By Jim Byers, on 11/02/2013

Chicago Wolves (4-5-0-1) at Oklahoma City Barons (4-6-0-1)
Barons Game 12  |  Home Game 7 |  AHL Game 145
Nov. 2, 2013, 7 pm CDT  | Cox Convention Center, Oklahoma City, OK
Radio: AM 1340 The Game,

 The Barons look to snap a 2-game losing streak as they face the Chicago Wolves (St. Louis Blues) in the second of back-to-back games and the final meeting of the regular season at OKC. They wrap up the 4-game season series Dec. 7-8 at Allstate Arena. Chicago dealt the Barons their second shutout defeat of the season, 6-0, last night. The Barons and Wolves are tied for 11th in the Western Conference in points with 9. All-time the Barons are 6-7-0-2 against the Wolves. OKC is 6-6-2-1 against the Blues’ affiliate, which in previous seasons was in Peoria.

FALLOUT: Last night’s 6-0 Chicago win marked the second time this season OKC was shut out, joining a 1-0 loss Oct. 12 at Iowa. Among OKC’s 18 regular-season offensive shutouts in club history, 4 have been against Chicago. In addition to Jake Allen last night, previous Wolves goalies to shut out the Barons were Matt Climie, Eddie Lackand Eddie Pasquale. Chicago has the second-most shutouts of OKC behind Texas (5). San Antonio goalies have blanked the Barons 3 times, while Toronto, Hamilton, Houston, Iowa, Charlotte and Abbotsford have one each. In 15 all-time meetings, the Barons are 6-7-0-2 against the Wolves, but none of OKC’s wins over Chicago has been by shutout (the Barons have 17 shutouts in club history by their goaltenders). The 6-goal margin of defeat matched the second-highest in Barons history, behind a pair of 7-0 setbacks against Texas (Oct. 9, 2011) and Charlotte (Jan. 11, 2013). The 5 goals tallied by Chicago in the second period equaled the Barons record for most goals allowed in a period, set at Grand Rapids Jan. 4, 2013.

 This weekend marks the first time as head coaches that Barons bench boss Todd Nelson has faced the Wolves’ John Anderson, for whom Nelson was an assistant for 4 seasons. Anderson and Nelson teamed with the Wolves for the 2007 and 2008 AHL campaigns, winning a Calder Cup in 2008. They assumed the same roles with the NHL’s Atlanta Thrashers, now Winnipeg Jets, for the following two seasons, 2009 and 2010. Anderson returns to the Wolves this season for a second stint. He led the team for 11 seasons (1997-98 through 2007-08), winning a pair of titles in the International Hockey League (1998, 2000) and 2 more in the AHL (2002, 2008).

 The Barons began a stretch last night where 5 of their first 6 games to start November at home. OKC is 2-3-0-1 at home so far this season. OKC is in the middle of a 14-game stretch, which started Oct. 25 and runs through Nov. 30, where 7 of their 14 games are against the San Antonio Rampage. From Oct. 15-Nov. 30 inclusive, OKC plays 18 games while facing only 5 opponents: San Antonio (7 games), Abbotsford (4), Texas (3), Chicago (2) and Lake Erie (2).

 Matthew Ford saw a 3-game goal streak, the team’s longest of the season, snapped last night. Ford had goals in all 3 road games last week. Also halted last night was fellow Southern Californian C.J. Stretch’s 3-game assist streak. Stretch earned assists on all of Ford’s goals last week. While both are from the greater Los Angeles area, Ford was born in West Hills, Calif., in the San Fernando Valley, while Stretch hails from Irvine, in Orange County. Stretch and Ford share the Barons’ longest point streak of the season with previous 3-game runs by Philip Larsen and Linus Omark.

 OKC has out-scored the opposition 11-5 on the power play, but has been out-scored 24-9 at even skater strength (extra attacker goals, empty nets, penalty shots or shootout goals not included)...The Barons’ penalty kill is second in the AHL at 88.1%, 37-for-42...Philip Larsen’s recalled to Edmonton yesterday was the Barons’ 14th transaction in an 8-day span from Oct. 25-Nov. 1, inclusive...Linus Omark’s 4-goal performance on Oct. 25 at San Antonio remains the AHL’s high so far this season...Mario Lamoureux made his AHL debut last night with 2 shots and 2 PIM...he was signed to a PTO on Wednesday.

Last 5 Games:
Date       Opp.      Result     OKC Goalie (GA, SV) Opp. Goalie             Attn.
Oct. 19   Abb        SOL, 1-2   Bachman (1, 28)            Berra (1, 29)              2,783
Oct. 23   @ Texas L, 1-4        Bachman (3, EN, 35)      Campbell (1, 25)        4,488
Oct. 25   @ SA     W, 5-4       Bachman (4, 29)            Grumet-Morris (5, 34) 6,237
Oct. 26   @ SA     L, 2-4        Roy (3, EN, 30)              Houser (2, 25)            5,113
Nov. 1     Chi         L, 0-6        Roy (5 GA, L) / Bunz (1) Allen (0, 21)               2,328

Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date      Opp.                Site                        Time          Broadcast
Nov. 9    @ San Antonio AT&T Center           7:00 pm      KGHM 1340
Nov. 12  San Antonio     Cox Center             10:35 am    KGHM 1340
Nov. 15  Abbotsford       Cox Center             7:00 pm      KGHM 1340
Nov. 16  Abbotsford       Cox Center             7:00 pm      TBA
Nov. 19  @ San Antonio AT&T Center           10:30 am    KGHM 1340

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