BARONS GAME NOTES - OCTOBER 20
By Jim Byers,
Lake Erie Monsters (2-1-0-0) at Oklahoma City Barons (2-1-0-0)
Barons Game 4 | Home Game 2 | AHL Game 49
Oct. 20, 2012, 7 pm CDT | Cox Convention Center, Oklahoma City, OK
TONIGHT: The Barons host the Lake Erie Monsters (Colorado Avalanche) in the third of 4 meetings between the teams. The finale of the 4-game regular season series is Tuesday at the Cox Center. OKC and Lake Erie split a pair of 1-goal games last weekend at Quicken Loans Arena to open the season. The Barons enter tonight’s contest having won 2 straight, most recently last night’s home opener 5-2 over San Antonio. Lake Erie has not played since blanking Toronto 4-0 in a 40-save effort from Calvin Pickard on Sunday afternoon at Ricoh Coliseum.
SCHULTZ, MARINCIN SET CLUB MARK: Defensemen Justin Schultz and Martin Marincin were each +5 in last night’s 5-2 win over San Antonio, establishing a club record in plus/minus. The previous mark of +4 was held by 4 players: Antti Tyrvainen and Triston Grant in last season’s home opener, a 10-1 victory over Texas, Oct. 15, 2011; Taylor Chorney March 13, 2012 vs. Rockford; and Ryan O’Marra Nov. 7, 2010.
ON WISCONSIN: Justin Schultz scored a pair of shorthanded goals last night, the second into an empty net, becoming the first Baron in franchise history with 2 shorties in a single game. Schultz is the first Baron this season to record a 2-goal game and his 3-game point streak spanning the length of the young campaign matches the league high so far in 2012-13.
THIS AND THAT: The Barons have not allowed more than 1 goal in a period this season...they’ve surrendered a single goal in 6 different periods of the 3 games...OKC limited San Antonio to 16 shots last night, matching the AHL low so far this season for shots in a game...the Rampage’s 2 shots in the second period also match the league low for a period this season and equal the fewest shots ever against the Barons in a 20-minute period...Martin Marincin has goals in 2 straight games, the first tallies of his professional career...Ryan Nugent-Hopkins registered 2 assists last night, becoming the second Baron this season with a 2-assist game (Ryan Martindale is the other)...for Nugent-Hopkins, who had 52 points in the NHL last season, they were his first AHL points...Jordan Eberle’s goal last night was his first in the AHL since April 11, 2010, when he scored 2 as a Springfield Falcon against Manchester’s Jean-Francois Berube...that game marked current Baron Olivier Roy’s first career professional win in net...Eberle has spent the past 2 seasons as an Edmonton Oiler.
MONSTER MATCHUPS: Four of OKC’s first 5 games this season are against Lake Erie and they’re the only regular-season meetings between the clubs. The Barons made their only regular-season visit to Cleveland last week and split a pair of games at Quicken Loans Arena to begin the season. Both were tied heading into the final 4 minutes. Monsters rookie Andrew Agozzino scored the eventual winner with 3:33 remaining on Oct. 12 in a 2-1 final. On Saturday afternoon, OKC rookie defenseman Justin Schultz wristed home the decisive goal with 3:34 left in the third to send the Barons to a 3-2 win.
RNH JOINS OKC DRAFT-TOPPERS: This season features the Barons debut of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Nugent-Hopkins was the Edmonton Oilers’ third-leading scorer last season with 52 points in 62 games. He was a finalist for the Calder Memorial Trophy. Nugent-Hopkins is the fourth No. 1 overall pick to appear for an OKC professional hockey team, joining 1966 top choice Barry Gibbs; 1967 No. 1 Rick Pagnutti and 1973 World Hockey Association top selection Bob Neely. The WHA was a 1970s rival of the NHL that eventually merged into the older circuit in 1979, bringing 4 teams including the Edmonton Oilers.
FAMILIAR FACES: The Barons’ opening-day roster consists of 25 players: 16 forwards, 7 defensemen and 2 goaltenders. Eighteen players on the opening roster played at least 1 game for the Barons last season, including 16 skaters and both goalies, Yann Danis and Olivier Roy.
Date Opp. Result OKC Goalie (GA,SV) Opp. Goalie Attn.
Oct. 12 @ LE L, 1-2 Danis (2, 27) Aittokallio (1, 29) 12,011
Oct. 13 @ LE W, 3-2 Roy (2, 37) Pickard (3, 29) 4,136
Oct. 19 SA W, 5-2 Danis (2, 14) Markstrom (4, EN, 29) 6,323
Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date Opp. Site Time Broadcast
Oct. 23 Lake Erie Cox Center 7 pm KXY 96.1 FM
Oct. 26 Houston Cox Center 7 pm KXY 96.1 FM
Oct. 28 Texas Cox Center 4 pm KXY 96.1 FM
Nov. 2 Houston Cox Center 7 pm KXY 96.1 FM
Nov. 3 Houston Cox Center 7 pm TBA
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