BARONS GAME NOTES - NOVEMBER 13
By Jim Byers,
Toronto Marlies (6-4-0-1) at Oklahoma City Barons (6-5-0-1)
Barons Game 13 | Home Game 8 | AHL Game 179
Nov. 13, 2012, 10:35 am CST | Cox Convention Center, Oklahoma City, OK
TODAY: The Barons host the Toronto Marlies (Toronto Maple Leafs) in the only OKC meeting of the season between the 2012 Western Conference finalists. The season series concludes April 16 at Toronto (OKC’s last road game of the season). The Marlies beat the Barons 4-1 in last season’s Western Conference final before being swept by eventual Calder Cup champion Norfolk. In 4 all-time regular season matchups over the past two seasons, the home club has won each time. Toronto’s 5-0 win in Game 1 of last spring’s playoff series is the only road win between these clubs.
OFF THE TOP: The Barons enter today’s game off a 2-1 OT win on Saturday at Abbotsford, a game that snapped OKC’s only 2-game losing streak of the season and a season-high 3-game winless drought (0-2-0-1). The Barons are 4-2-0-1 at home this season, with all 7 games played during a season-high homestand from Oct. 19-Nov. 3. OKC has the league’s top power play percentage at home, 32.0, with 8 power play goals in 25 home chances. This is the seventh of an 8-game trip for the Marlies, which vacate the Ricoh Coliseum each fall for the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. The Marlies have won 3 straight, including Saturday’s 3-0 decision at San Antonio, and are 4-2-0-0 on the trip so far.
SET THE ALARM: Today’s Field Trip Education Day game is the third the Barons have hosted and the second straight featuring the Toronto Marlies. OKC is 2-0 all-time in morning games at the Cox Center and 3-0 overall in pre-noon starts. On Nov. 8, 2011, the Barons scored a pair of third-period goals to defeat the Marlies 3-1. During the Barons’ inaugural AHL season they shut out the San Antonio Rampage 2-0 on Feb. 9, 2011, behind 33 saves from Martin Gerber and goals by Alexandre Giroux and Chris VandeVelde. The Barons have played one road field trip game, Dec. 8, 2011 at Houston, topping the Aeros 2-1 in a shootout.
SCHULTZ THE LEADER: Barons rookie defenseman leads the AHL in points with 16, including 7 goals and 9 assists. The CCM/AHL Player of the Month for October, Schultz was briefly tied for the lead by Grand Rapids’ Gustav Nyquist on Saturday at 15 points before scoring the overtime winner at Abbotsford.
TREND-STOPPERS: Saturday’s 2-1 OT win snapped a goal scoring dryspell that had reached club record proportions. The Barons were shut out in consecutive games for the first time in club history, Nov. 4 at San Antonio and Nov. 9 at Abbotsford. They went 8 full periods and parts of two others without a goal before Taylor Hall opened the scoring in Saturday’s 2-1 victory. Including the latter part of a Nov. 3 game and the first 2-plus periods of Saturday’s contest, the Barons went 187:02 without lighting the lamp, surpassing the previous mark of 139:16. Hall’s goal also halted a power play goal drought that had spanned two full games and 10 scoreless man advantages.
TIDBITS: Justin Schultz’s OT goal on Saturday was his team-leading second game-winner this season and the first OKC has scored in a 4-on-4 manpower situation...the Barons have not allowed a 4-on-4 goal...Yann Danis made a season-high 18 saves in Saturday’s third period...Abbotsford’s 19 third-period shots were the most allowed by the Barons in a period this season...OKC has been out-scored 16-7 and out-shot 145-98 in the third period...Saturday’s 2-1 final marked the first time OKC has scored landed on 2 goals scored or allowed 1 this season...the Barons are 3-3-0-0 against Toronto’s North Division, having split 2-game sets at Lake Erie and Abbotsford while going 1-1 against the Monsters at the Cox Center last month.
AHL BATTLE OF ALBERTA RECAP: Saturday’s 2-1 overtime decision at Abbotsford marked the Barons’ 10th win in 14 all-time meetings with the Heat. OKC is 7-1-0-0 all-time in western Canada, taking a pair of games against the Heat played in previous seasons in Calgary and winning 5 of 6 at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre. Among the 14 games played between OKC and Abbotsford, 10 have had the winning goal produced in the third period or overtime. Jordan Henry, signed to a PTO last week, debuted in 2 games at Abbotsford and is the first player to skate for both teams in the AHL’s “Battle of Alberta.”
Last 5 Games:
Date Opp. Result OKC Goalie (GA,SV) Opp. Goalie Attn.
Nov. 2 Hou W, 4-3 Danis (3, 35) Kuemper (4, 14) 2,064
Nov. 3 Hou SOL, 3-4 Danis (3, 25) Hackett (3, 24) 3,466
Nov. 4 @ SA L, 0-2 Roy (2, 22) Grumet-Morris (0, 27) 3,991
Nov. 9 @ Abb L, 0-4 Danis (4, 32) Taylor (0, 23) 7,046
Nov. 10 @ Abb OTW, 2-1 Danis (1, 31) Taylor (2, 32) 7,046
Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date Opp. Site Time Broadcast
Nov. 16 Milwaukee Cox Center 7:00 KXY 96.1 FM
Nov. 17 Milwaukee Cox Center 7:00 1340 AM
Nov. 21 Texas Cedar Park Center 7:30 KXY 96.1 FM
Nov. 24 Charlotte Time Warner Cable Arena 6:00 TBA
Nov. 25 Charlotte Time Warner Cable Arena 2:00 1340 AM
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