BARONS GAME NOTES - NOVEMBER 4
By Jim Byers,
Oklahoma City Barons (5-3-0-1) at San Antonio Rampage (3-4-0-1)
Barons Game 10 | Road Game 3 | AHL Game 136
Nov. 4, 2012, 4:30 pm CST | AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
Radio: KXY 96.1 FM
AHL Media Kit: http://admin.leaguestat.com/download.php?file_path=new-pdf/1010004-40.pdf&client_code=ahl
TODAY: The Barons conclude their first set of 3 games in 3 days with a visit to AT&T Center to face the San Antonio Rampage (Florida Panthers). OKC defeated San Antonio 5-2 in the previous meeting this year, Oct. 19 at the Cox Center. That game featured 2 goals and 1 assist from Justin Schultz, who was a +5 along with Martin Marincin. OKC’s 2-game winning streak was snapped last night in a 4-3 shootout loss to Houston. The Barons are tied with the Aeros for second in the South Division with 11 points, 2 points back of Charlotte. The Rampage are fourth with 7 points.
WHERE ARE WE?: Today ends a run of 21 straight days at home for the Barons since their only previous trip, Oct. 12-13 at Lake Erie. OKC split with the Monsters to open the season. The Barons finished a season-high 7-game homestand last night by going 4-2-0-1. They visit Abbotsford this Friday and Saturday.
HEAD OF THE CLASS: Taylor Hall, signed to an AHL contract on Thursday, 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. This year’s No. 1 pick, Edmonton’s Nail Yakupov, is a 19-year-old currently playing in the KHL. 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 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. The WHA was a 1970s rival of the NHL that 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.
SCHULTZ TOPS IN POINTS: Rookie defenseman Justin Schultz leads the AHL with 15 points (6G, 9A), 3 more than Houston’s Mikael Granlund and Syracuse’s Cory Conacher. Schultz’s 9-game point streak, which spans each game the Barons have played this season, is the longest in the AHL in 2012-13. Schultz has 5 multi-point games, with pair of 2-goal games and three 2-assist contests.
TAKE TWO: The Barons have received a 2-goal game from an individual in 5 straight games and 6 of the last 7. In the past 5 contests Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Oct. 23), Mark Arcobello (Oct. 26), Justin Schultz (Oct. 28) and Jordan Eberle (Nov. 2 and 3) have lit the lamp twice. 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 23 two-goal games by individuals since the last hat trick, 6 this season and 17 in 2011-12.
QUICK STRIKES: Jordan Eberle matched an OKC club record with an unassisted goal 10 seconds into the third period last night. The mark is shared with Colin McDonald, who tallied at the 10-second mark of the second period on March 11, 2011 vs. Grand Rapids. On Friday, Taylor Hall notched the Barons’ fastest goal this season from the start of a game when he scored 38 seconds after the opening faceoff. Hall and Eberle connected for goals 48 seconds apart on Friday vs. Houston, while OKC allowed a pair of Houston goals 38 seconds apart on Friday and 53 seconds apart last night.
ODDS AND ENDS: Through the first 9 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 9 games...OKC has been out-scored 13-6 in the third period and has allowed 3 third-period goals (erasing 3-0 leads) in each of the last 2 games vs. Houston...3 of the Barons’ 6 third-period goals have broken ties and become game winners by Justin Schultz (Oct. 13), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Oct. 23), and Jordan Eberle (Nov. 2)...Colten Teubert set a franchise record for PIM in a game with 27 on Sunday vs. Texas...Teubert enters today second in the AHL with 48 PIM, 1 behind Texas’ Antoine Roussel.
Last 5 Games:
Date Opp. Result OKC Goalie (GA,SV) Opp. Goalie Attn.
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
Nov. 3 Hou SOL, 3-4 Danis (3, 25) Hackett (3, 24) 3,466
Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date Opp. Site Time Broadcast
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
Nov. 17 Milwaukee Cox Center 7:00 TBA
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