After taking the first two games of the first round series at Houston, the Oklahoma City Barons came back to home ice on Sunday night for Game 3 in the Calder Cup Playoffs. Starting off a good note before puck drop, the paltry crowd of just 2,859 cheered for their goaltender Yann Danis who was awarded his Aldege “Baz” Bastien Award for being named the best goaltender in the AHL.
The Barons took the first two games against the Aeros 5-0 and 4-1, but Sunday nights game looked more like the typical regular season games between the two teams. The Aeros would end up with the only goal in the contest, defeating the Barons 1-0. Mike Brodeur, seeing his first start of the season after being out due to hip surgery, took over after a Matt Hackett injury in game 2, earned the shut out. The Barons would outshoot the Aeros 31-21, even had a 5 on 3 scoring chance, plus numerous power plays and great scoring chances. It just wasn’t meant to be for OKC. Bad passing and bad whiffs on the slapshots hurt the Barons.
Coach Nelson put the blame on his players lack of focus. Let’s hope that’s all it was, and that it’s not a matter of lack of skills. What actually looked like good hockey, turned so awful at key moments. Lack of focus, I can go with that. Until Tuesday.
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