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BARONS GAME NOTES - JANUARY 19
By Jim Byers,
San Antonio Rampage (17-20-0-4) at Oklahoma City Barons (18-16-2-3)
Barons Game 40 | Home Game 22 | AHL Game 582
TONIGHT: The Barons and San Antonio Rampage (Florida Panthers) wrap up back-to-back games at the Cox Center. This is final regular-season meeting in OKC between the clubs this year. They’ll meet March 10, 13 and 23 at San Antonio. Overall, this is the 9th of 12 head-to-head matchups this season. OKC is 4-4-0-0 against the Rampage after San Antonio took last night’s game 4-2. It was the first win by a road team in the season series. OKC enters tonight 4th in the South Division and tied for 10th in the conference with 41 points. San Antonio has 38 points.
OFF THE TOP: The Barons are looking to snap a club-record 5-game losing streak. The previous mark was 4, set once each of the past 2 seasons. OKC is 0-4-1-0 in the last 5 (in the AHL, OT losses are viewed the same as regulation defeats in calculating losing streaks). OKC has dropped a club-record 4 straight at home in regulation/OT (previous mark was 3, set 3 times previously). The Barons need to win their remaining 5 games this month to avoid a losing record in a calendar month for the first time since March 2011, when they were 4-7-0-4. The Barons are 1-6-1-0 in January. OKC has had only 2 losing months in club history dating to the 2010-11 inaugural campaign. Aside from March 2011, they went 4-5-0-3 in December 2010.
VS. THE RAMPAGE: OKC and San Antonio have split 26 all-time meetings in 2 1/2 seasons together in the AHL. OKC is 13-13-0-0 vs. San Antonio, while the Rampage are 13-12-0-1 against OKC, with the Rampage’s shootout defeat Dec. 28 at the Cox Center. That was the only regular-season matchup between these teams to go beyond regulation time tied. The teams contested 3 straight overtime games in last spring’s Calder Cup playoffs, with the OKC taking all 3 in a 4-1 second-round series win. This season, OKC is 5-for-33 (15.2%) on the power play against San Antonio. The Rampage are 4-for-31 (12.9%) vs. OKC.
SECOND HALF BEGINS: Last night began the second half of the Barons’ 76-game schedule. In their inaugural campaign two years ago, in an 80-game schedule, the Barons hit the 38-game mark at 18-15-1-4, 41 points, the same point total produced at the 38-game mark this season with an 18-15-2-3 record entering last night. Last season, in a 76-game slate, OKC was 23-10-2-3 after 38 games for 51 points, on the way to a conference-best 99 points. Dane Byers is the only Baron to have played in all 39 games this season.
STREAK STOPPER: The Barons scored the only goal of the first period last night to halt a pair of streaks. Prior to last night, OKC had trailed after the first period in each of their previous 5 games after going 17 straight from Nov. 24-Jan. 4 without facing a deficit after the first 20 minutes. OKC had also given up a goal in 5 consecutive first periods until blanking the Rampage last night in the opener. OKC went 7 straight first periods without allowing a goal from Dec. 21-Jan. 4.
FIRSTS: Ryan Martindale’s goal to open the scoring last night was his first in the AHL. In 27 games over the past 2 seasons, the Oilers’ third-round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft has added 6 assists. Toni Rajala chipped in a goal and an assist last night for his first AHL multi-point contest.
ARCO ALL-STAR: Barons center Mark Arcobello has been named to the 2013 Dunkin’ Donuts AHL All-Star Classic, to be played Jan. 28 in Providence, R.I. Arcobello is the Barons’ leading scorer among players on the active roster with 10 goals and 22 assists. Arcobello was third among AHL point scorers in December with 3 goals and 14 assists.
ETC.: OKC is No. 1 in overall power play percentage at 24.4...Antti Tyrvainen is available after recovering from a wrist injury...Tyrvainen has missed 25 games since sustaining the injury Nov. 16 vs. Milwaukee...Mark Arcobello matched the Barons’ club record with 12 shots on goal last night...Linus Omark set the mark during a 5-goal performance against Toronto Nov. 7 2010...Arcobello has 27 shots in the last 3 games...OKC’s 48 shots last night were a season high and second-most in club history behind 51 on Nov. 7, 2010 in a 7-6 shootout win over Toronto...OKC’s 19 first-period shots last night were a team high this season.
Last 5 Games:
Date Opp. Result OKC Goalie (GA,SV) Opp. Goalie Attn.
Jan. 6 @ Chi L, 3-6 Danis (5, EN, 33) Climie (3, 42) 6,329
Jan. 11 Cha L, 0-7 Danis (L, 4, 9) / Roy Peters (0, 24) 3,772
Jan. 12 Cha OTL, 3-4 Danis (4, 15) Peters (3, 32) 3,494
Jan. 13 Tex L, 0-3 Roy (2, EN, 13) Campbell (0, 36) 2,653
Jan. 18 SA L, 2-4 Roy (3, EN, 21) Markstrom (2, 46) 2,863
Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date Opp. Site Time Broadcast
Jan. 23 Grand Rapids Van Andel Arena 6:00 KXY 96.1 FM
Jan. 25 Milwaukee BMO Harris Bradley 7:00 KXY 96.1 FM
Jan. 26 Rockford BMO Harris Bank Ctr 7:05 KXY 96.1 FM
Jan. 31 Charlotte Cox Center 7:00 KXY 96.1 FM
Feb. 1 Charlotte Cox Center 7:00 KXY 96.1 FM
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