After finishing off their first-round series against Houston on April 24, the Barons have had plenty of time to rest — and practice — recently.
Barons coach Todd Nelson gave the same several days off during the stretch and allowed the Barons time to heal up a bit for the series against San Antonio, which begins at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Cox Center.
Nelson called San Antonio a “patient, disciplined” team.
The series between the teams was even (4-4-0-0) and low scoring. Three of the eight games finished 1-0.
Discount tickets, beer offered
Tickets for the series start at $11, a discount from the regular season.
Tickets are available by calling 232-4625, at Ticketmaster outlets and online at Ticketmaster.com.
Thursday's game will also feature $1 Bud and Bud Light through the end of the second intermission.
Also, the first 2,000 fans will receive a blue Barons T-shirt.
During Saturday's second game of the series, a fan will have the chance to shoot from center ice to win a 2012 Ford F-150. Fans can sign up for a chance to be selected at the game.
Teubert out, Chorney in
After taking a puck to the cheek late in the Barons' series-clinching 5-2 win over Houston, defenseman Colten Teubert had successful surgery Monday to repair the damage.
Teubert was transported to a hospital after that game.
Teubert's loss is a big one and not just on the ice, where he's been one of the Barons more consistent presences.
“He'll be missed in the locker room too,” Teemu Hartikainen said. “He's one of the guys in there that's always talking.
“Hopefully we can get him back soon.”
Teubert is expected to miss three weeks, so he could return during the Western Conference Finals or in the Calder Cup Finals if the Barons advance that far.
The Barons still have yet to play with their full complement of defensemen this year, though they expect to add another from injury for the San Antonio series in Taylor Chorney.
Chorney has not played since injuring his knee March 25 against Grand Rapids.
Arcobello credits linemates for resurgence
In the Barons' last seven games, no player has been as productive as forward Mark Arcobello.
After a six-game stretch where he had two assists and no goals, Arcobello has been hot lately, with three goals and four assists in the last seven.
Arcobello leads the Barons in playoff scoring with five points.
“I'm getting a lot of help from (linemates Tyler) Pitlick and (Hunter) Tremblay,” Arcobello said. “They're working hard down in the corners and getting me the puck in scoring areas and when I give them the puck in those areas, they're converting.”
The line combined for 12 points in the four-game series against the Aeros.
Bunz wins WHL award
Goaltender Tyler Bunz, who joined the Barons last month after finishing off his final junior season, was named the Western Hockey League's goaltender of the year this week.
For Medicine Hat, Bunz was 39-17-5 with a 2.57 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage.
Bunz has served as a third goaltender for the Barons during the playoffs so far and was recently joined by a fourth, Olivier Roy, from Stockton.
Bunz and Roy are likely to compete for a spot on the Barons roster next season.
SAN ANTONIO RAMPAGE AT BARONS
When: 7 p.m. Thursday
Where: Cox Center
Radio: KXXY-FM 96.1
Scouting report: After not playing for more than a week, the Barons open their second-round, best-of-seven series against San Antonio. ... The Barons were 4-4-0-0 against San Antonio during the regular season. ... Barons backup goaltender David LeNeveu started five of those games, with a 3-2 record. Although Yann Danis' record against the Rampage was 1-2, he shut out San Antonio once and posted a 0.67 goals-against average against the Rampage.