BARONS GAME NOTES - MARCH 25
By Jim Byers,
San Antonio Rampage (26-29-3-6) at Oklahoma City Barons (29-27-2-7)
Barons Game 66 | Home Game 32 | AHL Game 972
March 25, 2014, 7:00 pm CDT | Cox Convention Center, Oklahoma City, OK
Radio: KXY 96.1 FM, okcbarons.com
AHL Media Kit Link: http://admin.leaguestat.com/download.php?file_path=new-pdf/1012076-43.pdf&client_code=ahl
TONIGHT: The Barons conclude the season series against the San Antonio Rampage (Florida Panthers) with their 12th meeting. OKC is 7-2-0-2 against San Antonio, with wins in 5 straight against the Rampage. The Barons have also taken all 5 matchups at the Cox Center. The Barons have dropped 4 straight (1 in overtime) and enter off a 5-3 loss at Texas on Saturday. OKC is tied with Charlotte for 9th in the Western Conference with 67 points, 3 back of Rochester for the eighth and final playoff spot. San Antonio is tied for 13th in the conference with 61 points.
OFF THE TOP: The Barons will try to snap a 4-game losing streak tonight, a stretch that matches their longest of the season. OKC is 0-3-1-0 in the last 4, with an overtime and regulation loss to Texas and a pair of regulation defeats against Grand Rapids. The Barons’ other 4-game skid this season also involved 2 teams, as they dropped overtime and regulation decisions to Texas Dec. 21 and Dec. 31 while losing consecutive games in Abbotsford Dec. 27-28. Ten of the last 11 Barons games have been decided by one goal (or 1 goal plus an empty-netter), with the exception a 5-2 win over San Antonio March 11 in Oklahoma City. The Barons are 6-3-1-1 in their last 11. The Barons are 13-5-1-2 in the last 21 and 18-10-1-2 since the first of the year. OKC has established its two longest unbeaten streaks in club history this season: an 8-game string without a regulation or overtime loss from Jan. 30-Feb. 21 and a 7-game unbeaten stretch from Feb. 28-March 11.
FORD FIESTA: Matthew Ford has goals in 3 straight, equaling the club’s longest goal streak this season. Ford has had multiple points in 3 of the past 5 games, each time registering 1 goal and 1 assist. He logged a personal season-high 8 shots on Saturday in Texas, accounting for 23.5 percent of the Barons’ 34 shots.
GOALIE SHUFFLE: The Edmonton Oilers recalled Laurent Brossoit from the Barons yesterday. Brossoit made his first AHL start since Dec. 13 on Saturday in a 5-3 loss at Texas, stopping 38 of 42 shots with the last goal into an empty net. He leads the ECHL with 7 shutouts, 1 shy of matching the league record, while going a combined 21-11-0 with a 2.06 goals-against average and .924 save percentage for Bakersfield and Alaska this season. He was acquired in a 4-player trade in November from the Calgary Flames. Richard Bachman has started 19 of the past 21 Barons games, going 12-5-2 in that span. Bachman is fourth in the AHL in minutes (2455:45) while facing the most shots (1356) and making the most saves (1230). Ty Rimmer, a member of the Central Hockey League’s All-Rookie team, was recalled by the Barons from Quad City yesterday. Rimmer, who played 3 games for the Barons in December, was 18-14-5 with 3 shutouts, a 2.84 goals-against average and .906 save percentage for the Mallards.
ARCOBELLO, HORAK REMAIN OUT: Mark Arcobello and Roman Horak missed the weekend series at Texas with upper and lower body injuries, respectively. With Anton Lander and Tyler Pitlick on recall to Edmonton, the Barons recalled Greg Miller from ECHL Bakersfield and signed Alex Lavoie to a PTO from Allen of the Central Hockey League. Miller, acquired last month in an AHL trade from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, has spent most of the season in the ECHL between Stockton and Bakersfield.
HUNT AMONG LEADERS: Brad Hunt is fifth in points by an AHL defenseman with 44. He already owns the club record for assists in a season by a defenseman with 33, 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.
LAVOIE SCORES FIRST AHL GOAL: Center Alex Lavoie, signed to a PTO on Thursday, scored his first AHL goal in Friday’s second period at Texas. Lavoie, the sixth-leading scorer in the Central Hockey League with 76 points for the Allen Americans and the top rookie point-getter, also attended Barons camp and played one game for the team on a previous PTO in November.
Last 5 Games:
Date Opp. Result OKC Goalie (GA, SV) Opp. Goalie Attn.
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
Mar. 15 GR L, 3-4 Bachman (4, 24) McCollum (3, 27) 4,494
Mar. 21 @ Texas OTL, 3-4 Bachman (4, 38) Nilstorp (3, 34) 5,808
Mar. 22 @ Texas L, 3-5 Brossoit (4, EN, 38) Campbell (3, 31) 6,439
Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date Opp. Site Time Broadcast
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
April 2 Hamilton Cox Center 7:00 pm KXY 96.1 FM
April 5 Cha Cox Center 7:00 pm KXY 96.1 FM
April 6 Cha Cox Center 4:00 pm KXY 96.1 FM
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