By Jim Byers, on 03/12/2011

Grand Rapids Griffins (30-25-2-8) at Oklahoma City Barons (34-24-2-5)
Game 66  |  Home Game 38  |  AHL Game 987
Mar. 12, 2011, 7:05 pm CST  | Cox Convention Center
Broadcast: KXY 96.1 FM

TONIGHT: Fresh off a 6-5 overtime win last night, the Barons host a rematch with the Grand Rapids Griffins (Detroit Red Wings). OKC has won both games so far in the 4-game season series, taking the first 5-4 in a shootout Oct. 29 at Grand Rapids. Tonight is the Barons’ league-high 38th home game, their third contest in as many nights and their fourth in 5 nights. OKC is 1-2 so far this week. The Barons are tied with San Antonio for sixth in the West, 2 points back of fifth.

OFF THE TOP: Last night’s 6-5 OT win marked the fourth time this season the Barons have won when trailing by at least 2 goals. Grand Rapids’ Francis Pare scored twice in the opening period to put the Barons behind 2-0 after 1 period. The win snapped a 2-game losing streak, the first time since Jan. 2-7 the Barons had dropped consecutive games in regulation. OKC is 16-15-2-4 at home and 18-9-0-1 on the road with 2 home games remaining after tonight: April 1 (Rockford) and April 2 (Texas). OKC has played the most home games (37) and fewest road contests (28). The Barons set off on a 9-game, 14-day trip Monday, with the first game of the swing Tuesday at Peoria.

FIRST TIME SINCE: OKC’s 6 goals last night snapped a stretch of 14 games during which the Barons did not score more than 3 in a single contest. The previous time they totaled more than 3 was Jan. 29 vs. Chicago in a 5-2 win. They went 7-7 in that string of 3-goal or fewer games. Their 2 power play goals last night marked the first time since Jan. 23, a span of 17 games, that they tallied more than 1 man advantage goal. OKC was 2-for-3 last night on the power play.

DISTINCTIONS: The overtime winner by defenseman Anthony Aiello last night was his first AHL goal. He added 2 assists for his first AHL 3-point game. Mark Arcobello had his first AHL 2-goal game last night, and combined with a tally on Thursday at San Antonio has goals in 2 straight games. Chris Vandevelde has goals in 2 straight. Vandevelde and Arcobello lit the lamp 26 seconds apart in the second period last night, accounting for the fastest 2 goals during this inaugural Barons season. Colin McDonald scored 10 seconds into the second period, notching the quickest Barons goal from the start of a period. The previous fastest was a goal by J.F. Jacques 17 seconds into the opening period Nov. 9 vs. San Antonio.

ROOKIES LEAD THE WAY: Five of the Barons’ 6 goals last night were scored by rookies: Mark Arcobello (2), Chris Vandevelde, Teemu Hartikainen and Anthony Aiello.

The Barons have out-shot the opposition in 9 straight games, during which they are 4-5-0-0. For the season, the Barons are 18-12-1-1 when out-shooting the opposition, 15-11-1-3 when out-shot and 1-1-0-1 when the shots are even.

ODDS AND ENDS: Teemu Hartikainen had a goal and 2 assists last night while logging a personal season-high 7 shots and going +3...Colin McDonald is in a multiple-player tie for fourth in the AHL with a career-high 26 goals...Alexandre Giroux is still the league’s third-leading goal scorer (29) and No. 2 point producer (65) despite being with Edmonton since Mar. 5...four of OKC’s top 7 point scorers - Giroux, Liam Reddox (5th), Linus Omark (6th) and Jeff Petry (7th) - are currently with Edmonton. Reddox and Omark last played for OKC on Jan. 2...defenseman Taylor Fedun of Princeton, signed as a free agent for the next 2 seasons by Edmonton on Tuesday, could join the Barons on an Amateur Tryout (ATO) this weekend or for the start of the road trip this week.

Last 5 games:
Date      Opp.      Result        OKC Goalie (GA,SV)   Opp. Goalie          Attn.
Mar. 4     ABB        L, 3-5           Deslauriers (4, 19)           Irving (3, 35)            4,135
Mar. 5     ABB        W, 2-1 (OT)  Gerber (1, 22)                 Irving (2, 35)            4,669
Mar. 8     Manitoba L, 1-4           Gerber (4, 24)                 Weiman (1, 28)        3,110
Mar. 10   @ SA      L, 3-4           Gerber (4, 17)                 Climie (3, 24)           4,606
Mar. 11   GR          W, 6-5 (OT)  Deslauriers (5, 33)           Pearce (6, 33)         3,836

Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date      Opp.                  Site                          Time   Broadcast
Mar. 15   @ Peoria             Carver Arena            7:05     KXY 96.1 FM
Mar. 16   @ Grand Rapids Van Andel Arena      6:00     KXY 96.1 FM
Mar. 18   @ Rockford         MetroCentre             7:05     KXY 96.1 FM
Mar. 19   @ Chicago          Allstate Arena           7:00     KXY 96.1 FM
Mar. 20   @ Chicago          Allstate Arena           3:00     KXY 96.1 FM

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