By Jim Byers, on 11/19/2011

Abbotsford Heat (11-5-1-0) at Oklahoma City Barons (12-4-0-1)
Barons Game 18  |  Home Game 10 |  AHL Game 245
Nov. 19, 2011, 7 pm CST  | Cox Convention Center
Broadcast: KXY 96.1 FM

TONIGHT: The Barons and Abbotsford Heat (Calgary Flames) wrap up a 2-game series at the Cox Center. OKC stopped Abbotsford’s 4-game winning streak and assumed sole possession of first place with last night’s 4-1 win. The Barons have won the first 3 games of the 8-game season series and 6 of 7 meetings all-time against the Heat. Abbotsford has taken 9 of 11 road games so far this season and is 4-1-0-0 through the first 5 games of a season-high 7-game trip. This is the Barons’ final home game in November. They open a 3-game trip on Friday at Grand Rapids.

OFF THE TOP: The Barons and Heat share the AHL’s lowest average of goals allowed per game at 2.24. That figure includes shootout and empty-net goals. Tonight is the fourth Barons home game against a West Division opponent and OKC has won the previous 3 against Abbotsford, Texas and Houston. OKC has won 8 of its 9 games against West rivals, including a 5-1-0-0 mark on the road.

HOT FINISHES: OKC has won 6 of 7 all-time meetings with the Heat and the first 6 had dramatic finishes. The winning goal in 5 of 6 OKC victories has been in OT or the final 1:06 of regulation:

Date                              Site                          Final  Skinny
Feb. 18    Calgary         OKC 3, Abb 1           Alex Giroux snapped a 1-1 tie at 18:54 of the 3rd
Feb. 19    Abbotsford    OKC 3, Abb 2 (OT)   Mark Arcobello ended the game at 3:55 of OT
Mar. 4       OKC              Abb 5, OKC 3           Heat scored 4 third-period goals to erase a 2-1 deficit
Mar. 5       OKC              OKC 2, Abb 1 (OT)   Brad Moran ended the game at 3:37 of OT
Nov. 3      Abbotsford    OKC 3, Abb 2           Kevin Montgomery’s power play goal at 19:24 of the 3rd snaps tie
Nov. 5      Abbotsford    OKC 4, Abb 3 (OT)   Gilbert Brule ended the game at 2:53 of OT on the power play
Nov. 18    OKC              OKC 4, Abb 1           First game between the clubs without a GWG in the third period

PK UPDATE: OKC’s penalty killing is 29-for-31 over the past 6 games. At home, the Barons have killed 45 of 47 times short, a 95.7 rate that is second only to Chicago’s 100 percent home PK percentage. Chicago has played 4 home games to the Barons’ 9 and has gone 13-for-13 on the home PK.

FINISHING STRONGLY: The Barons have allowed 7 goals in the third period, the fewest goals against in the final period among all 30 AHL teams. Yann Danis and David LeNeveu have stopped 157 of 164 third-period shots, a .957 save percentage.

CORNET STILL TIED FOR AHL LEAD: Philippe Cornet has a 3-game goal streak, during which he’s tallied 4 goals, and is part of a 3-way tie for the AHL lead with 12 goals. Cornet and Ryan Keller are among 6 players tied for the league-lead with 4 game-winning goals. Cornet’s 12 goals have come on 31 shots and his 38.7 shooting percentage leads the league.

BLUE LINE SHUFFLE: The Barons had 3 transactions involving defensemen yesterday. OKC has had 17 transactions since the opening-night roster was set and 14 have involved the defense. Colten Teubert and Taylor Chorney were recalled by Edmonton yesterday. Defenseman Dan Ringwald was signed to his second PTO of the season yesterday and rejoined the Barons from ECHL Stockton for last night’s game. Ringwald’s 2 previous AHL games came at Abbotsford earlier this month. He has 1 goal and 4 assists in 10 games for Stockton.

ODDS AND ENDS: Last night was David LeNeveu’s second home start and first win following a shootout loss Oct. 22 vs. Grand Rapids...Josh Green has missed 6 games since sustaining an upper body injury Nov. 5...Four of Gilbert Brule’s 5 goals this season have been on the power play.

Last 5 games:
Date      Opp.       Result     OKC Goalie (GA,SV)     Opp. Goalie          Attn.
Nov. 11  Charlotte  W, 1-0      Danis (0, 30)                     Peters (1, 29)          6,282
Nov. 12  Charlotte  L, 2-3       Danis (3, 30)                     Peters (2, 29)          3,180
Nov. 13  @ Mil        L, 2-3       LeNeveu (3, 26)                Smith (2, 15)           2,847
Nov. 16  @ Rfd      W, 5-4      Danis (4, 33)                     Salak/Richards (L)   2,667
Nov. 18  Abb          W, 4-1      LeNeveu (1, 24)                Irving (4, 20)            3,225

Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date      Opp.                  Site                          Time   Broadcast
Nov. 25  @ Grand Rapids Van Andel Arena      6:00     KXY 96.1 FM
Nov. 26  @ Rockford         BMO Harris Bank Ctr 7:05     KXY 96.1 FM
Nov. 27  @ Grand Rapids Van Andel Arena      4:00     KXY 96.1 FM
Dec. 2    San Antonio        Cox Center               7:00     KXY 96.1 FM
Dec. 3    @ San Antonio   AT&T Center            7:00     1340 The Game

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