• Oklahoma City Barons: Barons lose to Charlotte

    Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    Four different players scored for Charlotte, including Ben Holmstrom, who had a game-clinching empty net goal with 38 seconds left. The Checkers, who also had goals from Danny Biega, Jared Staal and Chad LaRose, improved to 10-15-2. First-place Oklahoma City fell to 16-7-4.

  • OKC Barons: What you need to know about the Barons final season in Oklahoma City

    BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com | Updated: 8 hr ago

    The Oklahoma City Barons announced Thursday that the 2014-15 season would be their last in Oklahoma City. Citing growing financial concerns and declining attendance, Prodigal CEO Bob Funk Jr. said this would be the end of hockey in Oklahoma City for the forseeable future. Q: What happens to the Barons the remainder of the season? A: They’ll play their remaining 26 home games at the Cox Convention Center as scheduled and could make a deep playoff run into May, possibly June. The Barons will not cease operations until after they’ve been eliminated from the American Hockey League playoffs. How much did the success of The Energy, a pro soccer team owned by Prodigal, play in the decision? Prodigal CEO Bob Funk, Jr.

  • Oklahoma City Barons: Bob Funk Jr. feels sad for Barons' loyal season ticket holders

    BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com | Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    “We’re thankful how they supported us,” Funk said. “If you examine it closely, our attendance was from a very loyal fan base that supported us all five years.”

  • OKC Barons: 26 home games remain on team's 2014-15 schedule

    BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com | Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    Oklahoma City will be without a hockey team next season, but moving vans won’t be pulling up to the Cox Convention Center for another four to five months. After playing a ton of road games the first two months of the season, the Barons still have 26 home games left on the regular season schedule. Prodigal CEO Bob Funk, Jr., said the staff will approach the final five months the same as the first four seasons. “Obviously we’re not giving away cars anymore but we’re still going to produce games at a high level which Oklahoma City deserves. That is not going to change,” Funk said. “We’re going to promote the product just like we have the past five years.

  • Oklahoma City Barons hockey team to cease operations after season

    BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com | Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    OKC BARONS — After a five-year run in Oklahoma City, the AHL’s Barons, an affiliate of the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers, will cease operations at the conclusion of this season. Citing declining attendance and rising financial concerns, Prodigal CEO Bob Funk Jr. announced Wednesday this would be the last season of hockey in Oklahoma City for the forseeable future.

  • Oklahoma City Barons: OKC beats Charlotte to give Gerry Fleming first victory as head coach

    From Staff Reports | Published: Tue, Dec 16, 2014

    The Barons defeated Charlotte 4-1 on Tuesday in a game they never trailed, extending their division lead to four points. Oklahoma City got a first period goal from Anton Lander and another from Matthew Ford. Lander, the team captain, now has seven goals in 25 games on the season.

  • Oklahoma City Barons: Todd Nelson takes over as Edmonton Oilers interim coach

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Mon, Dec 15, 2014

    Edmonton fires coach Dallas Eakins, turns to successful Oklahoma City coach Nelson to try and right a sinking ship.

  • OKC Barons: Todd Nelson named interim coach of NHL's Edmonton Oilers

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Mon, Dec 15, 2014

    EDMONTON, Alberta — Oklahoma City Barons coach Todd Nelson will be taking over as the coach of the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers after Dallas Eakins was fired Monday as the coach of the Oilers. Edmonton has lost 15 of 16 games and are well on the way to missing the playoffs for the ninth consecutive season. General manager Craig MacTavish will temporarily coach the team until the job is given to Nelson, who is being promoted to interim head coach from Edmonton’s American Hockey League affiliate in Oklahoma City. MacTavish called Eakins an “excellent coach” but said something had to be done after the losses piled up. The general manager acknowledged his share of the blame, saying there was “blood all over my

  • 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: OKC rallies to defeat Grand Rapids Griffins

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Sat, Dec 13, 2014

    The Barons will practice on their home ice only four times during a 44-day stretch. To portray how rare that is, it’s common for the Barons to practice four times in one week at the Cox Convention Center during an extended homestand. Nearing the end of the most demanding portion of the 2014-15 schedule, the road weary Barons rallied to post a 3-2 win over the Grand Rapids Griffins Saturday night in front of 4,061 fans. “I really like the way we responded,” said veteran Matthew Ford, who scored the Barons first two goals. “It would have been easy to feel bad about ourselves because the travel has been tough. It was huge to get a win to stop the bleeding.

  • 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.