By Jim Byers, on 10/23/2013

Oklahoma City Barons (3-3-0-1) at Texas Stars (4-1-1-0)
Barons Game 8  |  Road Game 3 |  AHL Game 81
Oct. 23, 2013, 7:30 pm CDT  | Cedar Park Center, Cedar Park, TX
Radio: KXY 96.1 FM,
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TONIGHT: The Barons begin a 3-game Texas road trip with their first regular-season visit of the year to Cedar Park Center to face the Texas Stars (Dallas Stars). The trip concludes on Friday and Saturday in San Antonio. OKC defeated Texas 2-1 in overtime on Oct. 15 at the Cox Center in the previous meeting between these West Division rivals, who play 12 times this season. The Barons are unbeaten in regulation in 4 straight, seeing a 3-game winning streak snapped in a 2-1 shootout loss to Abbotsford on Saturday. Texas has 3 wins and an OT loss in its last 4.

BUSY START: This is the eighth game of the season for the Barons, who after tonight will share the AHL lead in games played with the Manchester Monarchs and Rockford IceHogs. Manchester and Rockford are also contesting their eighth games tonight.By contrast, the Worcester Sharks and Utica Comets are each playing their fourth games of the season tonight. 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. They split their previous 2 road games, Oct. 12-13 in Iowa, where a 1-0 defeat was followed by a 4-2 win.

TEXAS TWO-STEPS: All-time in the regular season, the Barons are 21-9-0-3 against the Stars, with a 10-5-0-1 mark at Cedar Park Center. OKC split 2 games in Cedar Park during last spring’s second-round Calder Cup playoff series before sweeping all 3 in Oklahoma City to take the series 4 games to 1. Through the first 3-plus weeks of this season, Texas shares the Western Conference lead with the Rockford IceHogs with 9 points. OKC is tied for fourth with 7 points.

OUT OF THE GATE: OKC has scored the first goal in 3 straight games after allowing the opening marker in the season’s first 4 contests. The Barons are 2-0-0-1 when scoring first and 1-3-0-0 when the opponent scores first. OKC has 2 goals in the first period this season, both scored by Linus Omark on Friday against Abbotsford. The Barons have been out-shot in the first period 81-61, but have a 78-61 shot edge in the second. The shots are 67-67 in the third. To date, and including Saturday’s shootout winner by Abbotsford, the Barons have both scored and allowed 15 goals. Texas owns the AHL’s best goal differential at +15, with 26 goals for and 11 against.

GAS UP THE SHUTTLE: Wingers Tyler Pitlick and Ben Eager were promoted this week to the Edmonton Oilers and both played in last night’s 4-3 win at Montreal. Pitlick made his NHL debut by playing 11:58 while recording 2 shots and 3 hits. Defenseman Denis Grebeshkov, who played 3 games for OKC on a conditioning loan, was promoted prior to Saturday’s game.

CAPTAIN ANTON: The Barons named center Anton Lander captain yesterday. 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 has split the previous 2 seasons between Edmonton and OKC after spending 4 seasons in the Swedish Elite League. Matthew Ford, Derek Nesbitt, Ben Eager (promoted yesterday to Edmonton)and Taylor Fedun will rotate as alternate captains.

BRODA MAKES AN IMPACT: Center Joel Broda, signed to a Professional Tryout (PTO) by the Barons last week, appeared in all 3 games and collected his first Barons assist on Friday and first OKC goal on Saturday. Broda attended OKC’s camp, but was released and was preparing to start the season with the Bakersfield Condors of the ECHL. The 23-year-old native of Yorkton, Saskatchewan, spent parts of the past 3 seasons with the AHL’s Houston Aeros. Broda notched the team high for shots on goal in a game so far this season with 8 against Abbotsford on Saturday.

Last 5 Games:

Date       Opp.      Result     OKC Goalie (GA, SV) Opp. Goalie             Attn.
Oct. 12   @ Iowa   L, 0-1        Bachman (1, 28)            Gustafsson (0, 27)     10,213
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

Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date      Opp.                Site                            Time      Broadcast
Oct. 25   @ San Antonio AT&T Center              7:30 pm  KXY 96.1 FM
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

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