-Hopkins, a finalist for NHL Rookie of the Year last season with the Edmonton Oilers, is playing with the Barons during the NHL lockout.

In a wide open game, Nugent-Hopkins scored a point on Canada's first four goals.

Canada coach Steve Spott named Nugent-Hopkins the Player of the Game, awarding him a cape for postgame interviews. The cape has nothing to do with Superman. The cape is Team Canada's version of a hard hat or lunch pail that will be awarded after every game.

Canada fired 46 shots on goal against an overmatched German squad.

The tournament continues through the first week of January. If the NHL lockout continues past the tournament Nugent-Hopkins will return to Oklahoma City to play with the Barons. Nugent-Hopkins has 21 points in 20 games with OKC.

SOONERS ARE ALL-AMERICANS

Oklahoma pitchers Dillon Overton and Jonathan Gray are second-team picks on the Louisville Slugger Pre-Season All-America Team. Overton, a left-hander from Weatherford, ranked second in the Big 12 in strikeouts (126) last season. He was 6-3 with a 3.15 earned run average in 22 appearances. Gray, a righty from Chandler, was 8-4 with a 3.16 ERA and 104 strikeouts in 18 starts.

OU is ranked No. 14 in the preseason. The Sooners are the highest-ranked team in the Big 12. Oklahoma opens the season Feb. 15 against Hofstra at Mitchell Park in Norman.