Photo by Steven Christy
It’s good to be an OKC team these days playing a team from Milwaukee. So good, in fact, that the teams have faced each other three times, and thrice the Barons have scored five goals. That’s fifteen goals scored against the Milwaukee Admirals in nine periods. I’ll take that. On the flip side, the Barons have only allowed them to score five goals against in that same span. Again, guys, it’s good to be an OKC team these days playing a team from Milwaukee.
After defeating the Ads 5-1 on away ice, the Barons would again defeat the same squad days later on home ice, and again by five goals to one.
The Barons have been prone to wanky starts of late, and Tuesday was no different. Allowing a first period short-handed goal sounds like a recipe for a disastrous night. But the careful eye of Gerry Fleming gave way to encouragement as Brossoit and the blue line in front of him wouldn’t allow many shots to creep through the goal line let alone the defensive fence that was created. In reality this was a very good outing for the Barons defense that is still without Marincin, Oesterle, or Klefbom (who probably won’t return again). That’s fabulous to consider. And although Brossoit seemingly needs to cough one up early in every game these days, he has become very good down the stretch on the whole of the season. That’s monumental.
Matt Ford would begin the scoring for the Barons after 24:00 of actual play. With the score tied 1-1, the defense allowed very little offense to squeak through. The second period saw the Barons agitate opposing goaltender Magnus Hellberg with 28 shots through forty minutes. Yet he survived mostly, and would go boldly in to the third period.
The Barons became a ferocious animal in the third scoring four consecutive goals. Andrew Miller, Chase Schaber, Travis Ewanyk, and Matt Ford all potted goals at even strength to stake their claim on the game. The Barons remain first in the West Division, and are within one point of their arch-nemesis, the Grand Rapids Griffins, as the best in the Western Conference. A 5-1 victory is just what the doctor ordered.
Oklahoma City Barons Lineup:
Scratches: Akim Aliu, Jujhar Khaira, Steve Pinizzotto, Kale Kessy & Kellan Lain (injured); Brad Winchester and Jordan Oesterle (not with team yet)
Tuesday was the start of a seven game, twelve day homestand for OKC. They’ll play Charlotte (2), Milwaukee (2), San Antonio, and Chicago (2) in that stretch. Charlotte and Chicago are currently out of playoff contention, and thus the Barons have a pretty good chance at winning above .500 in those seven games. Quite honestly, outside of San Antonio, whom have owned OKC this season, there’s no reason to think they can’t win six of seven.
Brad Winchester and Jordan Oesterle are expected to be with the team this week. OKC doesn’t have another game until Saturday, so a long week of practice and rest is ahead. Inserting both players, seemingly fresh bodies, will be huge for the Barons.