On a day where I highly praised the coaching skills of Todd Nelson, and suggested as Sportsnet’s Mark Spector implied, that the Oklahoma City Barons’ bench boss is a legitimate candidate for the Edmonton Oilers coaching vacancy, the Barons struggled mightily Thursday night in a terrible 5-0 loss to the Toronto Marlies in game one of the American Hockey League’s Western Conference Final.
Spruce Grove native Ben Scrivens made 31 saves for the Marlies. Marcel Mueller and Nicolas Deschamps each had a goal and an assist, while top Toronto Maple Leaf prospect Nazim Kadri and Philippe Dupuis each had two helpers.
Speaking of Scrivens, have we seen a better goaltender to come out of Spruce Grove since Grant Fuhr? I don’t think so.
It will be a short turn around for the Barons, the AHL affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers, and the Marlies, the AHL affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs, as the teams will play game two of the series tonight in Oklahoma City.
Meanwhile in the Eastern Conference Final, the Norfolk Admirals, the AHL affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning hammered the St. John’s IceCaps 6-1 in game one of their series.