The Barons Battle #1 In The West Division In San Antonio

Photo by Steven Christy

The San Antonio Rampage have won seven straight games. They’ve gone 7-3-0-0 in their last ten. They are currently sitting in the divisional lead with 24 points. As the Oklahoma City Barons travel to San Antonio for another game against the Rampage, we think back on the recent history these two have conjured up.

The Barons are currently on a four game winning streak, with their most recent loss being delved out by, you guessed it, the Rampage. They played four games prior to that time, and the Rampage won them all. All Rampage vs Barons games this season (save for one) have ended in a San Antonio victory by one goal with one settled in overtime, and two more in the shootout. Needless to say these two teams match up very well, they are familiar with one another, and by golly, they just don’t play nice. Tonight, in San Antonio, the ending is hopefully better for OKC, but the chances are high that things go the way of taut.

The Rampage haven’t played since November 23rd. The Barons, on the other hand, have played twice in that same span. They battled in both games, won both games, and somehow managed to move past the .600 mark, and in to second place in the West Division in front of Texas, Charlotte, and Iowa.

With both the Rampage and Barons surging prior to December, tonight’s game has the makings of a true barn burner. Televised on Fox Sports Southwest, with a bit of nastiness amongst the two, and both jockeying for the top spot in their division, the time to win is now. Enjoy it while you can, they won’t play again until two days after Christmas. Enjoy? I meant stomach.

Michael Houser likely gets the start for the Rampage tonight with Dan Ellis up with the big club. Rocco Grimaldi will ease in on a third line. And the top six for the Rampage likely stays in tact. And per usual, watch out for Ryan Martindale, who likes to play tough minutes against his former team. With Alex Petrovic playing very well on the defensive side, the team is continuing to round the edges of any imperfections. That’s scary.

Likely Rampage Lineup:




The Barons remain healthy, and full of options on offense. The rotation of healthy forwards continues for tonight’s game as well. Anton Lander, getting his first healthy scratch of the season, will be back in against the Rampage. Matt Ford likely comes back in as well, and perhaps Curtis Hamilton and Mitch Moroz are up next. This is a great problem to have – too many forwards – rolling in to December. And with rumors of Matt Hendricks banged up in Edmonton, perhaps they’ll have spare forward lying around to help ease the burden of missing one in the NHL.

Brossoit and Bachman are playing lights out, and I think Nelson goes back to Brossoit who played very very well a couple of nights ago in Cedar Park. Both become valuable options as we move in to the new year, and as the Oilers potentially move bodies (and personnel) around.

The game is available in Oklahoma via Fox Sports Oklahoma, so tune in around 7:30 for game coverage (in HD nonetheless).

Past tonight’s game, the Barons will play Utica on December 2nd, and then head out for a road trip through Grand Rapids, Milwaukee, and back to Cedar Park (weird, I know). December is a good mix of road and home games, so there is a chance for you, me, and the world to catch some Barons games. Do that, and bring a friend.

GO Barons!

Back To Business, Barons At Stars Round Two

UPDATE: Rynnas will start. Bachman will start (via Jim)
On Wednesday evening, prior to the US turkeying and cranberrying, the Texas Stars outplayed the Oklahoma City Barons for nearly two and a half periods. In that span they owned the Barons, but it was the suddenly good Laurent Brossoit that would keep his team within spitting distance. The Barons would rattle off two straight goals in the final ten minutes of regulation to tie the game, thus forcing an OT frame. In that OT period, Matt Ford would score the game winner just past the four minute mark.

Andrew Miller, Iiro Pakarinen, and the aforementioned Matt Ford would score the three goals that broke the Stars back. In addition, Bogdan Yakimov would have two helpers, and things suddenly felt “okay” for the Barons after being completely owned by the home team in Cedar Park.

Brossoit would be the biggest story, to my eyes, having stopped 31 of 33, but was really good in a one goal, seventeen shots faced second period.

The Oklahoma City Barons scratched three healthy players on Wednesday including leading scoring Jason Williams. Expect Williams, as well as Ryan Hamilton and defender C.J. Ludwig to get back in to the game with a new set of players rotating out.

