AHL Read This: Barons Championship Run, IceCaps Challenges, All Star Coaches

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Barons Championship Run

Are the Oklahoma City Barons working on similar run as the last years Calder Cup Champion Texas Stars?
(Phot by: Chris Wescott/OKCBarons.com)

Oklahoma City Barons: Are Barons on a championship run?

by Michael Baldwin | News OK

As the American Hockey League season nears the halfway point, the Oklahoma City Barons are looking a lot like last year’s version of the Texas Stars, the defending Calder Cup champions.

A year ago, the Stars were the most consistent team in the AHL, earned the No. 1 seed in the playoffs and stormed to the title by losing only six playoff games in four series.

This season, it’s the Barons (23-7-4) who are currently the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. Oklahoma City is riding a seven-game win streak and is 9-1-0 over its past 10 games.

“In sports there’s always highs and lows,” said Barons forward Ryan Hamilton, fourth in the AHL with 14 goals. “If you focus on the little details you hope to avoid some of the lows. That’s something our team has done really well so far and need to make sure we keep doing that.”

So far, the only low for the Barons is they started the season 0-2-1. Read More…

IceCaps have a lot of rungs to climb

By Robin Short | The Telegram

St. John’s breaks out offensively in win over Hartford, hopes momentum carries over into homestand.

The St. John’s IceCaps may have made a statement in a 7-3 thumping of the Hartford Wolf Pack Saturday night, closing out a seven-game road trip on a high note, but the IceCaps might be wise to make even bigger noise by stringing together some wins.

That’s because as St. John’s nears the halfway point of the 2014-15 American Hockey League season — that benchmark will be reached Saturday night at Mile One Centre — the IceCaps find themselves second-last in the Eastern Conference, six points from a playoff spot.

And each of the non-playoff, bottom eight teams all have at least a game in hand on St. John’s.

For a team that was supposed to have difficulty scoring goals this season, that certainly wasn’t the case Saturday as the IceCaps got two each from captain Jason Jaffray and rookie Scott Kosmachuk in the 7-3 rout at the XL Centre in downtown Hartford. Read More…

Anderson, Sommer added to All-Star staffs

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … American Hockey League President and CEO David Andrews announced today the selection of John Anderson of the Chicago Wolves and Roy Sommer of the Worcester Sharks to join the coaching staffs for the 2015 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Turning Stone Resort Casino, to be held January 25-26 in Utica, N.Y.

Anderson will join Utica Comets head coach Travis Green in the Western Conference, while Sommer will work with Manchester Monarchs head coach Mike Stothers on the Eastern Conference bench. Green and Stothers earned coaching berths when their teams owned the best record in their respective conference at the pre-determined deadline: the end of play on Dec. 31.  Read More…

Springfield Falcons are doing it with balance and depth

By Ron Chimelis | rchimelis@repub.com

SPRINGFIELD – The American Hockey League scoring statistics beg the question of how the Springfield Falcons are doing it.

No team in memory has a better claim to balance and depth. It is their secret and their strength.

Their presence among the individual leaders is practically invisible. The Northeast Division’s first-place team is led in scoring by defenseman Austin Madaisky, whose 29 points on nine goals and 20 assists place him in a six-way tie for 14th.

Right behind is Luke Adam, who has 12 goals and 28 points – most of it coming before Adam’s trade from Rochester to Springfield on Dec. 16. The highest scoring forward who has played all season in Springfield is T.J. Tynan, whose 23 points put the center in a nine-way tie for 45th.

Tynan has four goals and 19 assists. Without the type of high-scoring go-to guy normally associated with powerhouses, the Falcons have remarkably received goals from 24 different players. Read More…

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