By Jim Byers, on 03/15/2014

Grand Rapids Griffins (38-18-2-4) at Oklahoma City Barons (29-25-1-7)     

Barons Game 63  |  Home Game 31 |  AHL Game 914
March 15, 2014, 7:00 pm CDT  | Cox Convention Center, Oklahoma City, OK
Radio: KXY 96.1 FM,
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TONIGHT: The Barons wrap up the 4-game season series with the Grand Rapids Griffins (Detroit Red Wings) in the second of back-to-back games between the 2013 Western Conference finalists. The Griffins lead the season series 2-1 after a 3-2 victory last night in their first local appearance since Games 3-5 of last spring’s 7-game conference finals, which Grand Rapids won en route to a Calder Cup championship. Grand Rapids leads the Western Conference with 82 points. OKC is ninth with 66, 2 points back of Milwaukee for the eighth and final playoff spot.

The Griffins’ 3-2 win last night halted the Barons’ club-record 9-game home unbeaten streak, which spanned 8 wins and 1 shootout loss dating to a win Jan. 18 vs. Milwaukee. OKC’s previous home regulation loss was Jan. 17, a 4-3 setback against Rochester. OKC also saw its 7-game overall unbeaten streak snapped last night. The Barons had gone 6-0-0-1 in their previous 7 and had won 4 straight at home. OKC has established the two longest unbeaten streaks in club history this season: an 8-game string without a regulation or overtime loss from Jan. 30-Feb. 21 (7-0-0-1, also halted by a loss against Grand Rapids) and the 7-game streak from Feb. 28-March 11 that ended last night.

OKC is 5-1-0-1 in March, 13-3-0-2 in the last 18 and 18-8-0-2 since the first of the year. On Jan. 30, when the 13-3-0-2 run began, the Barons were 14th in the Western Conference with 38 points, 8 back of the final playoff spot. Entering tonight they’re ninth in the conference with 66 points, 2 back of eighth-place Milwaukee and 3 behind seventh-place Rockford. Milwaukee has played 2 fewer games than OKC, while Rockford has played 1 more. Richard Bachman has started 17 of the past 18 games, going 12-3-2 in that span. Bachman is fifth in the AHL in games (40) and fourth in minutes (2334:12) while facing the second-most shots (1286) and making the second-most saves (1168).

Including tonight, OKC has 14 games left in the regular season, 8 at home and 6 on the road. OKC is 17-10-1-2 at home and 12-15-0-5 on the road. Tonight ends of stretch of 9 games in 16 days dating to Feb. 28. The remaining trips are stand-alone 2-game sets at Texas, Charlotte and Abbotsford.

A third-period goal last night gave Mark Arcobello at least one point in all 14 games played with OKC since being loaned by Edmonton in early February. Arcobello has 27 points (10 goals, 17 assists) with OKC, the most in the AHL dating to his season debut in this league Feb. 2. Arcobello’s 14-game point streak is a club record, the longest active streak in the AHL and the longest in the league this season. Arcobello has goals in 9 of his 14 contests and 10 multi-point games. He spent the first 4 months of the season with the Oilers, collecting 4 goals and 14 assists in 41 games. He finished last season tied for third in the AHL with 68 points.

Mark Arcobello’s 14-game point streak encompassing his entire AHL campaign (10G, 17A) is the longest in the league since Keith Aucoin, then with Hershey, collected points in 16 consecutive games from Dec. 11, 2011-Jan. 22, 2012.

is fifth in points by an AHL defenseman with 42. He has already set the club record for assists in a season by a defenseman with 32, surpassing Justin Schultz’s 30 last season. Hunt is closing in on the franchise record for points in a season by a defenseman (48), set in 34 games by Schultz during his Eddie Shore Defenseman of the Year campaign last season. In his first full professional season with the Chicago Wolves last year, Hunt had 4 goals and 29 assists in 65 games.

Rookie defenseman Joey Leach, recalled from ECHL Bakersfield on Monday, tallied his first AHL point with an assist last night. Leach played one game last season for OKC after his WHL season with the Kootenay Ice ended. Andrew Miller returned from a 23-game absence because of injury and scored a goal last night, set up by Leach. After tonight, OKC concludes March with 4 of its next 5 games on the road.

Last 5 Games:
Date       Opp.      Result     OKC Goalie (GA, SV) Opp. Goalie              Attn.
Mar. 5     @ Utica  SOL, 3-4  Bachman (3, 30)            Eriksson (3, 32)           2,808
Mar. 7     @ Ham   W, 2-1      Bachman (1, 23)            Dubnyk (2, 38)            4,407
Mar. 9     @ Rch    OTW, 5-4  Bachman (4, 13)            Hackett (5, 27)            5,202
Mar. 11   SA          W, 5-2      Bachman (2, 37)            Clemmensen (5, 28)    2,591
Mar. 14   GR         L, 2-3       Bachman (3, 26)            McCollum (2, 24)         3,294                 

Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date        Opp.         Site                                  Time       Broadcast
March 21 @ Texas    Cedar Park Center            7:30 pm   KXY 96.1 FM
March 22 @ Texas    Cedar Park Center            7:00 pm   KXY 96.1 FM
March 25 SA             Cox Center                       7:00 pm   KXY 96.1 FM
March 29 @ Cha       Time Warner Cable Arena 6:00 pm   KXY 96.1 FM
March 30 @ Cha       Time Warner Cable Arena 12:30 pm KXY 96.1 FM

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