BARONS GAME NOTES - MARCH 22
By Jim Byers,
Oklahoma City Barons (29-26-2-7) at Texas Stars (40-17-3-5)
Barons Game 65 | Road Game 34 | AHL Game 956
March 22, 2014, 7:00 pm CDT | Cedar Park Center, Cedar Park, TX
Radio: KXY 96.1 FM, okcbarons.com
AHL Media Kit Link: http://admin.leaguestat.com/download.php?file_path=new-pdf/1012060-43.pdf&client_code=ahl
TONIGHT: The Barons wrap up a set of back-to-back games with the Texas Stars (Dallas Stars) at Cedar Park Center. OKC enters tonight having lost its last 3 games, last night’s in overtime 4-3 in a game the Stars never led until the end. This is the 11th of 12 meetings in the season series with Texas. The Barons are 4-4-2-0 against the Stars, with a 2-2-1-0 mark in Cedar Park. Texas leads the Western Conference with 88 points, tied with Manchester for the most in the AHL. OKC is tied with Charlotte for 9th with 67, 2 points behind Rockford for the final playoff spot.
OFF THE TOP: The Barons have at least 1 standing point in 4 consecutive head-to-head meetings with Texas, collecting 2 wins and 2 overtime losses in those games. OKC’s overtime record dropped to 5-2 after last night’s 4-3 setback. In both of OKC’s overtime losses to Texas, the Stars never led until the winning goal. Nine of the last 10 Barons games have been decided by one goal, with the exception a 5-2 win over San Antonio March 11 in Oklahoma City. In the nine recent one-goal games, the Barons are 5-2-1-1. OKC is 5-2-1-1 in March, 13-4-1-2 in the last 20 and 18-9-1-2 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. Matthew Ford has had multiple points in 2 straight and 3 of the past 4 games, each time registering 1 goal and 1 assist.
LAVOIE SCORES FIRST AHL GOAL: Center Alex Lavoie, signed to a PTO on Thursday, scored his first AHL goal in last night’s second period to make the score 3-2. Lavoie, the sixth-leading scorer in the Central Hockey League with 76 points for the Allen Americans and the top rookie point-getter, played one game for the Barons on a previous PTO in November.
INJURY LIST GROWS: Mark Arcobello and Roman Horak sustained injuries over the weekend and neither made this trip. 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 between Stockton and Bakersfield.
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.
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 19 of the past 20 games, going 12-5-2 in that span. Bachman is fourth in the AHL in minutes (2455:45) while facing the most shots (1356) and making the most saves (1230). Bachman stopped 38 of 42 shots last night.
ARCO’S ACHIEVEMENTS: 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.
Last 5 Games:
Date Opp. Result OKC Goalie (GA, SV) Opp. Goalie Attn.
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
Mar. 21 @ Texas OTL, 3-4 Bachman (4, 38) Nilstorp (3, 34) 5,808
Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date Opp. Site Time Broadcast
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
April 5 Cha Cox Center 7:00 pm KXY 96.1 FM
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