BARONS GAME NOTES - FEBRUARY 4
By Jim Byers,
Oklahoma City Barons (18-22-1-5) at Texas Stars (28-14-2-3)
Barons Game 47 | Road Game 24 | AHL Game 682
Feb. 4, 2014, 7:30 pm CST | Cedar Park Center, Cedar Park, TX
Radio: KXY 96.1 FM, okcbarons.com
AHL Media Kit Link: http://admin.leaguestat.com/download.php?file_path=new-pdf/1011786-43.pdf&client_code=ahl
TONIGHT: The Barons seek their third straight win as they again meet the Texas Stars (Dallas Stars) at Cedar Park Center. The Barons beat the Stars 7-4 on Sunday afternoon, earning their first win this season at Cedar Park. This is the 9th of 12 meetings between the teams and fourth at Cedar Park Center. The Barons are 3-4-1-0 overall against the Stars, 1-2-0-0 in Texas. The Stars have 61 points, second in the Western Conference, 1 point back of Grand Rapids. OKC has 42 points, tied for 12th in the conference.
OFF THE TOP: This is the second of a 4-game trip for the Barons, who are 6-13-0-4 on the road. OKC has not won back-to-back road games this season. With wins over division-leaders Toronto (at home) and Texas (road) in the past 2 games, a Barons win tonight would match their longest winning streak of the season at 3 games. OKC equaled its season high for goals in a period in Sunday’s 7-4 win at Texas with 4 in the second. The Barons set their season high for goals on Sunday with 7 as OKC improved to 3-0-0-1 in Sunday contests this season. Last week began a stretch where the Barons play on Sunday for 5 of the next 6 weeks.
ARCOBELLO MAKES IMPACT: The Edmonton Oilers returned Mark Arcobello to the Barons on Saturday and he scored a goal and added 2 assists in his first AHL game of the season on Sunday. The Barons’ all-time leading goal (51) and assist (85) producer was loaned by the Oilers once before this season, Nov. 15, but was recalled the next day without appearing in the AHL. Arcobello is the 17th player to appear for both the Barons and Edmonton Oilers this season. He’s also just the second player (Martin Marincin is the other) to play in at least 1 regular-season game during each of the Barons’ 4 AHL seasons. In 41 games with the Oilers this season, Arcobello had 4 goals and 14 assists. He’s eligible to play for the Barons in the next 2 games, after which he’ll be required to take the NHL’s Olympic break due to the length of time he spent in the NHL this season.
POINT A GAME: With an assist on Sunday, Anton Lander matched former Baron Linus Omark for the team’s point lead this season with 29. Both Lander and Omark reached 29 points in 29 Barons games this season. Lander has 12 goals and 17 assists to go along with a +6 rating. Since returning from his latest stint with Edmonton Jan. 4, Lander has 3 goals and 11 assists in 11 games. He also brings a 3-game point streak into tonight, during which he’s notched 1 goal and 4 assists.
PITLICK SITS SUNDAY: Tyler Pitlick missed Sunday’s game with a lower body injury. Pitlick turned in back-to-back 2-point games in his previous outings, with 1 goal and 1 assist in each. He’s also a +2 in each of his last 2 efforts. Pitlick has 4 goals in his last 6 games and 6 goals for the season in 26 games for OKC. Pitlick’s career high is 7 goals, set in a 62-game rookie campaign in 2011-12.
RED RIVER RECAP: The Barons are 24-13-1-3 all-time in the regular season against the Texas Stars, with a 11-7-0-1 mark at Cedar Park Center. The teams split a pair of games in Cedar Park last spring in the second round of the Calder Cup playoffs, a series OKC eventually won 4 games to 1 with 3 straight wins at the Cox Center. This season, the Barons are 3-4-1-0 against the Stars, 1-2-0-0 at Cedar Park. Richard Bachman is 3-3-0 against his former team this season with a 3.36 goals-against average and .910 save percentage. Bachman matched his personal season high with 41 saves and 45 shots faced on Sunday. Tyler Bunz has not faced the Stars in his career. Cristopher Nilstorp is 4-7-1 all-time in the regular season against OKC with 1 shutout, a 3.83 GAA and .871 save percentage. Josh Robinson has faced the Barons once, a relief effort replacing Nilstorp Dec. 31 at the Cox Center. Robinson stopped all 7 shots he faced over the final 28:28 as the Stars rallied from a 5-1 deficit to beat the Barons 6-5 in overtime.
Last 5 Games:
Date Opp. Result OKC Goalie (GA, SV) Opp. Goalie Attn.
Jan. 19 Mil SOW, 5-4 Bachman (4, 41) Mazanec (4, 21) 3,032
Jan. 23 @ Cha L, 0-4 Bachman (L) / Pickard Muse (0, 31) 5,916
Jan. 24 @ Cha L, 3-9 Pickard (9, 38) Muse (3, 26) 8,160
Jan. 30 Tor W, 5-3 Bachman (3, 19) MacIntyre (4, EN, 37) 2,576
Feb. 2 @ Tex W, 7-4 Bachman (4, 41) Nilstorp (7, 25) 3,916
Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date Opp. Site Time Broadcast
Feb. 7 @ Charlotte Time Warner Cable Arena 6:30 pm KXY 96.1 FM
Feb. 9 @ Charlotte Time Warner Cable Arena 12:30 pm KXY 96.1 FM
Feb. 14 Lake Erie Cox Center 7:00 pm KXY 96.1 FM
Feb. 15 Lake Erie Cox Center 7:00 pm KXY 96.1 FM
Feb. 21 @ GR Van Andel Arena 6:00 pm KXY 96.1 FM
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