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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Oklahoma City Barons First Round Playoffs Set

The Oklahoma City Barons have clawed their way through a lot to get themselves into the Calder Cup Playoffs. Fighting through call-ups, other teams peaking, and their own scoring slumps, the Barons finish the 2010-11 regular season in 5th place of the Western Division. With the offset divisions, the AHL has it where the division with the 8 teams get an extra chance at a playoff spot. If the 5th place team in the bigger division finishes with more points than the 4th place team in the smaller division, they cross over and play within the smaller division. This was the case this year as the Barons finished with 91 points and the Abbotsford Heat(the Calgary Flames affiliate) finished in 4th place in the Northern Division with 86 points.

The final weekend was a big one for the Barons though. They started the weekend needing 2 out of 3 wins to virtually guarantee themselves a playoff berth. The game on Friday against San Antonio was the biggest to start. A win would put them in a great position to clinch on Saturday. The Barons came out hard and strong and got a tally on the board early with a goal from Ben Ondrus from a nice pass by rookie Tanner House. San Antonio would answer minutes later on a PP goal by Alex Picard. Colin McDonald would continue his hunt for the scoring title, scoring number 37 six minutes later and the teams headed to the locker room with the Barons leading 2-1. The 2nd period was all Colin McDonald as he would complete a natural hat trick, scoring at 2:45 and 18:34, his 38th and 39th goals. After 40 minutes the Barons lead by a score of 4-1. In the 3rd, Milan Kytnar would make it 5-1, picking up a Tanner House rebound. San Antonio would get one back as they break up a pass during a Barons PP and get a 2 on 0 rush, putting it past Jeff Deslauriers. The Barons would get it back 46 seconds later into the PP from Mark Arcobello, making it 6-2. Then just 2 minutes later, Colin McDonald would get his 4th of the night, number 40 on the season, and put the Barons up 7-2, which would be the final score. Brad Moran and Alexandre Giroux assisted on all 4 of McDonald's goals, JDD would make it 3 wins in a row.

Photo © Candace Riley

The next night, the Barons traveled to Cedar Park, Texas to take on the Texas Stars. After the win the night before, the Barons just needed a single point to clinch their playoff berth. The Barons wouldn't be content with just one point though, as Milan Kytnar and Colin McDonald would both score in the 2nd period and Jeff Deslauriers would pick up his 3rd shutout in 4 games as the Barons grabbed 2 points and a playoff berth. Colin McDonald's goal would be his 41st and the other player he was battling with, Nigel Dawes, would be held scoreless in his last season game, sending both players tied at 41 goals heading into Sunday.

The Barons headed to Houston to finish up the regular season. With the playoffs guaranteed, the team would sit 4 veterans, and allow the rookies a chance to play. Brad Moran, Bryan Helmer, and Alexandre Giroux would all sit in the press box for the game as Jake Taylor headed back to OKC to be with his wife as they celebrated the birth of their daughter. Martin Gerber would make his long awaited return, his first game after suffering a neck injury back in March against Grand Rapids. The Barons would start out well, taking a 1-0 lead into the 1st intermission with a goal by Mark Arcobello. The Aeros would storm back though, scoring 4 goals in the 2nd to the Barons 1 by Milan Kytnar. The 2nd period would end with the Aeros up 4-2. The Aeros would score twice more in the 3rd to make it 6-2 until the Barons' Colin McDonald would make it 6-3 with his 42nd goal of the season, clinching him the AHL Goal Scoring Title, the Willie Marshall award. 6-3 would be the final score though, to end the Barons regular season.

The Barons loss guaranteed them the 5th spot in the Western Division, crossing them over to the Northern Division. The Barons will take on the Northern Division champions, the Hamilton Bulldogs(Montreal Canadiens affiliate) in the 1st round. Credit to Patrick Williams of The Hockey News for this stat, this is the 4th time since 1987 that the AHL affiliates of the Canadiens and the Oilers will meet in the playoffs. They also shared an affiliation in the 2003 playoffs.

