The Houston Aeros had two players leave with injuries after laying on the ice for several minutes, including center Mikael Granlund, one of the American Hockey League's top scorers who scored his fourth goal.
Aeros defenseman Jonas Brodin left late in the game with an apparent collarbone injury after he was hit by Barons forward Taylor Hall in Oklahoma City's 4-3 Friday night at the Cox Convention Center. Taylor was assessed a five-minute game-misconduct penalty on the hit.
“I thought it was shoulder to shoulder,” Hall said. “I was a little disappointed that it was a five-minute penalty, but if those reports are true I shouldn't have had a match penalty.
“It happened so fast. I thought it was a better play to hit him than grab the puck. It's too bad that he's hurt. I feel bad for him. Hopefully it's not his head.”
ZAHN SCORES IN DEBUT
Defenseman Teigan Zahn, promoted from Stockton of the ECHL in midweek, started Friday's game, had an assist and provided a physical presence in his Barons debut.
Zahn, who played last year at the University of Calgary, attended training camp but was sent to the ECHL. Zahn scored five points in six games with Stockton.
THREE GAMES IN THREE DAYS
The Barons play Houston again Saturday night then travel to San Antonio for a Sunday afternoon game. Edmonton Oilers officials don't want their young stars to play three games in three days, which is why center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the No. 1 overall pick in 2011, didn't play Friday night.
JEEP LIBERTY GIVEAWAY NIGHT
The Barons are giving away a vehicle at every Saturday home game all season. At Saturday's game, one of 20 final candidates will win a 2013 Jeep Liberty Latitude.
It's also presidential candidate bobblehead giveaway night. The first 3,000 fans receive either a Barack Obama bobblehead holding a hockey stick left handed or a Mitt Romney bobblehead holding a hockey stick right handed.
Defenseman Martin Marincin left with an undisclosed injury in the first period, which forced the Barons to play with five defensemen much of the game. ... For the first time all season the Barons wore their new royal blue jerseys, a throwback look to the Edmonton Oilers' Wayne Gretzky glory days. ... Knowing the Thunder was playing its home opener across Reno Avenue, one woman brought a sign that read: “I'd like to see KD (Kevin Durant) do that.”