BARONS GAME NOTES - NOVEMBER 9
By Jim Byers,
Oklahoma City Barons (5-4-0-1) at Abbotsford Heat (6-1-0-2)
Barons Game 11 | Road Game 4 | AHL Game 146
Nov. 9, 2012, 9 pm CST | Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre, Abbotsford, BC
TONIGHT: The Barons play the first of consecutive games with the Abbotsford Heat (Calgary Flames) in OKC’s only trip to British Columbia in the regular season. The teams met 8 times as West Division rivals last season, with OKC taking 6 of 8 including one in OT. This season the teams meet 4 times, with the other games in OKC April 19-20. The Barons last played on Sunday, dropping a 2-0 decision in San Antonio. OKC is third in the South, 6 points behind Charlotte. Abbotsford, one of 3 AHL teams with 1 regulation loss, is tied with Lake Erie atop the North with 14 points.
BARONS-HEAT HISTORY: OKC and Abbotsford have met 12 times and the Barons are 9-3-0-0 in those games, including winning all 6 on the road (4 in Abbotsford and 2 in Calgary). Nine of the 12 have seen the game-winning goal scored in the third period or OT.
HEAD OF THE CLASS: Taylor Hall, signed to an AHL contract Nov. 1, scored his first AHL goal 38 seconds into Friday’s 4-3 win over Houston. Hall, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, joins 2011 top overall selection Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in giving OKC the top picks in 2 of the last 3 drafts. An Oiler the past 2 seasons, Hall has 49 goals and 46 assists in 126 career NHL games. He’s returning from labrum surgery on his left shoulder, a procedure that cost him the final month of the 2011-12 season. Hall is the sixth first-round pick to play for the Barons this season (see the chart on next page) and the fifth No. 1 overall selection in the NHL or WHA to skate in OKC. The others: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins; Barry Gibbs, top pick in 1966; Rick Pagnutti (1967) and Bob Neely, the1973 World Hockey Association top selection. Gibbs, Pagnutti and Neely played for the Oklahoma City Blazers of the old Central Hockey League.
SCHULTZ ATOP AHL: Rookie defenseman Justin Schultz leads the AHL in points with 15, 6 goals and 9 assists. Schultz’s had a 9-game point streak dating to the start of the snapped in a 2-0 shutout loss on Sunday at San Antonio. Schultz has 5 multi-point efforts in the season’s first 10 games, twice scoring 2 goals and on three occasions notching 2 assists. The CCM/AHL Player of the Month for October, Schultz is tied for the second-most assists in the AHL (9, 2 behind the co-leaders), tied for the fourth-most goals (6) and tied for first in shorthanded goals (2), both of which came on Oct. 19.
BREAKING AWAY: Sunday’s 2-0 loss at San Antonio ended a season-high stretch of 7 straight home games spanning 21 calendar days. OKC went 4-2-0-1 during the homestand. The Barons next home game is a Field Trip Education Day matchup with Toronto featuring a 10:35 am (CST) opening faceoff on Tuesday.
TAKE TWO: For 5 straight games (Oct. 23-Nov. 3) the Barons received a 2-goal game from an individual before the string ended on Sunday. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Oct. 23), Mark Arcobello (Oct. 26), Justin Schultz (Oct. 28), and Jordan Eberle (consecutive nights Nov. 2-3) each had 2-goal games. Schultz’s additional 2-goal game Oct. 19 made it a span of 6 out of 7 Barons games with a 2-goal scorer. The Barons have not had a hat trick since Colin McDonald scored 4 goals at San Antonio on April 8, 2011.
FRONT-RUNNING: OKC went the first 9-plus games of the season without trailing at the first or second intermission until falling behind 1-0 after 2 periods Sunday at San Antonio. The Barons were the last AHL team to have a 0-0-0-0 record at both the first and second intermissions. Sunday’s game was also the Barons’ first where they did not have a lead or tie (excluding 0-0 scores) at some stage of the contest.
ODDS AND ENDS: OKC has been out-scored 14-6 and out-shot 113-83 in the third period...3 of the Barons’ 6 third-period goals have broken ties and been game winners for Justin Schultz (Oct. 13), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Oct. 23), and Jordan Eberle (Nov. 2)...Eberle matched an OKC club record with a goal 10 seconds into the third period on Saturday vs. Houston. The mark is shared with Colin McDonald, who tallied at 10 seconds of the second period March 11, 2011 vs. Grand Rapids. On Nov. 2, Taylor Hall notched the Barons’ fastest goal this season from the start of a game, 38 seconds after the opening draw.
Last 5 Games:
Date Opp. Result OKC Goalie (GA,SV) Opp. Goalie Attn.
Oct. 26 Hou L, 4-6 Danis (6, 33) Hackett/Kuemper (W) 2,995
Oct. 28 Texas W, 4-2 Roy (2, 27) Nilstorp (L)/Campbell 2,501
Nov. 2 Hou W, 4-3 Danis (3, 35) Kuemper (4, 14) 2,064
Nov. 3 Hou SOL, 3-4 Danis (3, 25) Hackett (3, 24) 3,466
Nov. 4 @ SA L, 0-2 Roy (2, 22) Grumet-Morris (0, 27) 3,991
Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date Opp. Site Time Broadcast
Nov. 10 Abbotsford Ent. & Sports Centre 9:00 KXY 96.1 FM
Nov. 13 Toronto Cox Center 10:35 am 1340 AM
Nov. 16 Milwaukee Cox Center 7:00 KXY 96.1 FM
Nov. 17 Milwaukee Cox Center 7:00 KXY 96.1 FM
Nov. 21 Texas Cedar Park Center 7:30 KXY 96.1 FM
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