By Jim Byers, on 10/15/2013

Texas Stars (1-1-0-0) at Oklahoma City Barons (1-3-0-0)    
Barons Game 5  |  Home Game  3 |  AHL Game 47
Oct. 15, 2013, 7 pm CDT  | Cox Convention Center, Oklahoma City, OK
Radio: KXY 96.1 FM,
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TONIGHT: The Barons and Texas Stars (Dallas Stars) get together for the first of 12 meetings in the regular season. OKC earned its first win of the season on Sunday with a pair of third-period power play goals in a 4-2 victory at Iowa.  The Stars split a pair of home games Oct. 5-6 to begin the season, beating Chicago 4-1 in the opener before dropping a 4-3 decision to Rockford the next day. All-time in the regular season, the Barons are 20-9-0-3 against Texas, 10-4-0-2 at the Cox Center. The teams met in the second round of last spring’s Calder Cup playoffs with OKC winning 4-1.

SUNDAY LEFTOVERS: In Sunday’s 4-2 win at Iowa, the Barons matched their goal production from the previous 3 games combined and halted the first 0-3-0-0 start in the club’s three-plus seasons in the AHL. Olivier Roy made his 2013-14 debut a winner, picking up where he left off with the Barons last season. Roy took his final 2 AHL starts last season, March 10 and 13 at San Antonio, before spending the rest of that campaign with ECHL Stockton. Derek Nesbitt notched the Barons’ first multi-goal game of the young season with 2 on Sunday, his first goals in a Barons’ sweater. Nesbitt also set the team high through the first 4 games with 6 shots on goal. Andrew Miller earned his first professional points with a 3-assist game.

TEXAS TALES: The Barons are 20-9-0-3 all-time in the regular season against the Texas Stars and won all 3 games played in OKC during last spring’s second-round Calder Cup playoff series. The teams split the first 2 at Cedar Park Center before finishing the series at the Cox Center as OKC advanced to the Western Conference Finals with a 4-1 series win. In becoming the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference last season, Texas had a winning record against 11 of the 14 teams it faced, encountering losing marks against only Hamilton (0-2-0-0), Chicago (1-3-0-0) and OKC (4-7-0-1). The Stars had the league’s best road record at 25-9-3-1 (.711), but went 2-4-0-0 at OKC. Stars goalie Cristopher Nilstorp went 1-4-1 against the Barons last season in his only prior appearances against OKC, with a 4.43 goals-against average and .846 save percentage. He allowed 21 goals on 136 shots. Nilstorp’s lone win against the Barons was a 21-save shutout at the Cox Center Dec. 21 by a 3-0 final score. The Barons have not previously faced Josh Robinson.

TRENDING: Through 4 games the Barons and their opponents have each totaled 117 shots on goal. OKC has yet to score the first goal in a game and is scoreless in the first period, but has tallied 3 goals in the second period and 5 in the third. They’ve allowed just 2 third-period goals. With 2 power play goals to snap a 2-2 tie on Sunday, OKC is 4-for-17 on the man advantage (23.5%). The Barons have killed off 11 of 12 times short and has gone 2 games (3-for-3 at Iowa) without allowing a power play goal.

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 126-87-23 behind the Barons’ bench, a .583 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.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST: The Barons have signed center Joel Broda to a PTO. A Houston Aero for all or part of the past 3 seasons, Broda attended Barons camp but was released Oct. 2 and signed by Bakersfield of the ECHL. Broda has 21 goals in 124 career AHL games. During his major junior career, he led the Western Hockey League in goals in 2008-09 with 53 (split between the Moose Jaw Warriors and Calgary Hitmen) and topped the circuit in power play goals in 2009-10 with 23 for Calgary. Tonight is the first of 6 Tuesday home games this season. That includes a 10:35 am matinee Nov. 12 vs. San Antonio. The Abbotsford Heat visit the Cox Center on Friday and Saturday for the final home games of October.  

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
Oct. 13   @ Iowa W, 4-2      Roy (2, 28)                     Kuemper (4, 28)           4,217

Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date      Opp.                Site                            Time      Broadcast
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
Oct. 26   @ San Antonio AT&T Center              7:00 pm  TBA


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