BARONS GAME NOTES - DECEMBER 28
By Jim Byers,
San Antonio Rampage (11-17-0-3) at Oklahoma City Barons (15-10-1-3)
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TONIGHT: The Barons host the San Antonio Rampage (Florida Panthers) in the fifth game this month between the South Division rivals. The Rampage swept the Barons Dec. 8-9 at the AT&T Center and OKC returned the favor at home Dec. 14-15. The season series is even at 3-3, with the home team winning each game. The Barons enter on a 2-game winning streak, having beaten Texas twice. OKC held on for a 5-4 win at Cedar Park last night. The Barons have 34 points, tied for sixth in the Western Conference. San Antonio has 25 points, 14th in the conference.
OFF THE TOP: The Barons have out-scored their opposition in the first period 39-23, totaling the most first-period goals in the AHL. The Barons have had a lead or tie at the first intermission in 13 straight games, during which they are 6-5-0-2. The last time OKC trailed after 1 period was Nov. 21 at Texas, when the Stars led 3-1 after 20 minutes in an eventual 6-4 OKC win. Last night’s 3-goal hat trick by Taylor Hall was OKC’s second this season and both have come in the previous 5 games. OKC had 27 two-goal games, but no hat tricks, from April 8, 2011 to Dec. 15, 2012, when Jordan Eberle put home 4 against the Rampage at the Cox Center. Two of Hall’s goals last night came on the power play, moving him into a 3-way tie for the league lead with 7 power play tallies. Mark Arcobello had 4 assists last night, matching the club record held by several players including himself. Arcobello had a 4-assist game Dec. 15 vs. San Antonio.
CENTURY MARK: Last night’s 5-4 win at Texas was the 100th in Barons history, achieved in their 185th regular season game. The Barons are 100-61-7-17 all-time in 2-plus AHL seasons.
HOME COOKIN’: The Barons are 9-4-1-1 at home, a .667 standing point percentage that is tied for sixth in the AHL with the Portland Pirates. OKC’s 20 home standing points are fifth-most. Jordan Eberle has 11 goals and 16 assists at home in 15 games played. Eberle would be tied for 16th in the league in points with 27 if only his home stats were considered. Justin Schultz has accumulated 10 goals and 15 assists in 15 home contests.
LIZON DEBUTS: The Barons signed RW Erick Lizon to a PTO yesterday and he made his Barons debut last night. Lizon, 27, has spent the past season and a half with the Wichita Thunder of the Central Hockey League. Lizon, who spent the 2007-08 season with OKC’s former CHL club, has 3 assists and 71 PIM in 24 Wichita games this season. He’s the first player to have appeared for both OKC Barons and Blazers.
EBERLE AND SCHULTZ TOP CHARTS: Jordan Eberle and Justin Schultz share the AHL point lead with 42. Eberle tops the league with 20 goals. He was the CCM/AHL Player of the Month for November. Eberle enters tonight second in the AHL in shooting percentage at 25.0. Schultz leads the AHL with 26 assists and tops the circuit with 19 power play points. The CCM/AHL Player of the Month for October and Rookie of the Month in November, Schultz has collected multiple points in 15 of 29 games, including 10 games with 2 assists. Schultz is tied for third in the league in goals (16), 4 away from matching the rookie defenseman goal scoring record (20), set by John Slaney of Baltimore in 1992-93.
SCHULTZ CONTINUED: Justin Schultz has points in 16 of the last 18 games, collecting 10 goals and 17 assists in that span. Schultz has been held off the scoresheet 4 times this season and in 3 of those the Barons were shut out.
SPECIALTIES: The Barons went 3-for-8 on the power play last night, setting a season high for man advantage goals in a road game. OKC is No. 1 in overall power play percentage at 24.2, with 31 goals in 128 opportunities. They’re No. 1 at home at 32.8, with 20 goals in 61 tries. The Barons are 4-for-22 on the man advantage vs. San Antonio. OKC has killed 65 of its last 77 times short spanning 18 games (84.4), but their season PK rate of 78.6 is 30th. The Barons are 21-for-25 (84.0) on the penalty kill in 6 games against San Antonio this season.
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