By Jim Byers, on 11/25/2011

Oklahoma City Barons (12-5-0-1) at Grand Rapids Griffins (7-9-1-0)
Barons Game 19 | Road Game 9 | AHL Game 270
Nov. 25, 2011, 6 pm CST | Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI
Broadcast: KXY 96.1 FM

TONIGHT: The Barons make the first of 4 visits to Grand Rapids to take on the Griffins, top affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings, in the opener of a 3-game trip. OKC is tied with Houston for second in the West, 2 points back of Abbotsford. The Barons’ 12 wins are tied for the second-most in the league. The Barons and Griffins met in consecutive games in OKC on Oct. 21-22, with the Barons taking the first contest 4-1 before dropping a 9-round shootout in the rematch 3-2. After Saturday’s game at Rockford, the Barons return to face the Griffins late Sunday afternoon.

OFF THE TOP: The Barons are 6-2-0-0 on the road this season. Tonight is their first road contest against a North Division opponent. OKC has a home win and a shootout loss against Grand Rapids and a home victory over Toronto in the only other meetings with North teams this season. Last season, the Barons and Griffins traded shootout wins in the only games played at Van Andel Arena.

CORNET REACHES THE TOP IN GOALS: Second-year left winger Philippe Cornet is part of a 5-way tie for the AHL lead in goals with 12. Cornet is also among a 7-way logjam for the league lead in game-winning goals with 3, a list that includes teammate Ryan Keller. With 12 goals on 32 shots, Cornet sits atop the league in shooting percentage at 37.5 He shares the team lead with has 4 power play goals and is a team-best 2-for-2 in shootouts. He totaled 7 goals in 60 games in his rookie campaign last year.

ANOTHER CHART-TOPPER: Rookie Hunter Tremblay potted his league-leading third shorthanded goal of the season on Saturday against Abbotsford on a breakaway at 11:23 of the second period. Three of Tremblay’s 4 goals this season have been shorties, including each of his last 3.

MOVE’EM IN, MOVE’EM OUT: OKC has had 21 transactions since the opening-night roster was set and 17 have involved the defense. On Wednesday, OKC signed defenseman Dylan Yeo to a PTO. Yeo, the ECHL’s 2009 Defenseman of the Year, has shuttled between that league and the AHL each of the past 4 seasons. He had 9 points in 8 games with the Ontario Reign this season (1G, 8A). Forward Milan Kytnar was promoted from ECHL Stockton to the Barons on Wednesday. Kytnar, who spent all of last year with OKC, had 3 goals and 2 assists in 9 Stockton games. On Tuesday, Edmonton recalled defenseman Alex Plante for the second time this season and returned blue-liner Taylor Chorney to the Barons.

SPECIALTIES: OKC’s penalty killing is 32-for-35 (91.4) over the past 7 games and has a season efficiency rate of 85.6 percent. The Barons’ power play percentage is 18.3, but they’ve been scoreless on the power play in 2 straight games (0-for-5) and 6 of the last 7 (2-for-24).

FINISHING STRONGLY: The Barons have allowed 9 goals in the third period this season, sharing the fewest goals allowed in the third with Milwaukee.

ODDS AND ENDS: Josh Green has missed 7 games since sustaining an upper body injury Nov. 5...winger Linus Omark sustained a lower body injury Nov. 16 at Rockford and is not on the trip...Philippe Cornet has 12 goals and 2 assists, split evenly between home and road games, 6 goals and 1 assist each...Oilers prospect Olivier Roy, a fifth-round pick (133rd overall) in 2009, is the Reebok Hockey ECHL?Goaltender of the Week for Nov. 14-20...Roy went 2-0-0 with a 1.50 GAA and .959 save percentage in a pair of Stockton wins over Ontario last week...The Barons have won 4 of their 5 Friday games, making it their winningest day of the week so far...OKC has out-scored the opposition in 5-on-5 skating situations 36-25.

Last 5 games:
Date Opp. Result OKC Goalie (GA,SV) Opp. Goalie Attn.
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
Nov. 16 @ Rfd W, 5-4 Danis (4, 33) Salak/Richards (L) 2,667
Nov. 18 Abb W, 4-1 LeNeveu (1, 24) Irving (4, 20) 3,225
Nov. 19 Abb L, 2-4 Danis (3, 26) Irving (2, 21) 3,329

Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date Opp. Site Time Broadcast
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
Dec. 2 San Antonio Cox Center 7:00 KXY 96.1 FM
Dec. 3 @ San Antonio AT&T Center 7:00 1340 The Game
Dec. 8 @ Houston Toyota Center 11 am 1340 The Game

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