AHL Recap Week3….Barons make TV debut

Oklahoma City Barons (EDM)

With not much rest in between games, The Barons had to turn around and take on the Lake Erie Monsters (COL) on Tuesday night after their last game on Sunday. OKC pulled out the win after a quiet first period. Both teams picked up their game in the second, with 2 goals. Alex Giroux kept his goal streak going at 7:50 in the third, bringing Oklahoma City to their first shut out in their history. The Barons, with the win, pulled themselves above the .500 mark. Beating the Monsters 3-0, Martin Gerber made 35 saves and earned first star for the game.

While only 2,784 fans were in attendance, they made plenty of noise letting the players know they were behind them. Two of the Barons goals came on the power play, the first of the night at 1:22 in the second period by Shawn Belle. Liam Reddox, on the breakaway, got the second of the night at 12:00 in the second period.

Friday the Barons had their first match up against the San Antonio Rampage (PHX). Not going how the Barons wanted it, they took the loss 4-1 before a crowd of 3,986 at home ending the three game win streak. Oklahoma City’s only goal of the night was scored by Liam Reddox, who scored on a breakaway at 17:31 in the second period. Martin Gerber made 20 saves on the night. Too many loose pucks and turnovers plagued the Barons in the loss.

After the loss Friday, the Barons headed to the airport just after 4 a.m. to fly into Toronto for the Saturday nights face-off. Three Oklahoma City players were once Toronto Marlies (TOR); Richard Petiot,Martin Gerber and Ben Ondrus all played with Marlies. Ondrus still remains the Marlies leader for games played (254). He played for three seasons,including the playoff teams and conference finals in 2008.

The jet lag proved to work against the Barons, who took the 5-2 loss in front of 2,046 Marlie fans.Liam Reddox scored the first goal of the game and put OKC on the board at 13:35 in the first on a PP. Linus Omark grabbed the second 1:52 in third. The Barons were still able to effectively shut down all power play chances, taking the streak to 31. Shot on goal were an even 33 apiece.

Another quick turnaround for the Barons sent then into Hamilton to take on the Bulldogs (MON). The Barons proved to have better luck on Sunday. Oklahoma City made their national debut on CBC and the NHL Network airing of the game, beating Hamilton 3-2 in an overtime thriller. Alexander Giroux tallied his 11th career OT game winner with the winning goal. Jeff Petry also nets a point with his goal at 6:52 in the second. Colin Mcdonald squeezes one in at 16:04 also in the second. Hamilton alone scored in the third period, putting a stop to OKC’s penalty kill streak at 35. Martin Gerber made 29 saves in the win.

No rest for the weary, Oklahoma City next heads to take on the Chicago Wolves in Chicago, then onto Grand Rapids and Peoria before finally getting some much-needed rest.

Rockford Icehogs (CHI)

The Icehogs had the easiest weekend schedule in the division this weekend with only two home games. They will be facing off without games played (238) record holding Evan Brophey who was recalled by the Blackhawks. He joins two other players, Brandon Pirri and Jassen Cullimore, who have also been recalled this season.

Rockford faced Abbotsford(CAL) Friday night and suffered a tough 4-1 loss to the Heat. Wade Brookbank (OKC Blazers) scored Rockford’s and the games first goal at 6:35 in the first period. After that it was all Heat. Alec Richards was dealt his first loss of the season stopping 14 shots. The Icehogs had 28 shots on goal. Neither team could produce on the power play, the Hogs going 0 for 6.

Saturday saw better luck for the Icehogs when they took on the Chicago Wolves. A high scoring game, it ended in overtime with a 4-3 win for Rockford. Igor Makarov gets the game winner credit at the 4:13 mark. Three Icehogs got a goal on the board as well, Ben Smith at 16:44 in the second period; Rob Klinkhammer at 5:04 in the third and Ivan Vishnevskiy on a 5 on 3 power play ties the game at 11:51 in the third to take it to overtime. Hannu Toivonen gets his first win of the season stopping 23 goal attempts.

Rockford next faces the Texas Stars on Wed. at home for $1 night.

Texas Stars (Dal)

The Stars took on the Lake Erie Monsters in front of 4,014 fans Friday night, bringing in the win 3-2. All of the Stars goals were scored in the third period. The first coming at 12:18 by rookie Sean Backman who scored his first pro goal. Colton Sceviour notched his first goal of the season on a penalty shot, coming off a Lake Erie defender who covered the puck in the Monsters crease which tied the game at 16:19. Francis Wathier scored the game-winning goal at 19:19, keeping the game from heading to overtime.The Stars put 34 shots on goal, Texas goalie Brent Krahn stopping 33 Lake Erie shots for the win.

