By Jim Byers, on 10/13/2013

Oklahoma City Barons (0-3-0-0) at Iowa Wild (1-0-0-0)
Barons Game 4  |  Road Game  2 |  AHL Game 44

Oct. 13, 2013, 4:05 pm CDT  | Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, IA
Radio: KXY 96.1 FM,

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TONIGHT: The Barons seek their first win of the young season and a split of this 2-game series with the Iowa Wild (Minnesota Wild). Iowa slipped past OKC 1-0 last night on a 27-save shutout by Johan Gustafsson in the first AHL game played in Des Moines since April 11, 2009. OKC is 0-3 after also dropping a pair of home games to Charlotte on Oct. 4-5 by 3-2 scores. This is the second of 4 meetings in the season series and the last in Des Moines. The teams don’t meet again until the last 2 games of the regular season, April 18-19 at the Cox Center.   

ONES AND ZEROS: Last night’s 1-0 Iowa win marked the third time in OKC’s regular-season history it has dropped a 1-0 decision. The previous two were against San Antonio’sDov-Grumet Morris (Feb. 19, 2012) and Jacob Markstrom (April 15, 2012). Houston’s Mike Brodeur dealt the Barons a 1-0 defeat in Game 3 of the opening round of the 2012 Calder Cup playoffs, the only win in that series for the Aeros. Brett Bulmer tallied the only goal of last night’s game and the 2012 Brodeur 1-0 playoff shutout. Johan Gustafssonmade 27 saves last night as OKC was blanked for the 17th time in its 3-plus regular seasons in the AHL. All-time, Barons netminders have shut out the opposition 17 times in the regular season.

RIVALRY MOVES NORTH: While the Iowa Wild are new, the Barons have an extensive history with the Minnesota Wild’s affiliate dating to its days as the Houston Aeros, a former division opponent. In OKC’s 3-plus seasons in the AHL, the Barons are 12-12-1-6 in the regular season against Houston/Iowa. The Barons and Wild meet 4 times this season at opposite ends of the schedule. While OKC is the opponent for the return of professional hockey to Des Moines this weekend, the teams don’t meet again until closing weekend of the regular season, April 18-19, in each club’s regular season finale at the Cox Center. Counting his time with Texas, Barons goaltender Richard Bachman has a career record against Iowa/Houston of 4-11-1 with 1 shutout, a 2.93 GAA and .900 save percentage. Olivier Roy lost his only previous career start against the Wild’s top affiliate, Nov. 30, 2012 at Houston in a 4-3 final, stopping 23 of 27 shots. Darcy Kuemper is 2-2-2 in 7 career appearances against the Barons with a 2.57 GAA and .893 save percentage (133 saves on 149 shots).

CLOSE TO THE VEST: The Barons have dropped their first 3 games of the season by 3-2, 3-2 and 1-0 scores. It’s the first time in their AHL history the Barons have lost their first 3 games in regulation. The slowest start previously was by the inaugural 2010-11 team, 0-2-1-0. The Barons have yet to score in the first period and have not led in any of their games. OKC is 2-for-11 on the power play and 10-for-11 on the penalty kill.

BEHIND THE BENCH: Todd Nelson returns for his fourth season as OKC’s head coach. The 44-year-old native of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, has a record of 125-87-23 behind the Barons’ bench, a .581 point percentage. Assistant coaches Gerry Fleming and Rocky Thompson each return for their fourth seasons in OKC, as does equipment manager Matt Mitchell. Back for their second seasons are assistant equipment manager Al Oman and strength and conditioning coach Kevin Hanlon. Josh Bennett begins his first season as OKC’s athletic trainer after working most recently for the USHL’s Muskegon Lumberjacks.

ODDS AND ENDS: Defenseman Denis Grebeshkov played his first AHL game last night since March 5, 2006, when he was a Manchester Monarch...Grebeshkov, back in the Oilers’ organization for the first time since 2010, is on a conditioning loan after sustaining a groin injury prior to the season...rookie Andrew Miller, in his second professional game, paced the Barons with 4 shots on goal last night...Miller was the MVP of the Frozen Four last spring as Yale won its first NCAA National Championship...former Baron Mark Arcobello, also a Yale alum, recorded 3 assists for the Oilers in their 6-5 OT loss at Toronto last night.

Recent Results:
Date       Opp.    Result     OKC Goalie (GA, SV) Opp. Goalie               Attn.
Oct. 4     Cha       L, 2-3       Bachman (3, 29)            Peters (2, 32)               3,008
Oct. 5     Cha       L, 2-3       Bachman (3, 23)            Murphy (2, 22)             2,682
Oct. 12   @ Iowa L, 0-1       Bachman (1, 28)            Gustafsson (0, 27)       10,213

Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date      Opp.                Site                            Time      Broadcast
Oct. 15   Texas               Cox Center                 7:00 pm  KXY 96.1 FM
Oct. 18   Abbotsford       Cox Center                 7:00 pm  KXY 96.1 FM
Oct. 19   Abbotsford       Cox Center                 7:00 pm  KXY 96.1 FM
Oct. 23   @ Texas           Cedar Park Center      7:30 pm  KXY 96.1 FM
Oct. 25   @ San Antonio AT&T Center              7:30 pm  KXY 96.1 FM   



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