BARONS GAME NOTES - OCTOBER 19
By Jim Byers,
San Antonio Rampage (1-1-0-0) at Oklahoma City Barons (1-1-0-0)
Barons Game 3 | Home Game 1 | AHL Game 38
Oct. 19, 2012, 7 pm CDT | Cox Convention Center, Oklahoma City, OK
TONIGHT: The Barons open their 38-game home schedule against the San Antonio Rampage (Florida Panthers) in the first of 12 meetings between the South Division rivals. Both clubs enter tonight 1-1 in their first 2 games. OKC and San Antonio split 8 regular-season matchups last year before meeting in the second round of the Calder Cup playoffs. The Rampage took Game 1 in OKC 6-4 before the Barons won 3 straight in overtime and ended the series with a regulation win May 11 at San Antonio. Tonight is the first of a season-high 7-game homestand for the Barons.
THE START: The Barons made their only regular-season visit to Cleveland last week to meet the Lake Erie Monsters (Colorado Avalanche) and split a pair of games at Quicken Loans Arena to begin the season. Both games were tied heading into the final 4 minutes. Monsters rookie Andrew Agozzino scored the eventual winner with 3:33 remaining on Friday in a 2-1 final. On Saturday afternoon, OKC rookie defenseman Justin Schultz wristed home the decisive goal with 3:34 left in the third to send the Barons to a 3-2 win. Goaltender Yann Danis, the AHL’s reigning goalie of the year,made 27 saves in Friday’s defeat, while Olivier Roy stopped 37 of 39 Lake Erie shots in Saturday’s win. It was Roy’s second career victory as a Baron and third in his brief AHL career spanning small parts of 3 seasons.
RNH JOINS OKC DRAFT-TOPPERS: Friday’s game featured the Barons debut of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Nugent-Hopkins was the Edmonton Oilers’ third-leading scorer last season with 52 points in 62 games. He was a finalist for the Calder Memorial Trophy, which is awarded to the NHL’s top rookie. Nugent-Hopkins is the fourth No. 1 overall pick to appear for an Oklahoma City professional hockey team, joining 1966 top overall choice Barry Gibbs; 1967 No. 1 Rick Pagnutti and 1973 World Hockey Association top selection Bob Neely. The WHA was a 1970s rival of the NHL that eventually merged into the older circuit in 1979, bringing four teams including the Edmonton Oilers. Gibbs, Pagnutti and Neely played for the OKC Blazers of the Central Hockey League.
TOP 48: The Barons’ opening-day roster included 5 first-round picks from various NHL Entry Drafts and a total of 12 players chosen within the top 48 selections in their draft year.
FAMILIAR FACES: The Barons’ opening-day roster consists of 25 players: 16 forwards, 7 defensemen and 2 goaltenders. Eighteen players on the opening roster played at least 1 game for the Barons last season, including 16 skaters and both goalies, Yann Danis and Olivier Roy.
MARTINDALE SETS UP TWO: Center Ryan Martindale recorded 2 assists in Saturday’s 3-2 win at Lake Erie. It marked the second time in Martindale’s 18 games as a Baron dating to last year that he earned a point. In Martindale’s other point performance, March 17 at Texas, the 20-year-old also notched 2 assists. Martindale, Mark Arcobello, Justin Schultz and Josh Green share the club lead with 2 points through the season’s first 2 games.
BEHIND THE BENCH: Todd Nelson returns for his third season as OKC’s head coach. The 43-year-old native of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, entered this season 85-57-14 behind the Barons’ bench, a .590 point percentage. The bulk of OKC’s staff also returns for a third season, as rejoining Nelson are assistant coaches Gerry Fleming and Rocky Thompson, athletic trainer Brandon Dionne and equipment manager Matt Mitchell. New to the team are assistant equipment manager Al Oman and Strength and Conditioning coach Kevin Hanlon.
RED RIVER RIVALS: Thirty-six of OKC’s 76 games are against Texas-based teams (12 each against Texas, Houston and San Antonio). The Barons and Rampage meet 5 times in the month of December alone. OKC is home for 3 full weeks before visiting San Antonio’s AT&T Center for their next road game Nov. 4.
Date Opp. Result OKC Goalie (GA,SV)Opp. Goalie Attn.
Oct. 12 @ LE L, 1-2 Danis (2, 27) Aittokallio (1, 29) 12,011
Oct. 13 @ LE W, 3-2 Roy (2, 37) Pickard (3, 29) 4,136
Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date Opp. Site Time Broadcast
Oct. 20 Lake Erie Cox Center 7 pm KXY 96.1 FM
Oct. 23 Lake Erie Cox Center 7 pm KXY 96.1 FM
Oct. 26 Houston Cox Center 7 pm KXY 96.1 FM
Oct. 28 Texas Cox Center 4 pm KXY 96.1 FM
Nov. 2 Houston Cox Center 7 pm KXY 96.1 FM
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