The first preseason game of the season, and the Oklahoma City Barons won in fine fashion. After a lazy opening period that featured a Texas Star team willing to shoot the puck on starting tender Laurent Brossoit, the Barons would eventually resurrect their game to round out the final three plus periods.
A pair of goals by Taylor Peters for the Stars felt like enough to sink the Barons ship. Instead some really strong forward play by the Barons, and goals from Tommy Mele (assisted on by another Mele) and another tipped in goal from Matt Ford brought the game even at two goals a piece.
It took overtime, Iiro (the hero) Pakarinen, and some consternation to finally earn the Barons the victory. The impressive two-goals-down comeback was quite the affair for the already wonky Barons lineup (due to training camp attendees).
Oklahoma City Barons Lineup:
K. Jones-C. Jones-Pakarinen
T. Mele-S. Mele-Pleskach
Laurent Brossoit (Two Periods)
Tyler Bunz (Third Period)
– Martin Gernat was cut in the face by a skate, left the game, and didn’t return. It appears he was cut on the cheek, but as you can see from his photo below, it was pretty close to the eye. Wheew.
Picture here >> http://instagram.com/p/ttqGi2GfCh/
– Many players – including Dillon Simpson, Mitch Moroz, Curtis Hamilton, Andrew Miller, etc. – were unable to suit up for the game as they hadn’t arrived in OKC in time. This is common when players are cut from NHL rosters, and reassigned to minor ones. It usually means the stay is more permanent in the minors.
– Derek Laxdal, former Oil Kings coach and current Stars bench boss, had some good ribbing via text messsage to Todd Nelson prior to the game. Nelson, in pregame, said that Laxdal sent him a text reminding him the game starts at 7pm (the team was running late).
– The Barons will travel to San Antonio for an afternoon game on Saturday. Expect a similar lineup as the one you say in Cedar Par simply because the team is still rather slim.