It’s been a year since the Barons debuted as Oklahoma City’s official hockey team, and the American Hockey League affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers. Some might guess that the hard part – the first season – is over. When you consider the expectations built up over the course of a year, fans gained and the team’s status as a top development league for players rising in the sports ranks, the Barons have a challenging season ahead. When it comes down to it, the object of the sport from the Barons’ point of view is as much about continuing the momentum as it is scoring on the ice. The team opens its 2011-12 season on the road with an Oct. 9 game against the Texas Stars. Be prepared when the Barons bring it home Oct. 15 to the Cox Convention Center to play the Stars once again. Also look for some hometown action on Oct. 16 with the Houston Aeros. For a look at the season schedule and other information, go to www.okcbarons.com.