BARONS GAME NOTES - APRIL 6
By Jim Byers,
Chicago Wolves (33-25-5-4) at Oklahoma City Barons (34-23-2-8)
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OFF THE TOP: The Barons bring a 6-game unbeaten streak into tonight, going 5-0-0-1 in that span. A win tonight would match the club record for consecutive games without a regulation loss, set during a 7-game winning streak Jan. 15-Feb. 2 of last season. Last night’s 3-2 win at Texas upped OKC’s franchise-record road unbeaten string to 8 games (7-0-0-1). OKC has standing points in 13 of the last 16 games, going 10-3-0-3. The Barons have allowed 3 goals or fewer in 10 straight games, going 7-1-0-2. OKC is the only Western Conference team to have won 7 of its last 10 entering tonight. OKC is 30-9-0-3 when allowing 3 goals or fewer in a game. Yann Danis has played all 8 games since returning from his latest stint with the Edmonton Oilers, going 5-1-2 with a 2.09 goals-against average and .917 save percentage in that time. Goaltender Niko Hovinen last played March 9 vs. Rockford. The last time a goalie other than Danis played was March 10 and 13 at San Antonio, when Olivier Roy, since loaned to ECHL Stockton, earned a pair of wins. Last night was the Barons’ 7th win this season when trailing by 2 or more goals, as Texas took a 2-0 lead 3:01 into the contest. OKC wraps the season series 8-3-0-1 against Texas.
SPECIALTIES: OKC did not have to kill a penalty last night, the second time in club history they were 0-for-0 on the PK. On Jan. 14, 2012, Abbotsford did not have a power play in a 2-1 win over the Barons at the Cox Center. The Barons have gone a season-high 8 straight games without allowing a power play goal, going 23-for-23 on the penalty kill in that span. OKC is 22-11-2-3 when scoring at least 1 power play goal and 12-4-1-0 when notching 2 or more. The Barons have the AHL’s top power play percentage, 21.5.
RAJALA’S STREAK STOPPED: Toni Rajala had a 5-game point streak (2 goals, 6 assists) snapped last night. Rajala has points in 12 of the last 14 games (4G, 13A) and is the Barons’ second-leading scorer on the active roster with 34 points in 36 games. Rajala, who has had 2 stints with ECHL Stockton this season, is tied with current Edmonton Oiler Taylor Hall for 4th overall in Barons scoring for the season behind Mark Arcobello (58 points) and current Oilers Jordan Eberle (51) and Justin Schultz. Rajala’s +16 rating is second on the team behind Martin Marincin’s +17. Rajala’s +12 rating in March was the league’s best.
PIVOTAL PERFORMERS: Philippe Cornet has 26 points (12 goals, 14 assists) and a +9 rating in 29 games since rejoining the Barons from ECHL Stockton for a second time this season Jan. 12. Jonathan Cheechoo has 25 points (10 goals, 15 assists) and a +7 in 27 games with the Barons since joining the team on a PTO Jan. 23. Cheechoo has amassed his 25 points in 11 games, including 8 multi-point contests.
NO. 9 DREAM: Defenseman Garrett Stafford was acquired by the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday from the Washington Capitals for left winger Dane Byers, with both players assigned to their respective AHL affiliates. Stafford, 33, played 48 games for the Hershey Bears this season, registering 1 goal and 20 assists. The former AHL All-Rookie team member and second-team All Star (2004) has 93 AHL goals in 658 league games. OKC is Stafford’s 9th AHL team, following Cleveland, Worcester, Grand Rapids, Texas, San Antonio, Portland, Hamilton and Hershey. Stafford had 4 shots on goal in his Barons debut last night.
LANDER SETS MARKS, RECEIVES HONOR, GOES UP:Anton Lander, currently on recall to Edmonton,is the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending on Sunday. He had 8 points and a +6 rating in 3 games last week, keyed by an AHL season high and club record 6-point game at Rockford on Saturday. Lander had OKC’s 4th hat trick of the season in addition to 3 assists.
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