At the twelve second mark of the first period, Justin Schultz was called for an interference penalty. That, in a nutshell, was how the game started. A little uneasy, a little tepid, a little like a first preseason game should be. But when the team settled down, the play quickened, and even without Jordan Eberle, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins the Barons looked like the team we saw make a run at the Calder Cup. And in an exhibition setting, they seem poised to be a threat to go deep again this season.
It’s preseason, so in typical fashion, people tend to say things that are a bit overbearing. “This team is great!” or “Wow! What a win!” and indeed those things are so true. And it took a period of getting your feet wetin the first twenty minutes to get to that point. But with a healthy dose of perspective, we dissect the victory.
After a five shot a piece first period, the Barons finally pressed harder in the second period. On the team’s second 5 on 3 opportunity of the second period, Ryan Martindale wins an offensive faceoff, Dan Ringwald drops a bad pass in deep, but Teemu Hartikainen chases it down and drops it towards the front of the net. Martindale eventually punches it in. Barons up 1-0.
Less than half a minute later with the Barons still on the PP, Justin Schultz unleashed a shot that whizzed past visiting goaltender, Matt Hackett. The Barons added eleven shots to their first period five, and now led the shot total 16-9 as the second period ended.