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BARONS GAME NOTES- DECEMBER 29

By Jim Byers,

Oklahoma City Barons (16-12-1-4) at San Antonio Rampage (22-9-1-0)
 Game 34  |  Road Game 15  |  AHL Game 502
Dec. 29, 2010, 7:00 pm CST  | AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX 
Broadcast: News Radio 1000 KTOK

TONIGHT:
The Barons’ stretch of 5 games in 6 days continues with the fourth of 10 meetings with the San Antonio Rampage (Phoenix Coyotes). This is the teams’ first matchup in San Antonio. The Rampage have beaten the Barons in all 3 games at the Cox Convention Center and have out-scored OKC in those games 14-6, including 6-0 in the combined third periods. The Barons dropped a shootout decision to Texas last night 4-3, sending them into a current AHL-high 5-game winless drought at 0-4-0-1. The Barons are seventh in the West, 8 points back of San Antonio.

PETRY GETS ASSIST NHL DEBUT: Rookie defenseman Jeff Petry, recalled by the Edmonton Oilers on Monday, picked up an assist in his debut in last night’s 4-2 Oilers home loss against Buffalo. Petry played 22 minutes and 51 seconds, 3:05 of which was on the power play. Petry has 21 AHL points and 7 goals, matching the combined total of the other Barons blueliners.

RECENT MOVES: In addition to the Petry recall by Edmonton, the Barons had several transactions during a 7-day break in the schedule around Christmas. Center Dave Bonk was released from his Professional Tryout (PTO) on Dec. 21 and winger Jesse Gimblett was returned to the ECHL’s Stockton Thunder on Dec. 20. Bryan Pitton was reassigned to the Barons from Stockton on Dec. 21 to replace Jeff Deslauriers, who is with Team Canada for the Spengler Cup. Yesterday, winger Andrew Lord was signed to a PTO and debuted with the Barons by earning an assist. Lord has spent most of this season with the ECHL’s Wheeling Nailers, where he recorded 19 points (7-12-19) and 74 penalty minutes. He played 2 games for Milwaukee this season, registering 1 shot and 5 penalty minutes.

ANATOMY OF A STREAK: OKC held Texas off the scoreboard in the second period last night, ending a span of 12 consecutive periods in which the Barons had allowed at least 1 goal. In that stretch, however, which spanned the 5 games of the current winless streak, the Barons never allowed more than 2 goals in an individual period.

POWER PLAY CONNECTS: The Barons have tallied a power play goal in 3 straight games. In that stretch, 5 of the Barons’ 8 goals have come with a man advantage. OKC is tied for the third-most power play goals with 32 while utilizing a league-high 186 opportunities. The 17.2 power play percentage is 16th in the 30-team league.

THE RED SCARE: Liam Reddox continues to share the AHL lead with 6 first goals. He’s also tied for the AHL lead in unassisted goals with 3 and tied for second in shorthanded goals with 4. He enters tonight’s game fourth in the league in shots with 126. 

ODDS AND ENDS: Brad Moran had 2 goals and a season-high 7 shots last night...Alex Giroux notched his team-high 9th multi-point game with a pair of assists...Taylor Chorney has goals in 2 of the last 3 games after not lighting the lamp in the season’s first 30 contests...the Barons have played a combined 13 games against Houston, Texas and San Antonio and are 2-7-1-3 against the Lone Star State, collecting 8 of a possible 26 standing points. Against the rest of the AHL, OKC is 14-5-0-1.

OILERS GO GLOBAL: Several Oiler draft choices are representing their homelands in the World Junior Championship in Buffalo. Goaltender Olivier Roy and forward Curtis Hamilton are on Team Canada. Anton Lander is skating with Team Sweden, Toni Rajala with Finland and Martin Marincin with Slovakia.

Last 5 games:

Date      Opp.      Result        OKC Goalie (GA,SV)   Opp. Goalie          Attn.
Dec. 12  @ Mil.      L, 1-2           Gerber (2,19)                  Smith (1, 23)           3,038
Dec. 17  Hamilton  L, 0-3           Gerber (3, 20)                 Sanford (0, 29)        4,858
Dec. 18  SA          L, 2-4           Gerber (4, 34)                 Fallon (2, 30)           4,048
Dec. 20  @ Texas L, 3-4           Deslauriers (4, 25)           Bachman (3, 20)     6,611
Dec. 28  Texas      L, 3-4 (SO)   Gerber (3, 37)                 Bachman (3, 32)     4,470

Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date      Opp.                  Site                          Time   Broadcast
Dec. 31  @ SA                  AT&T Center            7:00     KTOK AM 1000
Jan. 1     Rockford             Cox Center               7:05     KXY 96.1 FM
Jan. 2     Rockford             Cox Center               3:05     KXY 96.1 FM
Jan. 7     Peoria                 Cox Center               7:05     KXY 96.1 FM
Jan. 8     Peoria                 Cox Center               6:05     KXY 96.1 FM     

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