By Jim Byers, on 01/20/2012

Oklahoma City Barons (25-11-2-3) at Rochester Americans (17-14-5-3)
Barons Game 42  |  Road Game 22 |  AHL Game 601
Jan. 20, 2012, 6:35 pm CST  | Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, NY
Broadcast: KXY 96.1 FM

TONIGHT: The Barons face a rematch with the Rochester Americans (Buffalo Sabres) in the middle game of a 3-in-3 set that comprises OKC’s current trip. The teams played in Rochester last night for the first time in the respective franchises’ histories with OKC scoring five unanswered goals at one stretch to win 5-2. OKC is 1-0-1-1 against the Amerks this season. Tonight marks the end of the four-game regular season series. OKC leads the West Division with 55 points, four more than Houston and Abbotsford. Rochester is second in the North with 42 points, five behind Toronto.

OFF THE TOP: Last night’s 5-2 win moved the Barons into a tie with Hershey for the most points in the league (55). The Barons lead the AHL with 25 wins, although they’ve played two more games than Hershey and one more than Abbotsford, both second with 24 victories. OKC’s .671 point trails only Hershey’s .705. The Barons average the fewest goals allowed per game (2.29) and have yielded the second-fewest goals (94). OKC has points in 13 of its last 18, going 9-5-2-2 in that span and has won two straight. At 15-5-0-1 on the road, the Barons have the AHL’s third-most road points (31). Their .738 road point percentage is fourth.

ARCOBELLO MATCHES CAREER HIGH:   Mark Arcobello figured in each of the Barons’ first four goals last night with two goals and two assists. The four-point game matched the best by a Baron this season. Ryan Keller also had a two-goal, two-assist night Oct. 15 against Texas in a 10-1 win. Arcobello’s four points match his career high, established with OKC March 11, 2011 against Grand Rapids (2G, 2 A). Arcobello is in his second professional season after a four-year career at Yale University.

POWER FLASH: The Barons snapped an 0-for-30 stretch without a power play goal when Mark Arcobello tallied his second last night. OKC had gone 6 full games (29 chances) plus their first opportunity last night without scoring on the man advantage. The 0-for-30 stretch immediately followed a club record-equaling four power play goals in a 4-for-7 showing Jan. 1 at Houston in a 6-0 win. OKC is 18-0-1-2 when scoring a power play goal and 7-11-1-1 when held without one.

ON THE OTHER HAND: The Barons have allowed just one power play goal in the last eight games, killing off 29 of 30 times short in that time. They enter tonight on a streak of 13 straight kills over the past four games after going 6-for-6 on the PK last night.

CLOSE CALLS: The Barons lead the AHL in one-goal games with 26, out of 41 games played. OKC is 14-7-2-3 in one-goal finals. Twenty one of the last 24 OKC games have come down to one goal or one-plus an empty-netter, however the past two games have involved two and three-goal winning margins with no empty-net goals. It’s the first time since Oct. 21 vs. Grand Rapids (a 4-1 win) and Oct. 16 vs. Houston (2-0) that OKC has played consecutive games without a one-goal or one-plus an empty net decision.

1-2 PUNCH IN NET: Yann Danis and David LeNeveu have virtually identical goals against averages and share .922 save percentages. Danis is second in the AHL at 2.12 and LeNeveu tied for third at 2.13. Danis and LeNeveu are tied with Houston’s Matt Hackett for seventh in save percentage (.922).

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 point percentage in the conference on Jan. 1. Barons goalie Yann Danis, winger Philippe Cornet and defenseman Alex Plante were named to represent the Western Conference.

ODDS AND ENDS: The Barons have out-shot the opposition in eight of the last nine games, going 4-4-1-0 in that time...for the season, the Barons are 12-5-1-1 when out-shooting the opposition, 12-6-1-2 when out-shot and 1-0-0-0 when shots are even after regulation...defenseman Alex Plante was returned by Edmonton on Tuesday, but is not on the trip while recovering from an injury sustained at Vancouver Dec. 26.

Last 5 games:
Date      Opp.       Result     OKC Goalie (GA,SV)   Opp. Goalie             Attn.
Jan. 8     @ Ham     L, 1-3        LeNeveu (2, EN, 26)       Mayer (1, 35)             3,830
Jan. 13   Rfd           OTL, 1-2   Danis (2, 21)                   Hutton (1, 18)            3,672
Jan. 14   Abb          L, 1-2        Danis (2, 13)                   Taylor (1, 32)             4,046
Jan. 15   Abb          W, 3-1       LeNeveu (1, 20)             Taylor (3, 25)             3,269
Jan. 19   @ Rch      W, 5-2       Danis (2, 20)                   Leggio (5, 29)            3,548

Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date      Opp.            Site                                Time   Broadcast
Jan. 21   @ Lake Erie Quicken Loans Arena     6:30     KXY 96.1 FM
Jan. 27   Houston       Cox Center                      7:00     KXY 96.1 FM
Jan. 28   Texas           Cox Center                      7:00     KXY 96.1 FM
Feb. 2    San Antonio Cox Center                      7:00     KXY 96.1 FM
Feb. 3    Charlotte      Cox Center                      7:00     KXY 96.1 FM 

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