The Barons' Bryan Helmer played in his 1,072nd American Hockey League game on Friday night, which moved him into sole possession of third all-time in the league.
Helmer surpassed AHL Hall-of-Famer Harry Pidhirny and now only two other Hall-of-Famers, Willie Marshall (1,205 games) and Fred Glover (1,201 games), have played more.
Helmer leads all AHL defensemen in games played and owns the career points record for defensemen with 555.
THE NEWEST BARON
Bryan Rodney made his Barons' debut Friday night after being traded from Syracuse in the Eastern Conference of the American Hockey League.
“He obviously moves the puck and well, and I thought he created some scoring opportunities on the power play by just making a smart, heads up plays,” Barons coach Todd Nelson said. “That's what he is here for. He is here to create those situations.”
Rodney said he feels rejuvenated by the trade, which sent Barons forward Ryan O'Marra to the Anaheim Ducks organization.
“When you go from last to first (Syracuse is actually four points out of last place in the AHL), obviously your perspective of where this season going changes,” said Rodney, a two-time AHL All-Star. “I just want to come in here and add to what they have going.
“Nothing negative against the organization I just came from, but I have been playing in the Eastern Conference in the American (Hockey) League for the last five years, playing in the same four or five rinks pretty much every night. Half of those rinks aren't even regulation size, the ice surface. Me, being a puck mover and an offensive defenseman, it's nice to get out here on a regular size ice surface.”
COLD AS ICE
After winning two games on the road against rival Abbotsford last weekend, the Barons seemed to have an emotional letdown Friday night.
“I don't what it was,” Nelson said. “The guys weren't very vocal this morning, and they weren't very vocal for the first two periods. I don't know why. We should be excited to be playing at home.”
The Barons get another chance at Milwaukee on Saturday at the Cox Convention Center. Face off is 7 p.m.
The first 2,000 fans will receive a free hockey stick. Oklahoma City hosts San Antonio Sunday at 4 p.m.