By Jim Byers, on 11/26/2011

Oklahoma City Barons (13-5-0-1) at Rockford IceHogs (8-9-1-0)
Barons Game 20 | Road Game 10 | AHL Game 288
Nov. 26, 2011, 7:05 pm CST | BMO Harris Bank Center, Rockford, IL
Broadcast: KXY 96.1 FM

TONIGHT: The Barons meet the Rockford IceHogs (Chicago Blackhawks) at BMO Harris Bank Center for the second time in 10 days. OKC let a 4-1 third-period lead slip away Nov. 16, but Ryan Keller’s tie-breaking goal pushed the Barons past the IceHogs 5-4 in the only previous meeting between the teams this season. This is the second of 4 games between the clubs this season and the final matchup in Rockford. OKC shares first in the West Division with Abbotsford with 27 points. Rockford is fifth in the Midwest with 17 points, 1 behind Chicago.

OFF THE TOP: The Barons are 7-2-0-0 on the road this season. Last night’s 5-4 win at Grand Rapids opened a 3-game trip, which features a return to Grand Rapids for a 5 pm (EST) faceoff tomorrow. OKC and West Division co-leader Abbotsford share the league high with 13 wins. Curtis Hamilton scored his first professional goal last night to make the score 5-2 and it became the winner when the Griffins scored twice in the third period to close the gap.

TRIPLE-DIGIT PIMS: Last night’s game at Grand Rapids established Barons franchise highs in 5 single-game penalty categories: most PIM by OKC (48), most by an opponent (54), most combined PIM (102), most by an OKC player (Tyler Pitlick, 20) and most by an opponent (Garnet Exelby, 29).

QUARTERLY REPORT: OKC played its 19th game last night, completing the first quarter of its 76-game regular season at 13-5-0-1. The Barons also reached 13 wins on Black Friday last season with a win at Lake Erie (13-6-1-1), however that was the Game 21 of an 80-game regular season.

CORNET NO. 1 IN GOALS: Left winger Philippe Cornet took sole possession of the AHL’s goal lead with his 13th last night. Cornet is part of a mutiple-player tie for the league lead in game-winning goals with 3, a list that includes teammate Ryan Keller. With 13 goals on 33 shots, Cornet sits atop the league in shooting percentage at 39.4 He owns the team lead with 5 power play goals and is a team-best 2-for-2 in shootouts. He totaled 7 goals in 60 games in his rookie campaign last year.

ANOTHER CHART-TOPPER: Rookie Hunter Tremblay leads the league with 3 shorthanded goals. Three of Tremblay’s 4 goals this season have been shorties, including each of his last 3.

SPECIALTIES: OKC’s penalty killing allowed 2 Grand Rapids power play goals last night, the first time since the season opener the Barons had allowed multiple power play tallies in a game. The Baron have killed off 48 of 51 times short at home for a percentage of 94.1, but are at 74.5 percent on the road, 35-for-47.

MOVE’EM IN, MOVE’EM OUT: OKC has had 22 transactions since the opening-night roster was set and 18 have involved defensemen. Defenseman Alex Plante was recalled by Edmonton on Tuesday and returned yesterday. On Wednesday, OKC signed defenseman Dylan Yeo to a PTO. Yeo, the ECHL’s 2009 Defenseman of the Year, has shuttled between that league and the AHL each of the past 4 seasons. He had 9 points in 8 games with the Ontario Reign this season (1G, 8A). Forward Milan Kytnar was promoted from ECHL Stockton to the Barons on Wednesday. Kytnar, who spent all of last year with OKC, had 3 goals and 2 assists in 9 Stockton games.

ODDS AND ENDS: Josh Green has missed 8 games since sustaining an upper body injury Nov. 5 and is not on the trip...neither are injured wingers Linus Omark, Antti Tyrvainen and Andrew Lord...OKC has won 5 of 6 Friday games, making it their winningest day of the week so far...the Barons out-shot the Griffins last night 33-30...OKC is 5-0-0-0 when out-shooting the opponent.

Last 5 games:
Date Opp. Result OKC Goalie (GA,SV) Opp. Goalie Attn.
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
Nov. 19 Abb L, 2-4 Danis (3, 26) Irving (2, 21) 3,329
Nov. 25 @ GR W, 5-4 Danis (4, 26) McCollum (5, 28) 7,125

Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date Opp. Site Time Broadcast
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
Dec. 8 @ Houston Toyota Center 11 am 1340 The Game
Dec. 9 Peoria Cox Center 7:00 KXY 96.1 FM

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