By Jim Byers, on 11/10/2012

Oklahoma City Barons (5-5-0-1) at Abbotsford Heat (7-1-0-2)

Barons Game 12 | Road Game 5 | AHL Game 160
Nov. 10, 2012, 9 pm CST | Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre, Abbotsford, BC
Radio: KXY 96.1 FM
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TONIGHT: The Barons seek a split of a 2-game set with the Abbotsford Heat (Calgary Flames) in OKC’s only visit of the regular season to British Columbia. The Heat shut out the Barons last night 4-0 in the first of 4 meetings. After tonight, the teams next meet April 19-20 at the Cox Center. OKC has been shut out in consecutive games and is winless in 3, having dropped a shootout at home against Houston Nov. 3 to start this stretch. Abbotsford remains one of only 3 AHL clubs with 1 regulation loss, joining Springfield and Syracuse with a league-best .800 point percentage.

DRY SPELL: The Barons have been shut out in consecutive games, the first time in their 2-plus AHL seasons they’ve been blanked in 2 straight and their first set of back-to-back regulation defeats this season. OKC’s last goal was scored by Jordan Eberle 5:44 into the third period on Nov. 3 against Houston at the Cox Center, a goalless span of 2 full games and part of another totaling 139 minutes, 16 seconds. The club record goal-scoring drought is 145:50, set Jan. 4-8, 2012 spanning the latter part of a 3-2 win at Lake Erie, a 2-0 loss at Toronto and the bulk of a 3-1 setback at Hamilton.

BARONS-HEAT HISTORY: OKC and Abbotsford have met 13 times and the Barons are 9-4-0-0 in those games. Last night marked the first time OKC has lost a road game against Abbotsford, a 2-season stretch including 4 games in Abbotsford and 2 in Calgary. Nine of the 13 all-time matchups have seen the game-winning goal scored in the third period or OT.

HENRY DEBUTS: The Barons signed veteran defenseman Jordan Henry to a PTO on Thursday and the 26-year-old native of High River, Alberta made his Barons debut last night. Henry opened the season in Sweden and played 2 games for the Stockton Thunder of the ECHL after splitting last year between Abbotsford and Chicago. He’s the first player to skate for both teams in the AHL version of the “Battle of Alberta.”

SCHULTZ REMAINS ATOP AHL: Despite the Barons being shut out in consecutive games, rookie defenseman Justin Schultz leads the AHL with 15 points on 6 goals and 9 assists. Schultz’s had an AHL-best 9-game point streak dating to the start of the season snapped in a 2-0 loss on Sunday at San Antonio. He has 5 multi-point efforts in the season’s first 11 games, twice scoring 2 goals and on three occasions notching 2 assists. Schultz was the CCM/AHL Player of the Month for October.

HOME/ROAD SPLIT: OKC is 4-2-0-1 at home and 1-3-0-0 on the road. All 7 home games were played during a season-high 21-day stretch at home. The Barons’ next home game is a Field Trip Education Day matchup with Toronto featuring a 10:35 am (CST) opening faceoff on Tuesday.

FRONT-RUNNING: OKC went the first 9-plus games of the season without trailing at the first or second intermission. They were the last AHL team to have a 0-0-0-0 record at both the first and second breaks. The stretch ended with a 1-0 deficit at Sunday’s second intermission in San Antonio. After 9 straight games to start the season featuring an OKC lead or tie at some stage of the contest (excluding 0-0 scores), the Barons have gone 2 full games and part of a third without leading. Their last advantage came 12:28 into Saturday’s third period, when Houston’s Joel Broda scored the tying goal in OKC’s eventual 4-3 shootout loss.

HEAD OF THE CLASS: Taylor Hall, signed to an AHL contract Nov. 1, joins 2011 top overall selection Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in giving OKC the first overall picks in 2 of the last 3 NHL Entry Drafts. An Oiler the past 2 seasons, Hall has 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 is the sixth first-round pick to play for the Barons this season (see the chart on next page) and the fifth No. 1 overall selection in the NHL or WHA to skate in OKC. The others: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins; Barry Gibbs, top pick in 1966; Rick Pagnutti (1967) and Bob Neely, the1973 World Hockey Association top selection. Gibbs, Pagnutti and Neely played for the Oklahoma City Blazers of the old Central Hockey League.

Last 5 Games:
Date Opp. Result OKC Goalie (GA,SV) Opp. Goalie Attn.
Oct. 28 Texas W, 4-2 Roy (2, 27) Nilstorp (L)/Campbell 2,501
Nov. 2 Hou W, 4-3 Danis (3, 35) Kuemper (4, 14) 2,064
Nov. 3 Hou SOL, 3-4 Danis (3, 25) Hackett (3, 24) 3,466
Nov. 4 @ SA L, 0-2 Roy (2, 22) Grumet-Morris (0, 27) 3,991
Nov. 9 @ Abb L, 0-4 Danis (4, 32) Taylor (0, 23) 7,046

Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date Opp. Site Time Broadcast
Nov. 13 Toronto Cox Center 10:35 am 1340 AM
Nov. 16 Milwaukee Cox Center 7:00 KXY 96.1 FM
Nov. 17 Milwaukee Cox Center 7:00 1340 AM
Nov. 21 Texas Cedar Park Center 7:30 KXY 96.1 FM
Nov. 24 Charlotte Time Warner Cable Ar. 6:00 TBA

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