Photo by Steven Christy
When you trip sometimes you fall. Sometimes you catch yourself, pull friends down with you, spill your coffee, twist an ankle, scuff up an elbow, or split your pants. Simply “falling” sounds better.
A road trip like the one the Oklahoma City Barons will entertain for three days will be a test, and here is hoping that they avoid catastrophe.
The team has only gone .500 over their last ten games yet still have retained their top spot in the Western Conference. By comparison, the Grand Rapids Griffins have gone 8-0-2 in their last ten but 10-0-2 in their last twelve. They’ve won eight straight on a tear through the lumpy Midwest. The Griffs experienced a trip, but instead of falling or stumbling or making a fool of themselves, they’ve taken steps to becoming the best in the West.
So the two go head-to-head tonight with Laurent Brossoit in net and Peter Mrazek (current AHL player of the week) at the other end. One of the league’s best scorers in Teemu Pulkkinen facing off against an Andrew Miller who is ten points behind. Scoring defender Nathan Paetsch against a similar player in Brad Hunt. The team’s match up with one another very well, and if you watch one game in March, this might be the one to consider.
The Barons have added C.J. Ludwig to round out the bottom pairing on defense, and Akim Aliu to add a bit of angst to the forward core in the absence of Steve Pinizzotto.
Game starts at 6:00pm central time. Tune in, this one is going to be a good one.