By Jim Byers, on 03/09/2014

 Oklahoma City Barons (27-24-1-7) at Rochester Americans (30-20-4-4)    

Barons Game 60  |  Road Game 32 |  AHL Game 883
March 9, 2014, 4:05 pm CDT  | Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, NY
Radio: KXY 96.1 FM,
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TODAY: The Barons wrap up a 3-game trip with their second and final meeting of the season with the Rochester Americans (Buffalo Sabres). The teams met Jan. 17 in OKC, with the Americans holding on 4-3 in a game where each side had a lead. The Barons enter today’s game off a 2-1 win at Hamilton on Friday. OKC opened the trip with a 4-3 shootout loss at Utica on Wednesday. All-time, the Barons are 2-1-1-3 against  the Amerks, 2-0-0-1 at Blue Cross Arena. OKC is ninth in the Western Conference with 62 points, 4 behind Milwaukee. Rochester is sixth with 68.

OKC is 3-0-0-1 in March and owns an overall 5-game unbeaten streak at 4-0-0-1. The Barons are 11-2-0-2 in their last 15 and 16-7-0-2 since the first of the year. On Jan. 30, when the 11-2-0-2 run began, the Barons were 14th in the Western Conference with 38 points, 8 back of the final playoff spot. Entering today’s game they’re ninth in the conference with 62 points, 4 away from matching Milwaukee for the eighth Calder Cup playoff position. Richard Bachman has started 14 of the past 15 games, going 10-2-2 in that span. Since Feb. 2, when Mark Arcobello made his season debut with the Barons, OKC is 10-2-0-2 and 19-for-62 (30.6 percent) on the power play. The power play was tied for 11th in the AHL at 18.6 percent on Feb. 2 when Arcobello made his debut. Entering today, it’s tied for fourth at 21.5. Prior to Friday’s game, where Arcobello scored the winning goal in the second period, the Barons had scored either a tying or go-ahead goal in the final 4:10 of regulation time in each of their previous 4 games.

Captain Anton Lander, the Barons’ leading scorer with 45 points, and rookie defenseman Oscar Klefbom were recalled by Edmonton yesterday. It’s Lander fourth recall of the season and Klefbom’s second, although Klefbom did not play for the Oilers during his previous stint.

registered his first 2-goal game of the season and eighth multi-point effort out of 11 Barons outings in Friday’s 2-1 win over former Edmonton Oiler Devan Dubnyk and the Hamilton Bulldogs. Dubnyk, who started the season with Edmonton and has been traded twice, made his Montreal Canadiens’ organization debut and first start at any level since Jan. 24. It was his first AHL appearance in slightly more than 4 years. Dubnyk stopped 38 of 40 OKC shots. The Barons are 4-2-0-1 when generating 40 or more shots.

Mark Arcobello, the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending March 2, has points in all 11 games with OKC since being loaned by Edmonton in early February and has 22 points as a Baron this season. His 22 points (9 goals, 13 assists) are the most in the AHL dating to Feb. 2, when he played his first Barons game of this season. Arcobello’s 11-game point streak is a club record, surpassing the previous mark of 10 set by Alexandre Giroux in 2011 and later equaled by Josh Green and Justin Schultz. Arcobello has goals in 8 of his 11 contests and 8 multi-point games. He spent the first 4 months of the season with the Oilers, collecting 4 goals and 14 assists in 41 games. He finished last season tied for third in the AHL with 68 points.

Roman Horak has a 3-game point streak, during which he has 1 goal and 3 assists. Defenseman Brad Hunt has 14 points in the last 10 games despite being scoreless in his last 2. Hunt has at least 1 point in 12 of 16 and is sixth in the AHL in defenseman scoring with 38 points. OKC fell to 1-7 in shootouts with Wednesday’s 4-3 setback at Utica. OKC is 4-1 in games ending in overtime. Head coach Todd Nelson earned his 300th professional win in Sunday’s 6-5 decision over San Antonio. Nelson is 301-167-55 in 7 seasons as a head coach in the American and United Hockey Leagues with the Barons and Muskegon Fury. While the Barons have not played consecutive games on this 3-game trip that ends today, this is their sixth game in a 10-day span dating to Feb. 28. OKC hosts San Antonio on Tuesday and Grand Rapids on Friday and Saturday, contesting 9 games in 16 days starting Feb. 28 and ending March 15. The Barons are 5-1-0-1 on Sunday.

Last 5 Games:
Date       Opp.      Result     OKC Goalie (GA, SV) Opp. Goalie              Attn.
Feb. 28   Rfd         OTW, 5-4  Bachman (4, 32)            LaBarbera (5, 32)       3,853
March 1  Rfd         W, 5-4      Bachman (4, 31)            Simpson/LaBarbera    3,158
March 2  SA          W, 6-5      Bunz (5, 31)                  Houser (6, 25)             2,576
March 5  @ Utica  SOL, 3-4  Bachman (3, 30)            Eriksson (3, 32)           2,808
March 7  @ Ham   W, 2-1      Bachman (1, 23)            Dubnyk (2, 38)            4,407                 

Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date        Opp.            Site                               Time       Broadcast
March 11 SA                Cox Center                    7:00 pm   KXY 96.1 FM
March 14 GR                Cox Center                    7:00 pm   KXY 96.1 FM
March 15 GR                Cox Center                    7:00 pm   KXY 96.1 FM
March 21 @ Texas       Cedar Park Center         7:30 pm   KXY 96.1 FM
March 22 @ Texas       Cedar Park Center         7:00 pm   KXY 96.1 FM

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