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BARONS GAME NOTES - MARCH 12
By Jim Byers,Grand Rapids Griffins (30-25-2-8) at Oklahoma City Barons (34-24-2-5)
Game 66 | Home Game 38 | AHL Game 987
Mar. 12, 2011, 7:05 pm CST | Cox Convention Center
Broadcast: KXY 96.1 FM
TONIGHT: Fresh off a 6-5 overtime win last night, the Barons host a rematch with the Grand Rapids Griffins (Detroit Red Wings). OKC has won both games so far in the 4-game season series, taking the first 5-4 in a shootout Oct. 29 at Grand Rapids. Tonight is the Barons’ league-high 38th home game, their third contest in as many nights and their fourth in 5 nights. OKC is 1-2 so far this week. The Barons are tied with San Antonio for sixth in the West, 2 points back of fifth.
OFF THE TOP: Last night’s 6-5 OT win marked the fourth time this season the Barons have won when trailing by at least 2 goals. Grand Rapids’ Francis Pare scored twice in the opening period to put the Barons behind 2-0 after 1 period. The win snapped a 2-game losing streak, the first time since Jan. 2-7 the Barons had dropped consecutive games in regulation. OKC is 16-15-2-4 at home and 18-9-0-1 on the road with 2 home games remaining after tonight: April 1 (Rockford) and April 2 (Texas). OKC has played the most home games (37) and fewest road contests (28). The Barons set off on a 9-game, 14-day trip Monday, with the first game of the swing Tuesday at Peoria.
FIRST TIME SINCE: OKC’s 6 goals last night snapped a stretch of 14 games during which the Barons did not score more than 3 in a single contest. The previous time they totaled more than 3 was Jan. 29 vs. Chicago in a 5-2 win. They went 7-7 in that string of 3-goal or fewer games. Their 2 power play goals last night marked the first time since Jan. 23, a span of 17 games, that they tallied more than 1 man advantage goal. OKC was 2-for-3 last night on the power play.
DISTINCTIONS: The overtime winner by defenseman Anthony Aiello last night was his first AHL goal. He added 2 assists for his first AHL 3-point game. Mark Arcobello had his first AHL 2-goal game last night, and combined with a tally on Thursday at San Antonio has goals in 2 straight games. Chris Vandevelde has goals in 2 straight. Vandevelde and Arcobello lit the lamp 26 seconds apart in the second period last night, accounting for the fastest 2 goals during this inaugural Barons season. Colin McDonald scored 10 seconds into the second period, notching the quickest Barons goal from the start of a period. The previous fastest was a goal by J.F. Jacques 17 seconds into the opening period Nov. 9 vs. San Antonio.
ROOKIES LEAD THE WAY: Five of the Barons’ 6 goals last night were scored by rookies: Mark Arcobello (2), Chris Vandevelde, Teemu Hartikainen and Anthony Aiello.
SHOT CHART: The Barons have out-shot the opposition in 9 straight games, during which they are 4-5-0-0. For the season, the Barons are 18-12-1-1 when out-shooting the opposition, 15-11-1-3 when out-shot and 1-1-0-1 when the shots are even.
ODDS AND ENDS: Teemu Hartikainen had a goal and 2 assists last night while logging a personal season-high 7 shots and going +3...Colin McDonald is in a multiple-player tie for fourth in the AHL with a career-high 26 goals...Alexandre Giroux is still the league’s third-leading goal scorer (29) and No. 2 point producer (65) despite being with Edmonton since Mar. 5...four of OKC’s top 7 point scorers - Giroux, Liam Reddox (5th), Linus Omark (6th) and Jeff Petry (7th) - are currently with Edmonton. Reddox and Omark last played for OKC on Jan. 2...defenseman Taylor Fedun of Princeton, signed as a free agent for the next 2 seasons by Edmonton on Tuesday, could join the Barons on an Amateur Tryout (ATO) this weekend or for the start of the road trip this week.
Last 5 games:
Date Opp. Result OKC Goalie (GA,SV) Opp. Goalie Attn.
Mar. 4 ABB L, 3-5 Deslauriers (4, 19) Irving (3, 35) 4,135
Mar. 5 ABB W, 2-1 (OT) Gerber (1, 22) Irving (2, 35) 4,669
Mar. 8 Manitoba L, 1-4 Gerber (4, 24) Weiman (1, 28) 3,110
Mar. 10 @ SA L, 3-4 Gerber (4, 17) Climie (3, 24) 4,606
Mar. 11 GR W, 6-5 (OT) Deslauriers (5, 33) Pearce (6, 33) 3,836
Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date Opp. Site Time Broadcast
Mar. 15 @ Peoria Carver Arena 7:05 KXY 96.1 FM
Mar. 16 @ Grand Rapids Van Andel Arena 6:00 KXY 96.1 FM
Mar. 18 @ Rockford MetroCentre 7:05 KXY 96.1 FM
Mar. 19 @ Chicago Allstate Arena 7:00 KXY 96.1 FM
Mar. 20 @ Chicago Allstate Arena 3:00 KXY 96.1 FM
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