Goaltender Laurent Brossoit had been nearly unbeatable the past two months before the Texas Stars rolled to a 5-2 win over Brossoit and the Barons on Tuesday night at the Cox Convention Center to snap Oklahoma City’s seven-game winning streak.
The Barons were the American Hockey League’s hottest team under Todd Nelson. Heading into their traditional New Year’s Eve game Wednesday night at the Cox Convention Center, the Barons haven’t missed a beat since Gerry Fleming took over.
The Barons won’t be playing in Oklahoma City next season, but their final season in the Cox Convention Center could be memorable. The American Hockey League regular season is almost halfway over, and for the past six weeks, the Barons have been the hottest team in the 30-team league.
BY MICHAEL STEWART, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Dec 20, 2014
Jason Williams scored the game-tying goal in the third period before knocking in the game-winner in the final second of sudden death overtime, giving the Barons a 3-2 victory in front of a season-high attendance of 5,217.
“He’s been a leader his whole life,” said former Barons coach Todd Nelson, named Edmonton’s interim coach earlier this week. “With veterans like Jason Williams and Ryan Hamilton, we have so many players worthy of being the team captain. It says a lot about how he does things the right way.”
Four different players scored for Charlotte, including Ben Holmstrom, who had a game-clinching empty net goal with 38 seconds left. The Checkers, who also had goals from Danny Biega, Jared Staal and Chad LaRose, improved to 10-15-2. First-place Oklahoma City fell to 16-7-4.