Barons back to .500 after 7-2 loss to Okotoks (AUDIO)

OKOTOKS, AB (November 30, 2012) — The Fort McMurray Oil Barons (13-13-3) suffered their second-worst loss of the year and fell back to the .500 mark with a 7-2 road loss to the Okotoks Oilers on Friday night.

The Barons were outshot 35-14 and did not register more than 6 shots on goal in any period.

The Oilers opened the scoring only 2:34 into the game when Chris Collins fed a pass in front to Robbie Fisher, who tipped the puck between the pads of Tanner Jaillet (Red Deer, AB) for a 1-0 lead.

Just under ten minutes later, Fisher doubled the lead when he was found all alone at the left-wing hashmarks, firing another wrist shot five-hole on Jaillet to make it 2-0.

The Oilers capped off the first period scoring with two power-play goals on their first two chances – first Mitch Collett tipped a point shot from Robert Hamilton, then Scott Bolland converted a point-blank one-timer at 15:48 to make it 4-0 heading into the first intermission.

Jaillet was pulled after one period and replaced by backup Ethan Wood (Jasper, AB).

The second period saw very little improvement from the MOB. Affiliate player Sheldon Rempal scored on a rebound 12:53 into the frame to extend the Oiler lead to 5.

The Barons got one back when Joey Stadnicki (Jenner, AB) blasted a slap shot from the right point through a screen, beating Jared D'Amico and making it 5-1.

Stadnicki's goal was one of only two shots on goal the Barons were credited with in the second.

With just under two minutes to go, Tanner Ockey found Tariq Hammond wide open in front of the MOB net for a backhand goal to make it 6-1 through two.

But just under two minutes into the final period, Alex Cromwell (McKinney, TX) fired a shot from the right-wing face-off circle off the outside post and past D'Amico to give the Barons their second goal of the night.

But the Oilers responded with a late powerplay goal as Chris Collins bookended the scoring at 17:43.

The Oilers went 3 for 7 on their power-play while the MOB went 0 for 3 – their road powerplay now stands at an even 5.0% efficiency rate.

For the Barons, it was their second-widest margin of loss of the season, second only to a 6-0 loss to the Brooks Bandits during the Showcase weekend.

The MOB is back in action Saturday night in Canmore to take on the last-place Eagles at 7:00. Pre-game coverage starts at 6:45 on Country 93.3.

Country 93.3 3 stars:
3. Robert Hamilton (2 assists)
2. Chris Collins (1 goal, 2 assists)
1. Robbie Fisher (2 goals, 1 assist)