BARONS GAME NOTES - OCTOBER 23
By Jim Byers,
Lake Erie Monsters (4-1-0-0) at Oklahoma City Barons (2-2-0-0)
Barons Game 5 | Home Game 3 | AHL Game 66
Oct. 23, 2012, 7 pm CDT | Cox Convention Center, Oklahoma City, OK
TONIGHT: The Barons host the Lake Erie Monsters (Colorado Avalanche) in the fourth and final meeting of the regular season between the teams. Four of the Barons’ first 5 games are against Lake Erie and the Monsters have won 2 of the first 3 matchups, including Saturday’s 5-3 decision at the Cox Center. Saturday’s contest snapped the Barons’ 2-game winning streak and leveled their record to 1-1 at home and 1-1 on the road. Lake Erie enters tonight off a 4-0 win at Texas on Sunday, the Monsters’ second road shutout of the year (the other was at Toronto).
SCHULTZ NAMED CCM/AHL PLAYER OF WEEK: Defensemen Justin Schultz is the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Oct. 21, 2012. In a pair of games last week, the rookie out of the University of Wisconsin collected 3 goals and 1 assist while registering a +6 rating. Schultz is the first Baron chosen for this honor since Colin McDonald and Jeff Deslauriers took home player of the week awards for the final 2 weeks of the 2010-11 campaign.
OKC Players of the Week during the Barons’ 2-plus seasons in the AHL:
Player Week ending Main accomplishment
Linus Omark 11/7/2010 Scored 5 goals vs. Toronto on Nov. 7
Bryan Helmer 1/16/2011 Became AHL’s all-time leading scorer among defenseman on Jan. 13
Jeff Deslauriers 4/3/2011 Consecutive shutouts vs. Rockford and Texas April 1 & 2
Colin McDonald 4/10/2011 Won AHL goal title with 42nd goal on closing day, April 10
Justin Schultz 10/21/2012 Set club records with 2 shorthanded goals and a +5 on Oct. 19
SCHULTZ SHINES: Justin Schultz leads the Barons in goals (4) and points (6) through the first 4 games. Schultz is the only Baron to register a point in each contest. His 4-game point streak is tied for second-best in the AHL so far behind 4 members of the Syracuse Crunch, who have played 5 games. Schultz has a goal in 3 straight, which is tied for the second-best active goal streak behind Abbotsford’s Roman Horak (4). Schultz is part of a 3-way tie for second in rookie scoring, 1 point behind Houston’s Mikael Granlund. He’s also 1 point back of the AHL lead in defensemen scoring. Schultz’s +5 rating on Friday set a club record (shared with Martin Marincin, see note below) and his 2 shorthanded goals are the most in a single game in the Barons’ 2-plus years as an AHL franchise.
MARINCIN STREAKING: Rookie defenseman Martin Marincin, a club-record +5 with Justin Schultz in Friday’s 5-2 win over San Antonio, enters this week with a season rating of +7, tying him for the league lead with Norfolk’s Nate Guenin. Marincin has points in 3 straight games.
ABNEY REASSIGNED: The Edmonton Oilers reassigned winger Cameron Abney to Stockton of the ECHL yesterday. Abney had not appeared in a game for the Barons this season. Following the move, OKC’s roster numbered 24 players: 15 forwards, 7 defensemen and 2 goalies.
ODDS AND ENDS: Teemu Hartikainen brings a 3-game assist streak into tonight’s game, the club’s longest assist streak so far this season...the Barons’ current 7-game homestand is their longest stretch of home contests this season and represents 18.4 percent of their 38-game home schedule...the homestand runs until Nov. 3...until allowing 3 goals in Saturday’s third period, OKC had not given up more than 1 goal in any period this season through the first 3 games and periods 1 and 2 on Saturday...Friday’s opening-night attendance of 6,323 was higher than any date from last season...the Barons have fired at least 30 shots on goal in each of their 4 games this season, their average of 31.5 per game is eighth in the AHL...OKC has scored 12 goals in 4 games so far this season and 9 have been at even strength...they have 2 shorthanded tallies (one of which was into an empty net) and 1 power play marker.
Date Opp. Result OKC Goalie (GA,SV) Opp. Goalie Attn.
Oct. 12 @ LE L, 1-2 Danis (2, 27) Aittokallio (1, 29) 12,011
Oct. 13 @ LE W, 3-2 Roy (2, 37) Pickard (3, 29) 4,136
Oct. 19 SA W, 5-2 Danis (2, 14) Markstrom (4, EN, 29) 6,323
Oct. 20 LE L, 3-5 Roy (4, EN, 22) Aittokallio (3, 27) 2,897
Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date Opp. Site Time Broadcast
Oct. 26 Houston Cox Center 7 pm KXY 96.1 FM
Oct. 28 Texas Cox Center 4 pm KXY 96.1 FM
Nov. 2 Houston Cox Center 7 pm KXY 96.1 FM
Nov. 3 Houston Cox Center 7 pm TBA
Nov. 4 SA AT&T Center 4:30 KXY 96.1 FM
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