By Jim Byers, on 11/27/2011

Oklahoma City Barons (14-5-0-1) at Grand Rapids Griffins (7-10-1-0)
Barons Game 21  |  Road Game 11 |  AHL Game 297|
Nov. 27, 2011, 4 pm CST  | Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI 
Broadcast: KXY 96.1 FM

TODAY: The Barons and Grand Rapids Griffins (Detroit Red Wings) meet for the fourth time this season and second time this weekend. OKC held on to defeat
Grand Rapids 5-4 on Friday. The Barons lead the West Division with a league-best 29 points after a 3-1 win at Rockford last night. The Griffins are fourth in the North Division with 15 points, five back of Lake Erie. OKC has won two of the previous three meetings with the Griffins, with a shootout loss Oct. 22 at the Cox Center mixed in. OKC has won four of its last five overall and eight of 10 road games this season.

OFF THE TOP: The Barons are 8-2-0-0 on the road this season. Their 14 wins, 29 standing points and .725 point percentage all lead the AHL. Last night’s 3-1 win at
Rockford gave the Barons seven victories in eight all-time meetings with the IceHogs, including all five in Rockford. Hogs goalie Alexander Salak played the entire game last night, snapping a streak where Rockford’s starter had been lifted in favor of the backup (coach’s decision) in 4 consecutive games against the Barons dating to last year.

THE REMATCH: Friday’s game at Grand Rapids established Barons franchise highs in five single-game penalty categories: most PIM by OKC (48), most by an opponent (54), most combined PIM (102), most by an OKC player (Tyler Pitlick, 20) and most by an opponent (Garnet Exelby, 29). 

CORNET ADDS TO GOAL LEAD: Left winger Philippe Cornet took sole possession of the AHL’s goal lead on Friday and added to it with his 14th and 15th of the season last night at
Rockford. It was Cornet’s fourth 2-goal game of the season. He accounted for both goals charged to Alexander Salak (the third was an empty-netter). Cornet had the game-winner last night, his league-leading fourth.  With 15 goals on 37 shots, Cornet sits atop the league in shooting percentage at 40.5.

Player, Team League Goals
Eric Lampe, Las Vegas ECHL 17
Phil Kessel, Toronto NHL 16
Philippe Cornet, OKC AHL 15
Jim Gehring, Augusta SPHL 14
Emery Olauson, Knoxville SPHL 14
Mike Ullrich, Tulsa CHL 12
Aaron Lee, Rio Grande Valley CHL 12

ANOTHER CHART-TOPPER: Rookie Hunter Tremblay leads the league with three shorthanded goals. Three of Tremblay’s four goals this season have been shorties, including each of his last three.

SPECIALTIES: OKC’s penalty killing has allowed multiple power play goals in a game twice this season, opening night at Texas (4-for-8) and Friday against the Griffins (2 power play goals against in 8 times short). The Barons have killed off 48 of 51 times short at home for a percentage of 94.1, but are at 75 percent on the road, 39-for-52.

ODDS AND ENDS: Josh Green has missed nine games since sustaining an upper body injury Nov. 5 and is not on the trip...neither are injured wingers Linus Omark, Antti Tyrvainen and Andrew Lord...OKC is 2-2-0-0 on Sunday this marks the end of OKC’s fourth set of three games in three days...the Barons are 2-1-0-
0 in the finales of the previous sets...OKC has 12 combinations of 3-in-3’s this season, accounting for 36 of the team’s 76 marks the last OKC game in November...OKC is 8-3-0-0 this month...last year’s inaugural Barons team went 6-4-0-1 in November.

Last 5 games:
Date Opp. Result OKC Goalie (GA,SV) Opp. Goalie Attn.
Nov. 16 @ Rfd W, 5-4 Danis (4, 33) Salak/Richards (L) 2,667
Nov. 18 Abb W, 4-1 LeNeveu (1, 24) Irving (4, 20) 3,225
Nov. 19 Abb L, 2-4 Danis (3, 26) Irving (2, 21) 3,329
Nov. 25 @ GR W, 5-4 Danis (4, 26) McCollum (5, 28) 7,125
Nov. 26 @ Rfd W, 3-1 LeNeveu (1, 30) Salak (2, EN, 25) 3,326

Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date Opp. Site Time Broadcast
Dec. 2 San Antonio Cox Center 7:00 KXY 96.1 FM
Dec. 3 @ San Antonio AT&T Center 7:00 1340 The Game
Dec. 8 @ Houston Toyota Center 11 am 1340 The Game
Dec. 9 Peoria Cox Center 7:00 KXY 96.1 FM
Dec. 10 @
Texas Cedar Park Center 7:00 KXY 96.1 FM

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