BARONS GAME NOTES - JANUARY 18
By Jim Byers,
San Antonio Rampage (16-20-0-4) at Oklahoma City Barons (18-15-2-3)
Barons Game 39 | Home Game 21 | AHL Game 570
TONIGHT: The Barons and San Antonio Rampage (Florida Panthers) play the first of consecutive games at the Cox Center. Tonight and tomorrow are the final 2 regular-season meetings in OKC between the clubs this year. They’ll meet March 10, 13 and 23 at San Antonio. Overall, this is the 8th of 12 head-to-head matchups this season. OKC is 4-3-0-0, with the home team taking each game, most recently a 3-2 Barons shootout on Dec. 28. OKC enters tonight 4th in the South Division and tied for 8th in the conference with 41 points. San Antonio has 36 points.
OFF THE TOP: The Barons are seeking to snap a 4-game losing streak (0-3-1-0), which matches their longest of the season (in the AHL, OT losses are viewed the same as regulation defeats in calculating losing streaks). OKC has dropped a season-high 3 straight at home, with 7-0 and 3-0 decisions last weekend sandwiched around a 4-3 OT loss on Saturday. The Barons out-shot the opposition in their past 2 games by a combined 71-35. Saturday and Sunday’s games mark the first time in OKC’s AHL history they limited the opponent to fewer than 20 shots in back-to-back games, as Charlotte had 19 shots on Saturday and Texas 16 shots on Sunday. OKC’s home record of 11-6-2-1 ties them for eighth in the AHL in home standing point percentage, .625.
60-MINUTE MEN: The Barons and Rampage last met on Dec. 28 at the Cox Center, with the Barons rallying from a 2-0 deficit to force OT before winning in a shootout, 3-2. It was the first regular-season matchup in the clubs’ AHL tenures to go beyond regulation time tied. OKC is 13-12-0-0 all-time vs. San Antonio, while the Rampage are 12-12-0-1 against OKC. The teams contested 3 straight overtime games in last spring’s Calder Cup playoffs, with the OKC taking all 3 in a 4-1 second-round series win. This season, OKC is 5-for-29 (17.2%) on the power play against San Antonio. The Rampage are 4-for-30 (13.3%) vs. OKC.
AT THE HALF: The Barons begin the second half of their 76-game schedule tonight. In their inaugural campaign two years ago, in an 80-game schedule, the Barons hit the 38-game mark at 18-15-1-4, 41 points, the same point total produced by today’s record of 18-15-2-3. Last season, in a 76-game slate, OKC was 23-10-2-3 after 38 games for 51 points, on the way to a conference-best 99 points.
FIRST SWINGS: The Barons are second in the AHL with 45 goals in the first period despite not lighting the lamp in the opening period in their past 3 contests. The Barons have trailed at the first intermission in 5 consecutive games after going 17 straight from Nov. 24-Jan. 4 without facing a deficit after 1 period. OKC has also given up a goal in each of the last 5 first periods after going 7 straight without allowing a first period goal from Dec. 21-Jan. 4. OKC trailed after 1 period only 3 times in their first 33 games, the fewest in the AHL, before falling behind at the first intermission in each of their last 5.
ARCO ALL-STAR: Barons center Mark Arcobello has been named to the 2013 Dunkin’ Donuts AHL All-Star Classic, to be played Jan. 28 in Providence, R.I. Arcobello is the Barons’ leading scorer among players on the active roster with 10 goals and 22 assists. Arcobello was third among AHL point scorers in December with 17, on 3 goals and 14 assists.
ALL-STARS, PART II: Andrew Hotham, signed to a PTO by the Barons last week, has been named to the ECHL All-Star Game Jan. 23, when league stars meet the Colorado Eagles in Loveland, Colo. Hotham joins Nathan Deck (recently replaced as a starter) as OKC defensemen chosen. Toni Rajala was chosen to the All-Star team, but Barons camp attendee Justin Maylan will represent the Stockton Thunder.
TIDBITS: OKC is No. 1 in overall power play percentage at 25.0...Antti Tyrvainen has been cleared to play after recovering from a wrist injury...Tyrvainen has missed 24 straight games since sustaining the injury Nov. 16 vs. Milwaukee...Mark Arcobello has 15 shots in the last 2 games, 9 Sunday and 6 Saturday.
Last 5 Games:
Date Opp. Result OKC Goalie (GA,SV) Opp. Goalie Attn.
Jan. 5 @ Mil SOW, 3-2 Roy (2, 15) Smith (2, 35) 3,685
Jan. 6 @ Chi L, 3-6 Danis (5, EN, 33) Climie (3, 42) 6,329
Jan. 11 Cha L, 0-7 Danis (L, 4, 9) / Roy Peters (0, 24) 3,772
Jan. 12 Cha OTL, 3-4 Danis (4, 15) Peters (3, 32) 3,494
Jan. 13 Tex L, 0-3 Roy (2, EN, 13) Campbell (0, 36) 2,653
Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date Opp. Site Time Broadcast
Jan. 19 San Antonio Cox Center 7:00 KXY 96.1 FM
Jan. 23 Grand Rapids Van Andel Arena 6:00 KXY 96.1 FM
Jan. 25 Milwaukee BMO Harris Bradley 7:00 KXY 96.1 FM
Jan. 26 Rockford BMO Harris Bank Ctr 7:05 KXY 96.1 FM
Jan. 31 Charlotte Cox Center 7:00 KXY 96.1 FM
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