Oklahoma City Blasts Lake Erie In 6-1 “Angry” Affair

Six goals with four of those coming in the third period, the Oklahoma City Barons would blast the Lake Erie Monsters in Cleveland on Thursday night in an angry affair. Some extra curricular activity after the first period led to a heavy handed, but impressive victory by OKC. Defeating the Monsters, on home ice, in November, 6-1 is quite the impressive victory.

Laurent Broissoit would earn his first victory as a Baron in his first star for the team stopping 36 of 37 shots including an 18 shot first period.

Also new to the lineup was the not-so-new face of Curtis Hamilton. Following ACL surgery nearly a year ago, Hamilton would make his return to the Barons roster. On the left wing with Roman Horak in the center, and Derek Nesbitt on the right, Hamilton would prove to be a bit sluggish. However, it’s good to see him back.

Travis Ewanyk scored his first two goals of the season in the testy affair. Anton Lander added two more. But it was Taylor Fedun, having a four point night, that really proved to be highly valuable. His value was found mainly as the quarterback of the Barons power play that went 3 for 8 on the night. His movement with the puck seemingly put the Monsters on their heels, and he would eventually tally two assists on the games first two power play goals by OKC.

Ryan Hamilton would get the games final goal for the Barons, but that wasn’t until after some major rough stuff occurred. As the second period started to boil with fervor, the stakes became increasingly higher as the Monsters were visibly frustrated on their own power play. Only scoring once in eight tries, the team didn’t have much more luck at even strength. All this frustration boiled over into the third period where things would get nasty.

The 7:46 minute was interesting:

3 – OKC Eager, 7:46 – Fighting, 5 min
3 – OKC Lizon, 7:46 – Roughing, 2 min
3 – OKC Lizon, 7:46 – Misconduct – Unsportsmanlike conduct, (75.4) 10 min
3 – LE Maggio, 7:46 – Roughing, 2 min
3 – LE Maggio, 7:46 – Roughing, 2 min (PP)
3 – LE Maggio, 7:46 – Misconduct – Unsportsmanlike conduct, (75.4) 10 min
3 – LE Tam, 7:46 – Fighting, 5 min

 

As was the 13:28:

3 – OKC Musil, 13:28 – Boarding, 2 min
3 – OKC Musil, 13:28 – Fighting, 5 min
3 – LE Heard, 13:28 – Instigating, 2 min
3 – LE Heard, 13:28 – Fighting, 5 min
3 – LE Heard, 13:28 – Misconduct – Instigating, (46.11) 10 min

 

And so too was the 19:50:

3 – OKC Eager, 19:50 – Roughing, 2 min
3 – OKC Eager, 19:50 – Roughing, 2 min
3 – OKC Eager, 19:50 – Misconduct – Unsportsmanlike conduct, (75.4) 10 min
3 – LE Desbiens, 19:50 – Misconduct – Unsportsmanlike conduct, (75.4) 10 min
3 – LE Olver, 19:50 – Boarding, 2 min
3 – LE Tam, 19:50 – Unsportsmanlike conduct, 2 min

 

Ben Eager would end the night with 19 penalty minutes, Erick Lizon with 12. However it was David Musil that would take the most punishment in the form of an orbital fracture that would immediately send him back to OKC for evaluation that night.

Despite the 6-1 drubbing that the Barons laid on the Monsters, the reminder that these two would face off again in 24 hours lingered in our minds. Would we see more of the same – both offensively, and maybe in the fisticuffs department – maybe. Lake Erie was completely frustrated, and “Eager” to goad anyone willing to fight into such activities.

In all, it was a good road win for OKC, and like most good road wins it wasn’t void of any injuries. Here’s to hoping that the next night isn’t quite as persnickety.