BARONS GAME NOTES - NOVEMBER 3
By Jim Byers,
Houston Aeros (4-3-1-0) at Oklahoma City Barons (5-3-0-0)
Barons Game 9 | Home Game 7 | AHL Game 126
Nov. 3, 2012, 7 pm CDT | Cox Convention Center, Oklahoma City, OK
TONIGHT: The Barons and Houston Aeros (Minnesota Wild) meet for the second straight night and third time in a 9-day span. The 12-game season series is 1-1 after OKC took last night’s game 4-3. The Barons opened a 3-0 lead late in the second period, but Houston rallied for 3 goals in the third to tie the score. Jordan Eberle’s second of the night at 13:44 of the third proved to be the winner. OKC has won back-to-back games for the second time this season and has its first 2-game home winning streak. Tonight ends a stretch of 7 games and 21 straight days at home for OKC.
HALL SCORES ON FIRST SHIFT: Taylor Hall, signed to an AHL contract on Thursday, scored his first AHL goal 38 seconds into last night’s game, the quickest goal from the start of a game (or period) by OKC this season. Hall gives OKC the No. 1 overall pick in both the 2010 and 2011 NHL Entry Drafts: Hall (2010) and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (2011). 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 chart on the next page) and the fifth No. 1 overall selection in the NHL or WHA to have skated in OKC. The others were Ryan Nugent-Hopkins; Barry Gibbs, the top pick in 1966; Rick Pagnutti (1967) and Bob Neely, the1973 World Hockey Association top selection. The WHA was a 1970s rival of the NHL that eventually merged into the older circuit in 1979, bringing in four teams including the Edmonton Oilers. Gibbs, Pagnutti and Neely played for the OKC Blazers of the old Central Hockey League
LEAGUE LEADER: Justin Schultz leads the AHL with 13 points (6G, 7A), 1 more than Houston’s Mikael Granlund and Syracuse’s Cory Conacher. Schultz’s 8-game point streak matches the best in the AHL in 2012-13 (with Conacher) and reflects at least 1 point in each game played. For the year, Schultz owns a pair of 2-goal games, plus two 2-assist contests.
TAKE TWO: The Barons have received a 2-goal game from an individual in 4 straight: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on Oct. 23, Mark Arcobello on Oct. 26, Justin Schultz Oct. 28 and Jordan Eberle last night. OKC has not recorded a hat trick since 2011 AHL goal champion Colin McDonald had 4 at San Antonio on April 8, 2011. OKC has 22 two-goal games by individuals since the last hat trick, 5 this season and 17 in 2011-12.
DON’T BLINK: Last night’s game featured the Barons’ quickest goal this season from the start of a game or period, when Taylor Hall tipped in a Colten Teubert shot 38 seconds after the opening faceoff. Jordan Eberle’s goal 48 seconds later established the Barons’ quickest set of consecutive goals this season. OKC also allowed its fastest pair of goals last night when Mikael Granlund and Johan Larsson lit the lamp 38 seconds apart in the third. Each team was well off the AHL record set in Abbotsford on Thursday, when the Heat scored a pair of shorthanded goals 3 seconds apart against the Toronto Marlies.
LENDING A HAND: Mark Arcobello assisted on 3 of OKC’s goals last night, joining Jordan Eberle for the team high this season in that category. Eberle dished 3 assists on Oct. 23 vs. Lake Erie.
ODDS AND ENDS: Through the first 8 games, the Barons have not trailed at either the first or second intermission...the Barons have had a lead or tie (not counting 0-0 scores) in all 8 games...OKC has scored 28 goals and allowed 25, but has been out-scored 10-4 in the third period...3 of the Barons’ 4 third-period goals have broken ties and become game winners by Justin Schultz (Oct. 13), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Oct. 23), and Jordan Eberle last night...after logging 30 or more shots in each of their first 5 games, the Barons have set their season shot low in each of the last 3 contests, 20 on Oct. 26, 19 on Sunday and 18 last night...Colten Teubert set a franchise record for PIM in a game with 27 on Sunday...Teubert enters tonight leading the AHL with 48 PIM...the Barons’ 51 team PIM on Oct. 26 vs. Houston was a club mark.
Last 5 Games:
Date Opp. Result OKC Goalie (GA,SV) Opp. Goalie Attn.
Oct. 20 LE L, 3-5 Roy (4, EN, 22) Aittokallio (3, 27) 2,897
Oct. 23 LE W, 4-3 Danis (3, 28) Pickard (4, 34) 2,143
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
Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date Opp. Site Time Broadcast
Nov. 4 SA AT&T Center 4:30 KXY 96.1 FM
Nov. 9 Abbotsford Ent. & Sports Centre 9:00 TBA
Nov. 10 Abbotsford Ent. & Sports Centre 9:00 1340 AM
Nov. 13 Toronto Cox Center 10:35 am 1340 AM
Nov. 16 Milwaukee Cox Center 7:00 KXY 96.1 FM
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