Wednesday’s Lineup:

C. Hamilton-Yakimov-Miller


Only a few short days ago Ryan Garbutt was suspended two games for an incident where he kneed Edmonton Oiler, Taylor Hall. This has paved the way for Curtis McKenzie to be recalled to Dallas for at least two games or so. This could be monumental for the AHL Stars, as they try to snap their current seven game losing streak (a rare thing for the usually sturdy Texas Stars).

My adoration for Laurent Brossoit’s performance on Wednesday can also translate to the play of the opposing goaltender, Jussi Rynnas who was pretty good in 60:00 plus minutes of play. But expect Jack Campbell to be next in the rotation with Richard Bachman also getting a chance to start as well.

The Oklahoma City Barons have had difficulty struggling late in games through the first two months of AHL hockey. They have course corrected themselves just a bit, and Wednesdays three-goals-in-under-fifteen-minutes was a relief. They can score late, and they can still resurrect themselves when down.

The puck drops at 7:30 tonight, and then the Barons will pack up, and ship out for San Antonio almost immediately for a Saturday game (broadcast on Fox Sports SW or Fox Sports Oklahoma).

Lineups should be interesting for both teams, so join us as we cheer on the Barons.

Barons Prep For A Stars Sandwich

The great cruelty of the AHL schedule is that it is awkwardly imbalanced. Partly due to shared space (NBA or otherwise), but mostly due to geographical location. There are days where you look at the upcoming games, scratch your head, and then eventually learn to embrace the madness.

A fine example of scheduling goofiness is the two games played by the Barons in Cedar Park, Texas this week. Two games, one Wednesday another Friday, make for an odd Thanksgiving sandwich. A US holiday wrapped nicely between two loaves of game action is just so strange. Not only do the Barons spend Thanksgiving on the road, they have to plan, prepare, and be fully poised for an odd stretch during a busy holiday week. Stranger things have happened, but these sorts of things never get easy to digest.

The Stars are fresh off two really bad losses to the San Antonio Rampage who are, well, rampaging these days through the AHL West. Brett Ritchie is still out with an undisclosed lower body injury, but Dallas has returned Curtis McKenzie who is equally as dangerous (if not moreso). Jussi Rynnas and Kevin Henderson seem to be flu free, and back to their regularly scheduled slots in the lineup.

Per Sean Shapiro, here is the expected Stars lineup for tonight:




Read Sean’s blog here, you can thank me later.

Oklahoma City is rolling into Thanksgiving week with recent victories over the struggling Charlotte Checkers. They’ve scored a ton of goals against teams not from San Antonio, and this is the hopeful trend moving forward.

Jason Williams is having a whale of a start to his season, as is Iiro Pakarinen. Yet the biggest surprise has been the blossoming of a few defensive players. David Musil, in particular, has shown brightly in pretty good ice times. Oscar Klefbom has continued to be an AHL+ defender, and that’s good news for the Edmonton Oilers and OKC Barons fans who’ve desperately needed him to pan out. Then there’s Brandon Davidson who has met challenge after challenge, and surged forward with poise. He will have a good test in the coming days, and certainly against the burliest Stars forwards.

We will get a good look at the Barons / Oilers recent acquisition, Kellan Lain, who was shoehorned into a Will Acton (and then some) trade. He will likely play center which pushes Khaira out, and perhaps Yakimov on occasion. With Pinizzotto in the NHL these days, a tough guy certainly fills the resume of a “type” of player the Oilers love. So we go blindly into the Lain Era, wondering what the Oilers were thinking other than offloading Acton.

The game is a 7:30 puck drop. See you then, and Go Barons!

Oklahoma City To Play San Antonio On Fox Sports SW

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The San Antonio Rampage are in the midst of an incredible run these days. They’ve won their last seven, and outscored the defending Calder Cup champs this weekend a whopping 10-1 in Friday / Sunday two set. They have been unkind to the Barons lately, and quite honestly they are one heckuva minor league team.

They’ll display their sudden dominance to a broader audience via five games to be broadcast on Fox Sports Southwest.

Available in the Oklahoma City area, *Fox Sports Southwest will begin airing Rampage games as soon as this coming Saturday evening. Who will they host first in these regional games? None other than our beloved Oklahoma City Barons.

