By Jim Byers, on 11/16/2011

Oklahoma City Barons (10-4-0-1) at Rockford IceHogs (5-7-1-0)
Barons Game 16  |  Road Game 8 |  AHL Game 223
Nov. 16, 2011, 7:05 pm CST  | BMO Harris Bank Center, Rockford, IL
Broadcast: AM 1340 The Game

TONIGHT: The Barons make the first of two visits this month to Rockford to take on the IceHogs, top affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks. The teams meet again Nov. 26 to wrap up the Rockford portion of the season series. The IceHogs visit OKC Jan. 13 and March 13. The Barons won 5 of 6 meetings last season, including all 3 in Rockford. OKC is on its first 2-game regulation losing streak of the season, but is tied for second in the West Division, 2 points back of Abbotsford. Tonight’s game ends a brief 2-game trip. OKC is 5-2-0-0 on the road and 5-2-0-1 at home.

OFF THE TOP: The Barons are allowing 2.20 goals per game, second in the league behind Abbotsford’s 2.13. OKC has out-scored the opposition in 5-on-5 situations 28-19 while averaging 3.07 goals per game, tied for 11th in the AHL. The Barons average the fewest shots per game at 26.2. They had 17 shots in a 3-2 loss at Milwaukee on Sunday, 13 of those in the third period.

STREAKY SITUATIONS: The Barons built a franchise-best 6-game winning streak from Oct. 29 through Nov. 11 before dropping their last two games by 3-2 scores. Sunday’s setback at Milwaukee created the Barons’ first 2-game regulation losing streak of the year. OKC had killed off 19 consecutive times short over all or part of 5 games until a Juuso Puustinen power play goal for Milwaukee in Sunday’s first period snapped that streak. OKC has gone 4 full games without scoring on the power play, a drought of 14 man advantages since Gilbert Brule’s OT goal at Abbotsford Nov. 5. Sunday was OKC’s first loss of the season in a game where they scored the first goal. They had won the first 7 games in which they scored first.

CLOSE SHAVES: Each of the last 6 Barons games has been decided by one goal, or in the case of a 3-1 win over Toronto Nov. 8 one goal plus an empty-netter. The Barons won 4 of those 6 games. For the season, the Barons are 5-3-0-1 in one-goal games.

FINISHING STRONGLY: The Barons have allowed a league-low 4 goals in the third period this season while scoring 14 goals in the final 20 minutes. Yann Danis and David LeNeveu have stopped 137 of 141 third-period shots, a .972 save percentage.

CORNET STILL TOPS IN GOALS: Second-year left winger Philippe Cornet accounted for both Barons goals in Sunday’s 3-2 loss at Milwaukee, his team-high ninth and 10th of the season. It’s the second time this season Cornet has produced all of OKC’s offense. He tallied both goals in a 2-0 win over Houston Oct. 16 at the Cox Center. Cornet is part of a 4-way tie for the second in the league in goals, one behind October’s Reebok/AHL Rookie of the Month Carter Ashton of the Norfolk Admirals. Cornet has 4 power play goals, 2 game-winners and is a team-best 2-for-2 in shootouts. He totaled 7 goals in 60 games in his rookie campaign last year.

REARGUARD REARRANGEMENT: Defenseman Johan Motin was assigned to Timra of the Swedish Elite League yesterday. Motin spent all of this season and part of last year with the Barons. Defensemen Colten Teubert and Taylor Chorney were assigned by Edmonton on Nov. 10. Teubert opened the season with OKC before receiving his first NHL promotion Nov. 2. He had 1 assist in 2 Oiler games. Chorney split last season between OKC and Edmonton, appearing in 46 Barons games. He was claimed off waivers Oct. 10 by St. Louis and appeared in 2 Blues games before being re-claimed by Edmonton. Defenseman Dan Ringwald, who played 2 games for the Barons Nov. 3 and 5, was released from a PTO and returned to the Oilers’ ECHL affiliate in Stockton, Calif., on Thursday.

Last 5 games:
Date      Opp.       Result     OKC Goalie (GA,SV)     Opp. Goalie          Attn.
Nov. 5    @ Abb     OTW, 4-3  LeNeveu (3, 19)                Ortio (4, 21)             3,449
Nov. 8    Toronto    W, 3-1      Danis (1, 33)                     Owuya (2, 22)         4,411
Nov. 11  Charlotte  W, 1-0      Danis (0, 30)                     Peters (1, 29)          6,282
Nov. 12  Charlotte  L, 2-3       Danis (3, 30)                     Peters (2, 29)          3,180
Nov. 13  @ Mil        L, 2-3       LeNeveu (3, 26)                Smith (2, 15)           2,847

Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date      Opp.                  Site                          Time   Broadcast
Nov. 18  Abbotsford          Cox Center               7:00     1340 The Game
Nov. 19  Abbotsford          Cox Center               7:00     KXY 96.1 FM
Nov. 25  @ Grand Rapids Van Andel Arena      6:00     KXY 96.1 FM
Nov. 26  @ Rockford         BMO Harris Bank Ctr 7:05     KXY 96.1 FM
Nov. 27  @ Grand Rapids Van Andel Arena      4:00     KXY 96.1 FM

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