After going 1-of-14 on power plays in the opening two games last week against Lake Erie, the Barons have been working on their power play during practice this week.
Oklahoma City split two one-goal games with the Monsters in which power play chances could have made a difference. The Barons’ only power play goal came on a 5-on-3 opportunity.
“On Saturday our power play wasn’t very good,” said coach Todd Nelson. “We struggled. We weren’t sharp. Friday night our power play was much better. We moved the puck. We were a lot fresher.
“I think we need to get more simple. We have to shoot the puck. We have to get pucks going to the net with traffic and really try to bang in those rebounds.”
Nelson said Lake Erie also deserves some credit.
“They go into Toronto the next day and killed off 12 power play opportunities and Toronto is a good hockey team,” Nelson said. “(The Monsters) play a very aggressive system with their penalty kill. Early in the year it’s really effective because you’re not really in sync, yet.”
Nelson added officials appear to be calling games a little tighter early in the season which places even more emphasis on cashing in on man-advantage opportunities.