Here is the full list of Rampage games on Fox Sports Southwest:

11/29/14 7:00 p.m.
Oklahoma City at Rampage
AT&T Center

1/7/15 6:05 p.m.
Rampage at Rochester
Blue Cross Arena

1/30/15 7:30 p.m.
Charlotte at Rampage
AT&T Center

3/11/15 7:00 p.m.
Milwaukee at Rampage
AT&T Center

4/2/15 7:00 p.m.
Adirondack at Rampage
AT&T Center

*Cox Customers in OKC, the game is on 722 Fox Sports Oklahoma with College Football on Fox Sports Southwest

14 Games In, OKC Barons On-Ice Stats

In today’s world of advanced stats in hockey, there’s not a lot to be had in the American Hockey League. I’m working to change that. Here’s a look at the Oklahoma City Barons on-ice stats through 14 games. Keeping with the sample size from before (we’ll up it eventually as the season progresses), I only included players that have played five or more games so far.

New to the list are defensemen Brandon Davidson and Brad Hunt, as well as the recently traded-away Will Acton. Despite being a pair for most of their time in OKC, you can tell how much more Hunt is used on the PP as opposed to Davidson (Nelson has used a 4F-1D system on the PP since Hunt arrived), and visa versa with Davidson on the PK. Hunt and Oscar Klefbom are tied overall with a +7 goal differential, but Klefbom has been much more effective at even strength.

Dillon Simpson is now at a -10 differential, but from what I’ve seen, I can’t say that he’s a main contributor to the goals against while he’s been on. While I’ve seen him as a solid defender so far, I’ll have to start keeping a closer eye on him.

Jason Williams leads the forwards with a +13, but is riding that on the Barons top-rated PP unit. Iiro Pakarinen is the only other Baron with a double-digit positive number at +10 and leads the team at even strength with a +4.

Anton Lander is doing it all for the Barons, having been out there for the most PP goals for and PK goals against. Far and away, he’s been on the ice the most of anybody with 42 goal events. While his near 27 minutes TOI is probably inflated, it’s hard to argue with considering how much he has been played.

There was an error with Mitch Moroz’s numbers the last time around, inflating his numbers, and that has since been fixed. Not doing as well as I thought, but not doing horrible either. Just needing more chances to get into the play.

I’ll have another update in a couple weeks, stay tuned.

Acton to Vancouver, Holmberg to Utica, Oilers acquire Kellan Lain

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The Edmonton Oilers announced today that they have acquired center Kellan Lain from the Vancouver Canucks, in exchange for center Will Acton. In a separate transaction, Oklahoma City Barons contracted Mitch Holmberg was sent to the Canucks AHL affiliate in Utica.

Will Acton was brought in last season to help the Oilers situation at the center position, following his coach Dallas Eakins from the Toronto Marlies. Unfortunately, Acton could never keep hold in the NHL and spent considerable time in Oklahoma City. In 53 games with the Barons, Acton earned 25 points, and was one of the team’s most effective penalty killers. He had a slow start to this season after getting assigned on November 6th, but started to get his groove back in the past couple games.

Mitch Holmberg was signed to an AHL contract at the end of last season, finishing out the stretch run with the Barons after his season with the Spokane Chiefs came to an end. Holmberg won the WHL scoring championship last season by scoring 118 points in 72 games. Holmberg got into one game with the Barons, notching an assist, before being sent to the Bakersfield Condors for their playoff run. Holmberg has spent this season with the Condors, scoring one assist in eight games. Holmberg was recently put on the ECHL 21-day Injured Reserve by Bakersfield.

Coming to the Edmonton organization is center Kellan Lain. An undrafted free agent out of college, Vancouver signed him at the end of the 2012-13 season after finishing his time at Lake Superior State University. Lain played 13 games with the Chicago Wolves that season and was held pointless. Last season, Lain spent the majority of the season with the Utica Comets, scoring 19 points in 63 games and also made his NHL debut, scoring one goal in nine games with Vancouver.

The 6-foot-6-inch Lain skated in 10 games with Utica so far this season, earning one assist and twenty penalty minutes. Lain will wear the number 23 for the Barons.

Pakarinen, Klefbom Assigned to OKC

The Edmonton Oilers have assigned forward Iiro Pakarinen and defenseman Oscar Klefbom to the Oklahoma City Barons. Two high-profile players for the Barons so far this season, these additions will add a big boost to the team in the near future.

