BARONS GAME NOTES - NOVEMBER 2
By Jim Byers,
Houston Aeros (4-2-1-0) at Oklahoma City Barons (4-3-0-0)
Barons Game 8 | Home Game 6 | AHL Game 115
Nov. 2, 2012, 7 pm CDT | Cox Convention Center, Oklahoma City, OK
TONIGHT: For the second consecutive Friday the Barons host the Houston Aeros (Minnesota Wild). Houston rallied from 2-1 and 3-2 deficits to take the first of a 12-game season series 6-4 on Oct. 26 at the Cox Center. The same teams meet again tomorrow night in OKC. This is the Game 6 of a season-high 7-game homestand for the Barons, who are 3-2-0-0 on the stand. OKC is seeking its first set of back-to-back home wins this season, having beaten Texas 4-2 in the most recent game on Sunday. The Aeros come in off a 4-0 home win over Milwaukee on Saturday.
HALL JOINS BARONS: Taylor Hall signed an AHL contract with the Barons yesterday, giving OKC the No. 1 overall pick in both the 2010 and 2011 NHL Entry Drafts: Hall (2010) and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (2011). Hall, an Oiler the past 2 seasons, has tallied 49 goals and 46 assists in 126 career NHL games. He’s returning from labrum surgery on his left shoulder, a procedure that cost him the final month of the 2011-12 season. Hall last appeared in a game March 16. Hall is the sixth first-round pick to have played for the Barons this season (see chart on next page) and the fifth No. 1 overall selection in the NHL or WHA to have skated in OKC. The others were Ryan Nugent-Hopkins; Barry Gibbs, the top pick in 1966; Rick Pagnutti (1967) and Bob Neely, the1973 World Hockey Association top selection. The WHA was a 1970s rival of the NHL that eventually merged into the older circuit in 1979, bringing in four teams including the Edmonton Oilers. Gibbs, Pagnutti and Neely played for the OKC Blazers of the old Central Hockey League
LEAGUE LEADER: Justin Schultz leads the AHL with 12 points (6G, 6A), 1 more than Portland’s Alexandre Bolduc, Syracuse’s Cory Conacher and Charlotte’s Justin Faulk. Schultz’s 7-game point streak matches the best in the AHL in 2012-13 and reflects at least 1 point in each game played. He has had 3 straight 2-point games. For the year, Schultz owns a pair of 2-goal games plus two 2-assist contests.
THEY CALL HIM THE STREAK: In addition to Justin Schultz’s 7-game point streak (6G, 6A), the Barons’ Magnus Paajarvi brings a 4-game point streak (2G, 3A) into tonight, while Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has points in 3 straight (2G, 4A). Teemu Hartikainen had a 5-game assist streak snapped on Sunday.
TAKE TWO: The Barons have received a 2-goal game from an individual in 3 straight: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on Oct. 23, Mark Arcobello on Friday and Justin Schultz Sunday. OKC has not recorded a hat trick since 2011 AHL goal champion Colin McDonald potted 4 at San Antonio on April 8, 2011. OKC has 21 two-goal games by individuals since the last hat trick, 4 this season and 17 in 2011-12.
TO THE BULLPEN: OKC’s opponent pulled its starting goaltender in each of the last 2 games. On Friday, Houston lifted Matt Hackett in favor of Darcy Kuemper after the Barons made it 3-2 with 4:39 left in the first period. The Aeros rallied to win 6-4, marking the first time in Barons history they’ve lost in regulation when facing both opposing goalies. In their first 2 AHL seasons, OKC was 14-0-1-0 when the opposition removed its starter. The only previous blemish was an overtime loss March 7, 2012 at Peoria. On Sunday, Texas starter Cristopher Nilstorp was removed after OKC took a 3-1 lead early in the second period. Replacement Jack Campbell stopped 6 of 7 shots the rest of the way as Nilstorp took the loss.
ODDS AND ENDS: Through the first 7 games, the Barons have not trailed at either the first or second intermission... the Barons have a lead or tie (not counting 0-0 scores) in all 7 games...OKC has scored 24 goals and allowed 22, but has been out-scored 7-3 in the third period...the Barons’ only goals in the third were go-ahead and eventual winners by Justin Schultz (Oct. 13) and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Oct. 23), plus a shorthanded empty-netter by Schultz Oct. 19...after logging 30 or more shots in each of their first 5 games, the Barons have set their season shot low in each of the last 2 contests, 20 on Friday and 19 Sunday...Colten Teubert set a franchise record for PIM in a game with 27 on Sunday...Teubert enters tonight leading the AHL with 48 PIM...the Barons’ 51 team PIM on Oct. 26 vs. Houston was a club mark.
Last 5 Games:
Date Opp. Result OKC Goalie (GA,SV) Opp. Goalie Attn.
Oct. 19 SA W, 5-2 Danis (2, 14) Markstrom (4, EN, 29) 6,323
Oct. 20 LE L, 3-5 Roy (4, EN, 22) Aittokallio (3, 27) 2,897
Oct. 23 LE W, 4-3 Danis (3, 28) Pickard (4, 34) 2,143
Oct. 26 Hou L, 4-6 Danis (6, 33) Hackett/Kuemper (W) 2,995
Oct. 28 Texas W, 4-2 Roy (2, 27) Nilstorp (L)/Campbell 2,501
Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date Opp. Site Time Broadcast
Nov. 3 Houston Cox Center 7:00 1340 AM
Nov. 4 SA AT&T Center 4:30 KXY 96.1 FM
Nov. 9 Abbotsford Ent. & Sports Centre 9:00 KXY 96.1 FM
Nov. 10 Abbotsford Ent. & Sports Centre 9:00 TBA
Nov. 13 Toronto Cox Center 10:35 am 1340 AM
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