By Jim Byers, on 11/01/2013

Chicago Wolves (3-5-0-1) at Oklahoma City Barons (4-5-0-1)
Barons Game 11  |  Home Game 6 |  AHL Game 130
Nov. 1, 2013, 7 pm CDT  | Cox Convention Center, Oklahoma City, OK
Radio: AM 1340 The Game,
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TONIGHT: The Barons begin a set of consecutive home games against the Chicago Wolves (St. Louis Blues) in the only local meetings of the year between the teams. They wrap up the 4-game season series Dec. 7-8 at Allstate Arena. OKC enters tonight’s game off a 4-2 loss at San Antonio on Saturday. The Barons are tied for 9th in the Western Conference in points with 9, in 10 games played. Chicago has lost 2 straight and is 0-2-0-1 in its last 3. The Wolves, in their first year of affiliation with the St. Louis Blues, are 13th in the conference with 7 points, in 9 games.

OFF THE TOP: The Barons begin a stretch tonight that sees them play 5 of their next 6 games at home. OKC is 2-2-0-1 at home so far this season. OKC is in the middle of a 14-game stretch, which started Oct. 25 and runs through Nov. 30, where 7 of their 14 games are against the San Antonio Rampage. The Barons enter this weekend off a split of their first 2 regular-season meetings with the Rampage this past Friday-Saturday at the AT&T Center. From Oct. 15-Nov. 30 inclusive, OKC plays 18 games while facing only 5 opponents: San Antonio (7 games), Abbotsford (4), Texas (3), Chicago (2) and Lake Erie (2).

JOHNNY VS. NELLY: This weekend marks the first time as head coaches that Barons bench boss Todd Nelson has faced the Wolves’ John Anderson, for whom Nelson was an assistant for 4 seasons. Anderson and Nelson teamed with the Wolves for the 2007 and 2008 AHL campaigns, winning a Calder Cup in 2008. They assumed the same roles with the NHL’s Atlanta Thrashers, now Winnipeg Jets, for the following two seasons, 2009 and 2010. Anderson returns to the Wolves this season for a second stint. He led the team for 11 seasons (1997-98 through 2007-08), winning a pair of titles in the International Hockey League (1998, 2000) and 2 more in the AHL (2002, 2008).

OH MY, OMARK: Linus Omark took a spot among the AHL’s scoring leaders with a 4-goal game on Friday at San Antonio in a 5-4 Barons victory. It was the Barons’ 11th hat trick in franchise history, first this season and fourth 4 (or more) goal game in club annals. Omark potted a club-record 5 goals on Nov. 7, 2010 vs. Toronto, which remains the AHL’s most recent 5-goal effort. Colin McDonald (April 8, 2011) and Jordan Eberle (Dec. 15, 2012) notched OKC’s other 4-goal games, like Omark accomplishing the feat against San Antonio. In the 18 months between the 4-goal games by McDonald and Eberle, the Barons did not register a hat trick. Omark’s 4-goal performance on Friday is the league high so far this season. He’s had a 4-point game on consecutive Fridays, having collected 2 goals and 2 assists Oct. 18 vs. Abbotsford.

THE CALIFORNIANS: Matthew Ford had goals in all 3 games last week, establishing the team’s first 3-game goal streak of the season. Linemate and fellow Southern California native C.J. Stretch assisted on all 3 for the Barons’ first 3-game assist streak of 2013-14. While both are from the greater Los Angeles area, Ford was born in West Hills, Calif., in the San Fernando Valley, while Stretch hails from Irvine, in Orange County. Stretch and Ford share the Barons’ longest point streak of the season with previous 3-game runs by Philip Larsen and Linus Omark.

ODDS AND ENDS: OKC has out-scored the opposition 11-4 on the power play, but has been out-scored 19-9 at even strength (goals with extra attackers, empty nets, penalty shots or shootout goals not included)...Linus Omark is fifth in the AHL in shooting percentage at 36.8, with 7 goals on 19 shots...if Mario Lamoureux, signed by the Barons to a PTO on Tuesday, is in the lineup tonight it will be his AHL debut...he had 3 goals in 4 games this season for the ECHL’s Ontario Reign after scoring 25 goals and adding 40 assists in 71 games for Ontario last season...all-time in the regular season, the Barons are 6-6-0-2 against the Wolves from their previous 3 seasons of affiliation with either the Atlanta Thrashers or Vancouver Canucks...against the Blues’ previous affiliate, Peoria, OKC went 6-5-2-1 the past 3 seasons.

Last 5 Games:
Date       Opp.      Result     OKC Goalie (GA, SV) Opp. Goalie             Attn.
Oct. 18   Abb        W, 4-3       Bachman (3, 41)            Berra (L) / Brossoit     2,680
Oct. 19   Abb        SOL, 1-2   Bachman (1, 28)            Berra (1, 29)              2,783
Oct. 23   @ Texas L, 1-4        Bachman (3, EN, 35)      Campbell (1, 25)        4,488
Oct. 25   @ SA     W, 5-4       Bachman (4, 29)            Grumet-Morris (5, 34) 6,237
Oct. 26   @ SA     L, 2-4        Roy (3, EN, 30)              Houser (2, 25)            5,113
Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date      Opp.                Site                        Time          Broadcast
Nov. 2    Chicago            Cox Center             7:00 pm      KGHM 1340
Nov. 9    @ San Antonio AT&T Center           7:00 pm      KGHM 1340
Nov. 12  San Antonio     Cox Center             10:35 am    KGHM 1340
Nov. 15  Abbotsford       Cox Center             7:00 pm      KGHM 1340
Nov. 16  Abbotsford       Cox Center             7:00 pm      TBA 

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