By Jim Byers, on 10/26/2013

Oklahoma City Barons (4-4-0-1) at San Antonio Rampage (2-5-0-0)
Barons Game 10  |  Road Game 5 |  AHL Game 104
Oct. 26, 2013, 7 pm CDT  | AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
Radio: KXY 96.1 FM,
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TONIGHT: The Barons wrap up a 3-game trip with the second of back-to-back games against the San Antonio Rampage (Florida Panthers). Linus Omark’s 4 goals paced the Barons to a 5-4 win last night in the first of 12 meetings between the teams. Starting last night and running through Nov. 30, 7 of 14 Barons games are against San Antonio. OKC is 1-1 on the trip, which started on Wednesday at Texas. The Barons have 9 points, tied for second-most in both the West Division and Western Conference. The Rampage have dropped 3 straight and 4 of the last 5.

OMARKABLE: Linus Omark’s 4-goal game in last night’s 5-4 victory was the 11th hat trick in Barons club history and first this season. League-wide, it marked the first 4-goal game of the current AHL campaign. Omark has had a 4-point game, a Barons season high, each of the past two Fridays. His 2 goals in the first period last night matched his 2-goal showing in the first period Oct. 18 vs. Abbotsford. Omark has tallied all 4 of OKC’s first-period goals this season. His 7 goals entering tonight’s play tie him for the second-most in the AHL with Texas’ Colton Sceviour, 1 behind Texas’ Travis Morin and Toronto’s T.J. Brennan. Omark is part of a 7-way tie for the league lead with 2 game-winning goals, a group that includes OKC’s Anton Lander. Omark has accounted for 7 of the Barons’ 21 goals this season, including their only OT and penalty shot markers, plus 3 of their 10 power play goals.

HAT HAPPENINGS: The 4 goals by Linus Omark last night mark the fourth time a Baron has totaled more than 3 in a game during their 3-plus AHL seasons. Omark holds the club record with a 5-goal game Nov. 7, 2010 vs. Toronto. It remains the most recent 5-goal effort in the AHL. The Barons’ two previous 4-goal games were also against San Antonio. Colin McDonald tallied 4 at the AT&T Center April 8, 2011 and Jordan Eberle totaled 4 goals against the Rampage Dec. 15, 2012 at the Cox Center.

ALAMO ANGLES: All-time in the regular season, the Barons are 18-13-0-0 against the Rampage, with a 9-7-0-0 mark at the AT&T Center. OKC added 3 wins at the AT&T Center during the 2012 Calder Cup playoffs, when the Barons won Games 3-5 of a best-of-7, second-round series to advance 4-1. Last season, the Barons took 8 out of 12 from the Rampage, with 2 OKC wins in shootouts. While they contested 3 consecutive overtime games in that 2012 playoff series, the Barons and Rampage have never had a regular-season matchup end in sudden death. The only games to advance beyond regulation time tied were OKC shootout wins Dec. 28 and March 13 of last season. In each case, Olivier Roy was in net for OKC. 

POTTER, MAYLAN DEBUT: The Edmonton Oilers assigned defenseman Corey Potter to the Barons on a conditioning loan yesterday. Potter has missed the regular and pre-seasons with a back injury. An Oiler the past 2 seasons, OKC has played 95 of his 104 NHL games for Edmonton. Prior to last night, he last appeared in the AHL for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in 2010-11. Winger Justin Maylan signed a PTO with the Barons yesterday. The 22-year-old skated in OKC’s camp a year ago, then spent his rookie season at Stockton of the ECHL, where he tallied 18 goals and 40 points in 49 games before sustaining a season-ending upper body injury. Maylan opened this season with ECHL South Carolina, where he had 1 assist in 2 games.

ODDS AND ENDS: The Barons and Manchester Monarchs lead the AHL in games played with 9...each is playing Game 10 tonight...Taylor Fedun entered last night with the most shots in the AHL among defensemen (25), but was one of just 2 Barons without one in a 39-shot total (Erick Lizon was the other)...OKC’s run of 15 straight penalty kills spanning all or part of 4 games was snapped with San Antonio’s final goal last night, by Greg Rallo...Linus Omark’s successful penalty shot last night was the second in club history, on the franchise’s eighth attempt...Andrew Miller was awarded a penalty shot on Oct. 19 against Abbotsford and did not score...Antti Tyrvainen scored on a penalty shot at Texas Feb. 15, 2013.

Last 5 Games:

Date       Opp.      Result     OKC Goalie (GA, SV) Opp. Goalie             Attn.
Oct. 15   Texas     OTW, 2-1  Bachman (1, 22)            Nilstorp (2, 34)           1,805
Oct. 18   Abb        W, 4-3       Bachman (3, 41)            Berra (L) / Brossoit     2,680
Oct. 19   Abb        SOL, 1-2   Bachman (1, 28)            Berra (1, 29)              2,783
Oct. 23   @ Texas L, 1-4        Bachman (3, EN, 35)      Campbell (1, 25)        4,488
Oct. 25   @ SA     W, 5-4       Bachman (4, 29)            Grumet-Morris (5, 34) 6,237

Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date      Opp.                Site                        Time          Broadcast
Nov. 1    Chicago            Cox Center             7:00 pm      KGHM 1340
Nov. 2    Chicago            Cox Center             7:00 pm      KGHM 1340
Nov. 9    @ San Antonio AT&T Center           7:00 pm      TBA
Nov. 12  San Antonio     Cox Center             10:35 am    KGHM 1340
Nov. 15  Abbotsford       Cox Center             7:00 pm      KGHM 1340

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