By Jim Byers, on 11/16/2013

Abbotsford Heat (13-4-0-1) at Oklahoma City Barons (6-7-0-2)   

 Barons Game 16  |  Home Game 10 |  AHL Game 222

Nov. 16, 2013, 7:00 pm CST  | Cox Convention Center, Oklahoma City, OK

Radio: AM 1340 The Game,
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TONIGHT: The Barons seek a split of back-to-back games with the Abbotsford Heat (Calgary Flames) in the final game between the teams in Oklahoma City during the regular season. This is the fourth of 8 meetings in the AHL’s “Battle of Alberta,” all so far at the Cox Center. Ben Street’s hat trick last night rallied Abbotsford from a 4-3 third-period deficit to a 5-4 win. The teams split a 2-game set at the Cox Center Oct. 18-19, with the Barons taking Game 1 by a 4-3 score and the Heat rallying for a last-minute tying goal and shootout win the next night.

BY THE NUMBERS: Thirteen of OKC’s 15 games have been decided by 1 or 2 goals. The Barons are 4-4-0-2 in 1-goal games and 2-1-0-0 when the final margin is 2. Abbotsford has played 18 games and 16 have been decided by 1 or 2 goals. The Heat are 9-2-0-1 in 1-goal and 1-1-0-0 in 2-goal contests. Abbotsford enters tonight riding a 9-game winning streak overall and a 5-game road winning streak, both AHL highs this season. The Heat’s last loss was Oct. 26 at home against Lake Erie, 3-1. Abbotsford leads the AHL with 18 games played, 27 standing points and a .750 point percentage.

LAVOIE SIGNS PTO: The Barons signed center Alex Lavoie to a Professional Tryout (PTO) today. Lavoie skated in OKC’s training camp this fall. The 20-year-old rookie, who turns 21 tomorrow, has spent this season with the Allen Americans of the Central Hockey League, scoring 5 goals with 11 assists in 13 games. He’s tied for the third-most points in the CHL behind a pair of players with 21 and two others with 17. Lavoie spent the previous 5 seasons in the Quebec Major Junior League with Chicoutimi, Cape Breton and Rimouski.

HALF A HUNDRED-PLUS: Since setting the opening-day roster in early October, the Barons have made 53 player transactions, as of this morning. The Barons had 95 transactions during the entire 2010-11 inaugural season. They made 118 moves in 2011-12 and 96 last year. Prior to last night’s game, Oscar Klefbom was recalled by Edmonton and Mark Arcobello was assigned to the Barons. Today, the Barons signed Alex Lavoie to a Professional Tryout (PTO). Following Tuesday’s game, defenseman Corey Potter was recalled by Edmonton and Taylor Fedun was returned on loan. Already this season, 11 players have appeared for both the Barons and Edmonton Oilers.

IT’S BREEZY: Veteran goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov was assigned to the Barons on a conditioning loan Monday and made his first AHL appearance since the 2005 Calder Cup playoffs last night. Bryzgalov was a 2010 Vezina Trophy finalist as a Phoenix Coyote, when he went 42-20-6 with 8 shutouts. He made his NHL debut with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks on Oct. 8, 2001 at Toronto and has 208 career wins with Anaheim, Phoenix and Philadelphia.

COMPACT SCHEDULE: The Barons are in a stretch that started Oct. 15 and runs through Nov. 30 where they play 18 games against only 5 opponents: San Antonio (7 games), Abbotsford (4), Texas (3), Chicago (2) and Lake Erie (2). OKC takes on 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. All-time against Abbotsford, OKC is 13-5-0-1, with a 6-4-0-1 mark at the Cox Center (a chart of the all-time series is on page 5).

ODDS AND ENDS: C.J. Stretch brings a 3-game point streak into tonight, matching the team high this season. Last night marked the sixth time this season the Barons scored 3 or more goals. It was their first loss when scoring at least 3 (5-1-0-0). Roman Horak, who played for the Heat and Calgary Flames this season before being acquired by Edmonton in a 4-player trade Nov. 8, scored a goal in his first Barons game on Tuesday and followed with 2 assists last night. Linus Omark owns 3 game-winning goals, tying him for second in the AHL. Ben Street’s hat trick last night was the seventh by an opposing player in Barons history.

Last 5 Games:

Date       Opp.      Result     OKC Goalie (GA, SV) Opp. Goalie             Attn.

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

Nov. 12   SA          W, 3-2       Bunz (2, 34)                   Markstrom (3, 20)       6,771

Nov. 15   Abb        L, 4-5        Bryzgalov (5, 19)            Ortio (4, 24)               3,098

Next 5 games (all times Central):

Date      Opp.                Site                                            Time              Broadcast

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

Nov. 29  @ San Antonio AT&T Center                               7:30 pm          KXY 96.1 FM

Nov. 30  San Antonio     Cox Center                                  7:00 pm          KXY 96.1 FM                          

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