BARONS GAME NOTES - NOVEMBER 25
By Jim Byers, on 11/25/2012
Oklahoma City Barons (10-5-1-1) at Charlotte Checkers (12-4-0-2)
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TODAY: The Barons play the second of back-to-back games against the Charlotte Checkers (Carolina Hurricanes). OKC rallied for 3 third-period goals last night to take the first of 8 meetings in the season series, 4-2. The Barons have won a season-high 4 straight, including the first 2 of a 7-game road stretch. OKC is 4-4-0-1 all-time against Charlotte, combining this season and last, with a 3-1-0-1 mark at Time Warner Cable Arena. Charlotte leads the South Division with 26 points, 4 more than the Barons. The Checkers have played one more game than OKC.
OFF THE TOP: OKC has improved to the seventh-best record in the AHL with a .647 point percentage on the strength of a season-high 4-game winning streak. The Barons have standing points in 6 straight, going 5-0-1-0 in that time. Despite being blanked in 3 power play chances last night, OKC moved past Charlotte and into a tie with Bridgeport for the best power play percentage at 24.7. OKC’s penalty killed denied all 6 Charlotte opportunities last night, including a combined 2:27 of two-man disadvantage time, to knock the Checkers from the top of the power play rankings to third by three-tenths of a point, 24.7 to 24.4. The Barons have killed 26 of their last 28 times short spanning the past 6 games, a 92.9 percent rate.
POINT RACE UPDATE: OKC has 3 of the AHL’s top 4 point scorers entering today’s games. Rookie defenseman Justin Schultz leads the AHL in points with 25, on 9 goals and a league-leading 16 assists after a pair of helpers last night. Schultz has collected multiple points in 9 of 17 games played. He has at least one point in 15 of 17 and the only games where he was held off the scoresheet were opposing shutouts. Schultz was the CCM/AHL Player of the Month for October. Jordan Eberle is second in the AHL with 23 points, 9 goals and 14 assists after his third 2-goal game of the season last night. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is fourth in the league in points with 20 (8G, 12A).
POWER PLAYERS: OKC has the AHL’s top 2 power play point producers. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins leads the league in power play points with 12, on 3 goals and 9 assists. Justin Schultz (3G, 8A) is second in power play points with 11, while Jordan Eberle is tied for third with 10 points (2G, 8A on the power play).
STREAKING DANIS: Yann Danis has started and won each of the Barons’ last 4 games. During the streak, the 2012 first-team post-season All-Star and AHL Goaltender of the Year is 4-0-0 with a 2.22 goals-against average and .936 save percentage, with 132 saves on 141 shots.
REINFORCEMENTS ARRIVE: Philippe Cornet, a 2012 AHL All-Star, was reassigned from ECHL Stockton to OKC on Thursday and made his Barons season debut last night. Assigned to Stockton out of camp, Cornet had 8 goals and 11 assists with Stockton, second on the team behind Toni Rajala. On Tuesday, Rajala and Cameron Abney were assigned to the Barons from Stockton after Tanner House, Tyler Pitlick and Antti Tyrvainen sustained injuries last weekend. Rajala scored his first AHL goal in his league debut Wednesday. Rajala departed the ECHL with a league-best 11-game point streak and fourth in points with 23 (11 goals and 12 assists). Rajala is the current ECHL Player of the Week for the period ending Nov. 18. He had 5 goals and 6 assists in 4 games last week.
THIS AND THAT: Justin Schultz brings a 6-game point streak (3G, 7A in that span) into today...he had a 9-game point streak to begin the season, which matches the best in the AHL this season...Syracuse’s Richard Panik owns an active 9-gamer, while Bridgeport’s Nino Niederreiter had a 9-game streak halted Friday...Jordan Eberle has 7 points in the last 3 games, 3 goals and 4 assists...Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has three 2-goal games to share the team lead with Eberle...the Barons have had 26 two-goal games by individuals since their last hat trick, a 4-goal showing by Colin McDonald April 8, 2011 at San Antonio...Colten Teubert is fifth in the AHL with 73 penalty minutes...the Barons have split their 2 previous Sunday games, downing Texas 4-2 Oct. 28 at the Cox Center and dropping a 2-0 decision at San Antonio Nov. 4.
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