By Jim Byers, on 03/10/2013

 Oklahoma City Barons (27-22-2-6) at San Antonio Rampage (26-25-1-4)

Barons Game 58  |  Road Game 28 |  AHL Game 881

March 10, 2013, 4:30 pm CDT  | AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
Radio: KXY 96.1 FM

TODAY: The Barons meet the San Antonio Rampage (Florida Panthers) in the final leg of 3 games in 3 days. OKC is winless in its last 2, both home games against Rockford, after a 7-4 loss last night and a 4-3 shootout defeat on Friday. This is the 10th of 12 meetings in the season series. OKC is 5-4-0-0, with an 0-3-0-0 mark at the AT&T Center. The teams meet again on Wednesday before wrapping up the season series in San Antonio on March 23. The Barons are tied for 10th in the Western Conference with 62 points. San Antonio is tied for 13th with 57.

OFF THE TOP: The Barons have at least 1 standing point in 12 of their last 18 games, going 9-6-0-3 in that span, but enter today winless in their last 2 at 0-1-0-1. Rockford halted OKC’s franchise-record 5-game home winning streak on Friday with a tying goal by Adam Clendening with 2 seconds left in regulation in an eventual 4-3 shootout win for the IceHogs. Last night, Rockford overhauled 3-0 and 4-1 OKC leads to win 7-4. The Barons went 1-for-4 on the power play last night, snapping an 0-for-9 drought over the previous 3 contests. OKC is 2-for-24 over the past 7 games on the man advantage and is third in the AHL in power play percentage at 21.8.

TRENDS: OKC is 9-10-1-3 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 0-6-0-0 this season following a shootout loss. The Barons are 1-3-0-1 in the finale of a 3-in-3 set. This is the second straight week featuring 3 games in 3 days and the sixth of eight 3-in-3s. OKC is 2-5-0-1 on Sunday.

RAMPAGING: OKC is 14-13-0-0 all-time against San Antonio in the regular season, 5-7-0-0 at the AT&T Center. In the 27-game regular season history between these teams, they have only played beyond regulation time once, Dec. 28 of this season, when OKC rallied from a 2-0 deficit to win 3-2 in a shootout at the Cox Center. In last spring’s second-round Calder Cup playoff series, OKC won 3 of 5 games in OT.

DAVIDSON RETURNS, LIZON RELEASED: Brandon Davidson was reassigned to the Barons from ECHL Stockton today. The rookie defenseman scored 7 goals and added 5 assists while a +7 in 11 ECHL games. Davidson started the season with the Barons before missing more than 3 months while undergoing treatment for  cancer. After returning for 2 games Feb. 8-9, Davidson was assigned to Stockton Feb. 12. He picked up an assist last night in Stockton’s 3-2 home loss to the Las Vegas Wranglers and departed the ECHL with points in his last 5 games (4 goals, 3 assists). Left winger Erick Lizon was released from his PTO. He appeared in 17 games, the longest AHL stint of his career, accumulating 30 penalty minutes.

SCORING IN BUNCHES: Former NHL All-Star and Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy winner Jonathan Cheechoo has 20 points (8 goals, 12 assists) in 17 games with the Barons and all 20 points have been collected in 7 multi-point games. Cheechoo’s 7 multiple point efforts include a franchise record-equaling 4 assists and 5 points on Feb. 1 vs. Charlotte. He’s also collected 2 goals on 3 occasions. Of Cheechoo’s 20 points, 15 have been accumulated at home, where has played 8 games.

DISTINCTIONS: Philippe Cornet registered 2 goals and 1 assists last night and has points in 5 of the last 6 games, totaling 3 goals and 5 assists. Mark Arcobello has goals in 3 straight, matching the club high this season reached on 6 previous occasions by multiple players. Toni Rajala has points in 4 straight, matching his longest AHL point streak during this rookie season. Rajala has 1 goal and 4 assists during the streak. While with the Stockton Thunder, Rajala compiled a 13-game point streak (13G, 12A), which remains tied for the second-longest in the ECHL this season with 2 others including current Baron C.J. Stretch, who achieved his streak with the Ontario Reign. Brett Clark has points in 7 of the last 8 games, with 1 goal and 8 assists in that span. Clark had a 6-game point streak snapped on Friday, but had an assist last night. Tanner House is eligible to return today after serving a 2-game suspension for a check to the head March 2.

Last 5 Games:

Date        Opp.     Result    OKC Goalie (GA,SV) Opp. Goalie               Attn.

March 2   @ Tex    SOW, 5-4 Hovinen (4, 22)             Nilstorp (4, 25)              5,789

March 3   @ Cha   L, 2-3       Roy (3, 17)                   Peters (2, 33)               5,543

March 4   @ Cha   W, 4-2      Hovinen (2, 16)             Muse (4, 21)                 3,686

March 8   Rfd        SOL, 3-4  Hovinen (3, 34)             Hutton (3, 12)               3,758

March 9   Rfd        L, 4-7       Hovinen (6, EN, 29)      Karlsson (4, 27)            4,411

Next 5 games (all times Central):

Date         Opp.                Site                         Time     Broadcast

March 13   San Antonio     AT&T Center            7:00      KXY 96.1 FM

March 19   Rochester         Cox Center              7:00      KXY 96.1 FM

March 22   Houston           Cox Center              7:00      KXY 96.1 FM

March 23   San Antonio     AT&T Center            7:00      KXY 96.1 FM

March 27   Chicago            Allstate Arena          7:00      KXY 96.1 FM

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