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BARONS WEEK IN REVIEW: OCTOBER 22 - 28

By Jim Byers,

Recap of Week 3, Oct. 23-28 (3 games, 2-1-0-0)

Season record: 4-3-0-0, 3rd, South Division, -5 pts.
 
•      THE WEEK PAST: The Barons spent the second of three full weeks at home during this 7-game homestand by going 2-1 during their busiest week of the season so far. OKC concluded its season series with the Lake Erie Monsters on Tuesday with a 4-3 win, receiving a third-period tie-breaking goal from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. The Barons and Monsters split 4 games, each going 1-1 in its home building. The Houston Aeros visited the Cox Center on Friday and scored twice in each period, including the winning and insurance goals in the third, en route to a 6-4 win. The Barons ended the week with a 4-2 win over the Texas Stars on Sunday in the first of 12 regular season engagements with their nearest AHL rival, geographically. 
 
•      THE WEEK AHEAD: The first set of 3 games in 3 days looms for the Barons this week, as Houston returns to the Cox Center for back-to-back contests Friday and Saturday at 7 pm. OKC plays 8 sets of 3-in-3 this season, down from 12 last year. On Sunday, the Barons make their first visit of the season to San Antonio for a 4:30 pm (CDT) faceoff. OKC is 3-2-0-0 through the first 5 games of a season-high 7-game homestand.
 
•      SCHULTZ SHINES: In the days immediately after receiving CCM/AHL Player of the Week honors for the period ending Oct. 21, rookie defenseman Justin Schultz rose to the league lead in points by recording 3 straight 2-point games this past week. Schultz moved into a tie for the AHL point lead among all players following Friday’s action, continued in a 9-way tie for the top spot after Saturday’s AHL games (when OKC was idle) and assumed the point lead outright after his second 2-goal game of the season on Sunday. Schultz has 6 goals (1 off the league lead) and 6 assists to lead all AHL players with 12 points. He has at least 1 point in all 7 games, earning him a share of the league’s longest point streak to date. Three other players have active 7-game streaks. Schultz’s 12 points put him 1 ahead of Portland’s Alexandre Bolduc and Syracuse’s Cory Conacher.
 
•      TO THE BULLPEN: OKC’s opponent pulled its starting goaltender in each of the last 2 games. On Friday, Houston lifted Matt Hackett in favor of Darcy Kuemper after the Barons made the score 3-2 with 4:39 remaining in the first period. The Aeros rallied to win 6-4, marking the first time in Barons history they’ve lost in regulation when facing both opposing netminders. In their first 2 AHL seasons, the Barons were 14-0-1-0 when the opposition removed its starter. The only previous blemish was an overtime loss on March 7, 2012 at Peoria. On Sunday, Texas starter Cristopher Nilstorp was removed after OKC took a 3-1 lead early in the second period. Replacement Jack Campbell stopped 6 of 7 shots the rest of the way as Nilstorp was tagged with the loss.
 
•      TAKE TWO: The Barons have received a 2-goal game from an individual in 3 straight games: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on Tuesday, Mark Arcobello on Friday and Justin Schultz Sunday. 
 
•      ODDS AND ENDS: The Barons set a franchise high for penalty minutes in a game with 51 in Friday’s contest against Houston...defenseman Colten Teubert matched the league high for PIM in a game this season with 27 in Sunday’s matchup with Texas, joining Binghamton’s Mark Borowiecki...Teubert’s 27 PIM is a franchise record for a single game and his season total of 48 is tops in the AHL entering this week...21 of OKC’s 24 goals have been scored in the first or second periods this season...the Barons share the AHL low with 3 third-period goals, including tie-breaking and eventual winning goals by Justin Schultz (Oct. 13) and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Oct. 23) plus a shorthanded empty-netter by Schultz Oct. 19.
 
This week’s games (times listed as Central)
Date                                     Opponent                Time             Arena                                         Radio
Friday, Nov. 2                      Houston                    7 pm              Cox Convention Center             KXY 96.1 FM
Saturday, Nov. 3                  Houston                    7 pm              Cox Convention Center             TBA
Sunday, Nov. 4                    San Antonio              4:30 pm         AT&T Center                              KXY 96.1 FM

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