The Oklahoma City Barons, in just their second season in the American Hockey League, are West Division champions. The Barons clinched the title Sunday, without playing, when the San Antonio Rampage lost 1-0 to the Peoria Rivermen. Oklahoma City (42-19-9) now focuses on winning the Western Conference's top seed, which would earn home-ice advantage throughout the conference portion of the playoffs.
Oklahoma City is four standings points ahead of the Toronto Marlies. The Barons have six regular-season games remaining, including Tuesday's 7 p.m. game against Hamilton, Ontario, in the Cox Center. Toronto has five games left.
Although the Barons do not know who their first-round opponent will be, playoff tickets for a best-of-5 series will go on sale Monday at the team's office. Call 232-4625 for more information.
*Barons defenseman Colten Teubert was recalled by the Edmonton Oilers on an emergency basis. Teubert joins an NHL team ravaged by injuries on the defensive end. Jeff Petry (puck to the face), Ladi Smid (neck injury) and Theo Peckham (concussion) — did not play Sunday in the Oilers' game at Anaheim.
TEXAS A&M WINS FISHING TOURNAMENT
The Texas A&M duo of Josh Haddox and Timothy Temple won the FLW College Fishing Southern Conference event Sunday on Lake Eufaula. Haddox and Temple caught five bass weighing a total of 17 pounds, 6 ounces. The non-NCAA-sanctioned event awarded the Aggies $5,000 — and it was the first time Haddox and Temple competed in an FLW College Fishing tournament this season.
Southwestern State finished the best among Oklahoma schools; Nathan Colwell and Shane McGlothlin caught four bass weighing 8-02 for 10th place. The OU team of Tyler Nipper and Paul Muzljakovich finished 11th with three bass weighing 7-02.