GAME NOTES

BARONS GAME NOTES - MARCH 30

By Jim Byers, on 03/30/2014

Oklahoma City Barons (30-27-2-8) at Charlotte Checkers (35-30-1-2)      
Barons Game 68  |  Road Game 36  |  AHL Game 1009
March 30, 2014, 12:30 pm CDT  | Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC
Radio: KXY 96.1 FM, okcbarons.com
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TODAY: The Barons wrap up a 2-game trip with the second of back-to-back games with the Charlotte Checkers (Carolina Hurricanes). This is the 10th of  12 meetings between the West Division rivals, who meet for the final time April 5-6 in Oklahoma City. Charlotte won the first 6 head-to-head matchups, the Barons swept a 2-game set at TWCA Feb. 7-9, but the Checkers took a shootout 3-2 last night. OKC is tied with Rochester for ninth in the Western Conference with 70 points, 3 back of Charlotte and Rockford, which share seventh in the conference, point-wise.

OFF THE TOP:
The Barons have guaranteed themselves a winning record for the third consecutive month. OKC is 6-3-1-2 in March with just this afternoon’s game remaining. The Barons were 7-2-0-1 in February and 6-5-0-0 in January. The Barons are 14-5-1-3 in the last 23 games dating to Jan. 30 and in that time established the two longest unbeaten streaks in club history: 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. Twelve of the last 13 Barons games have been decided by one goal (or 1 goal plus an empty-netter), with the exception a 5-2 win over San Antonio March 11 in Oklahoma City. The Barons are 7-3-1-2 in their last 13. In one-goal decisions, OKC is 15-12-2-8. After today, the Barons have 8 games left, 2 on the road at Abbotsford and 6 at home, against Hamilton, Charlotte (2), Texas and Iowa (2).

FORD SETS CLUB RECORD: Matthew Ford
has goals in 5 straight to establish a franchise record goal streak. The old mark of 4 was shared by Mark Arcobello from 2012-13 and Liam Reddox and Colin McDonald from 2010-11. Ford has 1 goal in each of the past 5 games and has lit the lamp in 6 of the past 7, totaling 6 goals and 3 assists in that span.

GOALIE GOSSIP:
Richard Bachman has started 21 of the past 23 Barons games, going 13-5-3 in that span. Bachman is fourth in the AHL in minutes (2574:20) while facing the most shots (1422) and making the most saves (1293). Ty Rimmer, a member of the Central Hockey League’s All-Rookie team, was recalled by the Barons from Quad City on Monday and has backed up Bachman in each of the past two games. Rimmer, who played 3 games for the Barons in December, was 18-14-5 with 3 shutouts, a 2.84 goals-against average and .906 save percentage for the Mallards. Frans Tuohimma, a seventh-round pick by Edmonton in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, was reassigned by the Oilers on Wednesday from his team in the SM-liiga in Finland and is on this trip. Tuohimma, 22, has spent most of the past 3 seasons in Finland.

ARCOBELLO, HORAK REMAIN OUT: Mark Arcobello
and Roman Horak have missed the past 4 games  with upper and lower body injuries, respectively. Neither is on this 2-game trip to Charlotte. Kale Kessy has an upper-body injury and also did not accompany the team to Charlotte.

HUNT AMONG LEADERS: Brad Hunt
is tied for fourth in points among AHL defensemen with 45, on 11 goals and 34 assists. He already owns the club record for assists in a season by a defenseman (34), surpassing Justin Schultz’s 30 last season. 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.

SHOOTOUT SNIPPETS: Curtis Hamilton’s shootout attempt last night was the first of his 136-game professional career. Central Hockey League Rookie of the Year Alex Lavoie, with the Barons on a PTO, scored OKC’s lone goal of the shootout. It was his first professional shootout goal, as he was 0-for-7 this season for the Allen Americans. Six of the Barons’ 8 shootout defeats have been on the road (they’ve dropped all their road tiebreakers). Last night was the third shootout all-time between the Barons and Checkers, with each at Time Warner Cable Arena. On Dec. 18, 2011, Charlotte defeated the Barons 3-2 in the game and 2-1 in the shootout with David LeNeveu in net for OKC and Mike Murphy for Charlotte. On Feb. 25, 2012 the Barons prevailed 3-2 in the game a 2-1 in the shootout with LeNeveu and John Muse in net.

AHL leading scorers since Feb. 2:
        Player                      Team     GP      G       A         PTS
1      Chris Terry              CHA       25       13     17       30
2      Zach Boychuk         CHA       25       10     19       29
3      Mark Arcobello      OKC      15       10     18       28
4      Alex Khokhlachev PRO       21       9        18       27
5      Andy Miele              POR       19       8        18       26
6      Brad Hunt               OKC      22       7        18       25
T7   Roman Horak        OKC      18       10     13       23
T7   Brett Sutter              CHA       25       10     13       23

Last 5 Games:
Date       Opp.      Result     OKC Goalie (GA, SV) Opp. Goalie              Attn.
Mar. 15   GR         L, 3-4       Bachman (4, 24)            McCollum (3, 27)         4,494
Mar. 21   @ Texas OTL, 3-4   Bachman (4, 38)            Nilstorp (3, 34)            5,808
Mar. 22   @ Texas L, 3-5       Brossoit (4, EN, 38)       Campbell (3, 31)         6,439
Mar. 25   SA          W, 2-1      Bachman (1, 33)            Houser (2, 23)             3,070
Mar. 29   @ Cha    SOL, 2-3  Bachman (2, 30)            Muse (2, 32)               8,232

Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date        Opp.         Site                                  Time       Broadcast
April 2      Hamilton    Cox Center                       7:00 pm   KXY 96.1 FM
April 5      Cha           Cox Center                       7:00 pm   TBA
April 6      Cha           Cox Center                       4:00 pm   KXY 96.1 FM
April 11    @ Abb       Sports/Entertainment Ctr   9:00 pm   KXY 96.1 FM
April 13    @ Abb       Sports/Entertainment Ctr   3:00 pm   KXY 96.1 FM

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