By Jim Byers, on 10/25/2013

Oklahoma City Barons (3-4-0-1) at San Antonio Rampage (2-4-0-0)   
Barons Game 9  |  Road Game 4 |  AHL Game 94
Oct. 25, 2013, 7:30 pm CDT  | AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
Radio: KXY 96.1 FM,

TONIGHT: The Barons continue a 3-game trip with the first regular-season meeting of 2013-14 against the San Antonio Rampage (Florida Panthers). The teams play 12 times, with 5 of the first 6 in San Antonio. Seven of the 12 matchups will occur in October and November. This is the first of consecutive games between the teams, who will take part in home-and-home sets Nov. 29-30 and Jan. 3-4, with the front half of those in San Antonio. OKC had a 4-game unbeaten streak snapped in a 4-1 loss to Texas on Wednesday. The Rampage have dropped 2 straight, both against Texas. 

This is the Barons’ ninth game of the season, tying them for the AHL lead in games played with the Manchester Monarchs. Manchester, which hosts St. John’s tonight, is also contesting its ninth game.OKC has already completed 5 of its 38 home games, accounting for 13.2 percent of its home schedule. The Barons are 2-2-0-1 at home and 1-2-0-0 on the road.

ALAMO ANGLES: All-time in the regular season, the Barons are 17-13-0-0 against the Rampage, with an 8-7-0-0 mark at the AT&T Center. OKC added 3 wins at the AT&T Center during the 2012 Calder Cup playoffs, when the Barons won Games 3-5 of a best-of-7, second-round series to advance 4-1. Last season, the Barons took 8 out of 12 from the Rampage, with 2 OKC wins in shootouts. While they contested 3 consecutive overtime games in that 2012 playoff series, the Barons and Rampage have never had a regular-season matchup end in sudden death. The only games to advance beyond regulation time tied were OKC shootout wins Dec. 28 and March 13 of last season. In each case, Olivier Roy was in net for OKC. 

POTTER, MAYLAN ADDED: The Edmonton Oilers have assigned defenseman Corey Potter to the Barons on a conditioning loan. Potter missed the pre-season and all of the regular season so far with a back injury. An Oiler the past 2 seasons, OKC has played 95 of his 104 NHL games for Edmonton. He last appeared in the AHL for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in 2010-11. Center-winger Justin Maylan has been signed to a PTO by the Barons. The 22-year-old skated in OKC’s camp a year ago, then spent his rookie season at Stockton of the ECHL, where he tallied 18 goals and 40 points in 49 games before sustaining a season-ending upper body injury. Maylan opened this season with ECHL South Carolina, where he had 1 assist in 2 games.

FOR STARTERS: The Barons gave up the first goal on Wednesday at Texas, snapping a streak of 3 straight games where they had scored first. The Barons are 2-0-0-1 when scoring first and 1-4-0-0 when the opponent scores first. OKC has 2 goals in the first period this season, both scored by Linus Omark in Friday’s 4-3 win over Abbotsford

EVEN STEVEN: The Barons and their opponents have had the same number of penalty minutes and power play chances each of the past 3 games. OKC is 9-for-9 on the penalty kill in its last 2 games and has killed off 11 straight times short dating to its last power goal allowed on Friday vs. Abbotsford. The Barons are 26-for-28 on the season (92.9%) on the PK.

ON THE SHUTTLE: Wingers Tyler Pitlick and Ben Eager were promoted this week to the Edmonton Oilers. Pitlick made his NHL debut on Monday in a 4-3 win at Montreal. Defenseman Denis Grebeshkov, who played 3 games for OKC on a conditioning loan Oct. 12-15, was promoted prior to Friday’s game. 

CAPTAIN ANTON: The Barons named center Anton Lander captain on Tuesday. At 22, Lander is the youngest Barons’ captain and first Oiler draftee to wear the “C” for Oklahoma City. Ben Ondrus, Bryan Helmer and Josh Green were OKC’s captains the previous 3 seasons. A second-round pick (49th overall) in 2009, Lander split the previous 2 seasons between Edmonton and OKC after spending 4 seasons in the Swedish Elite League. Matthew Ford, Derek Nesbitt and Taylor Fedun will rotate as alternate captains.

Last 5 Games:
Date       Opp.      Result     OKC Goalie (GA, SV) Opp. Goalie             Attn.
Oct. 13   @ Iowa   W, 4-2       Roy (2, 28)                     Kuemper (4, 28)         4,217
Oct. 15   Texas     OTW, 2-1  Bachman (1, 22)            Nilstorp (2, 34)           1,805
Oct. 18   Abb        W, 4-3       Bachman (3, 41)            Berra (L) / Brossoit     2,680
Oct. 19   Abb        SOL, 1-2   Bachman (1, 28)            Berra (1, 29)              2,783
Oct. 23   @ Texas L, 1-4        Bachman (3, EN, 35)      Campbell (1, 25)        4,488

Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date      Opp.                Site                        Time          Broadcast
Oct. 26   @ San Antonio AT&T Center           7:00 pm      KXY 96.1 FM
Nov. 1    Chicago            Cox Center             7:00 pm      KGHM 1340
Nov. 2    Chicago            Cox Center             7:00 pm      KGHM 1340
Nov. 9    @ San Antonio AT&T Center           7:00 pm      TBA
Nov. 12  San Antonio     Cox Center             10:35 am    KGHM 1340

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