BARONS GAME NOTES - DECEMBER 15
By Jim Byers, on 12/15/2012
San Antonio Rampage (10-13-0-3) at Oklahoma City Barons (12-9-1-2)
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TONIGHT: The Barons meet the San Antonio Rampage (Florida Panthers) in the second of back-to-back games at the Cox Center. The Barons won last night 5-1 to snap 4-game losing and 5-game winless streaks. The home team has won every game in the season series so far, with San Antonio leading the series 3-2. This is the fourth time in the last 5 games these clubs have faced each other. They’ll meet 12 times this season. The Barons are 4th in the South Division with 27 points, 4 ahead of San Antonio. OKC is tied for 7th in the conference. San Antonio is 14th.
WINS AND LOSSES: Last night’s 5-1 win upped the Barons’ home record to 7-3-1-1 and a .667 standing point percentage, which puts them in a tie for fourth in the AHL. The Barons enter tonight’s game 5 points back of the leader, Charlotte, in the South Division (with 2 games in hand) and 7 points behind Abbotsford in the Western Conference. Twelve of the 15 Western Conference teams boast a standing point percentage of .500 or better. The 4-game losing streak that was snapped last night matched the longest in club history, achieved once in each of the previous 2 seasons (per AHL statistical rules, only regulation and overtime losses count toward losing streaks. Shootout losses are “non-wins” and count only toward winless streaks).
NO RESPITE FROM TEXAS: OKC is in a stretch where 13 of 14 games are against teams based in Texas, spanning Nov. 29-Jan. 1. The only break was Tuesday’s home contest against Peoria. Thirty-six of OKC’s 76 games are against Texas-based teams. The Barons are a combined 5-5-0-2 against Texas teams, 4-1-0-1 at home. Tonight the Barons wrap up a stretch where 4 out of 5 games are against the Rampage.
POINT LEADERS: OKC has the AHL’s top two point scorers in Justin Schultz and Jordan Eberle. Schultz leads the AHL with 35 points, on 12 goals and a league-leading 23 assists. Schultz has collected multiple points in 12 of 24 games played, including 9 contests with 2 assists. Schultz is almost halfway to the AHL rookie record for assists by a defenseman, 47, by Mike Gaul of Hershey in 1997-98. He’s 8 goals away from tying the rookie defenseman goal scoring record, set by John Slaney of Baltimore in 1992-93. Schultz has at least 1 point in 21 of 24 Barons games and was held off the scoresheet on Sunday against San Antonio for just the third time this season, and the first time when OKC wasn’t shut out. Jordan Eberle is second in the AHL with 32 points, 15 goals and 17 assists. With a goal last night, Eberle moved into a tie for the league lead with Syracuse’s Tyler Johnson.
EBERLE, SCHULTZ RECOGNIZED: Jordan Eberle is the CCM/AHL Player of the Month for November, marking the second straight month a Baron has won that award. Justin Schultz took home the honor for October. Last month, Eberle led all November scorers with 10 goals, 21 points and a +13 rating in 13 games, including 7 multi-point games. Schultz is the CCM/AHL Rookie of the Month for November. He maintained his scoring lead last month with 5 goals, 14 assists and a +10 rating in 13 games.
MORE SCHULTZ: Justin Schultz saw a franchise record-equaling 10-game point streak snapped in the 3-2 defeat on Sunday at San Antonio, but rebounded with 2 assists in Tuesday’s game and a goal last night. He has points in 12 of the last 13 games, collecting 6 goals and 14 assists in that span. Schultz’s 10-game streak remains the second-longest in the AHL this season behind a 12-gamer for Syracuse’s Richard Panik.
ODDS AND ENDS: The Barons are No. 1 in overall power play percentage at 22.9, with 24 goals in 105 opportunities...they’re also on top in home power play rate at 34.7 (17-for-49)...OKC has successfully killed 49 of their last 56 times short spanning 13 games (87.5)...the Barons have scored the first goal in 4 straight games...they are 7-4-0-1 when scoring first and 5-5-1-1 when allowing the first goal...the Barons have also led at the first intermission in 4 straight...OKC and San Antonio played 3 straight overtime games in last spring’s second-round Calder Cup playoff series, each OT game won by OKC in a 4-1 series victory, but in 23 all-time regular-season meetings they’ve never gone beyond regulation time tied.
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