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The Sweater

The Sweater

I have an Oklahoma City Barons sweater.

That sweater is dark navy with copper, white, and red stripes on the sleeve. It has a tight v-neck design that is tailored perfectly for a head, two ears, two eyes, and a mess of hair to squeeze through. The back is stitched with breathable fabric that is perfect for early October heat and late May playoff pushes. The front features a nearly 24″ logo, the traditional Barons mark. The left shoulder has an OKC Barons oil drop, the right the iconic Edmonton Oilers logo. The sleeves are the perfect length, hitting me on the wrist as the radius and ulna meet, but not too far past where the carpals begin. It is comfortable, well worn, easy to clean, and perhaps my favorite article of clothing.

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Utica Wins Game Seven, An Era Ends

Utica Wins Game Seven, An Era Ends

Game sevens are terrific things. Game sevens in the hockey world are even more terrific things. They are tight, sound, atypical protective hockey that somehow becomes wildly entertaining despite often being low scoring. We can’t help ourselves. As human beings we like dramatic theater. Every turn, twist, shot, hit, change, and rush is dissected under a microscope in the blink of an eye. Hanging on every play. Watching with anticipation. Listen for the brightly sound of the whistle. Wondering how it will end. Man, don’t you wish you could bottle that up, store it high on shelf, and pull it out when you needed too?

Game seven of the Western Conference semifinals of the Calder Cup postseason was exactly this.

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Fans Snuggle Up For Game 7, Davidson “Game Time Decision”

Fans Snuggle Up For Game 7, Davidson “Game Time Decision”

So here we are. Game seven against the Utica Comets, and the Oklahoma City Barons still have hope. What can only be described as endurance, our beloved minor league hockey team from the Sooner state is on the cusp of yet another appearance in the Western Conference Finals of the Calder Cup Playoffs.

The good news is that the Barons are still alive, and fully capable of winning games in Utica. We know that. What we don’t know is if they can win two in a row. The ping-pong nature of this series probably points to two incredibly talented, yet incredibly even teams. If they were to play a best of twenty-one series, all things remaining the same, I would say we might have a stalemate at that point as well. That is the way the cookie crumbles.

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OKC Wins Game Six, Bachman To Thank

OKC Wins Game Six, Bachman To Thank

It was a do or die, a put up or shut up, a win and you’re in kind of night for the Oklahoma City Barons. Down three games to two, and playing Monday in Utica, the uncomfortable feeling you are owning is widespread among Barons fans. They seemed dominate two games ago, and then defeated the next. Utica appeared too high a hurdle to overcome with their sturdy defense, sneaky offense, and magnificent goaltending.

But the Barons would impress on Monday. They would score early. They would score late. They would survive. And the ending would sustain the Barons for at least another day.

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Martin Marincin Out, David Musil Back In For Game Six

Martin Marincin Out, David Musil Back In For Game Six

The Utica Comets are leading the Oklahoma City Barons three games to two in the Western Conference semis. As the time until puck drop slowly inches our way, some news has come about that involves defensive changes. You aren’t going to like it, but you probably expected it.

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Four Power Play Goals Lifts OKC Past Utica, Series Tied

Four Power Play Goals Lifts OKC Past Utica, Series Tied

The series is tied 2-2 after Wednesday night. How this happened is quite the thing to behold, and for once fans were correct in clamoring for a different approach to the lineup.

After the first two games of the series, where only a combined six goals were scored in eleven periods, game three was a bit more offense-friendly. If offense-friendly is how we explain game three then game four was a move-in-we-are-getting-married-and-having-a-baby-after-knowing-each-other-for-three-months type of explanation.

The Barons scored seven goals, four on the power play, to lift them past the Utica Comets on Wednesday evening. The 7-4 final would tie the series at two games a piece.

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