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  • Oklahoma City Barons: Young players get plenty of ice time in 3-2 shootout win over Iowa

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Having clinched a playoff berth Friday night, coach Todd Nelson rested many of his top players Saturday night. Several kids who recently completed college or junior hockey got significant ice time in a 3-2 shootout win over Iowa in front of 4,837 fans at the Cox Convention Center.

  • Oklahoma City Barons notebook: Steve MacIntyre is captain for a day

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Since the Barons clinched a playoff berth on Friday night, most of their top players sat out a 3-2 shootout win over Iowa in the regular-season finale Saturday night at the Cox Center.

  • OKC Barons clinch playoff berth, beat Iowa in overtime

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Before the overtime period began Friday night, Oklahoma City Barons coach Todd Nelson informed the players on the bench they had clinched a playoff berth. In a dramatic turn of events, the Barons rallied for a 4-3 overtime win over the Iowa Wild in front of 4,344 fans at the Cox Convention Center. The other two teams fighting the Barons for the Western Conference’s No. 8 seed both lost about the same time Oklahoma City forced overtime. “The run we got on late in the season was very dramatic,” Nelson said. “We’ve scored late goals to get games to overtime or score a game-winner late. They could make a movie about this late-season run because it was pretty incredible.

  • Anton Lander named OKC Barons' MVP

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    During pregame ceremonies on Friday night, general manager Bill Scott announced the Barons’ annual fan appreciation awards: 2013-14 team MVP—Anton Lander; Rookie of the Year—Andrew Miller; Offensive Player of the Year—Lander; Defensive Player of the Year—Brad Hunt; Fan favorite—C.J. Stretch. “It’s an honor but I couldn’t do it without my teammates and coaches, so a big thanks to all of them,” Lander said. “I’m very happy and very proud of this team that we kept fighting to get into the playoffs.” PLAYOFF SCHEDULE The Barons, the No. 8 seed in the AHL’s Western Conference, will host the top-seeded Texas Stars in Games 1 and 2 of the playoffs on Wednesday (7 p.m.) and Saturday, April 26, an 8

  • OKC Barons: It's a do or die weekend for the Oklahoma City Barons

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    The Barons can clinch the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference with three standings points when they host the Iowa Wild on Friday and Saturday nights at the Cox Convention Center. Games begin at 7.

  • OKC Barons: Barons try to wrap up playoff berth Friday and Saturday

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Iowa is last in the Western Conference, but it will try and play the spoiler the next two days for Oklahoma City.

  • OKC Barons can't stop Texas Stars

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    The Barons’ game with the Texas Stars had an underlying subplot Wednesday night at the Cox Convention Center. Having already clinched the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, the Stars showed a crowd of 3,067 why they haven’t lost a game in regulation in more than a month by beating the Barons 2-1. If the Barons make the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season, they will play the Stars in a best-of-five first-round series that would begin next week with Games 1 and 2 in Oklahoma City. “We talked about this,” said 29-year-old veteran Matthew Ford. “Our goal is to make the playoffs, and we knew this could be a potential matchup. We still have to get in, but we wanted to set a tempo tonight.

  • OKC Barons: Barons still control playoff destiny

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    If Oklahoma City secures at least three standings points (one win and one non-regulation loss) in two home games Friday and Saturday against the Iowa Wild, the Barons will qualify for the playoffs for the fourth consecutive year.

  • OKC Barons: Steve Pinizzotto hopes words of wisdom help Barons in crunch time

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Oklahoma City hosts the Texas Stars at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Cox Center. Any standings points will help the Barons move closer to a fourth consecutive playoff berth.

  • OKC Barons: OKC begins final playoff run this week

    Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Barons host Texas Stars at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Cox Center. Iowa is in town for 7 p.m. contests Friday and Saturday.

  • OKC Barons: Barons win in shootout, move closer to playoff berth

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    The Edmonton Oilers returned 126 points worth of manpower to their American Hockey League affiliate — defenseman Oscar Klefbom and forwards Tyler Pitlick, Steve Pinizotto, Will Acton and team captain Anton Lander.

