Friday and Saturday night, the Barons were in Abbotsford, British Columbia to take on the Abbotsford Heat for a two-game set. With the Heat's parent team being the Calgary Flames, it was the AHL edition of the NHL's Battle of Alberta between the Flames and Edmonton Oilers.
Friday night, coach Todd Nelson split up the Kid Line of Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and Jordan Eberle, putting all three on separate lines to try and spark the other players on the team and spread out the scoring. Unfortunately, that didn't happen at all whatsoever. With Yann Danis in net for the Barons and Danny Taylor in net for the Heat, it was a mostly scoreless 1st period until the final couple minutes. While on a power play for a hooking penalty by Magnus Paajarvi, the Heat capitalized as Dustin Sylvester scored at the 18:50 mark to make it 1-0 Heat after the 1st period.
It was a lot more of the same story in the 2nd period for the Barons. Using the same gameplan, putting a few shots on net, but Danny Taylor could not be beat. While on a power play for a Tyler Pitlick Delay of Game penalty, Ben Street made it 2-0 at 8:34. The third goal for the Heat pretty well epitomized the story of the game for the Barons. Martin Marincin set up behind Yann Danis' net to allow the team to set up for a break out. As Magnus Paajarvi came down the ice and began to turn, Marincin tried to pass the puck. Rather than going up the ice to a player, the puck bounced off of Paajarvi's skate and right into the goal past Danis, making it 3-0 Heat as Ben Walter was credited with the goal.
With a long way to go, the Barons had very little life in the 3rd, and Abbotsford had an easy time of keeping the lead as the Barons gave the Heat five power play chances in the period. The Barons killed off four of them, but the Heat made it 4-0 on a goal by Kris Kolanos, sealing the win. Unable to score and being outshot 36-23, the Barons went on to being shut out for the second consecutive game, falling 4-0.
The next night saw the same goaltending matchup between Danis and Taylor, and the Barons lines getting shaken up again. That night had the Kid Line back together with Hall, Eberle, and Nugent-Hopkins, and shake-up on the defensive pairs with Fedun with Schultz as Marincin was scratched. It was a goaltender battle in the 1st and 2nd periods as neither team could solve the opposing goaltenders. In the first 40 minutes, the Barons put up 24 shots and the Heat only had 13. The scoring finally broke open during the only Barons power play of the game as Taylor Hall received a puck that he had previously passed through traffic, and shot from the goal line extended as Taylor was falling backwards, and the puck hit the net to finally end the Barons scoreless streak at 187:02.
The Barons killed off all three of the power play opportunities the Heat had. Abbotsford was able to tie the game in the closing seconds of the 3rd period at 18:15 as Dustin Sylvester picked up a rebound on a Ben Street shot and scored to make it 1-1, enough to send the game into OT.
Overtime didn't last long though, as Jordan Eberle brought the puck into the Heat zone on the side boards, pulled up and found a trailing Justin Schultz coming in from the blue line. Schultz sent the shot top shelf on Taylor, and he had no chance on saving it, and the Barons headed back to OKC with the 2-1 win in OT. With the goal, Schultz took back the sole lead of the points in the AHL with 16 on the season.
Returning home for some games, the Barons have a 10:35 Kid's Day game on Tuesday morning against the Toronto Marlies, with the broadcast on 1340 The Game. The Marlies are currently on a three-game winning streak after a perfect weekend against Houston, Texas, and San Antonio. The game tomorrow will complete the Marlies' Texas/Oklahoma road trip.