By Jim Byers, on 03/13/2013

Oklahoma City Barons (28-22-2-6) at San Antonio Rampage (26-26-1-4)

                                         Barons Game 59  |  Road Game 29 |  AHL Game 890

March 13, 2013, 7 pm CDT  | AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
Radio: KXY 96.1 FM
AHL Media Kit:
TONIGHT: The Barons meet the San Antonio Rampage (Florida Panthers) in the second straight game between the South Division rivals at the AT&T Center. OKC held off San Antonio 3-2 on Sunday. The Barons are 6-4-0-0 against the Rampage this season, with a 1-3-0-0 mark the AT&T Center. The teams wrap up the 12-game season series in San Antonio on March 23. The Barons are 9th in the Western Conference with 64 points, 1 behind Abbotsford and 2 points back of Chicago and Rochester, which share 6th place. San Antonio is tied for 13th with 57 points.

OFF THE TOP: The Barons have at least 1 standing point in 13 of their last 19 games, going 10-6-0-3 in that span. OKC is 1 point behind 8th-place Abbotsford in the Western Conference and 2 points back of Chicago and Rochester. Of the Barons’ 18 remaining games (counting tonight) 7 are against the 3 clubs immediately ahead of them in the conference. The Barons are 4 points behind 5th-place Houston and have 3 games left against the Aeros, two at the Cox Center and one in Houston. OKC has a win (Nov. 21 at Texas)and a shootout loss (Jan. 23 at Grand Rapids) on Wednesday this season. After tonight the Barons go 5 full days without playing, tied for the third-longest break in the schedule, before hosting Rochester on Tuesday.

RAMPAGING: OKC is 15-13-0-0 all-time against San Antonio in the regular season, 6-7-0-0 at the AT&T Center. In the 28-game regular season history between these teams, they have only played beyond regulation time once, Dec. 28 of this season, when OKC rallied from a 2-0 deficit to win 3-2 in a shootout at the Cox Center. In last spring’s second-round Calder Cup playoff series, OKC won 3 of 5 games in OT.

OILERS ASSIGN LANDER: Center Anton Lander, out with a broken foot sustained in the NHL Feb. 6, was assigned to OKC by Edmonton yesterday. Lander had 1 assist in 4 Oiler games. The 21-year-old native of Sundsvall, Sweden started the season with the Barons, scoring 3 goals with 7 assists in 39 games.

DAVIDSON RETURNS: Brandon Davidson was reassigned to the Barons from ECHL Stockton on Sunday and played in the Barons’ 3-2 win. The rookie defenseman scored 7 goals and added 5 assists while a +7 in 11 ECHL games. Davidson started the season with the Barons before missing more than 3 months while undergoing treatment for cancer.

SCORING IN BUNCHES: Former NHL All-Star and Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy winner Jonathan Cheechoo has 20 points (8 goals, 12 assists) in 18 games with the Barons and all of his points have been collected in 7 multi-point games. Since signing with the Barons and playing his first AHL game of this season Jan. 23, Cheechoo is tied for the second-highest point total in the league with 20. OKC’s Philippe Cornet, Connecticut’s Brandon Segal and Providence’s Torey Krug share the AHL lead in points since Jan. 23 with 21.

PIVOTAL PERFORMANCES: Mark Arcobello has a goal in 4 straight games, establishing the team’s longest goal scoring streak of the season and matching the club record set by Liam Reddox and Colin McDonald during the inaugural 2010-11 campaign. Philippe Cornet has 5 points in the last 2 games and 22 points (10 goals, 12 assists) in 20 games since rejoining the Barons from ECHL Stockton on Jan. 12. Toni Rajala has a 5-game point streak (1G, 6 A), the longest of his rookie AHL season. Rajala had points in 13 straight as a member of the Stockton Thunder earlier this season.

ODDS AND ENDS: The Barons have scored the first goal in 4 straight games...they’re 16-9-0-2 when scoring first...OKC has had a lead after 10 of the last 12 periods, going 2-1-0-1 in those 4 games...they led after each period March 4 in a 4-2 win at Charlotte; led at both intermissions March 9 vs. Rockford before a late tying goal in the third forced OT and a shootout  in a 4-3 loss; took leads into the first and second intermission on Saturday against Rockford in a 7-4 loss; and led throughout in Sunday’s 3-2 win over San Antonio.

Last 5 Games:
Date        Opp.     Result    OKC Goalie (GA,SV) Opp. Goalie               Attn. 
March 3   @ Cha   L, 2-3       Roy (3, 17)                   Peters (2, 33)               5,543
March 4   @ Cha   W, 4-2      Hovinen (2, 16)             Muse (4, 21)                 3,686
March 8   Rfd        SOL, 3-4  Hovinen (3, 34)             Hutton (3, 12)               3,758
March 9   Rfd        L, 4-7       Hovinen (6, EN, 29)      Karlsson (4, 27)            4,411 
March 10 SA         W, 3-2      Roy (2, 37)                   Grumet-Morris (3, 22)    6,858

Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date         Opp.                Site                         Time     Broadcast
March 19   Rochester         Cox Center              7:00      KXY 96.1 FM
March 22   Houston           Cox Center              7:00      KXY 96.1 FM
March 23   San Antonio     AT&T Center            7:00      KXY 96.1 FM
March 27   Chicago            Allstate Arena          7:00      KXY 96.1 FM
March 29   Peoria              Carver Arena           7:05      KXY 96.1 FM

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