GAME NOTES

BARONS GAME NOTES - MARCH 29

By Jim Byers, on 03/29/2014

Oklahoma City Barons (30-27-2-7) at Charlotte Checkers (34-30-1-2)     
Barons Game 67  |  Road Game 35  |  AHL Game 996
March 29, 2014, 6:00 pm CDT  | Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC
Radio: KXY 96.1 FM, okcbarons.com
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TONIGHT: The Barons open a set of back-to-back games with the Charlotte Checkers (Carolina Hurricanes) in the ninth of 12 meetings between the West Division rivals. Charlotte won the first 6 head-to-head matchups, but the Barons swept a 2-game set the last time the teams met Feb. 7-9. The teams have split 4 games at Time Warner Cable Arena. The Barons enter tonight off a 2-1 home win on Tuesday against the San Antonio Rampage. OKC is 10th in the Western Conference with 69 points, 1 behind Rochester and 2 back of the eighth-place Checkers. 

OFF THE TOP:
The Barons have guaranteed themselves a winning record for the third consecutive month. OKC is 6-3-1-1 in March with 2 games remaining, counting tonight. The Barons were 7-2-0-1 in February and 6-5-0-0 in January. The Barons are 14-5-1-2 in the last 22 games dating to Jan. 30 and in that time established the two longest unbeaten streaks in club history: an 8-game string without a regulation or overtime loss from Jan. 30-Feb. 21 and a 7-game unbeaten stretch from Feb. 28-March 11. Eleven of the last 12 Barons games have been decided by one goal (or 1 goal plus an empty-netter), with the exception a 5-2 win over San Antonio March 11 in Oklahoma City. The Barons are 7-3-1-1 in their last 12. In one-goal decisions, OKC is 15-12-2-7. Including tonight, the Barons have 10 games left, 4 on the road and 6 at home.

FORD FIESTA: Matthew Ford
has goals in 4 straight, the Barons’ longest goal streak of the year. Ford has tallied one goal in each of the last 4 contests. The 4-game streak matches the longest in club history, joining similar stretches from Mark Arcobello last season and Liam Reddox and Colin McDonald from 2010-11. Ford also has goals in 5 of the past 6 games, totaling 5 goals and 3 assists in that span.

GOALIE GOSSIP:
Richard Bachman has started 20 of the past 22 Barons games, going 13-5-2 in that span. Bachman is fourth in the AHL in minutes (2515:45) while facing the most shots (1390) and making the most saves (1263). Ty Rimmer, a member of the Central Hockey League’s All-Rookie team, was recalled by the Barons from Quad City on Monday and backed up Bachman in Tuesday’s 2-1 win over San Antonio. Rimmer, who played 3 games for the Barons in December, was 18-14-5 with 3 shutouts, a 2.84 goals-against average and .906 save percentage for the Mallards. Frans Tuohimma, a seventh-round pick by Edmonton in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, was reassigned by the Oilers on Wednesday from his team in the SM-liiga in Finland and is on this trip. Tuohimma, 22, has spent most of the past 3 seasons in Finland.

ARCOBELLO, HORAK REMAIN OUT: Mark Arcobello
and Roman Horak have missed the past 3 games  with upper and lower body injuries, respectively. Neither is on this 2-game trip to Charlotte. Kale Kessy has an upper-body injury and also did not accompany the team to Charlotte.

HUNT AMONG LEADERS: Brad Hunt
is tied for fourth in points among AHL defensemen with 45, on 11 goals and 34 assists. He already owns the club record for assists in a season by a defenseman (34), surpassing Justin Schultz’s 30 last season. Hunt is closing in on the franchise record for points in a season by a defenseman (48), set in 34 games by Schultz during his Eddie Shore Defenseman of the Year campaign last season.

AHL point leaders since Feb. 2:
       
Player                        Team      GP      G       A         PTS
1      Chris Terry               CHA        24       13      17       30
T2    Mark Arcobello        OKC       15       10      18       28
T2    Zach Boychuk          CHA        24       10      18       28
4      Alex Khokhlachev   PRO       21       9        18       27
5      Brad Hunt                OKC       21       7        18       25
T6    Roman Horak          OKC       18       10      13       23
T6    Brett Sutter                CHA        24       10      13       23

Last 5 Games:
Date       Opp.      Result     OKC Goalie (GA, SV) Opp. Goalie              Attn.
Mar. 14   GR         L, 2-3       Bachman (3, 26)            McCollum (2, 24)         3,294
Mar. 15   GR         L, 3-4       Bachman (4, 24)            McCollum (3, 27)         4,494
Mar. 21   @ Texas OTL, 3-4   Bachman (4, 38)            Nilstorp (3, 34)            5,808
Mar. 22   @ Texas L, 3-5       Brossoit (4, EN, 38)       Campbell (3, 31)         6,439
Mar. 25   SA          W, 2-1      Bachman (1, 33)            Houser (2, 23)             3,070                                 

Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date        Opp.         Site                                  Time       Broadcast
Mar. 30    @ Cha       Time Warner Cable Arena 12:30 pm KXY 96.1 FM
April 2      Hamilton    Cox Center                       7:00 pm   KXY 96.1 FM
April 5      Cha           Cox Center                       7:00 pm   TBA
April 6      Cha           Cox Center                       4:00 pm   KXY 96.1 FM
April 11    @ Abb       Sports/Entertainment Ctr   9:00 pm   KXY 96.1 FM

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