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It’s incredible how quickly we forget the past. I realize I run the risk of sounding like the voice over for ‘The Wonder Years’, but the recent past is all to often ignored.
There’s no denying that the Oklahoma City Barons are slumping. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what is going wrong (although I think I know why). You can blame goaltending, which indeed has come down to earth. You could blame the loss of Ryan O’Marra and the head-scratching induction of Bryan Rodney. Perhaps it’s the line shakeups that occur when the Oilers infuse the Barons with “NHL caliber players”. Maybe it’s coaching. Maybe it’s fatigue. Maybe it’s a team that is due for a dip, and dip you dip we dip is occuring. I have reason to believe that this Barons team plays with too much pride, too much determination, and too much grit to let a slump continue. But one has to wonder, why now? Why here? Why March?
The truth is that in the inagural season on the farm in Oklahoma, March was brutal. Last year the team graced us with a 4-7-4 record during the month of all things Spring Break. And break they did. So much so, that it took a a strange swaperoo scenario to get them into the postseason. Interestingly enough there is some rhyme and maybe some reason as to why the month of March gets sketchy for the second year in a row.
Travel with me to last season. Because there’s something about March