By Jim Byers, on 10/19/2013

Abbotsford Heat (2-2-0-1) at Oklahoma City Barons (3-3-0-0)   
Barons Game 7  |  Home Game  5 |  AHL Game 66
Oct. 19, 2013, 7 pm CDT  | Cox Convention Center, Oklahoma City, OK
Radio: KXY 96.1 FM,
AHL Media Kit Link: 

TONIGHT: The Barons seek a sweep of a 2-game set against the Abbotsford Heat (Calgary Flames) in the AHL’s version of the Battle of Alberta. OKC scored 4 goals in the first 24:32 of last night’s game and held on for a 4-3 win in the first of 8 games between the West Division rivals. They meet again Nov. 15-16 in Oklahoma City. The Barons have won 3 straight and have squared their record at 3-3-0-0. The Heat are winless in their last 2 with last night’s loss and a shootout defeat Oct. 12. This is OKC’s fifth home game of the season and their last until Nov. 1.
BUSY START: This is OKC’s league-leading seventh game of the season. By contrast, the Worcester Sharks are playing their second game tonight and the Charlotte Checkers, who defeated the Barons 3-2 on both Oct. 4 and 5, are in action for the first time since that season-opening series at the Cox Center. This is home game No. 5 for the Barons, who after tonight will have completed 13.2 percent of their home slate for the 2013-14. OKC visits Texas (Wednesday) and San Antonio (Friday-Saturday) to wrap up October.
FACING THE HEAT: This is the 18th game all-time between the Barons and Heat, with OKC having won 13 of the previous 17. OKC has won 4 straight over Abbotsford overall (and 4 consecutive at the Cox Center dating to 2011-12), while taking 7 of the last 8 head-to-head contests. Eleven of the 17 meetings have seen the game-winning goal scored in the third period or overtime (please see page 3 for a detailed rundown of the regular-season history between these teams). Four OKC-Abbotsford games have gone to overtime, with the Barons winning all of them, but the teams have never gone to a shootout.
SETTING GOALS: The Barons scored for the first time this season in the first period when Linus Omark tallied twice last night. After allowing the first goal in each of their first 4 contests, the Barons have scored first in 2 straight. Dating to Sunday’s 4-2 win at Iowa, OKC has collected 2 goals in 4 of their last 8 full periods. The Barons are 7-for-25 on the power play (28.0 percent) and have scored at least 1 man advantage goal in 3 straight games while going 5-for-14 in that time on the power play. The Barons’ streak of 10 straight penalty kills spanning 3-plus games was snapped last night when Abbotsford went 1-for-3 on the man advantage. The Barons’ penalty kill is 17-for-19 (89.5) so far this season.
OMARK SOARS: Linus Omark matched this season’s AHL single-game point mark with 4 last night, on 2 goals and 2 assists. Omark has points in 3 straight, totaling all 6 of his points in that time. 
SHOTS GALORE: Abbotsford set the AHL high so far this season for shots in a third period with 22 last night. Richard Bachman stopped 20 of them, also an AHL best to this point in the final 20 minutes. The Heat’s 22 shots in the third period were just one shy Texas’ total shot output in Tuesday’s 2-1 OKC overtime win against the Stars. The Barons’ 4 shots on goal in the third were a team low for a period this season. Taylor Fedun recorded 2 shots last night, boosting his season total to 21. He has at least 2 shots in each game and trails only San Antonio’s Alex Petrovic (24 shots), Abbotsford’s Roman Horak (24) and Rockford’s Jeremy Morin (23) in the league rankings. Horak led all shooters in last night’s game with 7.
MAKING A POINT: Three Barons notched their first multi-point games of the season last night: Linus Omark (4 points, 2G, 2A), Anton Lander (1G, 2A) and Tyler Pitlick (2 assists). Derek Nesbitt’s 2-point game, on 1 goal and 1 assist, was his team-best second multi-point contest. He scored 2 goals on Sunday at Iowa in a 4-2 win. Philip Larsen, returned on loan by Edmonton Tuesday, lodged an assist last night in his first game back. Larsen has a point in all 3 games played for OKC this season to share the team’s longest point streak with Omark. Both of Lander’s goals this season have proven to be game-winners. He shares the league high with 4 others.
Last 5 Games:
Date       Opp.      Result     OKC Goalie (GA, SV) Opp. Goalie             Attn.
Oct. 5     Cha        L, 2-3        Bachman (3, 23)            Murphy (2, 22)           2,682
Oct. 12   @ Iowa   L, 0-1        Bachman (1, 28)            Gustafsson (0, 27)     10,213
Oct. 13   @ Iowa   W, 4-2       Roy (2, 28)                     Kuemper (4, 28)         4,217
Oct. 15   Texas     OTW, 2-1  Bachman (1, 22)            Nilstorp (2, 34)           1,805
Oct. 18   Abb        W, 4-3       Bachman (3, 41)            Berra (L) / Brossoit     2,680
Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date      Opp.                Site                                  Time      Broadcast
Oct. 23   @ Texas           Cedar Park Center      7:30 pm  KXY 96.1 FM
Oct. 25   @ San Antonio AT&T Center              7:30 pm  KXY 96.1 FM
Oct. 26   @ San Antonio AT&T Center              7:00 pm  KXY 96.1 FM
Nov. 1    Chicago            Cox Center                 7:00 pm  KXY 96.1 FM
Nov. 2    Chicago            Cox Center                 7:00 pm  TBA 

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