BARONS GAME NOTES - MARCH 29
By Jim Byers,
Oklahoma City Barons (30-27-2-7) at Charlotte Checkers (34-30-1-2)
Barons Game 67 | Road Game 35 | AHL Game 996
March 29, 2014, 6:00 pm CDT | Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC
Radio: KXY 96.1 FM, okcbarons.com
AHL Media Kit Link: http://admin.leaguestat.com/download.php?file_path=new-pdf/1012100-43.pdf&client_code=ahl
TONIGHT: The Barons open a set of back-to-back games with the Charlotte Checkers (Carolina Hurricanes) in the ninth of 12 meetings between the West Division rivals. Charlotte won the first 6 head-to-head matchups, but the Barons swept a 2-game set the last time the teams met Feb. 7-9. The teams have split 4 games at Time Warner Cable Arena. The Barons enter tonight off a 2-1 home win on Tuesday against the San Antonio Rampage. OKC is 10th in the Western Conference with 69 points, 1 behind Rochester and 2 back of the eighth-place Checkers.
OFF THE TOP: The Barons have guaranteed themselves a winning record for the third consecutive month. OKC is 6-3-1-1 in March with 2 games remaining, counting tonight. The Barons were 7-2-0-1 in February and 6-5-0-0 in January. The Barons are 14-5-1-2 in the last 22 games dating to Jan. 30 and in that time established the two longest unbeaten streaks in club history: an 8-game string without a regulation or overtime loss from Jan. 30-Feb. 21 and a 7-game unbeaten stretch from Feb. 28-March 11. Eleven of the last 12 Barons games have been decided by one goal (or 1 goal plus an empty-netter), with the exception a 5-2 win over San Antonio March 11 in Oklahoma City. The Barons are 7-3-1-1 in their last 12. In one-goal decisions, OKC is 15-12-2-7. Including tonight, the Barons have 10 games left, 4 on the road and 6 at home.
FORD FIESTA: Matthew Ford has goals in 4 straight, the Barons’ longest goal streak of the year. Ford has tallied one goal in each of the last 4 contests. The 4-game streak matches the longest in club history, joining similar stretches from Mark Arcobello last season and Liam Reddox and Colin McDonald from 2010-11. Ford also has goals in 5 of the past 6 games, totaling 5 goals and 3 assists in that span.
GOALIE GOSSIP: Richard Bachman has started 20 of the past 22 Barons games, going 13-5-2 in that span. Bachman is fourth in the AHL in minutes (2515:45) while facing the most shots (1390) and making the most saves (1263). Ty Rimmer, a member of the Central Hockey League’s All-Rookie team, was recalled by the Barons from Quad City on Monday and backed up Bachman in Tuesday’s 2-1 win over San Antonio. Rimmer, who played 3 games for the Barons in December, was 18-14-5 with 3 shutouts, a 2.84 goals-against average and .906 save percentage for the Mallards. Frans Tuohimma, a seventh-round pick by Edmonton in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, was reassigned by the Oilers on Wednesday from his team in the SM-liiga in Finland and is on this trip. Tuohimma, 22, has spent most of the past 3 seasons in Finland.
ARCOBELLO, HORAK REMAIN OUT: Mark Arcobello and Roman Horak have missed the past 3 games with upper and lower body injuries, respectively. Neither is on this 2-game trip to Charlotte. Kale Kessy has an upper-body injury and also did not accompany the team to Charlotte.
HUNT AMONG LEADERS: Brad Hunt is tied for fourth in points among AHL defensemen with 45, on 11 goals and 34 assists. He already owns the club record for assists in a season by a defenseman (34), surpassing Justin Schultz’s 30 last season. Hunt is closing in on the franchise record for points in a season by a defenseman (48), set in 34 games by Schultz during his Eddie Shore Defenseman of the Year campaign last season.
AHL point leaders since Feb. 2:
Player Team GP G A PTS
1 Chris Terry CHA 24 13 17 30
T2 Mark Arcobello OKC 15 10 18 28
T2 Zach Boychuk CHA 24 10 18 28
4 Alex Khokhlachev PRO 21 9 18 27
5 Brad Hunt OKC 21 7 18 25
T6 Roman Horak OKC 18 10 13 23
T6 Brett Sutter CHA 24 10 13 23
Last 5 Games:
Date Opp. Result OKC Goalie (GA, SV) Opp. Goalie Attn.
Mar. 14 GR L, 2-3 Bachman (3, 26) McCollum (2, 24) 3,294
Mar. 15 GR L, 3-4 Bachman (4, 24) McCollum (3, 27) 4,494
Mar. 21 @ Texas OTL, 3-4 Bachman (4, 38) Nilstorp (3, 34) 5,808
Mar. 22 @ Texas L, 3-5 Brossoit (4, EN, 38) Campbell (3, 31) 6,439
Mar. 25 SA W, 2-1 Bachman (1, 33) Houser (2, 23) 3,070
Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date Opp. Site Time Broadcast
Mar. 30 @ Cha Time Warner Cable Arena 12:30 pm KXY 96.1 FM
April 2 Hamilton Cox Center 7:00 pm KXY 96.1 FM
April 5 Cha Cox Center 7:00 pm TBA
April 6 Cha Cox Center 4:00 pm KXY 96.1 FM
April 11 @ Abb Sports/Entertainment Ctr 9:00 pm KXY 96.1 FM
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