By Jim Byers, on 03/01/2014

 Rockford IceHogs (29-21-5-3) at Oklahoma City Barons (24-24-1-6)     

Barons Game 56  |  Home Game 27 |  AHL Game 829
March 1, 2014, 7:00 pm CST  | Cox Convention Center, Oklahoma City, OK
Radio: 1340 AM The Game,
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TONIGHT: The Barons play the second of back-to-back games with the Rockford IceHogs (Chicago Blackhawks). OKC defeated Rockford 5-4 in overtime last night, improving to 1-1-0-1 against the IceHogs this season. Tonight is the fourth and final meeting of the regular season between the teams. This is also the middle of OKC’s final set of 3 games in 3 days this season, as the Barons host the San Antonio Rampage at 4 pm Sunday. The Barons are 10th in the Western Conference with 55 points. Rockford is sixth with 66 points.

The Barons enter tonight’s game on a season-high 6-game home unbeaten streak at 5-0-0-1 after last night’s 5-4 OT win. OKC is 8-4-0-1 in its last 13 games, with 9 of those on the road. Goaltender Richard Bachman has started 11 straight games, going 8-2-1 in that span. Tyler Bunz has not appeared in a game since his most recall from ECHL Bakersfield on Jan. 28. A Baron has recorded 4 points in each of the last 2 home games after Matthew Ford’s 2 goals and 2 assists last night. On Feb. 15 vs. Lake Erie, Brad Hunt had a goal and 3 assists. Linus Omark and Taylor Fedun also have 4-point games this season to share the team’s season high. Anton Lander’s 3 assists last night match the team best this season, achieved 7 times by 5 players. OKC went 2-for-4 on the power play last night, improving to 11-1-0-1 when scoring 2 or more times on the man advantage.

A PIECE OF THE ROCK: All-time in the regular season, the Barons are 11-3-1-2 against the IceHogs, with a 4-2-1-1 mark at the Cox Center. This season, the Barons are 1-1-0-1 against the IceHogs.

FABULOUS FEBRUARY: The Barons finished February 7-2-0-1, their winningest month of the 2013-14 season.
OKC had three players tied for third in the league in scoring for month with 14 points: Brad Hunt, with 4 goals and 10 assists in 10 games; Mark Arcobello, 5 goals and 9 assists in 7 games; and Anton Lander, also 5 goals and 7 assists in 10 games.                                   

Last night’s 5-4 OT win upped OKC’s record to 4-1 in games ending in overtime. In 3 of those wins, the Barons scored in the first minute: Tyler Pitlick at :46 last night; Taylor Fedun at :17 on Jan. 9 vs. Utica; and Linus Omark at :32 vs. Texas Oct. 15. OKC allowed a winner in the first minute Dec. 31 vs. Texas, when Colton Sceviour halted the game at :46. The only Barons overtime game this season to not end in the first minute was Feb. 9 at Charlotte, when Roman Horak put home the winner at 3:28. Pitlick’s OT goal last night was the first sudden-death tally of his professional career.

had a 5-game point streak halted last night. He had 3 goals and 7 assists during the streak and even without a point last night has 9 points in the past 5 games, on 3 goals and 6 assists. Hunt has points in 10 of the last 12 outings, collecting 4 goals and 12 assists in that time. Hunt enters tonight 7th in the AHL in defenseman scoring with 34 points.

With a goal and an assist last night, Mark Arcobello has points in all 7 games with OKC since being loaned by Edmonton Feb. 1. He has goals in 5 of the 7, totaling 5 goals and 9 assists for his AHL campaign so far. Arcobello, who spent the first 4 months of the season with the Oilers (4 goals, 14 assists in 41 games) has 5 multi-point games out of his 7 AHL efforts. Arcobello returned last weekend from the Olympic break, which caused him to miss 3 games. He finished last season tied for third in the AHL in points with 68. 

Barons head coach Todd Nelson is 2 wins away from reaching 300 in his professional career. Nelson enters tonight’s game 298-167-54 in 7 seasons as a head coach at the American Hockey League and United Hockey League levels.

Top AHL scorers, February:
Player                Team          GP   G    A     Pts
Jeremy Morin     Rockford      11    9     9     18                            
Andy Miele         Portland       12    4     11    15
Mark Arcobello    OKC            7      5     9     14
Anton Lander      OKC            10    5     9     14
Brad Hunt          OKC            10    4     10    14
Mike Hoffman     Binghamton  8      8     6     14            
John Albert         St. John’s    12    11   3     14                            
Colton Sceviour  Texas          12    4     10    14

Last 5 Games:
Date       Opp.      Result     OKC Goalie (GA, SV) Opp. Goalie             Attn.
Feb. 15   LE          SOL, 4-5   Bachman (4, 33)            Aittokallio (4, 38)        4,524
Feb. 21   @ GR     W, 4-2       Bachman (2, 23)            McCollum (4, 24)        10,834
Feb. 22   @ GR     L, 3-4        Bachman (4, 33)            Mrazek (3, 36)            8,254
Feb. 23   @ Tor     L, 1-4        Bachman (4, 27)            Sparks (1, 38)            4,290
Feb. 28   Rfd         OTW, 5-4  Bachman (4, 32)            LaBarbera (5, 32)      3,853                          

Date        Opp.            Site                               Time       Broadcast
March 2   SA                Cox Center                    4:00 pm   KXY 96.1 FM
March 5   @ Utica         Memorial Auditorium      6:00 pm   KXY 96.1 FM
March 7   @ Hamilton   FirstOntario Centre        6:30 pm   KXY 96.1 FM
March 9   @ Rochester Blue Cross Arena          4:05 pm   KXY 96.1 FM
March 11 SA                Cox Center                    7:00 pm   KXY 96.1 FM

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