• Oklahoma City Barons notebook: Power play contributes

    BY MIKE BALDWIN | Published: Sat, Dec 13, 2014

    Second in the AHL in power play percentage, the Barons had been in a power-play slump (10.0 percent; 3-of-30 their previous 10 games) before Matthew Ford scored the game-tying goal on a power play in the Barons 3-2 win over Grand Rapids on Saturday night.

  • Oklahoma City Barons: Barons drop second straight

    By Mike Baldwin | Updated: Fri, Dec 12, 2014

    Oklahoma City coach Todd Nelson said it’s important for the Barons to “get back in the saddle.” They’ll get another chance at 7 p.m. Saturday against Grand Rapids at the Cox Convention Center.

  • Oklahoma City Barons notebook: Brandon Davidson makes NHL debut with Edmonton

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Fri, Dec 12, 2014

    Davidson, 23, is known more for his defense than scoring (21 points in 108 career games with the Barons), which is what slumping Edmonton lacks. The Oilers, in last place in the Western Conference, have allowed 98 goals, second most in the NHL.

  • Oklahoma City Barons: Barons are in great shape when it comes to goaltending

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Thu, Dec 11, 2014

    Richard Bachman and Laurent Brossoit are one of the best tandems in the American Hockey League.

  • Oklahoma City Barons: Barons host weekend doubleheader vs. Grand Rapids

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Thu, Dec 11, 2014

    Games on Friday and Saturday start at 7 p.m. in the Cox Convention Center.

  • Oklahoma City Barons: Barons' hot streak comes to an end with loss at Texas

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    Derek Meech and Scott Valentine added two assists apiece to help end Oklahoma City’s unbeaten streak at eight games. The Barons (14-5-4) vaulted to first place in the Western Division behind the hot run; despite the loss Wednesday, they remained two standings points ahead of second-place San Antonio and seven points in front of third-place Texas (9-7-7).

  • Oklahoma City Barons: Andrew Miller scores twice as red hot Barons down Grand Rapids

    From Staff Reports | Published: Fri, Dec 5, 2014

    Goaltender Richard Bachman made 26 saves for the Barons, who have won seven consecutive games. His bid for a shutout ended with 5:39 left in the game when Teemu Pulkkinen scored and even-strength goal.

  • Oklahoma City Barons notebook: Martin Marincin back in OKC

    By Mike Baldwin | Updated: Wed, Dec 3, 2014

    The 22-year-old defenseman from Slovakia, Marincin has recorded a plus-30 rating and has scored 39 points in 101 games with the Barons. But in 66 NHL games with the Oilers, Marincin has a minus-6 rating and has scored only seven points, all assists.

  • Oklahoma City Barons defeat Utica Comets in overtime

    BY MIKE BALDWIN | Published: Tue, Dec 2, 2014

    Four consecutive overtime games. Four consecutive wins. After posting three overtime wins on a Texas road trip, the Oklahoma City Barons defeated the Utica Comets 1-0 in overtime Tuesday night at the Cox Convention Center. After both goalies dominated in regulation, 34-year-old veteran forward Jason Williams ended the deadlock with 2:27 left in the extra session. In the NHL, overtimes last five minutes and feature four-on-four, one less skater than regulation. This season, the AHL is experimenting with seven-minute overtimes that feature four-on-four skaters the first four minutes of overtime but switches to a three-on-three format the final three minutes.

  • Oklahoma City Barons: Ryan Hamilton overcomes injuries, hopes to return to NHL

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Mon, Dec 1, 2014

    Nearly two months into the 2014-15 season, Hamilton is off to one of his best starts, similar to when he scored 99 points over two seasons with Toronto’s Triple-A affiliate, including a 30-goal season that ranked fourth in the AHL.

  • Oklahoma City Barons: Oilers recall Tyler Pitlick from Oklahoma City

    Updated: Sun, Nov 30, 2014

    Pitlick has nine points in 14 games with Oklahoma City, which is first in the American Hockey League’s West Division. The Barons gained a defenseman in the transaction, when the Oilers sent down Martin Marincin.

