By Jim Byers, on 11/27/2010

Oklahoma City Barons (13-6-1-1) at Lake Erie Monsters (10-9-2-2
Game 22  |  Road Game 8  |  AHL Game 316
Nov. 27, 2010, noon CST  | Quicken Loans Arena
Broadcast: KXY 96.1 FM

TODAY: The Barons and Lake Erie Monsters meet in the second and final game of a weekend series at Quicken Loans Arena. This will be the fourth of 6 games between these clubs this season. OKC has won all 3, including last night’s contest 3-2 in overtime. The Barons remain second in the West Division, 3 points back of San Antonio, which won its seventh straight last night. The Barons, riding a 3-game winning streak, return home after this game for an off day tomorrow. They practice at the Cox Center on Monday before leaving for Texas to continue the trip.

WINS, OT AND OTHERWISE: The Barons’ 3-game winning streak matches their second-longest of the season. The best is a 5-game run from Oct. 24-Nov. 5. OKC has won 5 straight road games dating to its previous trip in late October and is 6-1-0-0 away from home. Both of the Barons’ OT wins have been on the road, the other coming during an “AHL on CBC” national telecast in Hamilton Oct. 24. OKC is 2-1 in overtime this season. The Barons are 6-1-0-0 against North teams, the lone setback in Toronto Oct. 23.

OMARK’S STREAK ENDS: Linus Omark saw a team-best 6-game point streak end last night. Omark did not register in the scoring or plus-minus columns, but did collect 6 shots on goal. Omark is tied for third in the league in points (23) and tied for third in goals (12).

MCDONALD HITS DOUBLE DIGITS: Colin McDonald scored his ninth and tenth goals last night by picking up the tying and winning markers. It was McDonald’s third game-winner, joining Linus Omark and several others in a tie for the second-most in the AHL behind Bobby Butler’s 5 for the Binghamton Senators. McDonald’s career high for goals in a season is 13, set last year, when he scored 12 for Springfield and 1 for the Edmonton Oilers.

REDDOX JOINS LEADING GROUPS: Liam Reddox’s shorthanded goal last night moved him into a 4-way tie for the league lead with 3 shorthanders, a group that includes Lake Erie’s Mike Carman. At +11, Reddox is tied for fifth in the league in that department. Reddox has gone 13 consecutive games without being a minus player, a team best.

HOW CAN THIS BE?: Alexandre Giroux has 7 assists, but no goals, in the last 11 games. Giroux, the AHL’s top goal scorer each of the past 2 seasons with a combined 110, last scored on Oct. 27 at Chicago, collecting a pair of goals in the first period. Giroux lit the lamp last night, but fractions of a second after time expired in the second period.

TRACKING TEEMU:  Five of Teemu Hartikainen’s 7 goals this season have come on the power play, putting him in a multiple-way tie for fourth in the AHL in that category. Hershey’s Andrew Gordon tops the league with 8 power play goals, while the Bears’ Brian Willsie and Connecticut’s Jeremy Williams have 6 each.

TIDBITS: OKC went 9-plus periods and 13 straight times short without allowing a power play goal until Mark Olver stopped the run in yesterday’s second period...Ryan O’Marra (upper has missed 2 straight...defenseman Richard Petiot (lower body) has missed 6 straight games.

Last 5 games:
Date      Opp.      Result        OKC Goalie (GA,SV)   Opp. Goalie          Attn.
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
Nov. 26  @ L.E.    W, 3-2 (OT)  Deslauriers (2, 25)           Grahame (3, 33)      10,608

Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date      Opp.                  Site                          Time   Broadcast
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
Dec. 10  Manitoba             Cox Center               7:05     KXY 96.1 FM 

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