By Jim Byers, on 11/11/2011

Charlotte Checkers (8-4-1-0) at Oklahoma City Barons (9-2-0-1)
Barons Game 13  |  Home Game 7 |  AHL Game 191
Nov. 11, 2011, 7 pm CST  | Cox Convention Center
Broadcast: News Radio 1000 KTOK

TONIGHT: The Barons put a season-best 5-game winning streak on the line in the first of consecutive home games against the Midwest Division-leading Charlotte Checkers (Carolina Hurricanes). Charlotte is 4-2-0-0 so far on a 9-game trip. The Checkers opened the trip with a last-minute power play goal by Matthew Pistilli on Oct. 28 in a 2-1 win over OKC in the first meeting between these clubs in their respective histories. That remains OKC’s only regulation home loss of the season. OKC is tied with Houston for the West Division lead with 19 points.

OFF THE TOP: The Barons’ 5-game winning streak is tied with Connecticut for the second-longest in the AHL this season behind an active 7-gamer for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. OKC has scored a tie-breaking goal, which also served as the game-winner, in the third period or overtime in each of the last 3 wins. Triston Grant broke a 1-1 tie in the third period on Tuesday with the eventual winning goal in a 3-1 matinee win over Toronto.

TEUBERT, CHORNEY TO BARONS: Defensemen Colten Teubert and Taylor Chorney were assigned on loan by Edmonton yesterday. Teubert opened the season with the Barons before receiving his first NHL promotion in 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 yesterday. Defenseman Dan Ringwald was released from his PTO and will return to the Oilers’ ECHL Stockton affiliate.

NO LEAD, NO PROBLEM: OKC has allowed the first goal in 3 straight games, but has rallied to win each. The Barons have won all 6 games this season where they’ve scored first and are 3-2-0-1 when allowing the first goal. Each of the Barons’ last 3 games has had a tie score at the first intermission. OKC is 3-0-0-1 in games tied after 1.

PK PERFECT ON TUESDAY: The Barons killed off all 11 Toronto power plays on Tuesday. OKC is third in the league in home penalty killing percentage at 94.7, having stopped 36 of 38 times short.

SCHEDULE HEATS UP: This is the Barons’ first 4-game week of the season, with OKC having beaten Toronto 3-1 on Tuesday at the Cox Center. Tonight is the first of 3 games in 3 days that continues tomorrow against Charlotte and concludes Sunday at 5 pm at Milwaukee. The Barons have 12 sets of 3-in-3 this season.

SHARP-SHOOTER: Second-year left winger Philippe Cornet has already established his brief career high of 8 goals, surpassing the 7 he collected last year in 60 games. Cornet has done all his scoring in the past 11 games after not suiting up for the season opener. Cornet has 4 power play goals, 2 game-winners and is a team-best 2-for-2 in shootouts. With 8 goals on 21 shots, Cornet leads the AHL in shooting percentage at 38.1.

THE BIG O: Linus Omark has 5 assists in 3 games since being assigned by Edmonton last week. His 3-game assist streak matches the team high. Omark also matched the team high with 3 helpers on Saturday at Abbotsford.

BETWEEN THE PIPES: Yann Danis has won 6 of his last 7 starts and in that time has fashioned a 1.56 GAA and .947 save percentage. His only loss in that span was a 2-1 setback against Charlotte Oct. 28. David LeNeveu has won 2 straight starts, both on the road, and has recorded all 3 of his wins away from home.

Last 5 games:
Date      Opp.       Result     OKC Goalie (GA,SV)     Opp. Goalie                   Attn.
Oct. 29   @ Hou     SOW, 5-4 Danis (4, 23)                     Hackett/Endras (SOL)       7,140
Oct. 30   @ SA       W, 4-1      LeNeveu (1, 26)                Plante (L)/Foster              4,457
Nov. 3    @ Abb     W, 3-2      Danis (2, 27)                     Irving (3, 21)                     2,840

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

Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date      Opp.                  Site                          Time   Broadcast
Nov. 12  Charlotte             Cox Center               7:00     KXY 96.1 FM
Nov. 13  @ Milwaukee       Bradley Center         5:00     KXY 96.1 FM
Nov. 16  @ Rockford         BMO Harris Bank Ctr 7:05     1340 The Game
Nov. 18  Abbotsford          Cox Center               7:00     1340 The Game
Nov. 19  Abbotsford          Cox Center               7:00     KXY 96.1 FM                     

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