By Josh Evans, OKC Barons on 02/25/2011

San Antonio Rampage (33-22-2-0) at Oklahoma City Barons (30-20-2-5)
Game 58  |  Home Game 32  |  AHL Game 877
Feb. 25, 2011, 7:05 pm CST  | Cox Convention Center
Broadcast: KXY 96.1 FM

TONIGHT: The San Antonio Rampage make their final visit of the regular season to the Cox Center in this eighth of 10 meetings between the West Division rivals. San Antonio won the first 4 matchups with OKC, 3 of those at the Cox Center, but the Barons have won the last 3 including Martin Gerber shutouts in the last 2 meetings. The Barons blanked the Rampage 2-0 on Feb. 9 in the most recent game in OKC. San Antonio is fifth in the West, 1 point ahead of the Barons.

OFF THE TOP: The Barons are 3-4-0-0 vs. San Antonio but have won 3 straight, each backstopped by Martin Gerber. In his last 3 games against the Rampage, Gerber has allowed 1 goal while recording 2 straight shutouts. He has stopped 95 of 96 shots in his last 3 against San Antonio. Gerber was promoted to Edmonton today, his second callup of the season. He won both his prior starts during an emergency recall to replace Nikolai Khabibulin in November.

STREAK-ENDER: Wednesday’s 6-1 loss to Milwaukee stopped a Barons’ 3-game winning streak. It also halted a 2-game home winning streak, which is the Barons’ longest this season. OKC has won consecutive home games three times, but has yet to win 3 straight at the Cox Center. The Barons are 13-12-2-4 at home and 17-8-0-1 on the road.

HIGHS AND LOWS: The 6 goals scored by Milwaukee on Wednesday matched the most allowed by the Barons this season. OKC has allowed 6 goals on 5 occasions, but prior to Wednesday it had not happened since a 6-5 loss to Rockford Jan. 2. Up 6-1 after 2 periods, the Admirals produced just 1 shot on goal in the third, establishing the fewest shots against the Barons in a period this season. Their 3 goals in each of the first 2 frames matched the most allowed in a period by OKC. The 5-goal margin of defeat equaled the season high set opening night, Oct. 9, in a 6-1 setback to Houston.

GO WEST? The Barons’ only losing record is their home mark against West Division opponents. OKC is 8-11-2-4 at the Cox Center against West rivals. Every other season record: home, away, inside and outside the division, is over .500.

SPECIALTIES: The Barons were 11-for-11 on the penalty kill in the 3 games prior to Wednesday, and dating to Feb. 5 had foiled 13 straight opposing power plays, until Milwaukee tallied on its first 2 chances. Prior to Wednesday’s first, the Barons had gone 11-plus periods without allowing a power play goal. OKC’s PK is fourth in the league at 85.4 percent. The Barons were 0-for-7 on the power play against Milwaukee and are 3-for-40 over the last 10 games. The power play is 14th at 18.0.

GIROUX RANKS HIGH: Alexandre Giroux remains second in the AHL in goals (28) and tied for second in points (62). Giroux’s 7 game-winning goals lead the AHL. He has goals in 18 of OKC’s 57 games and the Barons are 16-0-1-1 when Giroux scores at least 1 goal.

ODDS AND ENDS: Shawn Belle has missed 6 straight with a lower body injury...Andrew Lord has been sidelined for 7 straight games with a lower body injury...Johan Motin’s next game will be his first since sustaining an upper body injury Jan. 13 at Peoria...Motin has missed 15 consecutive games...Philippe Cornet has been a healthy scratch each of the last 2...the Barons have not lost consecutive games in regulation since Jan. 2-7...Colin McDonald is seventh in the AHL with a career-high 24 goals...Brad Moran is tied with the Rampage’s Brett MacLean for 10th in points with 49...Teemu Hartikainen has points in 2 straight with a goal and 2 assists.

Last 5 games:
Date      Opp.      Result        OKC Goalie (GA,SV)   Opp. Goalie          Attn.
Feb. 5    Texas      L, 0-3           Gerber (3, 29)                 Bachman (0, 30)     5,738
Feb. 9    SA          W, 2-0          Gerber (0, 33)                 Climie (2, 27)           2,005
Feb. 18  @ Abt     W, 3-1          Gerber (1, 18)                 Irving (2, EN, 24)     8,407
Feb. 19  @ Abt     W, 3-2 (OT)  Deslauriers (2, 34)           Irving (3, 18)            3,639
Feb. 23  Mil           L, 1-6           Gerber (4, 13)                 Lindback (1, 32)      3,128

Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date      Opp.                  Site                          Time   Broadcast
Feb. 26  Houston              Cox Center               7:05     KXY 96.1 FM
Feb. 27  @ Texas             Cedar Park Center    5:00     KXY 96.1 FM
Mar. 4     Abbotsford          Cox Center               7:05     KXY 96.1 FM
Mar. 5     Abbotsford          Cox Center               7:05     KXY 96.1 FM
Mar. 8     Manitoba             Cox Center               7:05     KXY 96.1 FM

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