OKC BARONS GAME NOTES - MARCH 21
By Jim Byers,
Oklahoma City Barons (29-26-1-7) at Texas Stars (39-17-3-5)
Barons Game 64 | Road Game 33 | AHL Game 944
March 21, 2014, 7:30 pm CDT | Cedar Park Center, Cedar Park, TX
TONIGHT: The Barons begin a set of back-to-back games with the Texas Stars (Dallas Stars) at Cedar Park Center. OKC enters tonight having lost its last 2 games, both at home to Grand Rapids on Friday and Saturday, snapping a club-record 9-game home unbeaten streak (8-0-0-1). This is the 10th of 12 meetings in the season series with Texas. The Barons are 4-4-1-0 against the Stars, with a 2-2-0-0 slate in Cedar Park. Texas leads the Western Conference with 86 points, second-most in the AHL. OKC is 9th with 66, 3 points behind Rockford for the final playoff spot.
OFF THE TOP: The last time the Barons visited Texas was Feb. 2-4 and they skated away with consecutive wins, 7-4 and 5-2. Three of the Barons’ last 4 regulation losses have come against Grand Rapids, the first of those Feb. 22 at Van Andel Arena, which snapped a club-record 8-game unbeaten streak (7-0-0-1). The other two losses were last weekend at the Cox Center against the Griffins, which halted a franchise-high 9-game home unbeaten run (8-0-0-1). OKC is 5-2-0-1 in March, 13-4-0-2 in the last 19 and 18-9-0-2 since the first of the year. OKC has established its two longest unbeaten streaks in club history this season: an 8-game string without a regulation or overtime loss from Jan. 30-Feb. 21 and a 7-game unbeaten stretch from Feb. 28-March 11 that ended on Friday.
NET NEWS: The Edmonton Oilers reassigned Tyler Bunz from OKC to Bakersfield of the ECHL on Wednesday and replaced him with Laurent Brossoit. Brossoit leads the ECHL with 7 shutouts, 1 shy of matching the league record, while going a combined 21-11-0 with a 2.06 goals-against average and .924 save percentage for Bakersfield and Alaska this season. He was acquired in a 4-player trade in November from the Calgary Flames. Richard Bachman has started 18 of the past 19 games, going 12-4-2 in that span. Bachman is fourth in the AHL in minutes (2392:55) while facing the second-most shots (1314) and making the second-most saves (1192).
FINAL 13: Including tonight, OKC has 13 games left in the regular season, 7 at home and 6 on the road. OKC is 17-11-1-2 at home and 12-15-0-5 on the road. The remaining trips are stand-alone 2-game sets at Texas, Charlotte and Abbotsford.
INJURY LIST GROWS: Mark Arcobello and Roman Horak sustained injuries over the weekend and neither made this trip to Texas. With Tyler Pitlick and Steve MacIntyre recalled this week by Edmonton, the Barons recalled Greg Miller from ECHL Bakersfield and signed Alex Lavoie to a PTO from Allen of the Central Hockey League. Miller, acquired last month in an AHL trade from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, has spent most of the season in the ECHL. Lavoie, sixth-leading scorer in the CHL with 76 points and the top rookie point-getter, played one game for the Barons on a previous PTO in November.
ARCO’S ACCOLADES: Mark Arcobello at least one point in all 15 games played with OKC since being loaned by Edmonton in early February. Arcobello has 28 points (10 goals, 18 assists) with OKC, the most in the AHL dating to his season debut in this league Feb. 2. Arcobello’s 15-game point streak is a club record and the longest in the league since Keith Aucoin, then with Hershey, collected points in 16 consecutive games from Dec. 11, 2011-Jan. 22, 2012. Arcobello has goals in 9 of his 15 contests and 10 multi-point games. He spent the first 4 months of the season with the Oilers, collecting 4 goals and 14 assists in 41 games. He finished last season tied for third in the AHL with 68 points.
HUNTING FOR A RECORD: Brad Hunt is fourth in points by an AHL defenseman with 44. He already owns the club record for assists in a season by a defenseman with 33, surpassing Justin Schultz’s 30 last season. Hunt is closing in on the franchise record for points in a season by a defenseman (48), set in 34 games by Schultz during his Eddie Shore Defenseman of the Year campaign last season. In his first full professional season with the Chicago Wolves last year, Hunt had 4 goals and 29 assists in 65 games.
Last 5 Games:
Date Opp. Result OKC Goalie (GA, SV) Opp. Goalie Attn.
Mar. 7 @ Ham W, 2-1 Bachman (1, 23) Dubnyk (2, 38) 4,407
Mar. 9 @ Rch OTW, 5-4 Bachman (4, 13) Hackett (5, 27) 5,202
Mar. 11 SA W, 5-2 Bachman (2, 37) Clemmensen (5, 28) 2,591
Mar. 14 GR L, 2-3 Bachman (3, 26) McCollum (2, 24) 3,294
Mar. 15 GR L, 3-4 Bachman (4, 24) McCollum (3, 27) 4,494
Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date Opp. Site Time Broadcast
March 22 @ Texas Cedar Park Center 7:00 pm KXY 96.1 FM
March 25 SA Cox Center 7:00 pm KXY 96.1 FM
March 29 @ Cha Time Warner Cable Arena 6:00 pm KXY 96.1 FM
March 30 @ Cha Time Warner Cable Arena 12:30 pm KXY 96.1 FM
April 2 Hamilton Cox Center 7:00 pm KXY 96.1 FM
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