By Jim Byers, on 12/11/2012

Peoria Rivermen (8-11-2-2) at Oklahoma City Barons (11-8-1-2)

Barons Game 23  |  Home Game 11 |  AHL Game 345
Dec. 11, 2012, 7:00 pm CST  | Cox Convention Center, Oklahoma City, OK
Radio: KXY 96.1 FM
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TONIGHT: The Barons play their first home game since Nov. 17 as the Peoria Rivermen (St. Louis Blues) make their only appearance of the regular season at the Cox Center. The Barons completed a season-high stretch of 7 straight road games with a 3-2 loss on Sunday at San Antonio. After winning the first 3 games of the trip, the Barons were winless in the final 4 (0-3-0-1) to finish 3-3-0-1 on the trip. The Barons are 4th in the South Division with 25 points, 3 back of the lead and 9th in the conference. Peoria is 5th in the Midwest (20 points), 14th in the conference.
OFF THE TOP: The Barons enter tonight’s game having lost a season-high 3 straight in regulation, all one-goal finals. Their 4-game winless drought, starting with a shootout loss Nov. 29 at Houston, is also a season high and follows an 8-game stretch (Nov. 10-Nov. 29) where they secured at least 1 standing point in each. When they last played at home, OKC swept the Milwaukee Admirals 2-1 (in overtime) and 5-2 on Nov. 16 and 17, respectively. Starting tonight, 7 of 9 remaining games in December will take place at the Cox Center. The Barons host San Antonio Friday and Saturday before visiting Houston for a 5:05 pm (CST) game on Sunday to conclude their second of 8 sets of 3 games in 3 days.
RESPITE FROM TEXAS: OKC is in a stretch where 13 of 14 games are against teams based in Texas, spanning Nov. 29-Jan. 1. The only break is tonight. The Barons went 1-2-1-0 against the Rivermen last season, with OKC’s only win a 3-1 decision on Dec. 9, 2011 at the Cox Center. All-time, the Barons are 5-4-2-1 against the Rivermen, with a 2-3-1-0 mark at the Cox Center. OKC’s only prior experience against a Midwest Division team this season was the 2-game sweep of Milwaukee Nov. 16-17.
POINT LEADERS: OKC has the AHL’s top two point scorers in Justin Schultz and Jordan Eberle. Schultz leads the AHL with 32 points, on 11 goals and a league-leading 21 assists. Schultz has collected multiple points in 11 of 22 games played. He has at least 1 point in 19 of 22 Barons games and was held off the scoresheet on Sunday for just the third time this season and the first when OKC wasn’t shut out. Jordan Eberle is second in the AHL with 30 points, 14 goals and 16 assists. Eberle has a goal in 3 straight and is second in the AHL in that department with 14, one behind Syracuse’s Tyler Johnson
EBERLE, SCHULTZ RECOGNIZED: Jordan Eberle is the CCM/AHL Player of the Month for November, marking the second straight month a Baron has won that award. Justin Schultz took home the honor for October. Last month, Eberle led all November scorers with 10 goals, 21 points and a +13 rating in 13 games, including 7 multi-point games. Schultz is the CCM/AHL Rookie of the Month for November. He maintained his scoring lead last month with 5 goals, 14 assists and a +10 rating in 13 games.
MORE SCHULTZ: Justin Schultz saw a franchise record-equaling 10-game point streak snapped in the 3-2 defeat on Sunday at San Antonio. He had 5 goals and 12 assists during the streak, which is the second-longest in the AHL this season behind a 12-gamer for Syracuse’s Richard Panik. Schultz, who had a 9-game point streak to begin the season, matches Alex Giroux (Feb. 27-Apr. 8, 2011) and Josh Green (Dec. 27, 2011-Feb. 11, 2012) for the all-time club mark.  
OFF THE HOP: Anton Lander scored11 seconds into Saturday’s game, the fastest goal from the start of a contest in Barons history. It eclipses the old mark of 12 seconds by Ryan Keller on Jan. 4, 2012 at Lake Erie. Jordan Eberle (third period Nov. 3) and Colin McDonald (second period March 11, 2011) share the club mark for the fastest goal from the outset of any period at 10 seconds.
RNH TO THE WJC: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins announced on Saturday that he would attend Team Canada’s development camp for the 2013 World Junior Championship. The tournament, held this year in Ufa, Russia, begins Dec. 26. The first overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Nugent-Hopkins has 8 goals and 20 points in 19 OKC games. This will be his first chance to represent Canada at the prestigious event.
Last 5 Games:
Date        Opp.     Result    OKC Goalie (GA,SV) Opp. Goalie               Attn. 
Nov. 25    @ Cha   W, 7-2      Danis (2, 23)                 Ellis (L) / Peters            4,106
Nov. 29    @ Hou   SOL, 1-2  Danis (1, 32)                 Hackett (1, 23)             3,505
Nov. 30    @ Hou   L, 3-4       Roy (4, 23)                   Hackett (3, 24)             8,755
Dec. 8      @ SA     L, 3-4       Danis (4, 28)                 Markstrom (3, 26)         6,167
Dec. 9      @ SA     L, 2-3       Danis (3, 27)                 Markstrom (2, 36)         8,435 
Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date      Opp.                Site                            Time     Broadcast
Dec. 14  San Antonio     Cox Center                 7:00      KXY 96.1 FM
Dec. 15  San Antonio     Cox Center                 7:00      KXY 96.1 FM
Dec. 16  Houston           Toyota Center             5:05      KTOK AM 1000
Dec. 21  Texas               Cox Center                 7:00      KXY 96.1 FM

Dec. 22  Texas               Cox Center                 7:00      KXY 96.1 FM    

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