BARONS WEEK IN REVIEW: JANUARY 14 - 20
By Jim Byers,
Recap of Week 15, Jan. 18-19 (2 games, 1-1-0-0)
Season record: 19-16-2-3, T-3rd, South Division, -12 pts.; T-7th, Western Conference
• THE WEEK PAST: The Barons split a Friday-Saturday home set with the San Antonio Rampage in the final regular-season games between the teams in Oklahoma City this season. On Friday, San Antonio overcame a 2-1 deficit halfway through the third period with 3 unanswered goals to win 4-2 with the help of a late empty-netter, dipping OKC into franchise-record losing streaks of 5 games overall and 4 straight at home. The 5-game drought encompassed 4 regulation losses and 1 overtime defeat dating to the Jan. 6 departure of OKC’s top 3 scorers, Jordan Eberle, Justin Schultz and Taylor Hall with agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement for the National Hockey League. On Saturday, the Barons halted the losing skid by never trailing in a 2-1 victory as Ryan Martindale fired a wrist shot home with 1:09 remaining to snap a 1-1 score. The Barons lead the season series 5-4-0-0, with all but Friday’s game won by the home team. The Barons and Rampage meet 3 times in March at the AT&T Center to conclude the season series.
• THE WEEK AHEAD: With their next home game after the All-Star Break on Jan. 31, the Barons make their second and last visits of the regular campaign to Grand Rapids and Milwaukee this week before wrapping up the 3-game journey with the first of 2 trips to Rockford on Saturday. Wednesday’s game at Grand Rapids gets underway at 6 pm CST. The Griffins (Detroit Red Wings) scored 5 second-period goals on Jan. 4 to beat the Barons 5-2. On Friday, the Barons face the Milwaukee Admirals at 7 pm CST. OKC rallied to beat Milwaukee 3-2 in a shootout Jan. 5 at BMO Harris Bradley Center and have taken the first 3 meetings against the Admirals this season, including an overtime win at the Cox Center Nov. 16. On Saturday, the Barons take on the Rockford IceHogs (Chicago Blackhawks) at 7:05 pm CST in the first of 2 meetings at BMO Harris Bank Center and the opener of a 4-game season series.
• RED LIGHT RYAN: Center Ryan Martindale scored his first 2 AHL goals on back-to-back nights Friday and Saturday against San Antonio. The second-year pro, but a rookie in the AHL, has played 28 games over parts of 2 seasons with the Barons. Martindale was Edmonton’s third-round pick, the 61st overall, in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
• SHOT SHEET: The Barons have out-shot the opposition in 4 straight games by a combined 70 shots, 155-85. In the first 2 games of that span, Jan. 12-13, OKC limited Charlotte to 19 shots and Texas to 16, the first time in club history the Barons have held the opposition below 20 shots in consecutive games. Last week, they held San Antonio to 25 shots each game in splitting a 2-game set. OKC fired 48 shots on the Rampage’s Jacob Markstrom in a 4-2 defeat on Friday, the second-highest shot total in Barons history and the most in a game ending in regulation. The club high for shots in a game is 51, in 7-6 shootout over Toronto on Nov. 7, 2010. Mark Arcobello accounted for a club record-equaling 12 shots on Friday, matching the mark set by Linus Omark in his 5-goal game Nov. 7, 2010 vs. Toronto. Arcobello has 33 shots in the last 4 games.
• ARCO AN ALL-STAR: Barons center Mark Arcobello has been named to the 2013 Dunkin’ Donuts AHL All-Star Classic, to be played Jan. 28 in Providence, R.I. Arcobello is the Barons’ leading scorer among players on the active roster with 10 goals and 22 assists. Arcobello was third among AHL point scorers in December with 3 goals and 14 assists. He was the MVP of the 2011 ECHL All-Star Game while a member of the Stockton Thunder.
• VETERANS CHEECHOO, CLARK JOIN THE CLUB: Since the last game on Saturday, the Barons have signed winger Jonathan Cheechoo and defenseman Brett Clark. Cheechoo joins the Barons on a Professional Tryout (PTO), while Clark inked an AHL contract. Cheechoo, 32, skated last season with the AHL’s Peoria Rivermen, whom he led with 25 goals. A 2nd-round draft choice (29th overall) of the San Jose Sharks in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, Cheechoo is a veteran of 501 NHL games. His breakout season came during the 05-06 campaign when he recorded a team-leading 93 points for the Sharks. That included 56 goals, which earned him the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy as the league’s top goal scorer. Cheechoo also played in the 2007 NHL All Star Game. Clark, 36, has been exclusively an NHLer since the 04-05 cancelled season. He has logged 681 NHL games and 1,095 as a professional. He spent the past 2 seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning. The 6th-round pick of Montreal in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft also has NHL time with the Montreal Canadiens, Atlanta Thrashers and Colorado Avalanche.
This week’s games (times listed as Central)
Date Opponent Time Arena Radio
Wednesday, Jan. 23 Grand Rapids 6:00 pm Van Andel Arena KXY 96.1 FM
Friday, Jan. 25 Milwaukee 7:00 pm BMO Harris Bradley Center KXY 96.1 FM
Saturday, Jan. 26 Rockford 7:05 pm BMO Harris Bank Center KXY 96.1 FM
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