BARONS GAME NOTES - NOVEMBER 12
By Jim Byers,
San Antonio Rampage (6-6-0-1) at Oklahoma City Barons (5-6-0-2)
Barons Game 14 | Home Game 8 | AHL Game 193
Nov. 12, 2013, 10:35 am CST | Cox Convention Center, Oklahoma City, OK
Radio: AM 1340 The Game, okcbarons.com
TODAY: The Barons take on the San Antonio Rampage (Florida Panthers) for the second time in a 4-day span and the fourth time this season. San Antonio topped OKC 3-2 in a shootout on Saturday at the AT&T Center. The teams split back-to-back games in San Antonio Oct. 25-26. They’ll meet 12 times this season. The Rampage have contested 3 straight shootouts and won the last 2, defeating the Barons on Saturday and Milwaukee, also 3-2, on Sunday. San Antonio is tied for 7th in the Western Conference with 13 points. OKC is tied for 11th with 12 points.
MORNING MAYHEM: Today’s Kids Day Game featuring hockey and interactive in-game and educational elements for school-age youngsters is the fifth in Barons history and fourth at home. The Barons have 3 wins and an overtime loss all-time in field trip games. OKC blanked San Antonio on 33 saves by Martin Gerber Feb. 9, 2011 in the first edition, notable for a winter storm that arrived the night before, closed schools on game day and kept the kids home. The Barons defeated the Toronto Marlies 3-1 on Nov. 8, 2011, a month before OKC’s only road morning game to date, a 2-1 shootout win at Houston Dec. 8, 2011. On Nov. 13, 2012, the Barons fell behind Toronto 4-0 in the first period, but rallied to tie the score 5-5 in the final minute. The Marlies won in overtime, 6-5. That game featured 6 goals by players in the NHL today: Will Acton and Jake Gardiner for Toronto; Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (2), Mark Arcobello and Taylor Hall for OKC. The Barons visit the Rampage for their field trip game a week from today.
48 AND COUNTING: The addition yesterday of NHL veteran goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov on a conditioning assignment and the release of Mario Lamoureux from a PTO were the 47th and 48th player transactions since opening day. The Barons have had 20 transactions in November alone. Bryzgalov, a Vezina Trophy finalist in 2010 as a Phoenix Coyote, was signed by Edmonton to a one-year contract as a free agent on Friday.
RAMPAGING: All-time in the regular season, the Barons are 18-14-0-1 against the Rampage, 9-6-0-0 at the Cox Center. Tyler Bunz made his first career appearance against the Rampage in Saturday’s 3-2 shootout loss, stopping 34 of 36 shots. Laurent Brossoit has not faced the Rampage. Dov Grumet-Morris is 3-5-1 with 2 shutouts, a 3.47 goals-against average and .917 save percentage in 10 career games against the Barons. Michael Houser has faced the Barons twice, both times this season, going 2-0-0 with a 1.92 goals-against average (4 GA) and a .920 save percentage (46 saves). In the regular season, Jacob Markstrom is 5-4-1 with 1 shutout in 10 career games against the Barons with a 2.37 GAA and .931 save percentage.
FAMILIAR RIVALS: The Barons are in a stretch running from Oct. 25-Nov. 30 where 7 of their 14 games are against the San Antonio Rampage. The West Division rivals meet 12 times this season, with 5 of the first 6 in the Alamo City before the situation reverses and the Barons host 5 of the final 6 matchups at the Cox Convention Center. From Oct. 15-Nov. 30 inclusive, OKC plays 18 games while facing only 5 opponents: San Antonio (7 games), Abbotsford (4), Texas (3), Chicago (2) and Lake Erie (2). OKC faces the San Antonio 5 times in November alone, with those 5 games exceeding the Barons’ entire regular season slate against 10 of the 14 teams they’re scheduled to face.
TRENDING: Matthew Ford has goals in 4 of his last 5 games played. He sat out Saturday because the Barons are carrying 7 veterans and can only dress 6. OKC has out-scored the opposition 13-8 on the power play, but has been out-scored 25-12 at even skater strength (extra attacker goals, empty nets, penalty shots or shootout goals not included). Rookie Kale Kessy has points in 2 straight, his first points as a professional. He lodged his first AHL goal Nov. 2 vs. Chicago and followed with an assist in San Antonio on Saturday. Brad Hunt has assists in 2 straight. Derek Nesbitt has goals in 2 straight and points in 4 of the last 5.
Last 5 Games:
Date Opp. Result OKC Goalie (GA, SV) Opp. Goalie Attn.
Oct. 25 @ SA W, 5-4 Bachman (4, 29) Grumet-Morris (5, 34) 6,237
Oct. 26 @ SA L, 2-4 Roy (3, EN, 30) Houser (2, 25) 5,113
Nov. 1 Chi L, 0-6 Roy (5 GA, L) / Bunz (1) Allen (0, 21) 2,328
Nov. 2 Chi W, 4-2 Roy (2, 31) Allen (4, 29) 2,626
Nov. 9 @ SA SOL, 2-3 Bunz (2, 34) Houser (2, 21) 6,440
Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date Opp. Site Time Broadcast
Nov. 15 Abbotsford Cox Center 7:00 pm KGHM 1340
Nov. 16 Abbotsford Cox Center 7:00 pm KGHM 1340
Nov. 19 @ San Antonio AT&T Center 10:30 am KGHM 1340
Nov. 21 @ Lake Erie Quicken Loans Arena 6:00 pm KXY 96.1 FM
Nov. 27 @ Texas Cedar Park Center 7:30 pm KXY 96.1 FM
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