By Jim Byers, on 11/03/2011

Oklahoma City Barons at Abbotsford Heat
Barons Game 10  |  Road Game 5 |  AHL Game 147
Nov. 3, 2011, 9:00 pm CDT  | Entertainment & Sports Centre, Abbotsford, B.C.
Broadcast: KXY 96.1 FM

TONIGHT: It’s the first of 8 meetings between the Barons and Abbotsford Heat in the AHL version of the Battle of Alberta. The teams meet again on Saturday. The Barons and Heat play twice as many games against each other this season as last, since they are now West Division rivals. Abbotsford played out of the North Division last season. OKC brings a 2-game winning streak into tonight’s game, having opened this 4-game trip with a 5-4 shootout win at Houston on Saturday and a 4-1 tally at San Antonio on Sunday.

FACING THE HEAT: The Barons won 3 of 4 against the Heat last season during OKC’s inaugural campaign, including a win in the only game played between the teams at the Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre Feb. 19. Mark Arcobello put home a backhander at 3:55 of overtime to end that game. Alex Giroux broke a tie for the eventual game-winner at 18:54 of the third period at Scotiabank Saddledome Feb. 18. In OKC, the Heat scored 4 third-period goals March 4 to beat the Barons 5-3, while OKC turned the tables the next night 2-1 with a Colten Teubert overtime goal.

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN: The Barons have scored first in 6 of 9 games, winning all 6 where they notched the first goal. They have not lost this season when leading at an intermission, going 6-0-0-0 when leading after one period and 5-0-0-0 when in front after two.

NO SEE-SAW GAMES: The Barons had a 4-game stretch from Oct. 14-21 where they never trailed, a span of 275:45 that reached close to 14 full periods. Following that run, which ended Oct. 22 against Grand Rapids, OKC went on a string of 6 consecutive periods without having a lead during the Oct. 22 and 28 games. The Barons enter this game having gone their last 6 periods without trailing, as they had a lead or tie throughout Saturday’s game at Houston and Sunday at San Antonio.

BETWEEN THE PIPES: Yann Danis has won 4 of his last 5 starts. He stopped all 4 shootout attempts on Saturday in his first shootout of the season at Houston in a 5-4 win. In his last 5 games, Danis is 4-1-0-0 with a 1.58 GAA and .945 save percentage. He recorded the team’s lone shutout Oct. 16 by stopping all 28 shots against Houston in a 2-0 win. David LeNeveu stopped 25 of 26 Rampage shots in Sunday’s 4-1 win at the AT&T Center, his second in that building this year.

NO SOPHOMORE JINX: Second-year left winger Philippe Cornet tops the team with 7 goals and has matched his total from last season, when he had 7 in 60 games. Cornet has a goal in consecutive games and has done all his scoring in 8 games, one fewer than the team has played. Cornet is 2-for-2 in shootouts to lead the team in that category. He also has 2 game-winners and 3 power play goals.

MOVING DAY: The Edmonton Oilers recalled defenseman Colten Teubert yesterday. If he plays in Los Angeles tonight, it mark be his NHL debut and be against the team that took him in the first round of the 2008 draft. Edmonton assigned winger Linus Omark to the Barons after 5 NHL games this year without a point. Omark was OKC’s sixth-leading scorer last year with 31 points despite playing in only 28 AHL games. Defenseman Dan Ringwald, who skated in the Barons’ camp in September, has signed a PTO after starting the season at the Oilers’ ECHL affiliate in Stockton, Calif.

ODDS AND ENDS: Four of the 9 power play goals allowed by the Barons this season came in the season opener Oct. 9 at Texas. Captain Bryan Helmer has 6 assists, with 5 coming on the power play...Kirill Tulupov has 3 assists in the last 2 games...7 of 12 assists collected by OKC in the past 2 games have gone to defensemen...Alex Plante was recalled Sunday for 1 game, earning an assist in the Oilers’ 4-2 win over St. Louis, before being returned to the Barons on Monday.
Last 5 games:
Date      Opp.       Result     OKC Goalie (GA,SV)     Opp. Goalie                   Attn.
Oct. 21   G.R.         W, 4-1      Danis (1, 26)                     MacDonald (3, 27)            2,654
Oct. 22   G.R.         SOL, 2-3  LeNeveu (2, 36)                MacDonald (2, 33)            2,622
Oct. 28   Charlotte  L, 1-2       Danis (2, 34)                     Murphy (1, 22)                  2,517
Oct. 29   @ Hou     SOW, 5-4 Danis (4, 23)                     Hackett/Endras (SOL)       7,140
Oct. 30   @ SA       W, 4-1      LeNeveu (1, 26)                Plante (L)/Foster              4,450

Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date      Opp.                  Site                                      Time  Broadcast
Nov. 5    @ Abbotsford      Ent. & Sports Centre            9:00    1340 The Game
Nov. 8    Toronto               Cox Center                           10:30am  1340 The Game

Nov. 11  Charlotte             Cox Center                           7:00    1340 The Game
Nov. 12  Charlotte             Cox Center                           7:00    1340 The Game
Nov. 13  @ Milwaukee       Bradley Center                     5:00    KXY 96.1 FM                          

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