BARONS GAME NOTES - MARCH 30
By Jim Byers,
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
AHL Media Kit Link: http://admin.leaguestat.com/download.php?file_path=new-pdf/1012113-43.pdf&client_code=ahl
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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