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So here we are. Game seven against the Utica Comets, and the Oklahoma City Barons still have hope. What can only be described as endurance, our beloved minor league hockey team from the Sooner state is on the cusp of yet another appearance in the Western Conference Finals of the Calder Cup Playoffs.
The good news is that the Barons are still alive, and fully capable of winning games in Utica. We know that. What we don’t know is if they can win two in a row. The ping-pong nature of this series probably points to two incredibly talented, yet incredibly even teams. If they were to play a best of twenty-one series, all things remaining the same, I would say we might have a stalemate at that point as well. That is the way the cookie crumbles.
So as the games march on, both teams remaining equal in appearance, the thing that changes is injury. Utica was able to overcome the loss of Archibald (a greasy forward), and the Barons have remained healthy until this point, but things might change tonight.
After leaving game six, following a blocked shot off the right foot, Brandon Davidson is a game time decision. Arguably the Barons most valuable defender, and certainly their most consistent, Davidson being out means that another comes in. And there are reasons why “another” was out in the first place.
It could be Martin Marincin, who has unfortunately been dreadful, but still very capable (we think, we hope, we pray). There is LaLeggia or Betker or Ludwig, well, really there is Marincin. That hand dealt to coach Gerry Fleming might be fine. But in a game seven I want Davidson, thus I’m hoping he is a game time YES!
No other roster changes as of morning skate for either squad, and you best believe that this one is going to be a barn burner.
The puck drops at 6:00pm, and hopefully by 9:00pm my tears aren’t dropping as well. Let’s do this, Barons, so that I don’t have to eat mountains of Ben & Jerry’s “Cherry Garcia” to cope with my feelings.