BARONS GAME NOTES - MARCH 9
By Jim Byers,
Rockford IceHogs (29-26-1-1) at Oklahoma City Barons (27-21-2-6)
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OFF THE TOP: The Barons saw a franchise-record 5-game home winning streak snapped last night. The previous mark for consecutive home wins was 4, from Jan. 15-Feb. 2, 2012. OKC’s home standing point percentage of .655 is sixth in the AHL. The Barons are 17-8-2-2 at the Cox Center. Last night and tonight make up half of OKC’s 4 home dates in March. After tonight, the Barons have 8 home games and 11 road contests remaining. By going 0-for-9 on the power play in the last 3 games and 1-for-20 over the past 6, the Barons have dropped from the top spot to third in overall power play percentage at 21.8. It’s the first time since Dec. 11 the Barons have not occupied the No. 1 position in power play percentage. The Barons are 13-for-90 (14.4%) on the man advantage since Jan. 6, when Jordan Eberle and Justin Schultz and Taylor Hall departed for the NHL.
TRENDING: OKC has won 3 of its last 5 and 4 of its last 7 games. The Barons have a standing point in 12 of their last 17, going 9-5-0-3 in that time. The Barons are 9-9-1-3 since Jan. 6, when the AHL’s top two scorers (at the time) Jordan Eberle and Justin Schultz, plus Taylor Hall, who was tied for sixth in points, left for the Edmonton Oilers. OKC is 0-5-0-0 this season immediately following a shootout loss. The Barons are 2-1-1-1 in the middle game of a 3-in-3 set. OKC is 11-4-1-1 in Saturday games.
HOG CALLING: OKC is 9-1-1-1 all-time against Rockford, with a 3-1-1-1 mark at the Cox Center.
ONE AND ONE: The Barons established a franchise record for fewest shots in a period by producing 1 shot on Rockford’s net in the third period last night. The old mark was 2, established once in 2010-11 and matched 5 times last season. In the previous game on Monday, the Barons held the Charlotte Checkers to 1 shot in the second period in a 4-2 win at Time Warner Cable Arena. AHL teams have been held to a single shot on 7 occasions this season. OKC’s 15 shots for the game last night set a club record, surpassing the old mark of 16 set in a 2-0 win over Houston on Oct. 16, 2011.
SCORING IN BUNCHES: Former NHL All-Star and Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy winner Jonathan Cheechoo has 18 points (8 goals, 10 assists) in 16 games with the Barons and all 18 points have been collected in 6 multi-point games. Cheechoo’s 6 multiple point efforts include a franchise record-equaling 4 assists and 5 points on Feb. 1. He’s also collected 2 goals on 3 occasions. Of Cheechoo’s 18 points, 13 have been accumulated at home, where has played 7 games.
STARTING ANEW: Veteran defenseman Brett Clark had a 6-game point streak snapped last night. Clark, an NHL player throughout the previous 7 seasons, was signed to an AHL contract by the Barons Jan. 21. Clark had 1 goal, 7 assists a +8 mark during the streak. Philippe Cornet had a 4-game point streak halted last night. During that streak, Cornet had 1 goal, 4 assists and a +4 rating.
ODDS AND ENDS: The Barons killed off both their times short last night and are 7-for-8 on the PK in the past 2 games...OKC is 11-5-0-2 when perfect on the penalty kill...OKC dropped to 3-6 in shootouts last night...for the season, Barons shooters are 10-for-47 (21.3%) while the opposition is 15-for-47 (31.9%)...Mark Arcobello scored OKC’s fifth shorthanded goal last night and its first since Nov. 25 at Charlotte (Chris VandeVelde).
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