The Toronto Marlies defeated the Oklahoma City Barons 6-5 in a Tuesday afternoon affair yesterday. Good thing it was a matinee, because nothing ruins a good hockey game like playing it in the evening where everyone can watch it. The Marlies looked seemingly in control as they led 4-0 after the first, you can’t count out this Barons team that’s full of ringers though. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored with 22 seconds left in the third to send the game into overtime. Jake Gardiner, however, scored in the extra session to give the Marlies a victory.
OKC is the place to be
How exciting is it to be an Oklahoma sports fan right now? Those are some words I thought I would never say. With the Thunder one of the more exciting teams in the NBA, and the Barons stocked full of all the Oilers young talent, Oklahoma City must be one of more underated sports towns going.
This young Oiler core certainly showed what they can do against the Marlies yesterday. Trailing 4-0, the Barons went off starting late in the second period. Nugent-Hopkins had two goals and two assists, Jordan Eberle had a goal and three helpers, Justin Schultz chipped in with two assists, and Taylor Hall added a goal as well.
Schultz actually leads the AHL in scoring with 18 points, and Eberle is in second with 16. No lead is safe against this squad.
Kadri receives message
Nazem Kadri and Joe Colborne were scratched for Friday night’s game against the Texas Stars and that has seemed to awaken both of them. Kadri had a goal and two assists on Saturday against San Antonio and chipped in with an assist yesterday against the Barons. Colborne meanwhile, was held pointless against the Barons, but had a goal and a helper against San Antonio. The good news for Marlies fans is….. brace yourself….. they were a combined plus-5 over those two games! It’s amazing how watching a game from the press box can revive your scoring touch and make you more defensively responsible.
Eakins indicated last week that Ben Scrivens was in a goaltending battle. Scrivens hasn’t seen the net in the Marlies last three games, which were all victories. Jussi Rynnas made 31 stops to record a shutout on Friday against the Stars, and Mark Owuya stopped 20 of 23 shots for a win against the Rampage on Saturday. Although Rynnas picked up the W yesterday against the Barons, he was lit up for five goals. So expect Scrivens to get another shot sometime this weekend. He just has to step up and run with it soon, or his opportunitites may be few and far between.