Scrappy Barons fall to Charlotte in overtime

by Michael Baldwin Published: January 12, 2013
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The “lucky” goal turned the momentum. OKC possessed the puck in its offensive zone much of the remainder of the game.

The Barons took a 2-1 lead when Cornet scored his first goal of the season on a rebound from Teemu Hartikainen's shot.

“We need to score some dirty goals and get some second and third chances around the net,” Arcobello said. “That's where games are won or lost, in front.”

The Barons' third goal was representative of their solid all-around play.

Defenseman Taylor Fedun, who didn't score a point, got the play started when he dug the puck free from Peters in the crease. Three shots later, Rajala scored.

“We probably should have scored a couple more goals,” Rajala said. “We were pretty strong in front of the net on both ends. We just didn't score enough goals. But we had a lot of chances.”

With young Oilers stars Jordan Eberle, Justin Schultz, Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins returning to Edmonton, the Barons will have to grind more.

“That's going to be the identity of our team now,” said Dane Byers. “Obviously we lost a lot of skill. But we still have some skill. We just have to get greasy and do the little things.”

The Barons did a ton of little things well. It was the type of game they won everywhere but the scoreboard.

“There were a lot of positives,” Nelson said. “We had some good opportunities. This was a step in the right direction. We got a (standings) point but of course we would have liked two. It was a tough break taking a penalty in overtime.”


by Michael Baldwin
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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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