By Jim Byers, on 03/09/2013

Rockford IceHogs (29-26-1-1) at Oklahoma City Barons (27-21-2-6)   

Barons Game 57  |  Home Game 30 |  AHL Game 868
March 9, 2013, 7 pm CST  | Cox Convention Center, Oklahoma City, OK
Radio: KXY 96.1 FM
AHL Media Kit:
TONIGHT: The Barons host the Rockford IceHogs (Chicago Blackhawks) in the second of back-to-back games and the middle of 3 games in 3 days for each club. Rockford tied last night’s game with 2 seconds remaining in regulation and won a shootout by a 2-1 margin to skate off with a 4-3 win. This is the third of 4 meetings between the teams, with each side having prevailed on its home ice. The Barons have 62 points and are tied with Abbotsford for 9th in the Western Conference, 1 point back of a 3-way tie for 6th. Rockford, winners of 7 of 8, is tied for 11th with 60 points.

OFF THE TOP: The Barons saw a franchise-record 5-game home winning streak snapped last night. The previous mark for consecutive home wins was 4, from Jan. 15-Feb. 2, 2012. OKC’s home standing point percentage of .655 is sixth in the AHL. The Barons are 17-8-2-2 at the Cox Center. Last night and tonight make up half of OKC’s 4 home dates in March. After tonight, the Barons have 8 home games and 11 road contests remaining. By going 0-for-9 on the power play in the last 3 games and 1-for-20 over the past 6, the Barons have dropped from the top spot to third in overall power play percentage at 21.8. It’s the first time since Dec. 11 the Barons have not occupied the No. 1 position in power play percentage. The Barons are 13-for-90 (14.4%) on the man advantage since Jan. 6, when Jordan Eberle and Justin Schultz and Taylor Hall departed for the NHL.

TRENDING: OKC has won 3 of its last 5 and 4 of its last 7 games. The Barons have a standing point in 12 of their last 17, going 9-5-0-3 in that time. The Barons are 9-9-1-3 since Jan. 6, when the AHL’s top two scorers (at the time) Jordan Eberle and Justin Schultz, plus Taylor Hall, who was tied for sixth in points, left for the Edmonton Oilers. OKC is 0-5-0-0 this season immediately following a shootout loss. The Barons are 2-1-1-1 in the middle game of a 3-in-3 set. OKC is 11-4-1-1 in Saturday games.

HOG CALLING: OKC is 9-1-1-1 all-time against Rockford, with a 3-1-1-1 mark at the Cox Center.

ONE AND ONE: The Barons established a franchise record for fewest shots in a period by producing 1 shot on Rockford’s net in the third period last night. The old mark was 2, established once in 2010-11 and matched 5 times last season. In the previous game on Monday, the Barons held the Charlotte Checkers to 1 shot in the second period in a 4-2 win at Time Warner Cable Arena. AHL teams have been held to a single shot on 7 occasions this season. OKC’s 15 shots for the game last night set a club record, surpassing the old mark of 16 set in a 2-0 win over Houston on Oct. 16, 2011.

SCORING IN BUNCHES: Former NHL All-Star and Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy winner Jonathan Cheechoo has 18 points (8 goals, 10 assists) in 16 games with the Barons and all 18 points have been collected in 6 multi-point games. Cheechoo’s 6 multiple point efforts include a franchise record-equaling 4 assists and 5 points on Feb. 1. He’s also collected 2 goals on 3 occasions. Of Cheechoo’s 18 points, 13 have been accumulated at home, where has played 7 games.

STARTING ANEW: Veteran defenseman Brett Clark had a 6-game point streak snapped last night. Clark, an NHL player throughout the previous 7 seasons, was signed to an AHL contract by the Barons Jan. 21. Clark had 1 goal, 7 assists a +8 mark during the streak. Philippe Cornet had a 4-game point streak halted last night. During that streak, Cornet had 1 goal, 4 assists and a +4 rating.

ODDS AND ENDS: The Barons killed off both their times short last night and are 7-for-8 on the PK in the past 2 games...OKC is 11-5-0-2 when perfect on the penalty kill...OKC dropped to 3-6 in shootouts last night...for the season, Barons shooters are 10-for-47 (21.3%) while the opposition is 15-for-47 (31.9%)...Mark Arcobello scored OKC’s fifth shorthanded goal last night and its first since Nov. 25 at Charlotte (Chris VandeVelde).

Last 5 Games:
Date        Opp.     Result    OKC Goalie (GA,SV) Opp. Goalie               Attn. 
Feb. 26    Tex        W, 3-2      Danis (2, 21)                 Campbell (3, 22)           2,400
March 2   @ Tex    SOW, 5-4 Hovinen (4, 22)             Nilstorp (4, 25)              5,789
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

Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date         Opp.                Site                         Time     Broadcast
March 10   San Antonio     AT&T Center            4:30      KXY 96.1 FM
March 13   San Antonio     AT&T Center            7:00      KXY 96.1 FM
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 

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