It’s a big night in OKC, with the Barons having a good chance to go up 3-1 on Grand Rapids. If they win tonight, they could close out the series. That’s only part of the story, though. As detailed by Neal Livingston (Tend the Farm) and Patricia Teter (Artful Puck), this has been an unusual spring for Oklahoma and area, and for the Barons. It is such a tragic few weeks for the area, but the back story (tremendous examples of people coming together and working hard for their neighbors) is the real story.
The Barons–players, support staff and ownership–are a part of it. In some real way, the Barons have connected with Oklahoma City, under the most trying of circumstances. It’s a funny thing, chemistry. Best not to question it, better to embrace it and hope for a better day from Mother Nature. Make that better days.
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This Oklahoma City team didn’t pull together as a team until very late–after the lockout ended and then some. However, credit to coach Todd Nelson and his staff, the Oilers and Barons management and the players (many from Stockton of the ECHL) because they’ve turned it around in a big way. A tremendous rush to the finish got them into the playoffs and into a nice matchup. They’ve rolled over Charlotte, Texas and now have a chance to do what they could not a year ago–win out in the conference finals and make it to the Calder Cup finals.
A big night tonight.
The current scoring numbers for OKC see a lot of prospects contributing. We might see Hartikainen, Rajala, Marincin, Lander and Fedun get long looks in the fall, and as I’ve mentioned before Tyler Pitlick appears to be putting things together (finally) in the AHL. It goes without saying that Brandon Davidson’s season is an epic story.
Go Barons! For a lot of reasons.