During the first and second intermission of the Oklahoma City Barons at Chicago Wolves game, Ryan Kwanten of True Blood fame, emerged from the tunnel wearing goaltender pads (this is now his second trip to the Wolves arena). Flanked by Alicia Silverstone, the two were filming in Illinois for an upcoming independent rom-com called Who Gets The Dog?. This film is probably right in my wheelhouse, but it was the only sweet, kind, or otherwise romantic moment of the game for anyone wearing an OKC sweater.
It was a sluggish game from the get-go for the Barons as they would struggle to take more than fifteen shots in the first forty minutes. Credit the Chicago Wovles, and their suddenly consistent defense and goaltending in this one. The Barons looked flat, frail, and a bit fragile at times. Nothing like the world-beaters we have known them to be of late.
The moral of the story is that Magnus Paajarvi would dagger of the heart of his former team in the closing minutes of the third period. After stopping 34 straight shots, it was the 35th that solved the problem of Laurent Brossoit who played some super pesky netminding. With less than ninety seconds remaining in the game, Magnus Paajarvi whistled in his fifth goal of the AHL season.
The penalties were few (a lone slash), and thus the Barons had no way of taking advantage of having an extra skater. This is probably not how the team envisioned the beginning of their three-in-three through the Midwest. The team travels to Rockford on Valentine’s Day.
Props to the Chicago Sun Times for the rom-com update – http://chicago.suntimes.com/hockey/7/71/368698/wolves-continue-surge-1-0-win-oklahoma-city
Oklahoma City Barons Lineup:
K. Jones-C. Jones-Schaber
Scratches: Matt Ford (DTD), Kale Kessy & Kellan Lain (IR), Graeme Craig (healthy)