  • OKC Barons continue trip at Abbotsford

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    Barons at Abbotsford •When: 3 p.m. Sunday •Where: Abbotsford Entertainment Sports Center, Abbotsford, British, Columbia. •Radio: KXXY 96.1 FM •Scouting report: With four games left in the regular season, the Barons were tied with Charlotte for the eighth and final playoff spot heading into Saturday’s AHL games. … Rochester was in seventh, one point ahead of OKC and Charlotte. Rockford and Utica are two points back. Only two of the five will make the playoffs. … Abbotsford is fifth and has clinched a playoff berth. The Heat leads the season series 5-2, including a 3-0 edge at home. … Roman Horak (52 points) returned last weekend after missing seven games.

  • OKC Barons: Abbotsford holds off Oklahoma City

    Published: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Barons did not help their cause for qualifying for the American Hockey League playoffs Friday night, losing a 3-2 decision to the Abbotsford Heat before 3,403 fans at the Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre.

  • OKC Barons' Brad Hunt named second-team AHL All-Star

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    Oklahoma City Barons defenseman Brad Hunt was named a second-team American Hockey League All-Star on Thursday. Hunt, 25, recently set the Barons’ franchise record for points in a season by a blue-liner. Hunt (49 points) also owns the team record for assists (38) by a defenseman. A 5-foot-9, 175-pounder from Ridge Meadow, B.C., Hunt recently surpassed the records Justin Schultz established last season when he was named AHL Defenseman of the Year. Hunt ranks fourth in the league in scoring among defensemen. Many of his points have come on a power-play unit that ranks second in the AHL. “He has an absolute bomb from the point,” said Barons coach Todd Nelson. “He’s also a glue guy, someone who plays well

  • OKC Barons: Oklahoma City's power play on fire

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Sun, Apr 6, 2014

    The Barons scored three power-play goals in their 6-4 win over Charlotte on Sunday afternoon at the Cox Center.

  • OKC Barons: Barons complete huge sweep over Charlotte

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Sun, Apr 6, 2014

    Oklahoma City moved into playoff position with Sunday’s win — but now it has to maintain the momentum with five games left in the regular season.

  • OKC Barons: Richard Bachman records shutout, Barons close in on playoff spot

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    Barons goaltender Richard Bachman couldn’t have picked a better time to post his second shutout of the season. In a showdown of two teams trying to earn one of the final Western Conference playoff berths, Bachman stopped all 31 shots to lead the Barons to a 1-0 win over Charlotte on Saturday night at the Cox Convention Center. With the win, the Barons officially have climbed to the playoff cutoff line, although six more games are left in the regular season to determine whether they qualify for the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season. “This is a very huge win for us which sets the stage for an even bigger game (on Sunday),” said Barons coach Todd Nelson. “For Richard to get a shutout against a great

  • OKC Barons notebook: C.J. Stretch scores back-to-back game-winners

    Published: Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    With his mother in town from California, forward C.J. Stretch scored the game’s only goal in the Barons’ 1-0 win over Charlotte on Saturday night at the Cox Convention Center. It was the second consecutive game-winning goal for Stretch, who was the seventh and final skater Wednesday night in Oklahoma City’s 5-4 shootout win over Hamilton. “I can’t take the credit for game-winner in the shootout. Bachs (goalie Richard Bachman) made some huge saves for us in the shootout and again tonight,” Stretch said. HUNT TIES SCHULTZ’S RECORD Defenseman Brad Hunt notched an assist in Saturday’s win, his 48th point of the season which ties Hunt with Justin Schultz for the Barons’ franchise record for points by

  • Oklahoma City Barons: How fans have had their lives changed after winning cars from the Barons

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    Jack Mitchell, Jim Stanley and Asberg Mahanti are among two dozen people who have had their lives turned upside down after they won a car or truck at an Oklahoma City Barons game. When the American Hockey League regular season ends in two weeks, Prodigal LLC will have given away 27 vehicles worth $820,000 in the unique promotion.

  • OKC Barons vehicle giveaway: 'It's like you're on a game show'

    BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Barons executives have been creative on how to determine winners in their vehicle giveaways.