Following a 7-1 clobbering at the hands of the skills-heavy Grand Rapids Griffins, the Oklahoma City Barons looked to revive the weekend with a trip to Rockford to face the frozen pigs. The good news is that they didn’t give up seven straight goals. The bad news is that they still lost 5-1.
Luarent Brossoit needed a good game, but again he struggled mightily. Whereas the Barons scored the first goal in the lopsided 7-1 defeat, they would actually have to claw back to good-standing early in this one after two goals in the first twelve minutes of the game. The Barons would get a power play goal from vet Jason Williams to bring the team within one near the thirteenth minute of the first period.
All seemed well and good, until the defensive core turned sour, Brossoit was unable to seal the edges, and Rockford would again score two straight to start a period. The Barons were sideways in their own end, and really couldn’t manage to play themselves out of the hole. Another goal in the third period handed the Barons a 5-1 defeat.
The two losses this weekend were ugly. Being outscored 12-2 in six periods is “woof” worthy. They will be knocked off the pile as the “best in the West” too, and perhaps that bugs me the most.
The Barons head to Milwaukee for a game on Sunday, start time 4:00pm.
Oklahoma City Barons Lineup:
K. Jones-C. Jones-Winquist
Scratches: Akim Aliu, Jujhar Khaira, Steve Pinizzotto, Kale Kessy & Kellan Lain (all injured).
The Oklahoma City Barons only skated eleven forwards tonight with injuries to Akim Aliu and Jujhar Khaira. Aliu, in particular, had been struggling with an injury (and supposedly was fully ready) at the the time of his call-up. ‘Tis a head-scratcher as to why you would bring him in knowing this, especially when he’s mid-pack in scoring with Bakersfield. Shoulder shrugs for days…