Here we are. After allowing twelve goals in six periods, the Barons would touch down in Milwaukee in hopes of finally playing a good game, hence a respectable game. I keep saying this, but Laurent Brossoit needs a fixer upper type of game to prevent his downward spiral from continuing. As we have seen, young-ish goaltenders do this from time to time, heck all goaltenders do this from time to time. Yet the losses, in horrible fashion, can be debilitating.
With the weekend winding down, the Oklahoma City Barons would finally play a good game. They would hand the Milwaukee Admirals a strong 5-1 defeat, and allow the team to turn the corner on some recent rough patches.
This team is gassed, and having the Saturday off for travel likely helped the team screw its head on straight. The first period began with a Jason Williams goal (number 19 on the season), and is steadily becoming the Barons only consistent offensive force. The first period would round itself out with a heckuva power play goal by one heads-up prospect in Bogdan Yakimov. The shot totals were low for both teams (7) to start the game, but Brossoit made two really sound stops in high-intensity situations.
Nursing a 2-1 lead, OKC would welcome C.J. Stretch back to the scoreboard as the Cali kid would put his team up 3-0 nearly 25 minutes in to the game. The Barons continued to have few shots, but were able to capitalize on the finer things in the game, and this gave them wings to fly.
Milwaukee would score an early third period goal, but the Barons quickly pushed back scoring their fourth and fifth goals of the game (from Winquist and Kellen Jones, both with five goals this season). The funny business reared its ugly head as roughs, ‘cuffs, and other stuffs came full circle in the form of Tristan Grant, everyone’s favorite knucklehead (unless he’s playing for your team, of course). The game would end with Grant receiving a fighting major, an instigator penalty, and the instigating in the final five minutes to bring his game totals. Then there’s Mitch Moroz, who was wrapped around a scrap and other things of his own, and ended the evening with 29 PIM. Yowza.
Laurent Brossoit would have the game we knew he could have, stopping all but one shot in 33 attempts.
Needless to say, this one ends favoring the Barons, but only after some crazy monkey business towards the end.
Oklahoma City Barons Lineup:
K. Jones-C. Jones-Winquist
Scratches: Akim Aliu, Jujhar Khaira, Steve Pinizzotto, Kale Kessy, Kellan Lain (all injured)
You’ll notice that Chase Schaber is back with the club. After being released from a PTO only a week ago, he would get another shot with the AHL with both Aliu and Khaira on the injured list. No updates on the status of those two at the time of this post.
Brad Winchester will join the team in Oklahoma City this week. He hasn’t played an AHL game since January 15th.