By Jim Byers, on 11/26/2010

Oklahoma City Barons (12-6-1-1) at Lake Erie Monsters (10-9-1-2
Game 21  |  Road Game 7  |  AHL Game 302
Nov. 26, 2010, 6:30 pm CST  | Quicken Loans Arena
Broadcast: KTOK AM 1000

TONIGHT: After spending 24 consecutive full days at home, the Barons return to the road for the first of two against the Lake Erie Monsters (Colorado Avalanche). OKC beat the Monsters 4-3 and 3-0 in the previous meetings at the Cox Convention Center last month. Tonight’s game is the third of 6 matchups between these Western Conference rivals. This will be the Barons’ seventh road game of the season. They are 5-1-0-0 on the road and have won 4 straight away from home dating to their previous trip, which ended on Oct. 30 at Peoria with a 3-1 win.

AT THE QUARTER POLE: The Barons are 20 games into their first AHL season. They just concluded a season-high 8-game homestand that was their longest stretch of continuous home games this season. OKC was 5-2-0-1 on the stand and has played 14 of its first 20 games at home, going 7-5-1-1 at the Cox Convention Center. They enter tonight having won consecutive games for the first time since Oct. 30 and Nov. 5.

OMARK AMONG LEADERS: Linus Omark owns a 6-game point streak, totaling 11 points in that span starting with his 5-goal game Nov. 7. The streak is OKC’s longest of the season. After not recording a point during the season’s first 3 games, Omark has points in 15 of the last 17, totaling 23 in that span. After a 2-goal game on Tuesday against
Milwaukee, Omark is tied for third in the league in points (23) and tied for second in goals (12).

HART OF THE MATTER: Teemu Hartikainen had a 2-game power play goal streak snapped on Tuesday. Five of Hartikainen’s 7 goals during his rookie AHL season have come on the power play, putting him in a multiple-way tie for the third-most power play goals in the league. Hershey’s Andrew Gordon tops the league with 7 power play goals, while the Bears’ Brian Willsie and
Hartford’s Jeremy Williams have 6 each. Hartikainen is 3-for-3 in shootouts, with his 3 shootout goals placing him in a 5-way tie for the AHL lead.

PENALTY KILL ON TOP: The Barons nullified all 8 Milwaukee power play chances in a 2-game series that ended on Tuesday. OKC enters’s tonight’s game having not allowed a power play goal in 8 periods and 12 times short dating to the last opponents’ man advantage goal by the Texas Stars in the first period of Friday’s 2-1 shootout defeat.  The Barons lead the AHL in overall penalty kill percentage at 91.1, allowing 9 power play goals in 101 times short.

BELLE RETURNS: Defenseman Shawn Belle was returned on loan by
Edmonton on Wednesday after a 4-game NHL assignment. He returns tied for fourth in the AHL in defensemen points (15).

ODDS AND ENDS: The Barons have had the most power play opportunities in the league with 118...The Barons and Hamilton share the league’s 10th-best power play percentage at 19.5...Liam Reddox is third in the league in shots with 89...Jerome Samson of Charlotte leads with 107, followed by San Antonio’s Brett McLean with 91...Ryan O’Marra (upper body) sat out Tuesday game, his first game missed this season...defenseman Richard Petiot (lower body) has missed 5 straight games and did not make this portion of the trip.

Last 5 games:
Date      Opp.      Result        OKC Goalie (GA,SV)   Opp. Goalie          Attn.
Nov. 9    SA          L, 3-6           Deslauriers (5, EN, 27)    Montoya (3, 32)       2,740               
Nov. 12  Chicago  W, 6-2          Gerber (2, 35)                 Mannino (6, 37)       3,601
Nov. 19  Texas      L, 1-2 (SO)   Deslauriers (1, 34)           Bachman (1, 35)      4,481
Nov. 21  Milwaukee    W, 5-2          Deslauriers (2, 27)           Smith (5, 24)            3,208
Nov. 23  Milwaukee    W, 4-1          Deslauriers (1, 24)           Dekanich (4, 22)      3,045

Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date      Opp.                  Site                                      Time  Broadcast
Nov. 27  @ Lake Erie        Quicken Loans Arena          12:00  KXY 96.1 FM
Nov. 30  @ Texas             Cedar Park Center                7:30    KXY 96.1 FM
Dec. 3    @ Manitoba        MTS Centre                          7:30    KXY 96.1 FM
Dec. 4    @ Manitoba        MTS Centre                          7:30    TBA
Dec. 7    Houston              Cox Center                           7:05    KXY 96.1 FM

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