BARONS GAME NOTES - JANUARY 23
By Jim Byers,
Oklahoma City Barons (19-16-2-3) @Grand Rapids Griffins (23-12-2-2)
Barons Game 41 | Road Game 19 | AHL Game 601
TONIGHT: The Barons begin a 3-game road trip with their second and final visit of the season to Grand Rapids to face the Griffins (Detroit Red Wings). Grand Rapids took the previous matchup Jan. 4 by a 5-2 score, tallying all 5 goals in the second period. OKC enters tonight off a 2-1 win over San Antonio on Saturday at the Cox Center. The Barons are tied for 3rd in the South Division with 43 points and tied for 8th in the Western Conference. Grand Rapids leads the Midwest with 50 points, second in the conference. The teams wrap up the season series Feb. 8-9 at OKC.
OFF THE TOP: The Barons snapped a club-record 5-game losing streak with Saturday’s 2-1 win over San Antonio at the Cox Center. The 5-game drought encompassed 4 regulation losses and 1 overtime defeat dating to the Jan. 6 departure of OKC’s top 3 scorers, Jordan Eberle, Justin Schultz and Taylor Hall with agreement on a new NHL collective bargaining agreement. The previous high losing skid was 4, set once each of the past 2 seasons (in the AHL, OT losses are viewed the same as regulation defeats in calculating losing streaks). The Barons also halted a 4-game home drought (0-3-1-0) on Saturday. OKC won its only previous Wednesday game this season, 6-4 at Texas Nov. 21.
BARONS-GRIFFINS: This is the 14th all-time meeting between OKC and Grand Rapids. The Barons are 6-4-0-3 against the Griffins, with a 3-2-0-2 mark at Van Andel Arena.
FIRST THINGS FIRST: The Barons have scored the second-most goals in the first period (47), trailing only Springfield’s 50. OKC has led at the first intermission in 2 straight after going 5 games without a lead after the opening period. That stretch immediately followed a 17-game run from Nov. 24-Jan. 4 where the Barons either led or were tied after 1 period.
MULTI-MARTINDALE: Ryan Martindale scored his first 2 AHL goals on back-to-back nights Friday and Saturday against San Antonio. Saturday’s was a tie-breaking and eventual winning goal with 1:09 remaining in the third period. The second-year pro, but AHL rookie, has played 28 games over parts of 2 seasons with the Barons. Martindale was Edmonton’s third-round pick, the 61st overall, in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
ARCO ALL-STAR: Barons center Mark Arcobello has been named to the 2013 Dunkin’ Donuts AHL All-Star Classic, to be played Jan. 28 in Providence, R.I. Arcobello is the Barons’ leading scorer among players on the active roster with 10 goals and 22 assists. Arcobello was third among AHL point scorers in December with 3 goals and 14 assists.
SHOT SHEET: The Barons have out-shot the opposition in 4 straight games by a combined 70 shots, 155-85. In the first 2 games of that span, Jan. 12-13, OKC limited Charlotte to 19 shots and Texas to 16, the first time in club history the Barons have held the opposition below 20 shots in consecutive games. Last week, they San Antonio had 25 shots each game in split of a 2-game set. OKC fired 48 shots on the Rampage’s Jacob Markstrom in a 4-2 defeat on Friday, the second-highest shot total in Barons history and the most in a game ending in regulation. The club high for shots in a game is 51, in 7-6 shootout over Toronto on Nov. 7, 2010. Mark Arcobello accounted for a club record-equaling 12 shots on Friday, matching the mark set by Linus Omark in his 5-goal game Nov. 7, 2010 vs. Toronto. Arcobello has 33 shots in the last 4 games.
CHEECHOO, CLARK JOIN THE CLUB: Since the last game on Saturday, the Barons have signed winger Jonathan Cheechoo and defenseman Brett Clark. Cheechoo joins the Barons on a Professional Tryout (PTO), while Clark inked an AHL contract. Cheechoo, 32, skated last season with the Peoria Rivermen, whom he led with 25 goals. A veteran of 501 NHL games, Cheechoo won the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy in 2005-06 as the NHL’s goal leader with 56. Clark, 36, has played exclusively in the NHL since the 05-06 season. He has logged 681 NHL games with Montreal, Atlanta, Colorado and Tampa Bay. Clark has played 82 games each of the past 2 seasons with Tampa Bay and has NHL 45 goals and 140 assists.
Last 5 Games:
Date Opp. Result OKC Goalie (GA,SV) Opp. Goalie Attn.
Jan. 11 Cha L, 0-7 Danis (L, 4, 9) / Roy Peters (0, 24) 3,772
Jan. 12 Cha OTL, 3-4 Danis (4, 15) Peters (3, 32) 3,494
Jan. 13 Tex L, 0-3 Roy (2, EN, 13) Campbell (0, 36) 2,653
Jan. 18 SA L, 2-4 Roy (3, EN, 21) Markstrom (2, 46) 2,863
Jan. 19 SA W, 2-1 Roy (1, 24) Markstrom (2, 34) 4,208
Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date Opp. Site Time Broadcast
Jan. 25 Milwaukee BMO Harris Bradley 7:00 KXY 96.1 FM
Jan. 26 Rockford BMO Harris Bank Ctr 7:05 KXY 96.1 FM
Jan. 31 Charlotte Cox Center 7:00 KXY 96.1 FM
Feb. 1 Charlotte Cox Center 7:00 KXY 96.1 FM
Feb. 8 Grand Rapids Cox Center 7:00 KXY 96.1 FM
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