  • Oklahoma City Barons: OKC beats San Antonio Rampage in overtime

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Nov 29, 2014

    SAN ANTONIO — The Barons won their third straight game Saturday night, beating the San Antonio Rampage 4-3 in overtime at the AT&T Center. The Rampage led 3-1 after the first period, but the Barons scored two goals in the third period to tie the game, and then Oklahoma City’s Jordan Oesterle scored with less than a minute left in overtime. Laurent Brossoit got the start in goal for the Barons and finished with 27 saves on 30 shots. After going a perfect 3-0 on their road trip, the Barons return home to face the Utica Comets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Cox Convention Center.

  • Oklahoma City Barons: Brandon Davidson's first goal lifts Barons over Texas

    Published: Fri, Nov 28, 2014

    Davidson cashed from the slot after taking a centering pass from Curtis Hamilton with 3:58 left in OT. A crowd of 3,957 watched the puck sail past goaltender Jussi Rynnas, who was also in net Wednesday night when Oklahoma City escaped with a 3-2 overtime victory.

  • OKC Barons travel to Texas on Wednesday

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    Barons at Stars When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Where: Cedar Park Center, Cedar Park, Texas Radio: KGHM-AM 1340 Scouting report: The Barons open a three-game Texas road trip. … The division rivals have split four meetings, each getting an overtime win in a weekend series in late October in the Austin suburb. … The Barons (8-4-2) are in seventh in the AHL’s Western Conference. The Stars, the defending Calder Cup champions, are in 10th at 6-6-4. … OKC defenseman Brad Hunt (15 points in eight games) has been on a ridiculous pace since he was reassigned from Edmonton. … The Barons’ top scorers are 34-year-old veteran Jason Williams (17 points, seven goals), Anton Lander (14 points) and Ryan Hamilton (12

  • Oklahoma City Barons: Laurent Broissoit shuts out Charlotte

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Sat, Nov 22, 2014

    OKC goalie stops 36 shots in 3-0 win over Checkers.

  • OKC Barons: Barons' first goal confirmed by review

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Sat, Nov 22, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Barons’ first goal midway through the first period of Saturday night’s 3-0 win over Charlotte wasn’t awarded until officials confirmed Andrew Miller’s shot not only crossed the goal line, the puck slid all the way through the goal, skidding under the back goal pad. “I didn’t realize it went through the net. I don’t think anybody did except the officials, who stopped play to take a look at it,” said Barons coach Todd Nelson. “I’m glad they did. Obviously it was a big goal for us.” PAKARINEN RECALLS FIRST NHL GOAL Barons rookie Iiro Pakarinen made his NHL debut earlier this month, appearing in five games with Edmonton. The 23-year-old right winger scored his first NHL goal Nov. 7

  • Oklahoma City Barons: Barons win score-a-thon over Charlotte

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    Oklahoma City and the Checkers play again at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Cox Center.

  • Oklahoma City Barons: OKC defenseman Brad Hunt on a torrid pace

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    In hockey, defensemen rarely average one point a game over an entire season. Barons’ blue-liner Brad Hunt is averaging nearly two points a game. Adding two more assists in Oklahoma City’s 6-4 win over Charlotte on Friday night at the Cox Convention Center, Hunt has scored 13 points in seven games.

  • Oklahoma City Barons: Brandon Davidson has grown into a solid defenseman for Barons

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    Davidson’s next step, hopefully, is a call up to the Edmonton Oilers.

  • OKC Barons fall in shootout at San Antonio

    From Staff Reports | Published: Tue, Nov 18, 2014

    San Antonio beat the Oklahoma City Barons 4-3 in a shootout in a matinee at the AT&T Center on Tuesday. Matt Ford scored to put the Barons up 1-0 early, but San Antonio came back to score three unanswered goals, taking a 3-1 lead in the second period. But the Barons stormed back. Ryan Hamilton scored his seventh goal of the season, and Jason Williams tied the game at 3 with a power-play goal at 9:31 of the third period. The teams battled through a scoreless overtime session and headed to the shootout. Williams and Andrew Miller scored for OKC, but after Logan Shaw tallied for San Antonio, Ford was stopped by Dan Ellis to give the Rampage the win. Barons goaltender Richard Bachman stopped 32 of the 35 shots