By Jim Byers, on 11/15/2013

Abbotsford Heat (12-4-0-1) at Oklahoma City Barons (6-6-0-2
Barons Game 15  |  Home Game 9 |  AHL Game 209
Nov. 15, 2013, 7:00 pm CST  | Cox Convention Center, Oklahoma City, OK
Radio: AM 1340 The Game,
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 The Abbotsford Heat (Calgary Flames) make their second and final regular-season swing through Oklahoma City for the first of back-to-back games. The teams split a 2-game set at the Cox Center Oct. 18-19, with the Barons taking Game 1 by a 4-3 score and the Heat rallying for a last-minute tying goal and shootout win the next night. This is the third of 8 meetings in the AHL’s “Battle of Alberta.” All-time, the Barons are 13-4-0-1 against the Heat, 6-3-0-1 in Oklahoma City. The Barons beat San Antonio 3-2 in their last game on Tuesday.

 Twelve of OKC’s 14 games have been decided by 1 or 2 goals. The Barons are 4-3-0-2 in 1-goal games and 2-1-0-0 when the final margin is 2. Abbotsford enters tonight riding an 8-game winning streak overall and a 4-game road winning streak, both AHL highs this season. The Heat’s last loss was Oct. 26 at home against Lake Erie, 3-1. Abbotsford leads the AHL with 17 games played and 25 standing points, while second in point percentage (.735) behind Manchester’s .767. Abbotsford’s 12 wins  match or exceed the games played total of 7 AHL teams (Springfield, Milwaukee, Iowa, Bridgeport, Portland, Worcester and Utica). Tuesday’s 3-2 OKC win over San Antonio in the annual Education Day field trip game upped the Barons’ record to 4-0-1-0 all-time in games starting before noon.

 Since setting the opening-day roster in early October, the Barons have made 50 player transactions as of this morning. The Barons had 95 transactions in the entire 2010-11 inaugural season. They made 118 moves in 2011-12 and 96 last year. Following Tuesday’s game, defenseman Corey Potter was recalled by Edmonton and Taylor Fedun was returned on loan. Fedun scored goals in his first 2 NHL games, Nov. 5 at Florida and Nov. 7 at Tampa Bay. Already this season, 11 players have appeared for both the Barons and Edmonton Oilers, with 10 members of OKC’s opening roster promoted at some point (Ryan Hamilton was recalled on OKC’s opening day, while Brandon Davidsonwas promoted, but did not play before returning). Only Potter and Denis Grebeshkov, both on IR, started with Edmonton.

 Veteran goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov was assigned to the Barons on a conditioning loan Monday. He did not suit up for the game on Tuesday. Bryzgalov was a 2010 Vezina Trophy finalist as a Phoenix Coyote, when he went 42-20-6 with 8 shutouts. He made his NHL debut with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks on Oct. 8, 2001 at Toronto and has 208 career wins with Anaheim, Phoenix and Philadelphia.

 The Barons are in a stretch that started Oct. 15 and runs through Nov. 30 where they play 18 games against only 5 opponents: San Antonio (7 games), Abbotsford (4), Texas (3), Chicago (2) and Lake Erie (2). OKC takes on 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. All-time against Abbotsford, OKC is 13-4-0-1, with a 6-3-0-1 mark at the Cox Center (a chart of the all-time series is on page 5). Twelve of the 18 games between these teams have seen the game-winning goal scored in the third period, overtime or shootout. The Oct. 19 meeting was the first to advance to a shootout (2-1, Heat).

 Roman Horak, who played for the Heat and Calgary Flames this season before being acquired by Edmonton in a 4-player trade Nov. 8, scored a goal in his first Barons game on Tuesday. Linus Omark’s game-winning goal with 3:10 remaining on Tuesday, which received national attention, was his third GWG of the season, matching the league high. Rochester’s Luke Adam and Worcester’s Daniil Tarasov also have 3 winners. Tyler Bunz received the second assist on Omark’s goal. Bunz is the first Barons goalie to earn an assist since Yann Danis picked up a secondary helper on a Gilbert Brule goal Nov. 16, 2011 at Rockford. Martin Gernat notched his first multi-point game as a pro with 2 assists on Tuesday. David Musil, who scored a goal for Bakersfield of the ECHL Nov. 1 for his first professional point, recorded his first AHL point with an assist on Tuesday.

Last 5 Games:
Date       Opp.      Result     OKC Goalie (GA, SV)     Opp. Goalie          Attn.
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
Nov. 9     @ SA     SOL, 2-3  Bunz (2, 34)                   Houser (2, 21)        6,440
Nov. 12   SA          W, 3-2     Bunz (2, 34)                   Markstrom (3, 20)   6,771 

Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date      Opp.                Site                              Time              Broadcast
Nov. 16  Abbotsford       Cox Center                    7:00 pm          KGHM 1340
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
Nov. 27  @ Texas           Cedar Park Center         7:30 pm         KXY 96.1 FM
Nov. 29  @ San Antonio AT&T Center                  7:30 pm         KXY 96.1 FM

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