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Friday, January 7, 2011

Big Weekend for the Barons

Tonight is the beginning of a huge weekend for the Barons off and on the ice. They've been putting the full court press in the local radio and tv stations. Commercials are playing at least two or more times in a 5 minute period on local TV. And for the second time this week, that Barons' defencemen Jake Taylor and John Allgood from the front office will be making the rounds on local radio to drum up some support. To get fans to come down to the 3 game home stand this weekend.

As mentioned by Ryan Aber of on Twitter last night, that newcomer Bryan Helmer is likely to be signed to a PTO contract to start out on. Martin Gerber should be in goal tonight for the Barons, and Jeff Deslauriers could see some action after returning from playing in the Spengler Cup the week before last. Tonight's game starts at 7:05PM, and tomorrow's game starts at 6:05PM due to the Thunder playing across the street. And Sunday's game against Lake Erie will start at 5:05PM, with the last post-game skate with the team.

Some GameDay Notes for the Weekend.

This is the first time that the Peoria Rivermen have come to Oklahoma City. And they're going to be looking for a little revenge, as the last time these two teams played in Peoria. The Barons won a 3-1 decision in their only meeting so far this season, and was on the last game on their first extended road trip as a team. So far in the last six game that Peoria has played, they've only won 3 games. But those 3 wins have come after a 3 game skid, and that includes knocking off division leading San Antonio the other night with a 7-4 win. A player that could be a factor for the Rivermen this weekend is Derek Nesbitt, and he seems to be a on a hot streak scoring 4 goals in their last game against the rampage.

Lake Erie finishes the Barons home stand, before beginning a 7 game road trip. The last time these two teams met was after the Thanksgiving holiday. And the Barons split the two games with a win and a loss against the Monsters. The Barons have gone 3-1-0 on the season against Lake Erie, with only one more meeting between the two teams. And that game will come on this next road trip for the team. Lake Erie has a similar record like the Rivermen have over the last 6 games. With losses coming against Peoria, Hamilton, and Grand Rapids. Lake Erie has only 3 players with a double digit goals this season, and all three have over ninety shots on goals too.

*Barons Game Day Information Center*

Listen to the Live Broadcast here!

Barons Game Day Media Kit in pdf form
Barons Roster in pdf form

Officials assigned by the AHL for the games this weekend.

Friday  Referee: Keith Kaval   Linesmen: Randy Sappo and Chris Petrin

Saturday  Referee: Keith Kaval   Linesmen: Randy Sappo and Chris Petrin

Sunday  Referees: Tim Mayer & Ryan Hersey   Linesmen: Randy Sappo and Chris Petrin

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