By Jim Byers, on 10/18/2013

Abbotsford Heat (2-1-0-1) at Oklahoma City Barons (2-3-0-0)
Barons Game 6  |  Home Game  4 |  AHL Game 53
Oct. 18, 2013, 7 pm CDT  | Cox Convention Center, Oklahoma City, OK
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TONIGHT: The Barons open a set of back-to-back home games against the Abbotsford Heat (Calgary Flames) in the AHL’s version of the Battle of Alberta. This is the first of 8 games between the West Division rivals, who meet again Nov. 15-16 in Oklahoma City. The Barons have won 2 straight following Tuesday’s 2-1 OT decision over Texas. The Heat dropped a shootout at home to Milwaukee in their last game on Saturday by a 2-1 final. This begins a set of 3 games in 3 days for Abbotsford, who visit Texas on Sunday. OKC does not play a 3-in-3 until Dec. 6-7-8.

OFF THE TOP: Tuesday’s 2-1 overtime victory over Texas was the Barons’ first regular-season sudden death win since Nov. 16, 2012 vs. Milwaukee at the Cox Center. Last season, OKC was 2-2 in games that ended in OT. This is OKC’s co league-leading sixth game of the season. Lake Erie, which has also gone to the post 5 times, is hosting Hamilton tonight to share the AHL lead in games with the Barons. By contrast, the Worcester Sharks won’t play their second game until tomorrow and the Charlotte Checkers, who defeated the Barons 3-2 on both Oct. 4 and 5, will play tomorrow for the first time since that season-opening series at the Cox Center. This is home game No. 4 for the Barons, who after tonight will have completed 10.5 percent of their home slate for the 2013-14 campaign.
FACING THE HEAT: This is the 17th game all-time between the Barons and Heat, with OKC having won 12 of the previous 16. OKC has won 3 straight over Abbotsford at the Cox Center dating to the 2011-12 season and has taken 6 of the last 7 head-to-head contests overall. Eleven of the 16 meetings have seen the game-winning goal scored in the third period or overtime (please see page 3 for a detailed rundown of the regular-season history between these teams). Four OKC-Abbotsford games have gone to overtime, with the Barons winning all of them, but the teams have never gone to a shootout.
GOALS AND ASSISTS: The Barons have both scored and allowed 10 goals in their 5 games. OKC is still scoreless in the first period, while allowing 4 goals in the first 20 minutes. The Barons are 5-for-22 on the power play (22.7) and have scored at least 1 man advantage goal in 2 straight games. The Barons have gone 3 games without allowing a power play goal, going a combined 7-for-7 on the PK in that time. Dating to their last power play goal allowed Oct. 5, the Barons have killed 10 consecutive times short. The Barons’ penalty kill is 15-for-16 so far this season.
MILLER TAKES POINT LEAD: Rookie Andrew Miller scored his first professional goal on Tuesday to open the scoring against Texas 50 seconds into the second period. The 25-year-old Yale alum tops the Barons with 4 points after he recorded a 3-assist game on Sunday at Iowa. Miller was the MVP of last spring’s Frozen Four as Yale won its first NCAA Hockey Championship.
BRODA DEBUTS: The Barons signed center Joel Broda to a PTO on Tuesday. A Houston Aero for all or part of the past 3 seasons, Broda attended Barons camp but was released Oct. 2 and signed by Bakersfield of the ECHL. He lodged an assist on OKC’s first goal Tuesday. During his major junior career, he led the Western Hockey League in goals in 2008-09 with 53 (split between the Moose Jaw Warriors and Calgary Hitmen) and topped the circuit in power play goals in 2009-10 with 23 for Calgary. 
ODDS AND ENDS: Defenseman Taylor Fedun set the Barons’ high for shots on goal in a game this season with 7 on Tuesday...the Calgary Flames assigned rookie goaltender Laurent Brossoit to the Heat from ECHL Alaska on Monday. Brossoit spent the past 3 seasons with the Oilers-owned Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League, where he teamed with current Barons Martin Gernat, Travis Ewanyk and David Musil.
Last 5 Games:
Date       Opp.      Result     OKC Goalie (GA, SV) Opp. Goalie             Attn.
Oct. 4     Cha        L, 2-3        Bachman (3, 29)            Peters (2, 32)             3,008
Oct. 5     Cha        L, 2-3        Bachman (3, 23)            Murphy (2, 22)           2,682
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
Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date      Opp.                Site                            Time      Broadcast
Oct. 19   Abbotsford       Cox Center                 7:00 pm  KXY 96.1 FM
Oct. 23   @ Texas           Cedar Park Center      7:30 pm  KXY 96.1 FM
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  KXY 96.1 FM

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