BARONS GAME NOTES - FEBRUARY 23
By Jim Byers,
Oklahoma City Barons (23-23-1-6) at Toronto Marlies (30-17-2-2)
Barons Game 54 | Road Game 29 | AHL Game 800
Feb. 23, 2014, 3:00 pm CST | Ricoh Coliseum, Toronto, ON
Radio: KXY 96.1 FM, okcbarons.com
AHL Media Kit Link: http://admin.leaguestat.com/download.php?file_path=new-pdf/1011904-43.pdf&client_code=ahl
TODAY: The Barons wrap up a set of 3 games in 3 days on the road with a late afternoon contest against the Toronto Marlies (Toronto Maple Leafs). This is the second and final meeting of the regular season between the teams. The Barons won the first matchup Jan. 30, receiving the go-ahead and game-winning goal from Jack Combs with 6:14 remaining after Toronto had rallied from a 3-1 deficit to tie the score. North Division-leader Toronto is third in the Western Conference with 64 points. OKC is 11th with 53, 4 points back of the 8th and final playoff spot.
OFF THE TOP: Last night’s 4-3 loss at Grand Rapids halted OKC’s franchise-record 8-game unbeaten streak, which consisted of 7 wins and 1 shootout loss. The unbeaten stretch began with a 5-3 win over the Marlies Jan. 30 in Oklahoma City. Last night also snapped the Barons’ club record-equaling 5-game road winning streak. Entering last night, the Barons had climbed over the .500 mark in standing point percentage for the first time all season at .510. Goaltender Richard Bachman has started 9 straight games, going 7-1-1 in that span with a 3.08 goals-against average and .912 save percentage (289 saves on 317 shots). Bachman denied 19 of 22 Toronto shots in the other meeting on Jan. 30. The Marlies’ 22 shots were a season low by a Barons opponent this season. Tyler Bunz has not appeared in a game since his most recall from ECHL Bakersfield on Jan. 28.
THAT’S THREE: This afternoon’s game ends a stretch of 3 games in 3 days, the Barons’ fifth 3-in-3 set this season. They have one more remaining next weekend, with all 3 at home. OKC has 1 win (in a shootout), 1 loss and 2 shootout defeats in the final leg of a 3-in-3 this season. OKC is 4-0-0-1 on Sunday.
THE HUNTER: Brad Hunt has 8 points in the past 3 games, tallying 3 goals and 5 assists. He brings a 4-game point streak into today (3 goals, 6 assists) and has points in 9 of the last 10 outings, collecting 4 goals and 11 assists in that time. Hunt recorded his first professional 2-goal game on Friday with a pair of power-play markers at Grand Rapids. Hunt enters today 7th in the AHL in defenseman scoring with 33 points. Seven of his 8 goals this season have come on the power play.
HIGH ARCING: Mark Arcobello has points in all 5 games with OKC since being loaned by Edmonton Feb. 1. He has goals in 4 of the 5, totaling 4 goals and 7 assists. Arcobello, who spent the first 4 months of the season with the Oilers (4 goals, 14 assists in 41 games) has 4 multi-point games out of his 5 AHL efforts. Dating to his first Barons game of the season Feb. 2 he’s tied for fifth in the league in points. Arcobello returned this weekend from the Olympic break, which caused him to miss 3 games. He finished last season tied for third in the AHL in points with 68.
RIC-O-LA: All-time in the regular season, the Barons are 3-3-1-0 against the Marlies, 0-3-0-0 at Ricoh Coliseum. The teams met in the 2012 Western Conference Finals of the Calder Cup playoffs, with the teams splitting the first 2 in OKC. Toronto won all 3 at Ricoh to advance to the finals, which were won by Norfolk. Including the playoffs, the Barons are 0-6-0-0 all-time in Toronto and gave out-scored 20-7.
ACTON RETURNS: Will Acton is due to face his former team for the first time today. Acton missed the previous meeting because of a 1-game suspension for a late instigator penalty Jan. 24 at Charlotte. Former Marlie Ryan Hamilton is not on the trip because of a lower body injury sustained Feb. 2. He’s missed 7 straight.
ODDS AND ENDS: Roman Horak had a 7-game point streak snapped last night, during which he had 7 goals and 6 assists. Anton Lander is pointless in 2 straight after building a team-high 8-game point streak from Jan. 24-Feb. 15. Lander leads OKC with 38 points in 36 games over 3 AHL stints. Steve Pinizzotto, acquired in trade from San Antonio Jan. 17, scored his first goal as a Baron and seventh of the season last night. He has 9 points, 8 of them assists, in 13 OKC games.
Last 5 Games:
Date Opp. Result OKC Goalie (GA, SV) Opp. Goalie Attn.
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
Feb. 15 LE SOL, 4-5 Bachman (4, 33) Aittokallio (4, 38) 4,524
Feb. 21 @ GR W, 4-2 Bachman (2, 23) McCollum (4, 24) 10,834
Feb. 22 @ GR L, 3-4 Bachman (4, 33) Mrazek (3, 36) 8,254
Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date Opp. Site Time Broadcast
Feb. 28 Rockford Cox Center 7:00 pm KXY 96.1 FM
March 1 Rockford Cox Center 7:00 pm KGHM 1340
March 2 SA Cox Center 4:00 pm KXY 96.1 FM
March 5 @ Utica Utica Memorial Auditorium 6:00 pm KXY 96.1 FM
March 7 @ Hamilton FirstOntario Centre 6:30 pm KXY 96.1 FM
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