By Josh Evans, OKC Barons on 10/30/2011

Oklahoma City Barons (5-2-0-1) at San Antonio Rampage (3-4-0-0)
Barons Game 9  |  Road Game 4 |  AHL Game 141
Oct. 30, 2011, 3:30 pm CDT  | AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
Broadcast: KXY 96.1 FM

TONIGHT: The Barons wrap up a 3 games in 3 days weekend with their second meeting of the year with the San Antonio Rampage (Florida Panthers). OKC took the first game between the clubs on Oct. 14 at the AT&T Center, 3-2. The Barons have won 2 of their 3 road games so far and are second in the West, 2 points behind Houston. OKC beat the Aeros 5-4 in a shootout last night at the Toyota Center. San Antonio dropped a 4-1 decision to the Charlotte Checkers last night and is tied for fourth in the West with 6 points, 7 back of Houston.

OFF THE TOP: OKC’s 5-4 shootout win last night was its second straight head-to-head with Houston. The Barons opened a 3-0 lead after one period, but were out-scored 3-1 in the second. Houston’s Casey Wellman tied the game 2:09 into the third and the game went through overtime to a shootout. OKC out-scored Houston 2-0 in the tiebreaker, which required only 4 rounds. The Barons are 1-1 in shootouts and have gone to the extra session in 2 of the last 3 games. OKC became the first team in the young season to score more than 3 goals in regulation against the Aeros.

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN: The Barons have scored first in 5 of 8 games, winning all 5 where they notched the first goal. The have not lost this season when leading at an intermission, going 5-0-0-0 when leading after one period and 4-0-0-0 when in front after two.

FRONT RUNNING: The Barons had a 4-game stretch from Oct. 14-21 where they never trailed, a span of 275:45 that reached close to 14 full periods. Following that run, which ended Oct. 22 against Grand Rapids, OKC went on a string of 6 consecutive periods without having a lead. Last night the Barons never trailed, starting a stretch of 3 straight periods with a lead or tie.

PK UPDATE: The Barons are 36-for-40 (90.0 percent) on the penalty kill in their last 7 games, during which they’ve gone 5-1-0-1.

DAZZLING DANIS: Yann Danis has won 4 of his last 5 starts. He stopped all 4 shootout attempts last night in his first shootout of the season. In his last 5 games, Danis is 4-1-0-0 with a 1.58 GAA and .945 save percentage. He recorded the team’s lone shutout of the season on Oct. 16 by stopping all 28 shots against Houston in a 2-0 win.

NO SOPHOMORE JINX: Second-year left winger Philippe Cornet tops the team with 6 goals, including one last night. While shootout goals do not add to a player’s official total, Cornet had a shootout tally last night and is 2-for-2 in that department this season. Cornet spent all of last season with the Barons, appearing in 60 games. He’s 1 goal shy of matching his total for last season.

CAPTAIN’S LOG: Barons captain Bryan Helmer is tied with Teemu Hartikainen for the third-most points on the team with 6. All but one of Helmer’s points have come on the power play. Helmer’s assist last night was his first non-power play point of the season.

RISE’N SHINE: Today’s game features the earliest start time so far for OKC. The Barons dropped a 5 pm season opener in Texas on Oct. 9 and blanked Houston 2-0 in a 4 pm game at the Cox Convention Center Oct. 16. Coming up are two field trip morning starts, Nov. 8 at OKC (10:30 am) and Dec. 8 at Houston (11:05 am).

BARONS WEEKLY: Center Ryan O’Marra will be the player guest with head coach Todd Nelson on “Barons Weekly,” this Monday from 6-7 pm on AM 1340 The Game. The program airs live from Buffalo Wild Wings on Northwest Expressway in Oklahoma City and is replayed on Thursday at 2 pm.

Last 5 games:
Date      Opp.       Result     OKC Goalie (GA,SV)         Opp. Goalie          Attn.
Oct. 16   Houston   W, 2-0      Danis (0, 28)                     Endras (2, 14)         2,287
Oct. 21   G.R.         W, 4-1      Danis (1, 26)                     MacDonald (3, 27)   2,654
Oct. 22   G.R.         SOL, 2-3  LeNeveu (2, 36)                MacDonald (2, 33)   2,622
Oct. 28   Charlotte  L, 1-2       Danis (2, 34)                     Murphy (1, 22)         2,517
Oct. 29   @ Hou     SOW, 5-4 Danis (4, 23)                     Hackett/Endras       7,140

Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date      Opp.                  Site                                          Time  Broadcast
Nov. 3    @ Abbotsford      Ent. & Sports Centre            9:00    KXY 96.1 FM
Nov. 5    @ Abbotsford      Ent. & Sports Centre            9:00    KXY 96.1 FM
Nov. 8    Toronto               Cox Center                            10:30am  1340 The Game

Nov. 11  Charlotte             Cox Center                            7:00    1340 The Game
Nov. 12  Charlotte             Cox Center                            7:00    1340 The Game

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