By Josh Evans, OKC Barons on 03/02/2013

Oklahoma City Barons (25-20-2-5) at Texas Stars (33-15-4-4)
Barons Game 53 | Road Game 25 | AHL Game 827
March 2, 2013, 7 pm CST | Cedar Park Center, Cedar Park, TX
Radio: KXY 96.1 FM
AHL Media Kit:
TONIGHT: The Barons begin a road stretch of 3 games in 3 days at Cedar Park Center against the Texas Stars (Dallas Stars). This is the fourth matchup between these South Division rivals in the past 16 days and the 11th of 12 meetings this season. The Barons defeated the Stars in the most recent game, 3-2, on Tuesday at OKC. The Barons are 6-3-0-1 against Texas, with a 2-1-0-1 mark at Cedar Park. OKC, which plays at Charlotte tomorrow and Monday, has 57 points, tied for 10th in the Western Conference. Texas shares leads the AHL with 74 points.
OFF THE TOP: The Barons have at least 1 standing point in 9 of the last 13 games, going 7-4-0-2 in that time. February was OKC’s third-winningest month this season with a 5-2-0-1 slate, a win total surpassed only by 7 victories in November and 6 in December. Tonight concludes a stretch of 10 games played entirely within Oklahoma or Texas, a run that included 6 home games and 4 road encounters (3 at Cedar Park and 1 in Houston). This is the front end of a 3-in-3 set that continues tomorrow and Monday at Charlotte. OKC is 2-2-0-0 in the first of a 3-in-3 this season. The Barons are No. 1 in the AHL on the power play at 22.6 percent. The power play is 12-for-77 (15.6%) since Jordan Eberle, Justin Schultz and Taylor Hall returned to the NHL. OKC has not scored or allowed a power play goal in the last 2 games, going 0-for-7 on the man advantage and 7-for-7 on the penalty kill.

RED RIVER ROUNDUP: After Tuesday’s 3-2 win over the Stars, OKC is 6-3-0-1 against Texas this season, with all 3 of the Stars’ regulation wins being shutouts. All-time, OKC is 18-9-0-3 against Texas, 8-5-0-1 at Cedar Park Center. Texas has dropped back-to-back games in regulation for the first time since Nov. 3-9. Since Nov. 9, the Stars are 30-9-4-3, with 5 of those 9 regulation losses against OKC. Texas shares the AHL lead with Syracuse in standing points with 74. The Stars’ season record of 33-15-4-4 is a .661 standing point percentage, third-best in the league. Texas’ point percentage against OKC is .400 (4-6-0-0), while against all other opponents it’s .717 (29-9-4-4 against the rest of the AHL).

STRETCH TIME: C.J. Stretch signed a PTO with the Barons on Tuesday and provided the eventual game-winning goal in the third period of a 3-2 win over Texas. It was his first AHL goal in his 24th game in the league, as he appeared in 23 games for Houston last season. Stretch’s 60 ECHL points this season for the Ontario Reign, on 27 goals and 33 assists, were the fourth-most in the league at the time of his promotion. Stretch is the third Baron this season to tally his first career AHL goal in his first league game, joining Taylor Hall (Nov. 2 vs. Houston) and Toni Rajala (Nov. 21 at Texas).

GAME TIME ALERT: Tomorrow’s game at Charlotte has a 4 pm (CST) opening faceoff, a time change from the original schedule release last summer. Some printed schedules contain the original start time, but the game is slated for 4 pm Central and will be air on KXY 96.1 FM, and AHL Live.

FAST START: Despite playing only 12 games since being signed to a PTO in January, former NHL All-Star Jonathan Cheechoo is tied for 11th on the team in scoring among all players who have appeared for the Barons this season. Cheechoo has 15 points, on 6 goals and 9 assists, with 13 of those points collected in his 6 home games. Cheechoo is tied for sixth among all Barons this season in home scoring with those 13 points. Six of OKC’s top 7 point scorers for the season are currently playing for the Edmonton Oilers.

ODDS AND ENDS: Despite playing 4 more games at home than on the road, OKC’s penalty killing stats are identical home and away: 26 power play goals allowed in 111 times short (76.6%)...the Barons are 11-5-0-1 when they don’t allow a power play goal...they’re 7-for-7 on the PK in the past 2 games...Edmonton recalled goaltender Yann Danis on Wednesday reassigned Olivier Roy from Stockton to take his place...after starting the season with the Barons, Roy went 3-1-0 with a 1.24 goals-against average and a .962 save percentage in a recent stint in the ECHL...defenseman Nathan Deck was loaned to Stockton on Wednesday.

Last 5 Games:
Date Opp. Result OKC Goalie (GA,SV) Opp. Goalie Attn.
Feb. 15 @ Tex SOL, 3-4 Hovinen (3, 38) Campbell (3, 28) 5,428
Feb. 16 @ Tex L, 0-4 Hovinen (4, 23) Campbell (0, 20) 6,863
Feb. 22 Hou W, 4-3 Danis (3, 23) Hackett (4, 26) 3,746
Feb. 23 @ Hou L, 1-2 Danis (2, 21) Hackett (1, 36) 12,367
Feb. 26 Texas W, 3-2 Danis (2, 21) Campbell (3, 22) 2,400

Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date Opp. Site Time Broadcast
March 3 Charlotte Time Warner Cable Arena 4:00 KXY 96.1 FM
March 4 Charlotte Time Warner Cable Arena 6:00 KXY 96.1 FM
March 8 Rockford Cox Center 7:00 KXY 96.1 FM
March 9 Rockford Cox Center 7:00 KXY 96.1 FM
March 10SA AT&T Center 4:30 KXY 96.1 FM

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