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BARONS GAME NOTES - JANUARY 12
By Jim Byers,
Charlotte Checkers (21-11-2-3) at Oklahoma City Barons (18-14-1-3)
Barons Game 37 | Home Game 19 | AHL Game 542
TONIGHT: The Barons host the Charlotte Checkers (Carolina Hurricanes) in the second of consecutive games between the teams. Charlotte blanked OKC 7-0 last night. This is the fourth of 8 meetings between the South Division rivals. OKC won the first 2 matchups in Charlotte on Thanksgiving weekend. This is also the middle of 3 games in 3 nights for the Barons and their first 3-in-3 exclusively at home this season. The Barons are fourth in the South with 40 points, 7 back of the division-leading Checkers. OKC is eighth in the Western Conference.
OFF THE TOP: The Barons had a season-high 3-game home winning streak snapped last night. OKC has not dropped consecutive home games in regulation this season. Last night’s 7-0 defeat was the Barons’ fourth offensive shutout this season and the second at home. It matched the franchise record for most goals allowed and margin of defeat, set Oct. 9, 2011 in a 7-0 loss at Texas. Zach Boychuk’s goal 27 seconds into last night’s contest was the fastest from the start of game against OKC in its AHL history, eclipsing the old mark of 36 seconds set Nov. 13, 2012 by Toronto’s Will Acton. OKC’s home record of 11-5-1-1 is tied for seventh in the AHL by standing point percentage, .667. This is the fourth of 8 sets of 3 games in 3 days and the Barons’ second straight weekend featuring a 3-in-3. Their next 3-in-3 isn’t until early March.
FIRST FACTS: The Barons have allowed a first-period goal and trailed after the opening period in 3 straight games after going 17 straight with a lead or tie at the first intermission from Nov. 24-Jan. 4. Prior to allowing a goal at Milwaukee on Saturday, the Barons had not surrendered a first-period tally in their previous 7 games. OKC has trailed the fewest times (6) after 1 period of any AHL team this season, going 2-3-1-0 in those games. The Barons’ 45 first-period goals are the most in the AHL. Springfield is second with 41.
THANKS FOR STOPPING BY: Jordan Eberle departed the AHL after Saturday’s game leading the league in points (51) and goals (25). Eberle was the back-to-back winner of CCM/AHL Player of the Month Awards for November and December. He collected points in each of his last 7 games, scoring 6 goals and 7 assists in that span. Justin Schultz, a rookie defenseman, heads to Edmonton leading the league in assists with 30 and power play points with 25 (Eberle was second with 23), while second overall in points with 48. Schultz departs the league 2 goals shy of matching the record for goals by an AHL rookie defenseman, set by John Slaney of Baltimore in 1992-93. The CCM/AHL Player of the Month for October, Schultz had multiple points in 17 of 34 games and compiled 10- and 9-game point streaks. Taylor Hall did not play until Nov. 2 while recovering from shoulder surgery. He had 34 points in 26 AHL games and left tied for sixth in the point race. Hall still leads the league with 9 power play goals.
SPECIAL ATTENTION: OKC is No. 1 in overall power play percentage at 25.6, with 40 goals in 156 opportunities. The Barons had a 8-game stretch of scoring at least 1 power play goal snapped last night. They were 8-for-18 during that 8-game run. OKC is also No. 1 in home power play percentage at 31.5.
HOTHAM DEBUTS: The Barons signed defenseman Andrew Hotham to a PTO on Thursday and he made his Barons debut last night. Hotham is a second-year pro who spent 3 seasons in the OHL before playing 4 years at St. Mary’s University in Halifax, N.S., where he was a 3-time First-Team All Canadian and CIS National Champion. Hotham has split this season between Cincinnati and Wheeling of the ECHL, combining for 6 goals and 17 assists in 30 games. He has previous AHL experience with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (2 games last season) and Rochester (6 games in 2010-11).
TIDBITS: The winning team has totaled 7 goals in each of the last 2 games between these teams (OKC beat Charlotte 7-2 Nov. 25)...the Barons’ season highs in both goals scored and allowed have come against the Checkers...Kristians Pelss is eligible to play after serving an ECHL suspension for an on-ice infraction...Antti Tyrvainen has been cleared to play after recovering from a wrist injury...Tyrvainen has missed 22 straight games.
Last 5 Games:
Date Opp. Result OKC Goalie (GA,SV) Opp. Goalie Attn.
Jan. 1 @ Hou L, 2-4 Danis (3, EN, 24) Hackett (2, 28) 5,419
Jan. 4 @ GR L, 2-5 Danis (L, 5, 14) / Roy Mrazek (2, 17) 7,452
Jan. 5 @ Mil SOW, 3-2 Roy (2, 15) Smith (2, 35) 3,685
Jan. 6 @ Chi L, 3-6 Danis (5, EN, 33) Climie (3, 42) 6,329
Jan. 11 Cha L, 0-7 Danis (L, 4, 9) / Roy Peters (0, 24) 3,772
Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date Opp. Site Time Broadcast
Jan. 13 Texas Cox Center 4:00 KXY 96.1 FM
Jan. 18 San Antonio Cox Center 7:00 KXY 96.1 FM
Jan. 19 San Antonio Cox Center 7:00 KXY 96.1 FM
Jan. 23 Grand Rapids Van Andel Arena 6:00 KXY 96.1 FM
Jan. 25 Milwaukee BMO Harris Bradley 7:00 KXY 96.1 FM
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