BARONS GAME NOTES - FEBRUARY 15
By Jim Byers,
Lake Erie Monsters (20-24-0-4) at Oklahoma City Barons (22-22-1-5)
Barons Game 51 | Home Game 25 | AHL Game 744
Feb. 15, 2014, 7:00 pm CST | Cox Convention Center, Oklahoma City, OK
TONIGHT: The Barons wrap up a set of back-to-back games against the Lake Erie Monsters (Colorado Avalanche). After last night’s 2-1 win on a power-play goal by Anton Lander with 19.8 seconds remaining, the Barons have won 6 straight, including their last 4 at home. Both are season highs. This is the fourth and final meeting in the regular season series. OKC is 2-1-0-0 against the Monsters this season, 11-5-1-0 all-time and 6-1-1-0 at the Cox Center. OKC enters today 10th in the Western Conference with 50 points. Lake Erie is 14th with 44 points.
OFF THE TOP: Last night’s win moved the Barons to the .500 mark by standing point percentage for the first time since a win over the Lake Erie Monsters on Nov. 21 at Quicken Loans Arena upped their record to 8-8-0-2. Richard Bachman has backstopped all 6 consecutive Barons victories, facing 40 or more shots in 3 of those games, including 2 of the last 3. Lake Erie fired 40 shots on Bachman last night. During the streak, Bachman has a 2.98 goals-against average and .917 save percentage, stopping 200 of 218 shots. The Barons have won their first 5 games in February and are 11-5-0-0 since the first of the year, with 4 of those losses to the Charlotte Checkers during a pair of two-game sets last month. OKC entered this week having beaten the Checkers twice last week at Time Warner Cable Arena, 8-5 and 4-3 in OT, just before the AHL All-Star break.
MULTIPLE WINS: The Barons’ 6-game winning streak is the longest current string of wins in the AHL. It’s a team high this season and matches the second-longest in club history, joining a 6-game run from Oct. 29-Nov. 11, 2011. The club record winning streak is 7 games, from Jan. 15-Feb. 2, 2012. Here are the longest winning streaks in Barons history:
Games Starting & Ending Dates Opponents
7 Jan. 15-Feb. 2, 2012 Abb, @Rch, @Rch, @LE, Hou, Texas, SA
6 Oct. 29-Nov. 11, 2011 @Hou, @SA, @Abb, @Abb, Tor, Cha
6 Jan. 30-present Tor, @Texas, @Texas, @Cha, @Cha, LE
5 Oct. 24-Nov. 5, 2010 @Ham, @Chi, @GR, @Peo, Texas
5 Nov. 16-25, 2012 Mil, Mil, @Texas, @Cha, @Cha
FRIENDLY CONFINES: OKC has won 4 straight at home. A win tonight would match the club record for consecutive home wins, set Feb. 1-26, 2013.
HOT HANDS: Anton Lander brings a 7-game point streak into tonight, equaling the team high this season. Linus Omark also had a 7-game point streak from Nov. 21-Dec. 6. During Lander’s streak he has 3 goals and 8 assists. Lander has a team-best 35 points (14G, 21A) in 33 games over 3 AHL stints. Since returning from his latest stint with Edmonton Jan. 4, Lander has 5 goals and 15 assists in 15 games, which tie him for the fifth in the AHL in points in that time span. Roman Horak owns a 5-game point streak, with 5 goals and 3 assists. Steve Pinizzotto has a 5-game assist streak, collecting 7 in that time.
MAKING AN IMPACT: In 3 games last week after being loaned by Edmonton Feb. 1, Mark Arcobello scored a goal in each contest and added 4 assists for 7 points. Arcobello finished last season tied for third in the AHL in points with 68. He’s the Barons’ all-time leading goal (53) and assist (87) producer. Until last week, he had spent the season with the Oilers, for whom he had 4 goals and 14 assists in 41 games. Arcobello is unable to play or practice until Feb. 19 because of the NHL’s Olympic break. Arcobello accumulated too much NHL service time this season to be eligible to play through the break in the AHL.
Last 5 Games:
Date Opp. Result OKC Goalie (GA, SV) Opp. Goalie Attn.
Feb. 2 @ Tex W, 7-4 Bachman (4, 41) Nilstorp (7, 25) 3,916
Feb. 4 @ Tex W, 5-2 Bachman (2, 35) Robinson (4, EN, 27) 4,256
Feb. 7 @ Cha W, 8-5 Bachman (5, 37) Muse (L) / Murphy 8,189
Feb. 9 @ Cha OTW, 4-3 Bachman (3, 29) Murphy (4, 26) 8,168
Feb. 14 LE W, 2-1 Bachman (1, 39) Aittokallio (2, 32) 3,067
Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date Opp. Site Time Broadcast
Feb. 21 @ GR Van Andel Arena 6:00 pm KXY 96.1 FM
Feb. 22 @ GR Van Andel Arena 6:00 pm KXY 96.1 FM
Feb. 23 @ Toronto Ricoh Coliseum 3:00 pm KXY 96.1 FM
Feb. 28 Rockford Cox Center 7:00 pm KXY 96.1 FM
March 1 Rockford Cox Center 7:00 pm KGHM 1340
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