BARONS GAME NOTES - NOVEMBER 17
By Jim Byers,
Milwaukee Admirals (6-6-1-0) at Oklahoma City Barons (7-5-1-1)
Barons Game 15 | Home Game 10 | AHL Game 207
TONIGHT: The Barons wrap up a Friday-Saturday set with the Milwaukee Admirals (Nashville Predators) in OKC’s final home game until Dec. 11 and the last regular-season meeting at the Cox Center for these teams. The Barons won last night 2-1 in overtime on a goal by Mark Arcobello to take the first of 4 meetings in the season series. The Admirals had a 2-game winning streak snapped last night. They are tied for third in the Midwest Division with 13 points, 5 back of Grand Rapids. The Barons are second in the South Division with 16 points, 5 behind first-place Charlotte.
OFF THE TOP: OKC has the league’s top home power play percentage, 33.3, with 12 power play goals in 36 home chances, and is second overall at 23 percent (14-for-61). OKC was blanked in 4 man advantages last night, but scored 4 power play goals in a 6-5 OT loss to Toronto on Tuesday. OKC went 4-for-7 on Tuesday, equaling the club record for power play goals in a game. It’s the second time this season they’ve scored 4 power play goals on 7 tries, joining an Oct. 23 contest against Lake Erie. On 3 occasions during the 2010-11 inaugural season OKC lit the lamp 4 times on the power play.
BONUS HOCKEY: For the first time in franchise history, the Barons have seen 3 straight regular-season games end in overtime. In addition to Mark Arcobello’s sudden death goal last night, OKC downed the Heat 2-1 at Abbotsford on Saturday with a Justin Schultz tally. Toronto’s Jake Gardiner halted Tuesday afternoon’s contest at 4:32 of OT in a 6-5 final. In last season’s second-round Calder Cup playoff series with San Antonio, the Barons won 3 straight OT decisions in Games 2-4 of the series.
TOP OF THE HEAP: Rookie defenseman Justin Schultz leads the AHL in points with 20, on 7 goals and 13 assists. Schultz, the CCM/AHL Player of the Month for October, is second in the AHL in assists with 13. Jordan Eberle is tied with Peoria’s T.J. Hensick for third with 16 points, 1 behind Grand Rapids’ Gustav Nyquist. Eberle, who matched a club record with 4 assists on Tuesday, has 6 goals and 10 assists. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is part of a large tie for ninth in points (14). Nugent-Hopkins has a league-leading 10 points on the power play, 3 goals and 7 assists.
GIVE ME 5 (on 5): The Barons have gone 5 full games and nearly a third of another, spanning 334:16 of playing time, without scoring a goal in a 5-on-5 manpower situation. OKC’s last 5-on-5 goal was by Jordan Eberle 10 seconds into the third period Nov. 3 vs. Houston. OKC has scored 6 power play goals, 1 extra-attacker goal and three 4-on-4 tallies since the last 5-on-5. For the season, the Barons have scored 20 5-on-5 goals while allowing 24.
DANIS STOPS 43: Yann Danis made a Barons season-high 43 saves on 44 Milwaukee shots last night. The 44 shots were the most by an OKC opponent this season. The record for shots against the Barons in a single game is 47, set by Grand Rapids on March 16, 2011 in a 2-1 shootout loss.
RARITY: Tuesday’s 6-5 OT loss marked just the third time in Barons history, and the first since the 2010-11 campaign, that they failed to win when scoring 5 goals. The previous losses when scoring 5 were a 6-5 regulation defeat Jan. 2, 2011 vs. Rockford and a 6-5 shootout loss March 26, 2011 at Houston. OKC has never scored as many as 6 goals in a loss.
THIS AND THAT: Colten Teubert leads the AHL in penalty minutes with 67....Justin Schultz has 7 multi-point efforts in 14 games played, a pair of 2-goal and five 2-assist games...Schultz has had a pair of assists in back-to-back games...Jordan Eberle’s 4 assists on Tuesday matched a club record achieved 6 times two seasons ago...Eberle’s 4 points match his own club high for points in a game this season...Schultz, Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins each have a pair of 2-goal games, accounting for 6 of OKC’s 7...Mark Arcobello has the other...the Barons have had 24 two-goal games by individuals since their last hat trick, a 4-goal showing by Colin McDonald April 8, 2011 at San Antonio.
Last 5 Games:
Date Opp. Result OKC Goalie (GA,SV) Opp. Goalie Attn.
Nov. 4 @ SA L, 0-2 Roy (2, 22) Grumet-Morris (0, 27) 3,991
Nov. 9 @ Abb L, 0-4 Danis (4, 32) Taylor (0, 23) 7,046
Nov. 10 @ Abb OTW, 2-1 Danis (1, 31) Taylor (2, 32) 7,046
Nov. 13 Tor OTL, 5-6 Roy/Danis (L, 3, 14) Rynnas (5, 31) 4,826
Nov. 16 Mil OTW, 2-1 Danis (1, 43) Smith (2, 24) 3,447
Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date Opp. Site Time Broadcast
Nov. 21 Texas Cedar Park Center 7:30 KXY 96.1 FM
Nov. 24 Charlotte Time Warner Cable Arena 6:00 1340 AM
Nov. 25 Charlotte Time Warner Cable Arena 2:00 1340 AM
Nov. 29 Houston Toyota Center 7:05 KXY 96.1 FM
Nov. 30 Houston Toyota Center 7:05 KXY 96.1 FM
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