Photo © Candace Riley

The Barons season series was only 2 games, which the teams split. The Barons won the first meeting between the two, Oct 24th, which came at the end of rough 3 in 3 weekend, winning 3-2 in OT. The 2nd meeting came on Dec 17th, in which the Bulldogs handed the Barons their first shutout in franchise history, beating the Barons 3-0.

Here's the regular season stats for the teams.

The Barons and Bulldogs will open the series at Hamilton on Thursday at 6:30CDT/5:30MDT.

All Times Central
Game 1 - Thursday @Hamilton, 6:30
Game 2 - Saturday @Hamilton, 3:00
Game 3 - Tuesday, April 19 @OKC, 7:05
Game 4 - Wednesday, April 20 @OKC, 7:05
Game 5 - Friday, April 22 @OKC, 7:05*
Game 6 - Sunday, April 24 @Hamilton, 3:00*
Game 7 - Monday, April 25 @Hamilton, 6:30*
*-if necessary


Just some final thoughts, the Barons have peaked at the right time. They look like they're in playoff form.... Their defense in the crease and slot has gotten 10 times better from a few weeks ago, which has helped their cause tremendously.... The Oilers officially sent down Linus Omark, Ryan O'Marra, Teemu Hartikainen, Jeff Petry, and Chris VandeVelde today, further bolstering the Barons lineup.... Milan Kytnar ends the season with a 7 game point streak with 6 goals and 4 assists....

The Barons are going to be a very formidable team in the playoffs, and I'm looking very much forward to the next month and hopefully 2.

-Written by Eric Rodgers-

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Road Trip Game Day Tweetcast: Barons v. Rampage & Oilers v. Kings

Welcome to the Road Trip Game Day, LIVE TweetCast of the
Edmonton Oilers vs Los Angeles Kings
Oklahoma City Barons vs San Antonio Rampage.


OKC Barons vs San Antonio Rampage
6:00pm MT Start





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Edmonton Oilers vs Los Angeles Kings
8:00pm MT Start



Oklahoma City Barons (21-15-2-4) at San Antonio Rampage (25-15-1-0)
Edmonton Oilers (14-21-7) at Los Angeles Kings (23-19-1) 

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

2 Games At Once / Oilers vs Canes and OKC Barons vs Rampage / A LIVE TweetCast

Welcome to the LIVE TweetCast of the Edmonton Oilers vs the Carolina Hurricanes and the Oklahoma City Barons vs the San Antonio Rampage.

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OKC Barons vs San Antonio Rampage 
6:00pm MT Start



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Edmonton Oilers vs Carolina Hurricanes
5:00pm MT Start

STATS SHEET *coming soon

PREVIEW *coming soon

San Antonio Rampage at Oklahoma City Barons
6:00pm MT Start
 Edmonton Oilers (4-6-2) at Carolina Hurricanes (7-7-0)
5:00pm MT Start

Barons Game 16 Preview; Take The Bull by The Horns

Away: San Antonio Rampage (8-4-1); Last game: 4-1 Loss vs. Abbotsford
Home: Oklahoma City Barons (9-5-1); Last game: 7-6 SO Win vs. Toronto

Quick News and Notes
-This is the Barons fourth game in 5 nights.
-This is the second of 10 meetings between the two teams.
-San Antonio won the last meeting 4-1.
-Liam Reddox was the lone Barons goal scorer in that game.
-I'm sure everyone is aware of this now; Linus Omark leads the team with 17 points. Giroux is second with 15. Moran, Reddox, and Belle are next with 13 apiece.
-Omark is tied for 5th in the league in points. Michal Repik of Rochester leads with 19.
-Belle continues to lead the team in assists with 12.
-The Barons are 7-3-0 in their last 10 games. The Rampage are 7-2-1.
-Barons PP: 20th in the league - 15/93 (16.1%); Rampage PP: 7th in the league - 13/62 (21.0%)
-Barons PK: 1st in the league - 70/76 (92.1%); Rampage PK: 25th in the league - 46/59 (78.0%)

Players to watch
OKC: Omark-O'Marra-Reddox. Need I say more?
SA: Tim Stapleton(23) scored twice in their last game against the Barons. Mathieu Beaudoin(26) leads the Rampage with 14 points.

