BARONS GAME NOTES - NOVEMBER 16
By Jim Byers,
Milwaukee Admirals (6-6-0-0) at Oklahoma City Barons (6-5-1-1)
Barons Game 14 | Home Game 9 | AHL Game 193
Nov. 16, 2012, 7 pm CST | Cox Convention Center, Oklahoma City, OK
TONIGHT: The Barons open a set of back-to-back games against the Milwaukee Admirals (Nashville Predators) in OKC’s final home games until Dec. 11. It’s the only visit of the season for the Admirals, who are third in the Midwest Division with 12 points, 4 back of Grand Rapids. Each team is 5-4-0-1 in the all-time series, with the Barons having taken 3 of 5 at the Cox Center. The Barons are third in the South Division with 14 points, 5 behind first-place Charlotte. OKC enters tonight off a 6-5 OT loss on Tuesday against Toronto. Milwaukee has won a season-high 2 straight and 3 of 4.
OFF THE TOP: OKC has the league’s top power play percentage at home, 37.5, with 12 power play goals in 32 home chances. The Barons’ 4 power play goals on Tuesday boosted their percentage to second in the league overall at 24.6 (14-for-57). OKC went 4-for-7 on the man advantage 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.
TOP OF THE HEAP: Rookie defenseman Justin Schultz leads the AHL in points with 18, on 7 goals and 11 assists. Schultz was the CCM/AHL Player of the Month for October. Jordan Eberle is tied with Peoria’s T.J. Hensick for second with 16 points. 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 sixth in points (14).
BONUS HOCKEY: The Barons have seen consecutive games end in overtime for just the second time in their 2-plus seasons in the AHL. 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 for a 6-5 final. The only previous occasion where the Barons had back-to-back overtime finals was last season on Dec. 20, a 4-3 win at Charlotte, followed by a 4-3 OT setback at home against Rochester Dec. 27.
GIVE ME 5 (on 5): The Barons have gone 270:58 since their last 5-on-5 goal, a Jordan Eberle tally 10 seconds into the third period Nov. 3 vs. Houston. OKC has scored 6 power play goals, 1 extra-attacker goal and one 4-on-4 (the OT winner on Saturday at Abbotsford) since the last 5-on-5 marker.
GOALS IN BUNCHES: In addition to being Barons’ season highs for goals scored and allowed in a period, Toronto’s 4 goals in Tuesday’s first period and the Barons’ 4 in the third matched AHL season highs for tallies in those periods. The overall AHL high for goals in a period this season is 5, by Bridgeport in the second period Oct. 12. Toronto’s Will Acton scored the fastest goal from the start of a game by a Barons’ opponent in franchise history when he tallied 36 seconds after Tuesday’s opening faceoff. Acton’s goal lowered the old mark of 1:07 by Texas’ Maxime Fortunus on Oct. 9, 2011 at Cedar Park Center.
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.
POINT PATTER: Jordan Eberle’s 4 assists on Tuesday matched a club record achieved 6 times two seasons ago, but not since...in 2010-11, Shawn Belle, Ryan O’Marra, Linus Omark, Alexandre Giroux and Brad Moran (twice) had 4-assist games...Eberle’s 4 points match his own club high for points in a game this season...Justin Schultz has 6 multi-point efforts in 13 games played, a pair of 2-goal and four 2-assist games...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...Colten Teubert is tied with Rochester’s Nick Tarnasky for the AHL lead in penalty minutes with 62.
Last 5 Games:
Date Opp. Result OKC Goalie (GA,SV) Opp. Goalie Attn.
Nov. 3 Hou SOL, 3-4 Danis (3, 25) Hackett (3, 24) 3,466
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
Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date Opp. Site Time Broadcast
Nov. 17 Milwaukee Cox Center 7:00 1340 AM
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
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