By Jim Byers, on 11/12/2011

Charlotte Checkers (8-5-1-0) at Oklahoma City Barons (10-2-0-1)
 Barons Game 14  |  Home Game 8 |  AHL Game 200
Nov. 12, 2011, 7 pm CST  | Cox Convention Center
Broadcast: KXY 96.1 FM

TONIGHT: The Barons bring a franchise-record 6-game winning streak into the second of consecutive home games against the Midwest Division-leading Charlotte Checkers (Carolina Hurricanes). Charlotte is 4-3-0-0 so far on a 9-game trip. The teams have split the first two games of the 8-game season series. Last night, Yann Danis stopped all 30 Charlotte shots in recording his second shutout of the year in OKC’s 1-0 win. The Barons lead the West Division by 2 points over Houston. Charlotte is atop the Midwest Division with 17 points.

OFF THE TOP: The Barons’ current 6-game winning streak is the longest in their AHL tenure, which includes last season and the current campaign. It’s the second-best streak in the league this season behind an active 8-gamer for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. OKC is the league’s first team to 10 wins this season and its .808 standing point percentage is tops in the 30-team circuit entering today’s games. The Barons are alone in first place in the West for the first time this season, 2 points up on Houston.

1 GOAL ON 11-11-11: Last night was the first game in Barons history to finish with a 1-0 final score. OKC has scored 1 goal in each game against Charlotte, going 1-1 in the season series to date.

Yann Danis moved into a multiple-way tie for the league lead in shutouts with his second of the season last night, making 30 saves. He also whitewashed Houston with 28 saves on Oct. 16 at the Cox Center in a 2-0 final. Danis has won 7 of his last 8 starts and in that time has a 1.37 GAA and .954 save percentage. Danis has a shutout streak of 85:48 dating to Tuesday.

PK PERFECTION: The Barons have gone 15-for-15 on the penalty kill in the past 2 games and have extinguished 16 straight times short dating to last weekend at Abbotsford. OKC is third in the league in home penalty killing percentage at 95.2, having denied 40 of 42 opponent power plays at home.

Linus Omark had a 3-game assist streak snapped last night, but has 5 assists in 4 games since being assigned by Edmonton last week. Omark also matched the team high with 3 helpers on Saturday at Abbotsford. After totaling 1 shot on goal in his first 3 games, Omark fired 5 shots on Charlotte goaltender Justin Peters last night.

Second-year left winger Philippe Cornet has already established his brief career high of 8 goals, surpassing the 7 he collected last year in 60 games. Cornet has done all his scoring in the past 12 games after not suiting up for the season opener. Cornet has 4 power play goals, 2 game-winners and is a team-best 2-for-2 in shootouts. With 8 goals on 22 shots, Cornet is tied with Providence’s Stefan Chaput for the AHL lead in shooting percentage at 36.4.

This is the Barons’ first 4-game week of the season, with OKC having beaten Toronto 3-1 on Tuesday at the Cox Center and blanking Charlotte 1-0 last night. Tonight is the middle of 3 games in 3 days that concludes tomorrow at 5 pm at Milwaukee. The Barons have 12 sets of 3-in-3 this season. They have won the middle game of both previous sets.

Defensemen Colten Teubert and Taylor Chorney, assigned to the Barons by Edmonton on Thursday, were in OKC’s lineup last night. Teubert opened the season with the Barons before receiving his first NHL promotion in Nov. 2. He had 1 assist in 2 Oiler games. Chorney split last season between OKC and Edmonton, appearing in 46 Barons games. He was claimed off waivers Oct. 10 by St. Louis and appeared in 2 Blues games before being re-claimed by Edmonton yesterday.

Last 5 games:
Date      Opp.       Result     OKC Goalie (GA,SV)     Opp. Goalie          Attn.
Oct. 30   @ SA       W, 4-1      LeNeveu (1, 26)                Plante (L)/Foster     4,450
Nov. 3    @ Abb     W, 3-2      Danis (2, 27)                     Irving (3, 21)            2,840
Nov. 5    @ Abb     OTW, 4-3  LeNeveu (3, 19)                Ortio (4, 21)             3,449
Nov. 8    Toronto    W, 3-1      Danis (1, 33)                     Owuya (2, 22)         4,411
Nov. 11  Charlotte  W, 1-0      Danis (0, 30)                     Peters (1, 29)          6,282

Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date      Opp.                  Site                          Time   Broadcast
Nov. 13  @ Milwaukee       Bradley Center         5:00     KXY 96.1 FM
Nov. 16  @ Rockford         BMO Harris Bank Ctr 7:05     1340 The Game
Nov. 18  Abbotsford          Cox Center               7:00     1340 The Game
Nov. 19  Abbotsford          Cox Center               7:00     KXY 96.1 FM
Nov. 25  @ Grand Rapids Van Andel Arena      6:00     KXY 96.1 FM     

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