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BARONS GAME NOTES - DECEMBER 10
By Josh Evans, OKC Barons
Oklahoma City Barons (18-6-0-1) at Texas Stars (10-11-0-1)
Barons Game 26 | Road Game 14 | AHL Game 375
Dec. 10, 2011, 7 pm CST | Cedar Park Center, Cedar Park, TX
Broadcast: KXY 96.1 FM
TONIGHT: The Barons visit Cedar Park Center to take on the Texas Stars, affiliate of the Dallas Stars, in the third of 10 meetings in the season series. OKC opened the season in Texas Oct. 9 and were shut out 7-0. The teams met less than a week later, Oct. 15, at the Cox Center and the Barons scored a franchise-record 10 goals in a 10-1 final. OKC shares the West Division lead with Houston with an AHL-high 37 points. The Barons have won 2 straight and 6 of 7. Texas has won 2 straight, both over Charlotte. The Stars are fourth in the West with 21 points.
OFF THE TOP: The Barons are tops in the AHL (and all of North American pro hockey below the NHL) with 18 wins. The NHL’s Minnesota Wild, with 19 wins, is the only team with more victories than the Barons. OKC’s .740 standing point percentage is the best in the AHL. OKC has won 6 of its last 7. The Barons have allowed a total of 4 goals in their past 4 games, with 3 wins and 1 loss in that time, and lead the AHL by allowing an average of 2.20 goals per game.
LENEVEU CLIMBS THE LADDER: David LeNeveu earned a 3-1 win over Peoria last night, dropping his goals against average to 1.79, third best in the league. He’s also third in save percentage at .935. LeNeveu has allowed 5 goals in his last 5 starts dating to Nov. 18, a span where he’s gone 4-1-0 with a league-best 1.00 GAA (for goalies with more than 1 appearance). In 4 home starts, LeNeveu is 3-0-1 with a 0.98 GAA while stopping 102 of 106 shots for a .962 save percentage.
DANIS APPROACHES MILESTONE: Goaltender Yann Danis has 99 career AHL wins after taking Thursday’s game at Houston. Danis has 11 wins with OKC this season after winning 7 for Bridgeport in 2008-09 and 81 for Hamilton from 2003-08.
PHILIPPE AT 15: Left winger Philippe Cornet is second in the AHL with 15 goals behind Syracuse’s Kyle Palmieri (17). Palmieri was recalled by Anaheim on Friday. Cornet, teammate Ryan Keller and Palmieri share the AHL lead in game-winning goals with 4. Cornet leads the league in shooting percentage at 34.9 with 15 goals on 43 shots. He scored 7 goals in 60 games in his rookie campaign last year. For the first time this season, Cornet has been held without a goal in 5 straight games.
SPECIALTIES: Peoria’s only goal last night came on the power play, snapping a stretch of 13 straight OKC penalty kills stretching 3 full games plus part of a fourth. The Barons’ overall PK percentage is tied for fifth in the AHL at 85.0. Hunter Tremblay leads the league with 3 shorthanded goals among his 4 for the season. Each of Tremblay’s last 3 goals has been shorthanded.
NINE FOR NOVEMBER: The Barons wrapped up November with a 9-3-0-0 record, matching January of last season (9-4-1-1) as the winningest month in franchise history. Gilbert Brule was the club’s top scorer in November with 6 goals and 6 assists. Alex Plante was +13 in his 11 November games, the highest rating in the league for the month.
GRANT IN AID: Triston Grant signed a Standard Players’ Contract last week after starting the season on a PTO. He had a 4-game point streak snapped Thursday, a run that matched Josh Green and Ryan Keller for the team high this season.
SHOOTOUT LEFTOVERS: OKC is 2-1 in shootouts this season and none has lasted the prescribed 5 rounds. A shootout loss Oct. 22 vs. Grand Rapids went 9 sessions. On Oct. 29, OKC needed only 4 rounds to top Houston. Thursday at Houston, Josh Green ended the tiebreaker in the sixth round. Philippe Cornet scored OKC’s other shootout goal on Thursday, improving to 3-3 in that category.
Last 5 games:
Date Opp. Result OKC Goalie (GA,SV) Opp. Goalie Attn.
Nov. 27 @ GR W, 5-4 Danis (4, 32) Pearce (5, 16) 5,605
Dec. 2 SA W, 1-0 LeNeveu (0, 22) Markstrom (1, 28) 3,489
Dec. 3 @ SA L, 1-2 LeNeveu (2, 22) Grumet-Morris (1, 26) 8,290
Dec. 8 @ Hou SOW, 2-1 Danis (1, 23) Kuemper (1, 34) 8,175
Dec. 9 Peoria W, 3-1 LeNeveu (1, 20) Bishop (2, EN, 32) 4,345
Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date Opp. Site Time Broadcast
Dec. 13 Texas Cox Center 7:00 KXY 96.1 FM
Dec. 17 Houston Cox Center 7:00 KTOK AM 1000
Dec. 18 @ Charlotte Time Warner Cable Arena 5:00 KXY 96.1 FM
Dec. 20 @ Charlotte Time Warner Cable Arena 6:00 KXY 96.1 FM
Dec. 27 Rochester Cox Center 7:00 KXY 96.1 FM
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