BARONS GAME NOTES - MARCH 2
By Jim Byers,
San Antonio Rampage (24-23-3-5) at Oklahoma City Barons (25-24-1-6)
Barons Game 57 | Home Game 28 | AHL Game 840
March 2, 2014, 4:00 pm CST | Cox Convention Center, Oklahoma City, OK
Radio: KXY 96.1 FM, okcbarons.com
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TODAY: The Barons conclude their final set of 3 games in 3 days this season with the 10th of 12 meetings with the San Antonio Rampage (Florida Panthers). OKC is 5-2-0-2 against San Antonio this season and has taken each of the last 3 matchups. Including today, all 3 remaining games in the season series are in Oklahoma City, where the Barons are 3-0-0-0 against the Rampage. OKC has won 2 straight after sweeping Rockford 5-4 (OT) on Friday and 5-4 last night. The Barons are 9th in the Western Conference with 57 points. San Antonio is 10th with 56 points.
OFF THE TOP: The Barons enter today’s game on a franchise-record 7-game home unbeaten streak at 6-0-0-1 after last night’s 5-4 win over Rockford on a late goal by Austin Fyten, his first tally at home and third of the season. Previously, the longest home unbeaten streak was 6 games, set on two occasions (in the AHL an unbeaten streak is any combination of wins and shootout losses). OKC is 9-4-0-1 in its last 14 games, with 9 of those on the road. Included in that stretch was a club-record 8-game unbeaten streak overall at 7-0-0-1 from Jan. 30-Feb. 21. Goaltender Richard Bachman has started 12 straight games, going 9-2-1 in that span. Tyler Bunz has not appeared in a game since his most recent reassignment from ECHL Bakersfield on Jan. 28. OKC went 2-for-4 on the power play in each of the past 2 games against Rockford. The Barons are 12-1-0-1 when scoring 2 or more times on the man advantage. They enter today tied for third in power play percentage at 21.8.
ALAMO ANGLES: All-time in the regular season, the Barons are 22-15-0-2 against the Rampage, with a 12-6-0-0 mark at the Cox Center. This season, the Barons are 5-2-0-2 against the Rampage and 3-0-0-0 at the Cox Center. San Antonio just concluded its annual “Rodeo Road Trip,” which this season spanned the month of February. The Rampage went 7-2-0-1 on the trip, which was the best record in club history for a rodeo trip. They returned home last night to face Texas, but the game was suspended in the first period because of unsafe ice conditions with the Stars in front 2-0. It will be completed on a date to be announced.
MILESTONE WATCH: Barons head coach Todd Nelson is one win away from reaching 300 in his professional career. Nelson enters today’s game 299-167-54 in 7 seasons as a head coach at the American Hockey League and United Hockey League levels.
FABULOUS FEBRUARY: The Barons went 7-2-0-1 in February, their winningest month of the season. OKC had three players tie for third in the league in scoring for the 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.
ROLLING ALONG: With a goal and 2 assists last night, Mark Arcobello has points in all 8 games with OKC since being loaned by Edmonton Feb. 1 and 17 points in all with the Barons. He has goals in 6 of the 8 contests, totaling 6 goals and 11 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 6 multi-point games out of his 8 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. Arcobello’s 8-game point streak matches Anton Lander’s streak from Jan. 24-Feb. 15 for the longest by a Baron this season.
ODDS AND ENDS: Rockford’s Alex Broadhurst was awarded a penalty shot last night, the first against OKC since Texas’ Mike Hedden scored on David LeNeveu April 14, 2012. Broadhurst was stopped by Richard Bachman. Rockford used both goalies last night, with Jason LaBarbera replacing Kent Simpson at 10:19 of the second period with the score 3-2 OKC. It marked the eighth time in 18 all-time meetings between the Barons and IceHogs that Rockford had utilized both goalies. Anton Lander has 5 assists in the last 2 games. Matt Ford, who had 2 goals and 2 assists on Friday, has goals in 2 straight. Brad Hunt has 10 points in the last 6 games, including at least 1 point in 11 of 13. Hunt is 7th in the AHL in defenseman scoring with 35 points.
Last 5 Games:
Date Opp. Result OKC Goalie (GA, SV) Opp. Goalie Attn.
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
March 1 Rfd W, 5-4 Bachman (4, 31) Simpson/LaBarbera 3,158
Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date Opp. Site Time Broadcast
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
March 14 GR Cox Center 7:00 pm KXY 96.1 FM
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