Saturday, October 30, 2010

Barons Game 12 Preview; Rolling Down the River

Away: Oklahoma City Barons (6-4-1); Last game: 5-4 SO Win vs. Grand Rapids
Home: Peoria Rivermen (7-3-0); Last game: 3-0 Loss vs. Texas

Quick News and Notes
-This is the first of eight meetings between the two teams this season.
-This is the final game of the Barons 5-game road trip. The Barons are 3-1 on the road trip.
-Moran, Reddox, Hartikainen, and Kytnar had the goals in yesterday's game.
-Yesterday's goal was Kytnar's first professional goal.
-Belle and Petry were both a -3 yesterday.
-Reddox has joined Moran on the positive side of +/-, Reddox with a +1 and Moran with a +3. Petry and Vande Velde both dropped to a -9.
-Giroux continues to lead the team in points with 12. Belle continues to be tied at 1st in point among defensemen with 10.
-The Barons are 12 for 71 on the PP(16.9%), and 49 for 52 on the PK(94.2%).
-The Rivermen are 9 for 41 on the PP(20.5%), and 50 for 59 on the PK(84.7%)

Players to watch
OKC: Reddox and Omark continue their scoring ways. If Coach Nelson puts Hartikainen back on the line, it's worth it to pay attention.
PEO: Graham Mink(21) leads the Rivermen in scoring with 12(4G,8A). Mink is who beat out Moran for AHL Player of the Week in the week that Moran scored the come from behind hat trick. Nicholas Drazenovic(10) and T.J. Hensick(4) are next with 9 points a piece.

The Rivermen are in a bit of a slide. after winning 7 straight, they've dropped their last two. The Rivermen haven't played since Tuesday, while the Barons played twice in that span, so they're going to have the fresher legs. Hopefully with Kytnar scoring last night, it will help open up the scoring among the bottom 6 forwards. The puck drop is at 7:05 CDT/6:05 MDT. The game will be broadcast on 96.1 KXY. As always, you can follow myself(@AHLBarons) and Scott(@OilFieldHockey) as we tweet during the game.

-Written by Eric Rodgers-

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