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BARONS GAME NOTES - FEBRUARY 16

By Jim Byers,

Oklahoma City Barons (23-18-2-5) at Texas Stars (29-13-4-4)
Barons Game 49 | Road Game 23 | AHL Game 741
Feb. 16, 2013, 7 pm CST | Cedar Park Center, Cedar Park, TX
Radio: KXY 96.1 FM
AHL Media Kit:  http://admin.leaguestat.com/download.php?file_path=new-pdf/1010609-40.pdf&client_code=ahl
 
TONIGHT: The Barons wrap up a 2-game week with the second of back-to-back contests against the Texas Stars (Dallas Stars) at Cedar Park Center. OKC saw its 3-game winning streak snapped last night in a 4-3 loss that featured a 10-round shootout. This is the 9th of 12 meetings between the South Division rivals and the fourth at Cedar Park Center. The Barons have taken 5 of 8 overall against the Stars and had a 6-game winning streak in Cedar Park snapped last night. OKC has 53 points, 9th in the Western Conference. Texas leads the AHL with 66 points.

OFF THE TOP: The Barons have standing points in 4 straight (3 wins and last night’s 4-3 shootout loss), 5 of the last 6 and 7 of the last 9 (5-2-0-2). Last night’s 10-round shootout matched the longest in Barons club history. They had a pair of 10-rounders in their inaugural season: Jan. 26, 2011 vs. Chicago (L) and Feb. 4, 2011 vs. Peoria (W). February is OKC’s lightest full month of the season with 8 games. This is the third of 4 consecutive 2-game weeks, with each of those featuring back-to-back games against the same team. OKC has had 36 player transactions since the announcement of a new CBA for the National Hockey League Jan. 6. OKC had 26 moves from opening day through Jan. 6. OKC is No. 1 in the AHL on the power play at 23.6 percent. The power play is 11-for-63 (17.5%) since Jordan Eberle, Justin Schultz and Taylor Hall returned to the NHL.

RED RIVER RIVALRY: OKC is 5-2-0-1 against Texas this season, with both of the Stars’ regulation wins 3-0 shutouts at the Cox Center. All-time, OKC is 17-8-0-3 against Texas, 8-4-0-1 at Cedar Park. The Barons had a 6-game winning streak at Cedar Park Center spanning parts of 2 seasons snapped last night. Since starting the season 3-6-0-1, Texas is 26-7-4-3, with 4 of those 7 regulation losses against OKC. The Stars are 9-2-2-2 at home since Nov. 21 and both regulation losses were to the Barons. Texas has an AHL-high 66 standing points. Their season record of 29-13-4-4 is a .660 standing point percentage, second in the AHL behind Eastern Conference leader Springfield (.691). Texas’ standing point percentage against OKC is .313 (2-5-0-1), while against all other opponents it’s .714 (26-8-4-4 against the rest of the AHL).

FIRSTS FOR PELSS: Rookie winger Kristians Pelss notched his first AHL goal in last night’s second period. He added an assist on Josh Green’s goal for his first AHL 2-point game.

TYRVAINEN SCORES ON PENALTY SHOT: Antti Tyrvainen’s penalty shot goal in last night’s third period was the sixth awarded to the Barons in club history and the first goal. Alex Giroux (twice), Ben Ondrus, Ryan Keller and Tanner House had the only previous penalty shots and all were denied.

POINT PILEUP: Toni Rajala has points in 4 straight and 7 of the last 8 contests, totaling 3 goals and 6 assists in the past 8 games. Josh Green has points in 3 straight and 5 of the last 6. Former NHL All-Star and Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy winner Jonathan Cheechoo saw his 3-game goal streak snapped last night. Philippe Cornet also had a 3-game goal streak halted. They share the team lead in that department with Justin Schultz and Jordan Eberle, who each had a pair of 3-game goal runs. Cheechoo has 5 goals, 5 assists, a +6 rating and 18 shots over the past 4 games. Cornet has 4 goals, 4 assists and is +5 in the past 4 games. Mark Arcobello has 2 goals, 6 assists and a +6 rating in the past 4 games.

LASTING IMPACT: Jordan Eberle and Justin Schultz remain 1-2 in the AHL in points despite not playing for the Barons since Jan. 5. Eberle, the point leader with 51, was matched atop the goal column last night when Providence’s Jamie Tardif scored his 25th. Schultz (48 points) is tied for third in assists with 30.

SIX-GOAL THIRD PERIOD A LEAGUE HIGH: OKC rallied for 6 goals in the third period of Saturday’s 7-5 win over Grand Rapids, setting the AHL high this season for goals in a period. The previous high was 5, set by multiple teams. The 6-goal period matches OKC’s club record, set in the second period of a 10-1 victory over Texas Oct. 15, 2011 at the Cox Center.

Last 5 Games:
Date Opp. Result OKC Goalie (GA,SV) Opp. Goalie Attn.
Jan. 31 Cha L, 1-2 Roy (2, 27) Peters (1, 23) 3,142
Feb. 1 Cha W, 7-3 Hovinen (3, 28) Peters (L) / Muse 3,455
Feb. 8 GR W, 4-3 Hovinen (3, 16) McCollum (4, 33) 3,394
Feb. 9 GR W, 7-5 Danis (5, 22) McCollum (6, 22) 4,277
Feb. 15 @ Tex SOL, 3-4 Hovinen (3, 38) Campbell (3, 28) 5,428

Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date Opp. Site Time Broadcast
Feb. 22 Houston Cox Center 7:00 KXY 96.1 FM
Feb. 23 Houston Toyota Center 7:05 KXY 96.1 FM
Feb. 26 Texas Cox Center 7:00 KXY 96.1 FM
March 2 Texas Cedar Park Center 7:00 KXY 96.1 FM
March 3 Charlotte Time Warner Cable Ar. 4:00 KXY 96.1 FM

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