By Cassie Gage, OKC Barons on 01/09/2011

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma City Barons got back on the winning track Sunday afternoon with a 5-1 win over Lake Erie at the Cox Convention Center. The Barons (19-15-2-4) scored on the power play three times in five attempts to down the Monsters (16-18-3-4) for a fourth time this year. 

The Barons opened the scoring at the 10:54 mark of the first period when Colin McDonald scored his 19th of the season. McDonald buried Alexandre Giroux’s shot attempt on the power play to give Oklahoma City the early 1-0 lead.  

The Barons added a second goal at 14:11 when the first power play unit capitalized again as Giroux found the back of the net to push the home team in front 2-0. Bryan Helmer recorded his fourth assist in the last three games after being signed to a professional tryout contract on Friday.  

Lake Erie trimmed the 2-0 advantage in half late in the first as Ryan Stoa scored to give Oklahoma City a 2-1 first intermission lead. Just past the midway point of the second, Philippe Cornet scored the first professional goal of his career to put the Barons up 3-1 at 9:28. Oklahoma City out-shot the Monsters 6-3 in the period, extending the shots advantage to 19-12 in favor of the Barons after two periods of play. 

The Barons power play took advantage of their fifth opportunity of the night as McDonald scored his second of the afternoon at 3:45 in the third. It was McDonald’s second multi-goal game of the season and first since scoring two against Lake Erie on Oct. 16. With 20 goals on the year, a new career high for the right winger, McDonald is now one of three American Hockey League players to reach the mark this season. 

Giroux scored his second of the night, making the final margin 5-1 with an empty net goal at 16:38. Jeff Deslauriers made 20 saves en route to picking up his fifth win of the season. 

Oklahoma City hits the road for its next seven games. The Barons are back in action on Thursday and Friday at Peoria. Start times for both days is 7:05 p.m. CT from the Carver Arena. The next five road games can be heard locally on KXY 96.1 FM.

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