By Jim Byers, on 01/23/2012

Recap of Week 16, Jan. 19-21 (3 games, 3-0-0-0)
Season record: 27-11-2-3,
1st, West Division, +5 pts

•      THE WEEK PAST: The Barons took the AHL lead in wins (27) and points (59) by gaining all 6 possible standing points with a pair of wins at Rochester and one at Lake Erie during a 3-0-0-0 trip. Dating to the last home game Jan. 15, OKC brings a 4-game winning streak into this week. The Barons had a 2-goal game from an individual in each game of the trip. Mark Arcobello potted 2 goals and added 2 assists in Thursday’s 5-2 win at Rochester in the first game in franchise history at Blue Cross Arena. Defenseman Dylan Yeo scored OKC’s first 2 goals on Friday in a 4-2 victory over the Rochester Americans in the final game of the 4-game season series. OKC went 2-0-1-1 against the Amerks. Philippe Cornet scored twice on Saturday at Lake Erie, his 19th and 20th of the season, as the Barons completed a road trip sweep with a 3-1 win over the Monsters.   

•      THE WEEK AHEAD: The Barons begin a 4-game homestand on Friday against the Houston Aeros with a 7 pm opening faceoff. The Texas Stars visit on Saturday at 7 pm to conclude a 2-game week leading into the AHL All-Star break. OKC is 5-0-0-0 against Houston this season, including 3 shootout wins, and the Barons are 2-0-0-0 vs. the Aeros at the Cox Center. The Barons and Stars have split 4 games this season, with a win and a loss for each club in their home building including twin drubbings in their respective home openers. Texas toppled OKC 7-0 Oct. 9 at Cedar Park, while the Barons returned the favor with a 10-1 romp on Oct. 15 at the Cox Center. 

•      CLOSE CALLS: The Barons are second in the AHL in 1-goal games with 26, out of 43 games played. OKC is 14-7-2-3 in 1-goal finals. Twenty two of the last 26 OKC games have come down to 1 goal or 1 plus an empty-netter, however the Barons just finished a stretch from Jan. 15-20 where 3 straight games ended with 2- or 3-goal winning margins and no empty-net goals. It marked the first time since Oct. 15-21, and only the second time all season, that OKC had played 3 straight games without a being involved in a 1-goal or 1-plus an empty net decision. 

•      1-2 PUNCH IN NET: OKC’s goaltenders, Yann Danis and David LeNeveu, are each among the AHL leaders in major categories. LeNeveu is third in goals against average at 2.06, while Danis is tied for fourth at 2.12. LeNeveu is eighth in save percentage at .923. Danis is tied for ninth at .921. Danis is part of a tie for second in wins with 17, 1 behind Milwaukee’s Jeremy Smith. Neither Barons netminder has been charged with more than 2 goals in a game in the month of January. Combined, Danis and LeNeveu are 6-4-0 in January with a 1.50 GAA and .930 save percentage. 

•      UPPER ECHELON: All-Star left winger Philippe Cornet scored 3 goals last week, including 2 on Saturday at Lake Erie, to hit 20 for the season. Cornet is tied for sixth in the AHL in goals, 4 behind the leader Cory Conacher of Norfolk. Cornet leads the league with 6 game-winning goals. Hunter Tremblay is part of a tie for third in shorthanded goals with 3. Ryan Keller is among a group at +16, which is the third-best plus-minus total in the league behind the +18 for Peoria’s Cade Fairchild and +17 for 3 others. 

•      SPECIALIZATION: The Barons have scored power play goals in 2 of their last 3 games. A Thursday goal by Mark Arcobello halted an 0-for-30 drought with the man advantage that spanned 6 full games and part of Thursday’s. By going 2-for-12 on the just-concluded trip, OKC is 2-for-41 on the power play over their last 9 games. That stretch immediately follows a club record-equaling 4-for-7 performance at Houston Jan. 1. OKC is 19-0-1-2 when scoring a power play goal and 8-11-1-1 when held without one. On the penalty kill, the Barons have surrendered just 2 power play goal in their last 10 games, going 33-for-35 in that span.  

•      BOARDWALK BOUND: Barons coach Todd Nelson will direct the Western Conference squad for the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic at Atlantic City Jan. 30 after OKC had the best record in the conference on Jan. 1. Barons goalie Yann Danis, winger Philippe Cornet and defenseman Alex Plante are scheduled to represent the Western Conference. As a member of the Hamilton Bulldogs in 2006, Danis was co-MVP of the All-Star Classic at Winnipeg with goaltender Wade Flaherty. 

This week’s games (times listed as Central)
Date         Opponent            Time              Arena                                        Radio
Jan. 27     Houston                 7 pm               Cox Convention Center          KXY 96.1 FM
Jan. 28     Texas                     7 pm               Cox Convention Center          KXY 96.1 FM

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