By Jim Byers, on 02/15/2013

Oklahoma City Barons (23-18-2-4) at Texas Stars (28-13-4-4)
Barons Game 48 | Road Game 22 | AHL Game 728
Feb. 15, 2013, 7:30 pm CST | Cedar Park Center, Cedar Park, TX
Radio:KXY 96.1 FM
AHL Media Kit:
TONIGHT: The Barons play their first road game since Jan. 26 with the first of back-to-back games against the Texas Stars (Dallas Stars). OKC concluded a 4-game homestand on Saturday with a 7-5 win over Grand Rapids, the Barons’ third consecutive win. This is the 8th of 12 meetings between the South Division rivals and the third at Cedar Park Center. OKC recorded 6-4 and 5-4 wins at CPC previously this season. The Barons have taken 5 of 7 overall against the Stars. OKC has 52 points, tied for 9th in the Western Conference. Texas leads the AHL with 64 points.

OFF THE TOP: The Barons have won 3 straight and 4 of 5. A win tonight would match their longest winning streak of the season (4), achieved twice previously. OKC is 5-2-0-1 in its last 8 games. February is OKC’s lightest full month of the season with 8 games. This is the third of 4 consecutive 2-game weeks, with each of those featuring back-to-back games against the same team. OKC has had 36 player transactions since the announcement of a new CBA for the National Hockey League Jan. 6. OKC had 26 moves from opening day through Jan. 6. OKC’s power play has connected on 5 of 15 chances over the past 3 games, during which the Barons have totaled 18 goals. OKC is No. 1 in the AHL on the power play at 24.2 percent. The power play is 11-for-58 (19.0%) since Jordan Eberle, Justin Schultz and Taylor Hall returned to the NHL.

RED RIVER RIVALRY: OKC is 5-2-0-0 against Texas this season, with both Stars’ wins 3-0 shutouts at the Cox Center. All-time, OKC is 17-8-0-2 against Texas, 8-4-0-0 at Cedar Park. The Barons have won 6 straight at Cedar Park. Since starting the season 3-6-0-1, Texas is 25-7-4-3, with 4 of those 7 regulation losses against OKC. The Stars are 8-2-2-2 at home since Nov. 21 and both regulation losses were to the Barons. Texas has an AHL-high 64 standing points. Their season record of 28-13-4-4 computes to a .653 standing point percentage, third in the AHL behind Eastern Conference leaders Binghamton (.670) and Springfield (.685). Texas’ standing point percentage against OKC is .286 (2-5-0-0 record), while against all other opponents combined it’s .714 (a 26-8-4-4 mark against all AHL clubs except OKC).

CHEECHOO IN HIGH GEAR: Former NHL All-Star and Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy winner Jonathan Cheechoo has equaled the team’s longest goal-scoring streak of the campaign by lighting the lamp in 3 straight games. Cheechoo has 5 goals, 5 assists, a +6 rating and 15 shots (5 in each game) over the past 3 games, all OKC wins.

POINT PILEUP: Several Barons are accumulating point streaks during the team’s 3-game winning streak. Mark Arcobello has points in 3 straight Barons games, totaling 2 goals, 6 assists and a +6 rating. Philippe Cornet has goals in 3 straight to match the team high, shared currently with Jonathan Cheechoo and set previously by Justin Schultz and Jordan Eberle (twice each). Cornet has 4 goals, 4 assists and is +5 in the past 3 games. Brett Clark has assists in 3 straight (5 in that span) and 5 of the last 6 games. Toni Rajala has points in 3 straight and 6 of the last 7 contests, totaling 3 goals and 4 assists. Taylor Fedun has assists in 4 of his last 5 games, notching 6 helpers in that span. Josh Green has points in 4 of the last 5 games, 2 goals and 2 assists. Ryan Martindale has goals in 2 straight.

SIX-GOAL THIRD PERIOD A LEAGUE HIGH: OKC rallied for 6 goals in the third period of Saturday’s 7-5 win over Grand Rapids, setting the AHL high this season for goals in a period. The previous high was 5, set by multiple teams. The 6-goal period matches OKC’s club record, set in the second period of a 10-1 victory over Texas Oct. 15, 2011 at the Cox Center. Also in Saturday’s third period the Barons scored 3 goals in a 48-second span, just missing the team record of 44 seconds set in that Oct. 15, 2011 game against Texas.

LASTING IMPACT: Jordan Eberle and Justin Schultz remain 1-2 in the AHL in points despite not playing for the Barons since Jan. 5. Eberle, with 51 points, also leads the league in goals with 25. Schultz (48 points) is still tied for second in assists with 30 and second in power play points with 25 (Eberle is third with 23).

Last 5 Games:
Date Opp. Result OKC Goalie (GA,SV) Opp. Goalie Attn.
Jan. 26 @ Rfd W, 4-3 Roy (3, 33) Hutton (4, 27) 4,388
Jan. 31 Cha L, 1-2 Roy (2, 27) Peters (1, 23) 3,142
Feb. 1 Cha W, 7-3 Hovinen (3, 28) Peters (L) / Muse 3,455
Feb. 8 GR W, 4-3 Hovinen (3, 16) McCollum (4, 33) 3,394
Feb. 9 GR W, 7-5 Danis (5, 22) McCollum (6, 22) 4,277

Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date Opp. Site Time Broadcast
Feb. 16 Texas Cedar Park Center 7:00 KXY 96.1 FM
Feb. 22 Houston Cox Center 7:00 KXY 96.1 FM
Feb. 23 Houston Toyota Center 7:05 KXY 96.1 FM
Feb. 26 Texas Cox Center 7:00 KXY 96.1 FM
March 2 Texas Cedar Park Center 7:00 KXY 96.1 FM

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