The Barons game on Sunday against the Marlies just about gave me a heart attack. That will be one of the best hockey moments I remember seeing in my lifetime. It's awesome that I was able to be there in person. We'll see if Omark is able to continue his scoring ways tonight. I'm not expecting another 5 goal game at all, but I definitely would not complain one bit if he decided to have another one. Hopefully the other lines decide to start scoring tonight too. JF Jacques will be playing tonight. No word on who will be in net tonight. The puck drop is at 7:05 CDT/6:05 MDT. The game will be broadcast on 96.1 KXY. As always, you can follow myself(@AHLBarons) and Scott(@OilFieldHockey) as we tweet from the game.

-Written by Eric Rodgers-

Friday, October 22, 2010

OKC Barons vs Rampage / The LIVE TweetCast

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  • Jordan Bendfeld has been recalled by Edmonton to Oklahoma City from Stockton.
  • Oklahoma City's average attendance over 5 games is at 4,405.
  • Giroux and Moran are 13th and 14th in the league with 3 goals, 4 assists, and 7 points.
  • Shawn Belle is 20th in the league with 1 goal, 6 assists, and 7 points. Belle is 3rd amongst scoring defencemen, and he is 2nd in the league with 6 assists from a defencemen.
  • Teemu "Harski" Hartikainen is 3rd amongst rookies with 15 shots on goal.
  • Liam Reddox is 3rd in the league with 30 shots on goal.
  • Martin Gerber is 3rd amongst goaltenders with 304 minutes played.
  • The Barons are on a hot streak with killing off 21 penalties.


Barons Game 7 Preview; On a Rampage!

Away: San Antonio Rampage (3-2-1); Last game: 4-2 Win vs. Lake Erie
Home: Oklahoma City Barons (3-2-1); Last game: 3-0 Win vs. Lake Erie

Quick News and Notes
-This is the first of 10 meetings between the two teams.
-This is the first game of a three game weekend for the Barons. They travel to Toronto for a game tomorrow, then to Hamilton for a game on Sunday.
-The Barons have scored 8 straight goals in their last two games.
-Shawn Belle, who scored 19 points(3G, 16A) in 70 games last season, has 7 points(1G, 6A) in 6 games this season.
-Belle, Alex Giroux, and Brad Moran lead the team in scoring with 7 points. That has them tied for 11th in the league in scoring. Belle is tied for 2nd among defensemen.
-Giroux is riding a 4 game point scoring streak. Belle, a 3 game streak.
-Martin Gerber is coming off of a 35 save shutout against Lake Erie. His last one in the AHL happened on January 21st, 2009 against who was then the Philadelphia Phantoms(now Adirondack).
-The Barons are 7 for 35 on the PP(20.0%), and 26 for 28 on the PK(92.9%).
-The Barons have killed off their last 21 PK.-The Rampage are 7 for 33 on the PP(21.2%), and 21 for 30 on the PK(70.0%).

Players to watch
OKC: Um, everybody? This team has played very well the last few games. It’s hard to pick a few anymore. I’m hoping Omark is able to break out some tonight. The first and second lines are turning out to be pretty deadly.
SAN: Mathieu Beaudoin(26) leads the Rampage in scoring with 8 points(5G, 3A). Goalie Matt Climie(33) has a 2.76 GAA and .916 save percentage.

After coming out of their 4 game in 5 night trip, the Barons ended up gaining 7 out of 8 possible standings points. Riding a three game winning streak, it remains to be seen if they can keep the momentum going during this sleep-depriving weekend. As always, you can follow myself(@AHLBarons) and Scott(@OilFieldHockey) as we tweet during the game. The game will be broadcast on AHL Live and by listening on 96.1 KXY.

-Written by Eric Rodgers-

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