Saturday the Stars had to face the Peoria Riverman who proved to be too much to handle. The Rivermen defeated the Stars 2-1 in front of 4,438 hometown fans. Brent Krahn stopped 17 Peoria shots in the defeat,the Stars putting 36 shots on goal in the shut out. Neither team could take advantage of the power play opportunities.

The Stars will close a five-game home stand on Tues. taking on Peoria once again before heading to Rockford and Chicago for a pair of road games. They return home Saturday, October 30th to face the Houston Aeros

Chicago Wolves (ATL)

On Wednesday, the Wolves faced the Abbotsford heat, taking the loss 3-0. In their first shut out of the season, the Wolves gave up two power play goals. Chicago only put up 13 shots on goal, the Heat 23. Edward Pasquale managed 20 saves in his first professional loss.

Saturday the Wolves took on in-state rival Rockford and took a heartbreaking overtime loss 4-3. Chicago surrendered a two-goal third-period lead to Rockford, letting them tie it up and take it into OT were they were able to knock out the Wolves. The Wolves at least broke their streak of not having scored a goal in the first period all season. Jason Krog drew that first blood at 1:45, with Andrew Kozek bringing in goal number 2 at 14:32 in the second. Nigel Dawes, who was just sent down from the Thrashers on Friday, put a point on the board with his goal at 3:06 in the third period. Darren Haydar picked up 2 assists for the night. Netminder Drew McIntyre made 29 stops.

Sunday had the Wolves facing Milwaukee in game three of the Amtrak Rivalry set,taking home the victory 4-3. Having a solid 4-0 lead, the Wolves stumbled and let the Admirals make a come back,nearly tying the game in the third. Chicago and Milwaukee have faced each other three times so far this season,the wolves defeating the Admirals in all three meetings by one goal. Fredrik Pettersson got the scoring started at 5:41 into the first on a power-play, his first goal in his AHL career. Jared Ross at 13:59 in the second, Darren Haydar at 15:33 and Andre Deveaux at 17:48 off a power play chance,rounded out the Wolves scoring. Pasquale stopped 28 shots for the Wolves in the win.

The Wolves next take on the Oklahoma City Barons on Wed., starting a 3 game home streak, then facing Texas and Rockford on Saturday.

San Antonio Rampage (PHX)

Wednesday night the Rampage won a 4-2 contest against the Lake Erie Monsters with three goals late in the final period. Playing in his 100th professional game, netminder Matt Climie stopped 31 pucks in the win. San Antonio’s Mikkel Boedker tied it up for the Rampage at 19:50 in the second. Brett Maclean, Bracken Kearns, and Ryan Hollweg all put it in the net within 3 minutes of each in the third to seal the win.

Friday the Rampage traveled to Oklahoma City to defeat the Barons’ in the first meeting of the two teams. San Antonio scored three early goals against the Barons for the 4-1 victory. Tim Stapleton scored the first two goals in the first period, at 3:03 and 6:06. (yes, neat). The Rampage continued their fun with numbers in the second period, when at 2:34, Alex Picard was able to score his fourth goal of the season. Matt Pope’s goal at the 9:44 marker of the second period was the final nail in the coffin for the Barons. Al Montoya stopped 25 of the Barons shots for his first win of the season.

Saturday the Rampage and Matt Climie earned their first shut out win with a 2-0 score over the Houston Aeros in front of a sold-out crowd of 7,128. The Rampage,hosting a jersey auction at the end of the game to benefit the Spurs Foundation, raised $13,385. San Antonio took the lead at 10:23 of the first period with a goal by Alex Picard. Bracken Kearns scored the second Rampage goal at 9:08 in the third to solidify the win. Climie got his shut out win with 26 saves on the night.

Sunday was the matchup of titans, with the Rampage taking on the Peoria Rivermen. With a matchup of possible future playoff implications, San Antonio knocked off Peoria with their 5th straight win with a 4-1 upset. The win also puts San Antonio within one point of Peoria and the top spot in the league. The Rivermen were in early power play trouble when at 17:03 in the first period, Brett MacLean scored his third PP goal of the season. Mathieu Beaudoin got the assist in the goal, extending his point streak to seven games which ties him with Hershey Bears’ forwards Keith Aucoin and Andrew Gordon for longest point streak in the league at this time. Garrett Stafford scored the second power play goal of the first period at the 19:10 mark. Tim Stapleton scored himself another goal for the weekend at the 12:31 mark of the third. Rampage leading scorer Beaudoin was able to score the empty net goal with 12 seconds remaining in the game to bring in the final tally. Netmeinder Al Montoya registers his second win of the season as he made 29 saves as well.