Pakarinen made his NHL debut after getting called up on November 6th. During the call-up, he netted his first career NHL goal against Buffalo on November 7th. Pakarinen appeared in five games for the Oilers, playing less than ten minutes per game. Prior to his call-up, Pakarinen appeared in seven games with the Barons, earning eight points (5 goals, 3 assists).

Klefbom was called up before Pakarinen was, but only appeared in two games for the Oilers. In the game against Philadelphia, Klefbom was a -2, but played to an Even in his next game against Boston.  In six games with the Barons, Klefbom scored seven points, one goal and six assists.

With a big game coming up on Tuesday morning against the San Antonio Rampage (San Antonio’s turn for a kids day game), and riding the momentum from their last minute win against Iowa on Saturday night, the Barons will be happy to have the added boost.

Workin’ For The Weekend: Planes To Iowa “Pictures Of You”

Sometime soon I hope to take a trip to a cabin, preferably in a countryside not too far from here where a fire crackles nightly, and long walks through wooded areas seem like heaven on earth. I’ll probably bring my warm Coleman boots, my Cannon DSLR (which I still have no idea what I’m doing with), my North Face hat and gloves, my high-tech-super-fancy base layer, and most importantly my earbuds.

Between my ears my synapses will be thumping to one of the greatest mood albums of the 1980’s, The Cure’s Disintegration.

It’s awfully dark album to be so good, but it teeters on the verge of accessibility enough that it feels comfortable and recognizable. I’ve always enjoyed The Cure, not necessarily for their artistic, dour value, but because they made some really nice, and surprisingly beautiful music.

Recorded in a post-pop turn for the band, it was a turn back towards the goth rock foundation that the band had laid for themselves nearly ten years prior. But in the yearning to return to their roots, they also embraced the sonic change of the late-80’s sound as rock would become less electronic sounding and more guitar aggressive. That was fine with Smith, who penned some of the most amazing dream-like sounds that the decade had seen.

“Pictures Of You”, the final single of four released from the album, is probably one of my favorites the band has ever released. On the heels of uber popular tracks “Lovesong” and “Fascination Street”, “Pictures” was a combination of both tours through front man Robert Smith’s brain. Where “Lovesong” was a torch song, and “Fascination Street” was dark and twisty, “Pictures of You” awakened both sentiments in one gratifying culmination.

If you’ve never heard “Pictures of You”, stop and go listen. It is a really good late 80’s romp that would pave the way for early 90’s alt-rock better than most acts of that time. Smith with the sentimental higher voiced gravitas released about as good a vocal performance as he has given. Rumors are that he nailed it live too.

Lyrically it’s magical. When the only thing you have left of a memory is pictures, and they seem to be the closest thing to reality that you could imagine in that moment – whoa, deep. It is a song about regret or missteps that led to regret, and who hasn’t had regret in their life? I have. You have. We all have. So the touching moments from a sincerely deep and dark Robert Smith connect with a wide audience. It will forever be one of my favorite spins from The Cure, as well as one of my favorite singles of the 80’s and 90’s.

Regret. Don’t let it happen. Choose to make decisions today that impact the future positively. That’s a broad analogy for our Oklahoma City Barons, but hey, it’s November, I’m cold, and this feels appropriate. So here is the challenge today – no regret, play hard, work hard, and never find yourself looking at pictures alone in a dark room. It isn’t good for anybody. (cue the windswept empty noise from “Pictures of You” finale)

The last time the Oklahoma City Barons played the Iowa Wild the “good” guys walloped the “bad” guys in back-to-back games both with two-goal victories. Luke Gazdic and Jujhar Khaira scored their first goals of the season, and Ryan Hamilton saran wrapped defenders to two goals for himself in game one. In game two four different Barons scored including C.J. Ludwig in his first pro goal in a pretty impressive game from the young defender.

The two Barons games included, the Iowa Wild would begin the season on a 2-5 skid. Post-Barons games they’d lose three in a row, and fire their first coach in franchise history, Kurt Kleinendorst.

On the firing, Tommy Birch had this to say (via Des Moines Register):

When the Iowa Wild took the ice last season, they did it with Kurt Kleinendorst leading them as the first coach in team history.

Kleinendorst is now just that — history.

Just 12 games into their second season in Des Moines, the Wild are making a change. According to a source with knowledge of the decision, Kleinendorst has been fired. The move is expected to be announced Tuesday morning.

