By Jim Byers, on 03/11/2014

 San Antonio Rampage (24-25-3-6) at Oklahoma City Barons (28-24-1-7)    

Barons Game 61  |  Home Game 29 |  AHL Game 888
March 11, 2014, 7:00 pm CDT  | Cox Convention Center, Oklahoma City, OK
Radio: KXY 96.1 FM,
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TONIGHT: The Barons open a 3-game homestand with the 11th of 12 meetings with the San Antonio Rampage (Florida Panthers). OKC is 6-2-0-2 against San Antonio, 4-0-0-0 at the Cox Center, and has won 4 straight head-to-head clashes with the Rampage. The Barons enter tonight’s game on a 6-game unbeaten streak at 5-0-0-1 and is riding a 2-game winning streak after a 5-4 OT victory on Sunday in Rochester. OKC is ninth in the Western Conference with 64 points, 2 back of Milwaukee. San Antonio is 12th in the conference with 57 points.

OKC is 4-0-0-1 in March, 12-2-0-2 in the last 16 and 17-7-0-2 since the first of the year. On Jan. 30, when the 12-2-0-2 run began, the Barons were 14th in the Western Conference with 38 points, 8 back of the final playoff spot. Entering tonight they’re ninth in the conference with 64 points, 2 away from matching Milwaukee for the eighth and final Calder Cup playoff position. Milwaukee has played 2 fewer games than OKC. The Barons are 4 points back of seventh-place Rockford and have played 2 fewer games than the IceHogs. Richard Bachman has started 15 of the past 16 games, going 11-2-2 in that span. Since Feb. 2, when Mark Arcobello made his season debut with the Barons, OKC is 11-2-0-2 and 19-for-65 (29.2 percent) on the power play. The power play was tied for 11th in the AHL at 18.6 percent on Feb. 2 when Arcobello made his debut. Entering today, it’s sixth at 21.2. The Barons have scored a tying or winning goal in the final 4:10 of regulation time (or OT) in 5 of the past 6 games.

Captain Anton Lander was returned on loan by the Edmonton Oilers Sunday night after being recalled on an emergency basis the day before. Lander did not appear in an Oilers game in the one-day stint. Oscar Klefbom were recalled by Edmonton on Saturday and remains in the NHL. Defenseman Joey Leach was recalled by the Barons from Bakersfield yesterday. Leach has 7 assists in 56 games for the Condors. He was on OKC’s opening-night roster, but did not play before being loaned to Bakersfield.

Including tonight, the Barons have 16 games remaining in the regular season, 10 at home and 6 on the road. The Barons enter this week riding a club-record 8-game home unbeaten streak, notching 7 wins and 1 shootout loss in their last 8 at home dating to Jan. 18. OKC is 16-9-1-2 at home and 12-15-0-5 on the road. Saturday ends of stretch featuring 9 games in 16 days starting Feb. 28 and ending March 15.

Mark Arcobello has points in all 12 games with OKC since being loaned by Edmonton in early February and has 24 points as a Baron this season. His 24 points (9 goals, 15 assists) are the most in the AHL dating to Feb. 2, when he played his first Barons game of this season. Arcobello’s 12-game point streak is a club record, surpassing the previous mark of 10 set by Alexandre Giroux in 2011 and later equaled by Josh Green and Justin Schultz. Arcobello has goals in 8 of his 12 contests and 9 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.

DAVIDSON, HUNT, HORAK HEAT UP: Defenseman Brandon Davidson has scored a dramatic winning goal in consecutive Sunday games. On March 2, he tallied the trying and winning goals in the third period, the winner with 35.2 second left, in a 6-5 decision over San Antonio. Sunday at Rochester, he put home an overtime goal at 2:54, his first OT goal in the AHL. Brad Hunt scored the tying goal in Rochester and is tied for fifth in the AHL in points by a defenseman with 39. Hunt is fifth in the entire AHL in points with 19 dating to Mark Arcobello’s season debut with the team Feb. 2. Roman Horak had professional career highs in assists (3), points (4) and plus-minus (+4) on Sunday in Rochester. Horak brings a 4-game point streak into this week, with 2 goals and 6 assists in that span. He’s second in the AHL with 21 points since Arcobello’s debut Feb. 2. In 44 games as a Baron since an early November trade from Calgary, Horak has 17 goals, 21 assists and is a +13. His season total including games with Abbotsford: 57 GP, 19-26-45, +9.

Last 5 Games:
Date       Opp.      Result     OKC Goalie (GA, SV) Opp. Goalie              Attn.
March 1  Rfd         W, 5-4      Bachman (4, 31)            Simpson/LaBarbera    3,158
March 2  SA          W, 6-5      Bunz (5, 31)                  Houser (6, 25)             2,576
March 5  @ Utica  SOL, 3-4  Bachman (3, 30)            Eriksson (3, 32)           2,808
March 7  @ Ham   W, 2-1      Bachman (1, 23)            Dubnyk (2, 38)            4,407
March 9  @ Rch    OTW, 5-4  Bachman (4, 13)            Hackett (5, 27)            5,202                 

Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date        Opp.            Site                               Time       Broadcast
March 14 GR                Cox Center                    7:00 pm   KXY 96.1 FM
March 15 GR                Cox Center                    7:00 pm   KXY 96.1 FM
March 21 @ Texas       Cedar Park Center         7:30 pm   KXY 96.1 FM
March 22 @ Texas       Cedar Park Center         7:00 pm   KXY 96.1 FM
March 25 SA                Cox Center                    7:00 pm   KXY 96.1

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