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BARONS GAME NOTES- MARCH 10

By Jim Byers, on 03/10/2011

Oklahoma City Barons (33-23-2-5) at San Antonio Rampage (35-24-3-0)
Game 64  |  Road Game 28  |  AHL Game 965
Mar. 10, 2011, 7 pm CST  | AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
Broadcast: News Radio 1000 KTOK

TONIGHT: The Barons make a 1-game trip to San Antonio to play the Rampage (Phoenix Coyotes). OKC has won the last 4 meetings between the teams, 2 by shutout, after San Antonio took the first 4. OKC has won 2 straight at the AT&T Center. While he didn’t play in the most recent matchup Feb. 25, Barons netminder Martin Gerber won his last 3 starts against the Rampage, 2 by shutout, stopping 95 of 96 shots. OKC and the Rampage share sixth in the West, 3 points back of fourth.

OFF THE TOP: The Barons have alternated wins and losses in their last 7 games, a stretch that started immediately after a 3-game winning streak from Feb. 9-19. The Barons have not lost consecutive games in regulation since defeats on Jan. 2 and Jan. 7. They are 18-8-0-1 on the road, but 15-15-2-4 at home. OKC has 4 home games remaining, Friday and Saturday against Grand Rapids and April 1 (Rockford) and April 2 (Texas). Counting tonight, they have 13 road games left. The Barons set off on a 9-game, 14-day trip next week.

PETRY, PLANTE SWITCH SPOTS: The Edmonton Oilers recalled defenseman Jeff Petry today. Petry had a previous stint with the Oilers from Dec. 27-Feb. 14, playing in 21 games while scoring 1 goal with 2 assists. Defenseman Alex Plante was returned on loan to OKC and is expected to rejoin the Barons today. Plante appeared in 3 games for Edmonton, going -2 with no points.

LIGHTING THE LAMP: The Barons are 7-6-0-0 in their last 13 games, but have not surpassed 3 goals in that time. The last time OKC scored more than 3 in a game was Jan. 29, a 5-2 win over Chicago. Alexandre Giroux, the league’s third-leading goal scorer (29) and No. 2 point producer (65), was an emergency recall by Edmonton on Saturday and remains with the Oilers. Three of OKC’s top 6 point scorers - Giroux, Liam Reddox (5th) and Linus Omark (6th) - are currently with Edmonton. Reddox and Omark last played for OKC on Jan. 2. OKC has produced 6 goals in its last 3 games, 4 of them by defensemen: 2 by Colten Teubert and 1 each by Kevin Montgomery and Richard Petiot.

TEUBERT ON A TEAR: Defenseman Colten Teubert has points in all 3 games as a Baron, scoring goals against Abbotsford on Friday and Saturday before drawing an assist in Tuesday’s 4-1 home loss to Manitoba. Tuebert, acquired from Los Angeles along with a 2011 first-round pick and a conditional 2012 pick for Dustin Penner, had previously spent his rookie season with the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs, producing 2 goals, 8 assists and 57 PIM in 39 games. Tuebert turned 21 on Tuesday.

SPECIALIZATION: OKC’s penalty killing percentage of 84.3 is seventh in the AHL. The PK is ranked 18th at home (82.2), but jumps to fourth on the road (87.3). The power play is 19th at 17.4. The Barons’ power play is 3-for-35 (8.6%) in the last 7 games and 6-for-70 (also 8.6%) over the last 16. In that time, the Barons have not had a multiple power-play goal game. Their last time multiple power-play goal game was Jan. 23 at Chicago, when they went 2-for-4 in a 2-1 win.

ODDS AND ENDS: Bryan Helmer, who had been playing on Professional Tryout contracts (PTO) since joining the Barons Jan. 7, signed a standard player contract for the remainder of this season and 2011-12 on Saturday...Colin McDonald is tied for sixth in the AHL with a career-high 25 goals...Brad Moran is tied for ninth in the league with 54 points...defenseman Taylor Fedun of Princeton, signed as a free agent for the next 2 seasons by Edmonton on Tuesday, is due to join the Barons on an Amateur Tryout contract tomorrow. Fedun was the captain of the Tigers this season.

Last 5 games:
Date      Opp.      Result        OKC Goalie (GA,SV)   Opp. Goalie          Attn.
Feb. 26  Houston  L, 0-5           Deslauriers (5, 25)           Hackett (0, 31)        5,367
Feb. 27  @ Texas W, 3-2 (SO)  Pitton (2, 29)                   Bachman (2, 35)     5,545
Mar. 4     ABB        L, 3-5           Deslauriers (4, 19)           Irving (3, 35)            4,135
Mar. 5     ABB        W, 2-1 (OT)  Gerber (1, 22)                 Irving (2, 35)            4,669
Mar. 8     Manitoba L, 1-4           Gerber (4, 24)                 Weiman (1, 28)        3,110

Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date      Opp.                  Site                                      Time  Broadcast
Mar. 11   Grand Rapids      Cox Center                           6:05    KXY 96.1 FM
Mar. 12   Grand Rapids      Cox Center                           7:05    KXY 96.1 FM
Mar. 15   @ Peoria             Carver Arena                        7:05    KXY 96.1 FM
Mar. 16   @ Grand Rapids Van Andel Arena                  6:00    KXY 96.1 FM
Mar. 18   @ Rockford         Rockford MetroCentre          7:05    KXY 96.1 FM

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