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BARONS SWEEP TWO-GAME SET FROM PEORIA

By Jim Byers,

Bryan Helmer had his second straight three-point night and rookies Teemu Hartikainen, Milan Kytnar and Philippe Cornet each had goals in the Barons' 4-1 win at Peoria on Friday.  Oklahoma City (21-15-2-4) has won three straight, including the first two of a seven-game trip at the expense of Peoria. The Rivermen fall to 25-12-2-1.

The road team has won all five games in this season series, with the Barons winning three times at Carver Arena and the Rivermen getting two decisions last week at the Cox Center.

Jeff Deslauriers earned the win by making 33 saves. Ben Bishop took the loss in net for Peoria.

The teams continued their physical style of play, combining for three fighting majors per club and a total of 50 penalty minutes.  In the five games between the two clubs, they have averaged 50 combined penalty minutes.

The Barons travel to San Antonio on Saturday for a 7:05 game on Saturday to be heard on 96.1 KXY.

The Barons never trailed, leading 1-0 after one and getting the eventual game-winner from Kytnar 5:56 into the second after the game was briefly tied.  Cornet's goal gives him goals in three straight.  The Barons power play, which had been red hot, was scoreless in two power-play chances on the night.

Helmer's back-to-back three points nights.  Prior to this stretch, the last time he recorded three points in a game was November 30, 2006 as a member of the San Antonio Rampage.

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