BARONS GAME NOTES - MARCH 23
By Jim Byers,
Oklahoma City Barons (29-23-2-7) at San Antonio Rampage (27-27-1-6)
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TONIGHT: The Barons visit the San Antonio Rampage (Florida Panthers) in the 12th and final meeting of the regular season. OKC is 7-4-0-0 against San Antonio this season, with 2 wins via shootout, including the most recent matchup March 13 at the AT&T Center by a 3-2 final. The Barons dropped last night’s game at home, 3-2 in regulation against Houston, and enter tonight winless in their last 2 (0-1-0-1) dating to a pair of wins over the Rampage March 10 and 13. OKC has 67 points, tied for 10th in the Western Conference. The Rampage are 14th with 61 points.
OFF THE TOP: The Barons have played 4 straight games ending with a 3-2 final score, winning the first 2 (1 by shootout) and dropping the last 2 (also 1 by shootout). Last night’s 3-2 loss to Houston ended OKC’s home schedule for March with a 0-2-0-2 record, the first time in club history they’ve not registered a home victory during a calendar month. The Barons’ last home win was Feb. 26 vs. Texas. The Barons are 4-3-0-2 overall in March, with all 4 wins on the road. Tonight begins a 4-game road swing, which resumes on Wednesday in Chicago and concludes in Peoria on Friday and Rockford on Saturday.
PLAYOFF SNAPSHOT: Entering tonight’s Western Conference games, 7 standing points separate 7 teams from No. 5 Houston to the 10th- and 11th-ranked teams, OKC and Abbotsford. Houston has 74 points, with Rochester occupying 6th place with 70. Chicago is 7th with 69. Milwaukee and Rockford are tied for 8th with 68 points, 1 ahead of OKC and Abbotsford (67). Including tonight, OKC has 15 games remaining, 6 at home and 9 on the road. The Barons have 9 games left with Rockford, Rochester, Chicago, Abbotsford and Houston, clubs that have the same number of points, or are within 7, of OKC in the conference standings.
ROSTER RUMBLES: The Barons recalled defenseman Nathan Deck from Stockton of the ECHL on Thursday and he earned an assist last night in his first game back. In 2 Stockton stints, Deck has 7 goals and 15 assists. In 26 Barons games, Deck has 1 goal and 6 assists, including a helper 11 seconds into his first AHL game Dec. 8 at San Antonio. NHL veteran Ben Eager made his Barons debut on Tuesday, earning an assist. The 29-year-old opened the season with 14 games in Edmonton before clearing waivers last week. The Barons signed 20-year-old defenseman Kendall McFaull to an AHL contract on Monday, however he has yet to dress for OKC. McFaull just completed a 4-year career with the Moose Jaw Warriors of the WHL, where he was captain the past 2 seasons. This year, McFaull scored 5 goals while setting career highs in games (71), assists (15) and points (20).
PIVOTAL PERFORMANCES: C.J. Stretch, signed to a PTO Feb. 26, had a goal and an assist last night, his first multi-point contest for OKC. Stretch has 4 goals in 9 Barons games. Toni Rajala had a 7-game point streak (2G, 7A) snapped last night, his longest such streak during his rookie AHL campaign. Rajala had points in 13 straight as a member of the Stockton Thunder of the ECHL earlier this season. Philippe Cornet, held without a point in the last 3 games, has 22 points (10 goals, 12 assists) in 23 games since rejoining the Barons from ECHL Stockton for a second time this season on Jan. 12. Jonathan Cheechoo has 21 points (8 goals, 13 assists) in 21 games with the Barons since joining the team Jan. 23. He collected his first 20 points in 7 multi-point games before earning 1 assist on March 13 at San Antonio. Cheechoo has gone 8 games without a goal dating to March 2 at Texas, when he lit the lamp twice.
TRENDS: OKC is 6-1-1-0 when Philippe Cornet scores a goal. The Barons are 5-0-0-0 when Jonathan Cheechoo scores. The Barons have scored in 9 of the last 12 periods spanning 4 games and in each of those periods they’ve tallied exactly 1 goal. Their last multi-goal period was a 3-goal effort in the opening 20 minutes March 9 vs. Rockford. The Barons have scored at least 1 goal in 15 of the last 21 periods over their past 7 games while allowing goals in 13 of those 21 frames. With last night’s 3-2 defeat, OKC fell to 0-7-0-0 in the game immediately following a shootout loss. Rochester topped OKC 3-2 in a shootout on Tuesday. In the game immediately after any type of shootout, win or loss, the Barons are a combined 1-9-0-1.
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