He will be replaced by John Torchetti, the source said.

Torchetti​ was coaching the Houston Aeros before the Minnesota Wild’s American Hockey League affiliate made the move to Iowa. But, when he accepted a coaching job in Russia, the team went searching for a replacement and came up with Kleinendorst.

It’s been a disappointing tenure for Kleinedorst, whose teams struggled in his first and second season in Des Moines.

The Wild kicked off their first season in Des Moines finishing with a 27-36-7-6 record, finishing dead last in the American Hockey League’s Western Conference.

And so the team made a coaching move on November 10th. On November 12th they’d win for only the third time all season, but the first for Torchetti as Wild bench boss.

The plot thickens as the team hosts their first home game with Torchetti at the helm, and they will do so by welcoming the pretty-solid OKC Barons this Friday and Saturday at Wells Fargo Arena.

Let’s start with our own Oklahoma City Barons, whom are nearing 100% in the health department for the first time in about two weeks. The lone ranger on the day-to-day list remains Tyler Pitlick, and unless his concussion is worse than originally communicated, he gets back in the lineup tonight. Forward Bogdan Yakimov and defenseman Martin Gernat seem fully healthy, and look to increase their time on ice this weekend.

The squad only has one forward in the top 40 in league scoring, and that’s Jason Williams with eleven points in ten games. This doesn’t mean that the team isn’t scoring goals (nearly forty on the season), but rather that they are getting balanced scoring. By the end of the weekend Ryan Hamilton, Andrew Miller, Anton Lander, and the aforementioned Jason Williams will all probably be in double-digit point totals through thirteen games. That’s an interesting list as most aren’t considered true Oilers prospects in that they are filling gaps in the next two to three years in the NHL lineup. But that’s fine, and that’s why these players exist. With Iiro Pakarinen still churning out under-ten minutes a night with the Oilers, the team will certainly continue to lean on more seasoned players through the winter months.

Defensively we have seen the pairing of Brandon Davidson and Brad Hunt emerge as fourth and fifth forwards on the ice at times since the latter returned to AHL play. This is a product of “whom” Hunt is as a player, but the same can’t really be said for Davidson who has had to cover more defensive indiscretions for Hunt than you would probably like. This points to Davidson’s betterment, and Hunt’s ongoing defensive issues.

We will probably get a goaltending split this weekend. Look for Bachman on Friday and Brossoit on Saturday. The newly inspired Wild will give them everything they can handle under their new head coach’s tutelage. The Wild’s differential of nearly twenty goals is going to narrow with better coaching, and assume that they start to chip away at that almost instantly.

Turning our attention to the Wild, things aren’t completely doom and gloom for the team. They made a decision early enough in the season that the team could realistically gain ground on Charlotte and Grand Rapids in only a handful of games. Yet they are going to have to get big minutes defensively and in net if that is going to happen.

They’ve swapped a couple of players with parent club Minnesota in the last couple of days including Jonathan Blum for Stu Bickel, and Stephane Veilleux for Jordan Schroeder. The loss of Schroeder is monumental for the AHL Wild as he was their leading scoring through twelve games. But all is not completely lost as the sixth year AHL vet, Blum, comes back to Iowa after a one game stint in the NHL. And in an early morning transaction the Wild lose Justin Falk, and in return get back Christian Folin. Defensive swaps aplenty, and this might throw a bit of a wrench in the “gelling” of teammates. We will see.

Johan Gustafsson has logged nearly 500 minutes in net through nine games for the Wild, and he has averaged nearly three and a half goals in that span. Not good. And for a team somewhat anemic offensively, that’s even more discouraging. Stealing games is a tall order for a goaltender only playing his second pro season as a Minnesota Wild prospect. He will be fine…eventually.

The puck drops on Friday at 7:00pm, as well as on Saturday evening. Nestle in, Oklahoma, for a round of cold weather. Hug the radio or your wireless device for warmth. Cheer the Barons on, and GET A GOAL MITCH MOROZ!

Luke Gazdic Recalled To Edmonton

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With his fourteen allotted days for a conditioning stint nearing a close, Luke Gazdic has been recalled by the Edmonton Oilers.

