By Jim Byers, on 11/09/2013

Oklahoma City Barons (5-6-0-1) at San Antonio Rampage (4-6-0-1)
Barons Game 13  |  Road Game 6 |  AHL Game 179
Nov. 9, 2013, 7 pm CST  | AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
Radio: AM 1340 The Game,
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TONIGHT: The Barons play their only game of the week with the third meeting of the season against the San Antonio Rampage (Florida Panthers) at AT&T Center. The teams split a pair of games in San Antonio Oct. 25-26, with Linus Omark scoring 4 goals in OKC’s 5-4 win in the opener. The Rampage rebounded with a 4-2 win the next night keyed, by Vincent Trocheck’s 2 goals. This is the fourth of 12 meetings in the season series. OKC won its last game on Saturday, 4-2, over Chicago at the Cox Center. The Rampage dropped a 3-2 shootout at Abbotsford on Wednesday.

The Barons have had 18 player transactions in November and 14 this week. Yesterday, Linus Omark and Ben Eager were returned on loan by Edmonton, while Joel Broda was released from his PTO. Center Roman Horak and goaltender Laurent Brossoit were acquired by Edmonton from the Calgary Flames’ organization for NHL defenseman Ladislav Smid and recent Baron Olivier Roy. OKC also signed goalie Chet Pickard to a standard player contract and loaned him to ECHL Bakersfield. Pickard was a first-round pick by Nashville (18th overall) in 2008 out of Tri-City of the Western Hockey League.

OKC has played just 2 games in the previous 13 days since splitting a Friday-Saturday set with the Rampage at the AT&T Center Oct. 25-26. The Barons were one of the busiest AHL teams in October, playing 10 games (4-5-0-1). OKC split its first 2 November games last weekend at home against the Chicago Wolves. Starting tonight, the Barons answer the bell 10 times in the final 22 days of November.

All-time in the regular season, the Barons are 18-14-0-0 against the Rampage, 9-8-0-0 at the AT&T Center. Neither Tyler Bunz nor Laurent Brossoit has faced the Rampage. Dov Grumet-Morris is 3-5-1 with 2 shutouts, a 3.47 goals-against average and .917 save percentage in 10 career appearances against the Barons. Michael Houser has faced the Barons once, stopping 25 of 27 shots Oct. 26 in a 4-2 win.

The Barons are in a stretch running from Oct. 25-Nov. 30 where 7 of their 14 games are against the San Antonio Rampage. The West Division rivals meet 12 times this season, with 5 of the first 6 in the Alamo City before the situation reverses and the Barons host 5 of the final 6 matchups at the Cox Convention 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). OKC faces the San Antonio 5 times in November alone, with those 5 games exceeding the Barons’ entire regular season slate against 10 of the 14 teams they’re scheduled to face.

Matthew Ford has goals in 4 of the past 5 games and shares with Derek Nesbitt the second spot on the team in goals with 4 (Linus Omark leads with 8 goals). Ford and Nesbitt each scored in Saturday’s 4-2 win over Chicago. OKC has out-scored the opposition 12-7 on the power play, but has been out-scored 24-11 at even skater strength (extra attacker goals, empty nets, penalty shots or shootout goals not included). Omark’s 4-goal performance Oct. 25 at San Antonio was the only one in the AHL until Providence’s Craig Cunningham potted 4 last night in the Bruins’ 8-5 win at Hartford. OKC’s 3 goals in Saturday’s third period set a club high for goals in a period this season.

Rookie winger Kale Kessy scored his first AHL goal in Saturday’s 4-2 win over Chicago, tipping in a long-range shot 1:26 into the third period to put the Barons in front for good. Originally a fourth-round selection (111th overall) by Phoenix in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Kessy was acquired by the Edmonton Oilers on March 29, 2013 for Tobias Rieder. Also in Saturday’s third period Mario Lamoureux recorded his first AHL point by assisting on the eventual winning goal by Derek Nesbitt. Lamoureux was signed to a Professional Tryout (PTO) on Oct. 29 out of Ontario of the ECHL, where he scored 25 goals and 65 points in his rookie season last year.

Last 5 Games:
Date       Opp.      Result     OKC Goalie (GA, SV) Opp. Goalie             Attn.
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
Nov. 1     Chi         L, 0-6        Roy (5 GA, L) / Bunz (1) Allen (0, 21)               2,328
Nov. 2     Chi         W, 4-2       Roy (2, 31)                     Allen (4, 29)               2,626

Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date      Opp.                Site                                            Time              Broadcast
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
Nov. 19  @ San Antonio AT&T Center                               10:30 am        KGHM 1340
Nov. 21  @ Lake Erie     Quicken Loans Arena                 6:00 pm          KXY 96.1 FM


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