By Jim Byers, on 04/03/2012

Hamilton Bulldogs (32-31-2-5) at Oklahoma City Barons (42-19-4-5)
Barons Game 71 |  Home Game 35 |  AHL Game 1054
April 3, 2012, 7 pm CDT  | Cox Convention Center, Oklahoma City, OK
Broadcast: KXY 96.1 FM

TONIGHT: The Barons begin their final 4-game homestand of the regular season with the second and final meeting with the Hamilton Bulldogs (Montreal Canadiens). The Bulldogs beat the Barons 3-1 on Jan. 8 at Hamilton with a pair of goals by Andreas Engqvist and an empty-netter by Gabriel Dumont. OKC has won the West Division and has 93 points, 4 more than Toronto in the Western Conference standings. Hamilton is 14th in the conference with 71 points. The Bulldogs have won 2 straight and 4 of 5 during a stretch of 12 straight road games, which ends tonight.

OFF THE TOP: The Barons finished March with a record of 7-4-2-2 after Saturday’s 6-2 loss at Grand Rapids. OKC has not lost more than 4 games in regulation in any month this season. Grand Rapids has handed the Barons both of their regulation losses over the past 12 games. OKC is 7-2-2-1 in their last 12. The Barons have at least 1 standing point in 10 of the last 12 games, 11 of their last 14 and 12 of the last 16 games. The Barons lead the Western Conference in points (93), the second-highest total in the league behind Norfolk (101). OKC’s point percentage (.664) is second only to Norfolk’s .721.

MARINCIN ASSIGNED TO OKC: The Edmonton Oilers reassigned defenseman Martin Marincin to the Barons from the Western Hockey League’s Regina Pats yesterday. Regina’s season ended on Friday. Marincin played 1 game for the Barons late last year while on an ATO. The 6-5, 196-pound native of Slovakia was a second-round choice (46th overall) by the Oilers in 2010.

BARONS REACH NEW TERRITORY: With 93 points, OKC has surpassed its point total from the 2010-11 inaugural season (91). The past 2 years mark the first time in the Edmonton’s NHL tenure that its top affiliate, shared or exclusive, has had back-to-back 40-win seasons.

DANIS AMONG LEADERS: Goaltender Yann Danis is third in the AHL in goals-against average at 2.11, trailing only Toronto’s Ben Scrivens (2.07) and Lake Erie’s Cedrick Desjardins (2.09). Danis is tied for fourth in wins (25), tied for second in shutouts (5) and tied for fifth in save percentage (.924).

RED HOT ROOKIES: Rookies accounted for 12 of OKC’s 14 points during the 2-game trip to Milwaukee and Grand Rapids last weekend. The only non-rookies to record points were Mark Arcobello and Alex Plante, who each had an assist. Tanner House had his first 2-goal game as a pro in Saturday’s 6-2 loss to the Griffins and has 3 goals in the past 2 games. Anton Lander has had consecutive 2-assist games. Antti Tyrvainen has a 3-game point streak (2G, 2A).

ON THE PLUS SIDE: Ryan Keller is tied for sixth in the AHL in plus-minus at +22. Alex Plante and Mark Arcobello are tied for 21st at +16. Josh Green, Taylor Chorney and Triston Grant are part of a group tied for 27th at +15.

POWER TRIPS: The Barons are 27-1-2-4 when scoring at least 1 power play goal. When they tally 2 or more in a game, they are 7-0-0-1. When held without a power play goal, the Barons are 15-18-2-1. The Barons have faced more penalty kills than power plays in 7 straight and 8 of the last 9 games. In 13 of the past 17 games, OKC has had more penalty kills than power play chances and in the other 4 games the chances were even. The Barons are 6-for-56 (10.7%) in those last 17 games on the power play while killing off 76 of 94 times short in the same span (80.9%). The last time the Barons had more power plays than times short was Feb. 22 vs. Texas, a 5-2 home win.

ODDS AND ENDS: Hunter Tremblay is tied with Hershey’s Chris Bourque for the AHL lead in shorthanded goals with 5...OKC has won all 20 of its games in regulation when it scores 4 or more goals...the Barons are 11-1-2-1 combined in Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday games this season...tonight is their last mid-week game of the regular season...OKC is 3-1-1-0 on Tuesday.


March 28:
Signed Mike Marcou to an ATO.
March 31: Colten Teubert
recalled by Edmonton.
April 2: Bryan Rodney
recalled by Edmonton.
April 2: Martin Marincin
reassigned from Regina.

Player                    Issue             Out                 
Dan Ringwald
      concussion   week-to-week
Curtis Hamilton
  knee               week-to-week
Andrew Lord
        concussion   indefinitely
Taylor Chorney
   upper body   indefinitely
K. Montgomery
   lower body    indefinitely

Last 5 games:
Date        Opp.     Result     OKC Goalie (GA,SV)   Opp. Goalie            Attn.
March 23 Tex        W, 3-1      Danis (1, 34)                   Campbell (3, 32)        3,146
March 24 GR         W, 5-2      Danis (2, 31)                   McCollum (5, 24)        5,398
March 25 GR         L, 1-4       LeNeveu (3, 30)             McCollum (1, 43)        2,710
March 30 @ Mil     W, 3-2      Danis (2, 36)                   Smith (3, 24)              9,344
March 31 @ GR    L, 2-6       Danis (6, 25)                   McCollum (2, 38)        7,884

Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date        Opp.          Site                                Time   Broadcast
April 6      Peo            Cox Center                      7:00     KXY 96.1 FM
April 7      Chi              Cox Center                      7:00     KXY 96.1 FM
April 13    Hou            Cox Center                      7:00     KXY 96.1 FM
April 14    @ Texas     Cedar Park Center          7:00     KXY 96.1 FM
April 15    @ SA          AT&T Center                   3:30     KXY 96.1 FM

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