By Jim Byers, on 03/05/2011

Abbotsford Heat (30-25-3-5) at Oklahoma City Barons (32-22-2-5)

Game 62  |  Home Game 35  |  AHL Game 935

Mar. 5, 2011, 7:05 pm CST  | Cox Convention Center

Broadcast: KXY 96.1 FM 

TONIGHT: Oklahoma City looks to snap a 2-game home losing streak in the fourth and final regular season matchup with the Abbotsford Heat (Calgary Flames). The Barons dropped a 5-3 decision last night. The road team has won all 3 games in the season series. OKC enters tonight’s game tied for sixth in the West Division, 2 points back of fifth-place San Antonio. Abbotsford is fifth in the 7-team North Division, 2 points back of fourth-place Toronto. 

OFF THE TOP: The Barons are in a stretch where 6 out of 7 games are at home. In that span, the Barons have dropped 3 of their last 4 at the Cox Center and have been out-scored in those games 18-7. OKC is also in the midst of playing 8 out of 10 at home leading up to a season-long 9-game trip from March 15-27. Last night’s 5-3 setback dipped OKC to 14-14-2-4 at home. The Barons are 18-8-0-1 on the road. The current homestand is the third-to-last of the season. OKC is also home for consecutive meetings with Grand Rapids Mar. 11-12 and plays its final 2 regular season home games April 1 vs. Rockford and April 2 against Texas. 

MAKING AN IMPACT: Both defensemen acquired in Monday’s NHL trade deadline deals scored for the Barons last night. Kevin Montgomery, acquired from the Colorado organization for Shawn Belle, scored OKC’s final goal at 13:29 of the third period. Montgomery opened the season with Lake Erie of the AHL, logging 2 goals, both game winners and one against OKC, along with 17 assists in 51 games. Colten Tuebert, acquired from Los Angeles along with a pair of draft picks for NHL left winger Dustin Penner, tallied the Barons’ first goal at 18:18 of the first. Teubert had spent this rookie season with the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs, producing 2 goals, 8 assists and 57 PIM in 39 games.        

The Barons are 6-5-0-0 in their last 11 games, but have not surpassed 3 goals in that time. The last time OKC scored more than 3 in a game was Jan. 29, a 5-2 win over Chicago. The 4 Abbotsford goals in the third period last night were the most allowed by the Barons in a period this season. They had allowed a previous-high 3 goals on 9 occasions prior to last night. 

SPECIALIZATION: OKC’s penalty killing percentage of 84.8 is sixth in the league. The power play is part of a multiple-way tie for 16th at 17.7. The Barons went for 1-for-6 last night with the man advantage, but are, 2-for-25 in the last 5 games and 5-for-60 (8.3%) over the last 14 games. In that time, the Barons have not had a multiple power-play goal game. The last time OKC scored more than 1 power play goal was Jan. 23 at Chicago.  

GIROUX THIRD IN GOALS: Alexandre Giroux is third in the AHL with 29 goals and second in points with 65. He had an assist last night. His 7 game-winning goals tie him with Providence’s Maxime Sauve and Texas’ Greg Rallo for the AHL lead. Giroux has goals in 19 of OKC’s 61 games and the Barons are 17-0-1-1 when Giroux scores. 

ODDS AND ENDS: Johan Motin, who has missed the last 19 games, has been reassigned by Edmonton to ECHL Stockton...Motin is ready to return to play after being injured Jan. 13 at Peoria...Colin McDonald is tied for fifth in the AHL with a career-high 25 goals...he snapped a 10-game drought without a goal last night, although on Sunday McDonald ended the shootout at Texas with a goal as the 10th and final shooter...shootout game winners are not counted as individual goals, but rather as “bench” goals...the Barons have not lost consecutive games in regulation since Jan. 2-7.  

Last 5 games:

Date      Opp.      Result        OKC Goalie (GA,SV)   Opp. Goalie          Attn.
Feb. 23  Mil           L, 1-6           Gerber (4, 13)                 Lindback (1, 32)      3,128
Feb. 25  SA          W, 3-2          Deslauriers (2, 22)           Climie (3, 14)           4,758
Feb. 26  Houston  L, 0-5           Deslauriers (5, 25)           Hackett (0, 31)        5,367
Feb. 27  @ Texas W, 3-2 (SO)  Pitton (2, 29)                   Bachman (2, 35)     5,545
Mar. 4     ABB        L, 3-5           Deslauriers (4, 19)           Irving (3, 35)            4,135                              
Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date      Opp.                  Site                          Time   Broadcast
Mar. 8     Manitoba             Cox Center               7:05     KXY 96.1 FM
Mar. 10   @ San Antonio   AT&T Center            7:00     KTOK AM 1000
Mar. 11   Grand Rapids      Cox Center               6:05     KTOK AM 1000
Mar. 12   Grand Rapids      Cox Center               7:05     KTOK AM 1000
Mar. 15   @ Peoria             Carver Arena            7:05     KXY 96.1 FM

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