After a completely lifeless game by the Charlotte Checkers on Tuesday, the script was flipped on Thursday as the Oklahoma City Barons looked snoozy for much of the game resulting in a 4-2 loss in North Carolina.
Laurent Brossoit would let in the games first two goals, and both came in just nine minutes of the opening frame. Jared Staal and Chad LaRose both scored even strength goals against a fumbly OKC defense that does have a tendency to wane in games played close together.
The second period gave a little bit of hope to fans as Andrew Miller scored his seventh goal of the season on a great assist from Mitch Moroz. As the team inched within spitting distance (a goal) of tying things up, Charlotte scored on the power play following an Iiro Pakarinen interference penalty. Charlotte stretches the lead to two goals again.
Brossoit actually came up pretty big down the stretch, but the damage had been done. Anton Lander would score on the power play halfway through the third period, but Charlotte protected the lead very very well until an empty netter sealed the two-goal victory for the Checkers.
The Oklahoma City Barons Lineup:
Scratches: Bachman (groin), Kessy (knee), and Lain (wrist)
It was a brutal night defensively for the top line of the Barons as they just seemed a step behind all night long. But it was a lackluster team effort by everyone with only brief flashes of life. By the time the Barons woke from their slumber they were down two goals, and constantly chasing pucks.
Charlotte is a fully capable team despite moments of falling to pieces. Thursday’s performance against the Barons is a great example.
The Barons return home for two games in less than 24 hours. They’ll face the Midwest Division leading Rockford IceHogs who have been a hot/cold mess lately.