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BARONS GAME NOTES - DECEMBER 3
By Jim Byers,
Oklahoma City Barons (16-5-0-1) at San Antonio Rampage (9-12-0-0)
Barons Game 23 | Road Game 12 | AHL Game 329
Dec. 3, 2011, 7 pm CST | AT&T Center, San Antonio
Broadcast: AM 1340 The Game
TONIGHT: The Barons and Rampage meet for the second straight night after David LeNeveu turned aside 22 shots in OKC’s 1-0 win last night. This is the third of four games between the teams at San Antonio. The Barons have won both prior games at AT&T Center, 3-2 on Oct. 14 and 4-1 on Oct. 30. The Barons’ final visit to San Antonio is on the final afternoon of the regular season, April 15. The Barons remain atop the West Division by one point over Houston. OKC has a league-high 16 wins and 33 standing points and brings a four-game winning streak into tonight.
OFF THE TOP: The Barons enter tonight’s game on a four-game winning streak. They’ve also won their last four road games dating to Nov. 16 at Rockford. OKC’s last road loss was a travel-day, 3-2 setback Nov. 13 at Milwaukee. OKC has taken six of its last seven to assume the top spot in the AHL in wins (16), standing points (33) and point percentage (.750). Only three AHL teams have point percentages of .700 or more and two reside in the West: OKC and Houston (.727). Atlantic Division-leader St. John’s is playing at a .714 clip. The Barons are 9-2-0-0 against West Division opponents and have won five out of six vs. West foes on the road.
CORNET LEADS AHL IN GOALS: Left winger Philippe Cornet is the AHL’s leading goal scorer with 15. Norfolk’s Carter Ashton is second with 13. Cornet and teammate Ryan Keller share the AHL lead in game-winning goals with four. Cornet tops the league in shooting percentage at 39.5 (15 goals on 38 shots). Cornet has goals in five of the past eight games, totaling seven in that time.
NOT CAUGHT SHORT: Rookie Hunter Tremblay leads the league with three shorthanded goals. Three of Tremblay’s four goals this season have been shorties, including each of his last three.
LENEVEU’S NUMBERS: David LeNeveu’s 22-save shutout last night was the team’s third of the season and his first as a Baron. It lowered his goals-against average to 1.85, second in the AHL behind the 1.62 for Lake Erie’s Cedrick Desjardins. In his last 3 starts, LeNeveu is 3-0-0 with a 0.67 GAA and .974 save percentage, allowing two goals on 78 shots. He’s won all three of his starts against the Rampage, sporting a 1.00 GAA and .964 save percentage against San Antonio.
NINE WIN NOVEMBER: The Barons wrapped up November with a 9-3-0-0 record, matching January of last season (9-4-1-1) as the winningest month in franchise history. Gilbert Brule was the club’s top scorer in November with six goals and six assists. Philippe Cornet was next with 10 points on eight goals and two assists.
PLANTE A PLUS: Alex Plante enters tonight’s game in a multiple-way tie for second in the AHL with a +13 rating. In his 11 November games, Plante was also +13, the highest rating in the league for the month. Closest to his November ranking were 3 players, including the Rampage’s Bill Thomas and Colby Robak, at +9. Ryan Keller checked in with the next group for November at +8.
ODDS AND ENDS: Triston Grant signed a Standard Players’ Contract prior to last night’s game after starting the season on a PTO...the Barons improved to 6-0-0-0 last night when out-shooting the opposition, as they collected 29 shots to San Antonio’s 22...OKC has out-scored the opposition 44-30 in 5-on-5 skating situations...after not participating in a 1-0 game in their inaugural campaign, OKC has had two 1-0 wins already this season, the other coming against Charlotte Nov. 11 at home. Ryan Keller brings a four-game point streak into tonight, matching the team’s best this season...Josh Green had a pair of four-game point streaks earlier this season...Green returned to the lineup last night after missing 10 games with an upper body injuries sustained Nov. 5 at Abbotsford.
Last 5 games:
Date Opp. Result OKC Goalie (GA,SV) Opp. Goalie Attn.
Nov. 19 Abb L, 2-4 Danis (3, 26) Irving (2, 21) 3,329
Nov. 25 @ GR W, 5-4 Danis (4, 26) McCollum (5, 28) 7,125
Nov. 26 @ Rfd W, 3-1 LeNeveu (1, 30) Salak (2, EN, 25) 3,326
Nov. 27 @ GR W, 5-4 Danis (4, 32) Pearce (5, 16) 5,605
Dec. 2 SA W, 1-0 LeNeveu (0, 22) Markstrom (1, 28) 3,489
Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date Opp. Site Time Broadcast
Dec. 8 @ Houston Toyota Center 11 am 1340 The Game
Dec. 9 Peoria Cox Center 7:00 KXY 96.1 FM
Dec. 10 @ Texas Cedar Park Center 7:00 KXY 96.1 FM
Dec. 13 Texas Cox Center 7:00 KXY 96.1 FM
Dec. 17 Houston Cox Center 7:00 KTOK AM 1000
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