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BARONS GAME NOTES - NOVEMBER 23

By Jim Byers,

Milwaukee Admirals (9-5-1-3) at Oklahoma City Barons (11-6-1-1)
Game 20  |  Home Game 14  |  AHL Game 285
Nov. 23, 2010, 7:05 pm CDT  | Cox Convention Center 
Broadcast: 96.1 FM KXY

TONIGHT: The Barons meet the Milwaukee Admirals (Nashville Predators) for second straight game. The two teams opened the 6-game regular season series on Sunday with a 5-2 Barons win at the Cox Center. This game ends the Barons’ season-high 8-game homestand which has lasted the month of November. The Barons are 4-2-0-1 on the homestand and will play their first road game since Oct. 30 on Friday at Lake Erie in the first of a back-to-back set. OKC is third in the West Division with 24 points, 5 back of the leading San Antonio Rampage.

AT THE QUARTER POLE: The Barons reach the 20-game mark tonight, completing one-quarter of the regular season. They are also wrapping up a season-high, 8-game homestand. OKC is 4-2-0-1 during the homestand. The Barons hit the road for the first time in November for a 2-game set at Lake Erie this Friday and Saturday. Following tonight’s contest, the Barons will have completed 14 of their first 20 games at the Cox Convention Center. Also after tonight, OKC’s next 5 games will be on the road before their next home game Dec. 7 vs. Houston.

OMARK UPDATE: Linus Omark has at least 1 point in 5 straight games, matching the team’s longest point streak of the season. After no recording a point during the season’s first 3 games, Omark has points in 14 of the last 16, totaling 21 in that span. He’s tied for sixth in the league in points (21) and goals (10).

HART OF THE MATTER: Teemu Hartikainen has scored power play goals in 2 straight games. The 20-year-old AHL rookie improved to 3-for-3 in shootouts by registering OKC’s only goal in Friday’s shootout session in a 2-1 loss against Texas. Hartikainen also potted the Barons’ only regulation goal in that game. Five of Hartikainen’s 7 goals this season have come on the power play, putting him in a multiple-way tie for third in the league in power play goals. His 3 shootout tallies tie him for the AHL lead with four others including Milwaukee’s Jamie Lundmark.

PENALTY KILL ON TOP: The Barons maintain the top spot in the AHL in penalty killing percentage at 90.8. OKC has allowed 9 power play goals in 93 times short.

CAPTAIN’S CONTRIBUTION: Ben Ondrus had his first 2-goal game as a Baron in Sunday’s 5-2 win over Milwaukee. Ondrus’ last 2-goal game in the AHL was Nov. 27. 2009 vs. Binghamton as a member of the Toronto Marlies. Ondrus was named OKC’s captain on Oct. 16.

ODDS AND ENDS: The Barons have had the most power play opportunities in the league with 111...Liam Reddox is third in the league in shots with 85...Jerome Samson of Charlotte leads with 102, followed by San Antonio’s Brett McLean with 91...Matt Marquardt registered his first multiple-point game of the season with a pair of assists on Sunday.

Last 5 games:
Date      Opp.      Result        OKC Goalie (GA,SV)   Opp. Goalie          Attn.
Nov. 7    Toronto   W, 7-6 (SO)  Gerber (6, 25)                 Reimer (6, 44)          2,781
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

Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date      Opp.                  Site                                      Time  Broadcast
Nov. 26  @ Lake Erie        Quicken Loans Arena          6:30    KTOK AM 1000
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

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