San Antonio gets the week off to enjoy until game time Friday to take on the Houston Aeros.

Peoria Rivermen (STL)

The Rivermen started Fridays game against the Houston Aeros without AHL lead scorer Graham Mink who was out with flu-like symptoms. The game remained a close match up, keeping a scoreless tie into overtime. Im the end though, Peoria came out ahead and notched the win over Houston 1-0. Adam Cracknell scored the game winner with 2:35 left in overtime to take the Rivermen to their 6th win in a row and his second goal of the year. Ben Bishop (Maine) got the shutout win with 36 saves. This is the second shutout in Bishop’s career and first since Dec. ’08. The Rivermen and Aeros went 0 for 12 combines in power play goals.

On Saturday, the Rivermen faced the Texas Stars with rookie goalie Jake Allen in net for the seventh straight win for Peoria. Allen made 36 saves and recorded his first career shut out. Nicholas Drazenovic

scored the first goal of the game quickly at 3:37 mark in the first period. With the second period being scoreless, Phil McRae got the second goal with 3:26 remaining in the third period.

Sunday facing the San Antonio Rampage proved to be the Rivermen’s undoing. The Riverman went 180 minutes without allowing a goal until the Rampage’s Brett Maclean netted a goal in the first period.

Peoria got on the board with a goal from Mark Cundari for his first professional goal at 18:49 in the second. It just wasn’t enough as San Antonio opened up their scoring in the third. Ben Bishop was able to stop 24 of the Rampage shots in the 4-1 loss.

Milwaukee Admirals (NSH)

Once again a team from the West Division has the player of the week for the AHL. This weeks winner is Linus Klasen, who in his first year in North American hockey, leads the AHL with seven goals and put up three assists for 10 points in seven games with the Ad’s.

Milwaukee also was assigned free-agent forward Steve Begin who was traded from the bruins to Nashville on Thursday.

Friday night Milwaukee snapped a three game winless streak by defeating the Grand Rapids Griffins (DET). Klasen recorded game-winner at 5:04 of the third with a final score of 3-2. Blake Geoffrion also recorded his first two professional assists in the game. Mark Dekanich stopped 24 shots in his first game since coming back to the Ad’s from being on recall with Nashville.

Saturday Milwaukee got their second win against the Abbotsford Heat with a 3-1 score. The win also marked the second game in a row that Jamie Lundmark put the Admirals on the board in the first period on a PP goal, this time scoring a 5:49. Linus Klasen again scored 21 seconds after the Heat had a goal in the third period, effectively taking over the AHL scoring lead. Mark Santorelli got the other Milwaukee goal at 7:42 in the second period.

Sunday taking on the Chicago Wolves put an end to Milwaukee’s streak. The Wolves handed the Ad’s a 4-3 loss. Chet Pickard turned aside 31 shots by the Wolves but it wasn’t enough. The Admirals scored three times in the third period, with Klasen once again making his presence known. Gabriel Bourque got the second Ad’s goal, assisted by newcomer Begin at 3:22. Andreas Thuresson put in the final Milwaukee goal at 16:02.

Milwaukee rematches Abbotsford both Friday and Saturday.

Houston Aeros (MIN)

The Aeros lost to Peoria 1-0 Friday, in an overtime thriller of a game. Anton Khudobin stopped 31 shots on goal in the loss. Houston still earns a point for the OT. The Aeros power play is still scoreless in four games since going 2-for-7 in the season-opener. The game also marked the third time both teams remained scoreless in the first period so far this season.

Saturday had the Aeros taking on the San Antonio Rampage in Houston’s first game in the Lone Star Faceoff series. The series features the Aeros, Rampage and Texas Stars with Texas leading the series so far one point over the Rampage. Matt Hackett made 24 saves but the Aeros still fell to the Rampage 2-0 in front of 7,128 fans at home. After another loss to the Lake Erie Monsters on Sunday, the Aeros have now dropped five straight games. Lake erie came into the game Sunday in the same position, dropping five,but finally broke their streak. The Aeros had the 2-1 lead going into the third but ending up falling 3-2 for the final. Aeros goals where tallied by Joel Broda at 18:20 of the first and Casey Wellman 11:22 into the second. Houston had went 157:15 with no score until Broda killed the streak. Netminder Anton Khudobin stopped 30 shots on goal. Houston now moves to 2-4-1-0 with the loss.

 

Houston’s next games will be featuring the teams of the Lone Star Faceoff series. Beginning next Friday at San Antonio, then the Texas Stars on Saturday before hosting the Stars Sunday at home.

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