Thankfully I have never intended to write game recaps on my blog, although I have on a few occasions when the mood strikes. But in the case of the Oklahoma City Barons first game of the season yesterday afternoon against the Texas Stars, it would be best if I left fans with at least a few dreams and hopes. What I will say is that they lost. 0-7. ZERO to SEVEN. It was not pretty. Or so I hear from those who attended the game in Austin. And for those of you keeping count, the OKC Barons will meet up with the Texas Stars a total of ten times this season. Nine more to go. Nine more games to improve.
If you seek the gory details find them elsewhere. The Texas Stars will have posted their victorious results and the Barons have posted their own incredibly brief article The Barons Drop Season Opener in Texas. The one thing of note to mention is that Texas Stars’ Maxime Fortunus scored the first goal of the night. What a wonderful name! No wonder the Barons were beaten to a pulp. They were up against Roman gladiators.
On a much more positive note, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored his first NHL goal last night in the Oilers and Penguins game. It wasn’t particularly pretty, but he gets full credit for perseverance. Both goaltenders, Devan Dubnyk and Brent Johnson, were an absolute joy to watch. (By the way, did you catch Johnson’s amazing new mask design? A tribute to Led Zeppelin.) The Oilers won their season opener 2-1 in a shootout.
This Friday the Barons face the San Antonio Rampage in San Antonio and Saturday, at home, thankfully, the Barons once again face the Roman Gladiators … er, well, Texas Stars.
UPDATE: Oct. 11, 2011. Taylor Chorney has been picked up by the St. Louis Blues.
Oct. 10: Oilers press release: “Oilers assign Chorney
24-year-old blueliner has been waived for purpose of assignment to AHL’s OKC Barons
General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have placed defenceman Taylor Chorney on waivers for purpose of assignment to the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League.
Chorney, 24, split last season with the Oilers, where he had a goal and three assists in 12 games, and with the Barons, appearing in 46 games collecting 16 points (3G, 13A).
The 6’0”, 189-pound Thunder Bay, Ontario native has appeared in 56 career NHL games with Edmonton scoring a goal and adding six assists.”