By Jim Byers, on 04/02/2013

Hamilton Bulldogs (26-34-1-5) at Oklahoma City Barons (32-23-2-8) 

Barons Game 66  |  Home Game 33 |  AHL Game 1010
April 2, 2013, 7 pm CDT  | Cox Convention Center, Oklahoma City, OK
Radio: KXY 96.1 FM
AHL Media Kit:
TONIGHT: Winners of 2 straight and unbeaten in a 4-game road trip that ended Saturday with 3 wins and a shootout loss, the Barons begin a 4-game week by hosting the Hamilton Bulldogs (Montreal Canadiens). This is the first of 2 meetings between these teams, who split a 2-game season series last season with the home club taking each. OKC enters tonight off a 7-3 win at Rockford on Saturday, while the Bulldogs dropped a 4-2 home contest against Rochester that same night. OKC has 74 points, 8th in the Western Conference. Hamilton is 15th with 58.

OUT LIKE A LION: The Barons went 7-3-0-3 in March, which joins November (7-3-1-2) as the winningest  months of the season. OKC is unbeaten in regulation in a franchise-record 7 straight road games at 6-0-0-1, but has dropped its last 4 home encounters, 2 in regulation and 2 in shootouts. March was the first month in Barons history they failed to register a home win during a calendar month. The last home win was Feb. 26, a 3-2 decision over Texas. Overall, OKC is 3-0-0-1 in its last 4 and has standing points in 11 of the last 14 games, going 8-3-0-3. Yann Danis has played all 6 games since returning from his latest stint with the Edmonton Oilers, going 3-1-2 with a 2.28 goals-against average and .911 save percentage in that time.

SPECIALTIES: The Barons have gone a season-high 6 straight games without allowing a power play goal, going 19-for-19 on the penalty kill in that span. OKC is 22-11-2-3 when scoring at least 1 power play goal and 12-4-1-0 when notching 2 or more. The Barons have the league’s top power play percentage at 21.7 (60-for-276) and the top mark at home, 24.2 (32-for-132). OKC went 2-for-5 on the power play in Saturday’s 7-3 win at Rockford, matching its season high for goals in a game and equaling the league high for second-period tallies (5). OKC’s 20 second-period shots on Saturday were also a season high.

LANDER SETS MARKS, GETS HONORED AND RECALLED: Anton Lander recorded the Barons’ 4th hat trick of the season while setting the club record (and current AHL season high) for points in a game with 6 on Saturday at Rockford with 3 goals and 3 assists. Lander eclipsed the Barons’ previous record of a 5-point game, shared by Jordan Eberle and Jonathan Cheechoo this season and Alexandre Giroux and Linus Omark from the 2010-11 campaign. Lander’s +4 rating on Saturday equaled the second-best mark in club annals behind Justin Schultz and Martin Marincin’s +5 performances on Oct. 19 against San Antonio. Lander was recalled by the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday, his second callup this season. Lander was named the CCM/AHL Player of the Week on Monday. He had 8 points and a +6 rating in 3 games.

RAJALA ON A ROLL: Toni Rajala has points in 11 of the last 12 games (4 goals, 12 assists) and is the Barons’ second-leading scorer on the active roster with 33 points in 35 games. Rajala, who has had 2 stints with ECHL Stockton this season, is 4th overall in team scoring for the season behind Mark Arcobello (55 points) and current Edmonton Oilers Jordan Eberle (51), Justin Schultz (48) and Taylor Hall (34).  Rajala’s +15 rating is second on the team behind Martin Marincin’s +18. For the month of March, Rajala’s 16 points (4G, 12A) placed him in a multiple-way tie for the second-most points in the AHL behind a trio of players with 18. Rajala’s +12 rating in March was the league’s best.

PIVOTAL PERFORMERS: Philippe Cornet has 24 points (11 goals, 13 assists) and a +7 rating in 27 games since rejoining the Barons from ECHL Stockton for a second time this season Jan. 12. Jonathan Cheechoo has 24 points (9 goals, 15 assists) and a +5 in 25 games with the Barons since joining the team on a PTO Jan. 23. Cheechoo has amassed his 24 points in 10 games, including 8 multi-point contests. Taylor Fedun has 4 goals in the last 10 games after going 35 without lighting the lamp dating to back-to-back tallies against Milwaukee Nov. 16-17.

THIS AND THAT: The Barons are 6-0-0-0 when Jonathan Cheechoo scores a goal and 9-1-0-0 when he records at least 1 point...OKC is 2-2-1-2 on Tuesday...Martin Marincin’s +18 rating is tied for 11th in the AHL...Teemu Hartikainen had his 7th multi-point and first 3-point game this season (2G, 1A) on Saturday.

Last 5 Games:
Date        Opp.     Result    OKC Goalie (GA,SV) Opp. Goalie               Attn. 
March 22 Hou       L, 2-3       Danis (3, 24)                 Kuemper (2, 23)           4,098
March 23 @ SA     W, 3-2      Danis (2, 16)                 Grumet-Morris (3, 30)    8,341
March 27 @ Chi    SOL, 2-3  Danis (2, 24)                 Climie (2, 31)                6,487
March 29 @ Peo   W, 4-2      Danis (2, 25)                 Elliott (3, 26)                 4,485
March 30 @ Rfd    W, 7-3      Danis (3, 27)                 Hutton (L) / Karlsson    5,489

Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date         Opp.            Site                            Time     Broadcast
April 5        Texas            Cedar Park Center      7:30      KXY 96.1 FM
April 6        Chicago        Cox Center                  7:00      KXY 96.1 FM
April 7        Chicago        Cox Center                  4:00      KXY 96.1 FM
April 10      Houston        Toyota Center             7:05      KXY 96.1 FM
April 12      Rochester     Blue Cross Arena        6:05      KXY 96.1 FM

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