After playing this morning in the annual school day game in OKC where Gazdic scored a second period goal to tie the game, he will make his way back to the NHL squad where he will likely resume his role of Mr. Grititude. I sort of say that jokingly, but there is no denying why the Oilers like him so much (and likely why fans hate him), and it centers on his intangibles outside of putting the puck in the net or keeping opposing forwards at bay.

Regardless, his presence on the Barons fourth line left wing have been pretty good. Centered by Jujhar Khaira or perhaps Bogdan Yakimov, Gazdic found ways to beat opposition in a limited role.

Two goals on six shots is nice on the offensive side of the puck, but he was occasionally caught between a rock and hard place defensively. These moments were few and far between, but they existed.

Luke Gazdic for many seasons was your typical AHL player. Groomed by the Texas Stars, asked to do a lot of forward defending against opposing team’s toughs, he was never a guy needing to score a ton of goals, but started to trend up just enough for the Edmonton Oilers to take notice. Then he goes out and scores on his first NHL shift, and the dam of uncertainty would pour forth from that point forward. I say all of this to point out one thing – AHL minutes have always been good, and against the best comp. His NHL minutes have been even more problematic.

I know this rambling post under 300 words doesn’t amount to much, but Gazdic is back in Oil Country. Take oxygen.

Oklahoma City Loses To San Antonio Again (And With Children Present)

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After a two-goal loss on Sunday to the San Antonio Rampage, the Oklahoma City Barons hosted a them in return for a 10:35am puck drop on Tuesday morning. As I mentioned in the pregame comments, this is a game each year that sort of separates the men from the boys in terms of preparedness. Veterans seemingly don’t struggle, but youthful prospects do, and perhaps it nudges the latter group to re-configure their night-before rituals. Regardless, it is always a feisty game, in front of the children no less.

So the Rampage would come out swinging, pressuring the puck well, and for the second straight game score on a Barons goaltender in the first minute of play. Defenseman Steven Kampfer would score his fifth of the season for the Rampage on Barons goaltender Richard Bachman. Some sideways defending early on from Oesterle and Simpson would force me to slightly hit the panic button, but they would certainly become more comfortable. Indeed we all breathed a sigh of relief when Will Acton scored a goal to tie the game at the 13:00 mark of period one. His first goal since returning to the Barons this season from Edmonton, with assists to Brandon Davidson and Brad Hunt. A sluggish start for both clubs, but only one PP opportunity was afforded for the first twenty, and that was awarded to OKC. But the un-organized tendencies of an early start made the power play look bashful. A later period goal by the Rampage, which was poorly defended by C.J. Ludwig and Martin Gernat, gave the Rampage a 2-1 lead after the first period.

In the second things got a bit more angsty as the penalty minutes rose, the shots climbed, and goaltenders had to become much better. Luke Gazdic, in a fourth line winger role, scored his second goal of the season with assists again to Davidson and Hunt, and the Barons would be saddled with a tie game. Despite the elbows, cross-checks, and roughs, both teams would have great opportunities on the PP, but neither could score an extra skater goal for the duration of the game. The second period ended in a two all tie.

The third period was an exercise in break, but don’t bend for both squads as neither was able to generate huge amounts of offense. There were great saves indeed by Bachman, and Rampage tender Dan Ellis, but we would head to a full overtime frame and then some.

So the overtime four on four which would give way to the three on three was a timid adventure. Cautious around each bend, the teams would head to the suddenly rare AHL shootout where things would get odd thanks to some early morning officiating.

Scheduled for three rounds, the officiating crew nearly let the shootout go to four and five rounds. Not a soul on the bench insisted this was wrong, and it just played out. Unfortunately for the Barons, on this day, even a five round shootout might not have helped too much, and the Barons would lose their second straight while gaining an extra point anyways.

The SO looked like this:

9 Rocco Grimaldi Goal
11 Steven Hodges No Goal

Oklahoma City Shootout
19 Jason Williams No Goal
16 Anton Lander No Goal
12 Ryan Hamilton No Goal

Three straight skaters without a goal puts the Barons into an official losing streak of sorts, but the lone point was secured, so not all is wrong in the world. A 3-2 shootout loss at the hands of the Rampage stings, but it also reminds us of the pending roadtrip this weekend.

Oklahoma City Barons Lineup:




Scratches: Musil (healthy), Kessy (healthy), Khaira (healthy), Pitlick (concussed still)