By Jim Byers, on 04/08/2011

Oklahoma City Barons (38-28-2-9) at San Antonio Rampage (39-31-4-3)
Game 78  |  Road Game 38  |  AHL Game 1171
April 8, 2011, 7:00 pm CDT  | AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
Broadcast: KXY 96.1 FM

TONIGHT: The Barons begin their final 3-game weekend of the season with the 10th and final meeting with the San Antonio Rampage (Phoenix Coyotes). OKC is 4-5-0-0 against the Rampage, with a 2-2 mark at the AT&T Center. The teams last met Mar. 10 at San Antonio, with the Rampage prevailing 4-3. The Barons are fifth in the West Division, 3 points back of a third-place tie between Texas and Peoria, 1 point up on Chicago and 2 ahead of San Antonio.

OFF THE TOP: Tonight begins a 3-game trip through Texas, taking the Barons to San Antonio, Cedar Park and Houston over a 3-day span to conclude the regular season. The Barons wrapped up their home schedule with back-to-back shutout wins last week, downing Rockford 7-0 on Friday and Texas 2-0 on Saturday in their most recent action. The blankings were the first two of the season for goalie Jeff Deslauriers, whose combined 55 saves earned him Reebok/AHL Player of the Week honors.

NONE AGAINST: Including the final scoreless minutes of his previous start before the consecutive shutouts (a 6-5 shootout loss Mar. 25 at Houston) Jeff Deslauriers brings a personal shutout streak of 126 minutes, 29 seconds into tonight’s game. OKC’s team shutout streak is 124 minutes, 20 seconds dating to the last time a Barons netminder allowed a goal. The last goal against OKC was scored by Houston’s Warren Peters against Bryan Pitton in the third period of a 5-4 loss Mar. 27.

WINS AND LOSSES: The Barons’ consecutive wins last weekend produced their fourth 2-game home winning streak, matching their best of the season at the Cox Center. OKC’s best overall winning streak was 5 games from Oct. 24-Nov. 5. The best road winning streak is also 5 games, from Oct. 24-Nov. 26. OKC owns the league’s fourth-best point percentage in road games at .608 with a 20-12-0-5. The Barons are winless in their last 5 road games at 0-3-0-2.

GIROUX STREAKING: Alexandre Giroux, the AHL’s second-leading scorer with 74 points, brings a team-best 9-game point streak into tonight’s contest. Giroux has 3 goals and 8 assists during the streak, which matches the longest active point streak in the league. Giroux is the first-team left winger on the AHL post-season All-Star Team, his third straight season as a first-teamer. That feat has been accomplished by only two other forwards in AHL history (Pete Leswick, 1948-50 and Art Stratton, 1963-65). Giroux has had seven consecutive 30-goal seasons, tying a record held by AHL Hall of Famer Dick Gamble. Giroux is currently 10th in AHL history in goals with 340.

MCDONALD SECOND IN GOALS: Right winger Colin McDonald is second in the AHL in goals with a career-high 36 and leads the league with 17 power play tallies. McDonald’s previous career high was 13, set last year. Hamilton’s Nigel Dawes leads the league with 41.

SPECIALIZATION: OKC did not score or allow a power play goal in the 2 shutout wins last weekend. The Barons went 8-for-8 on the penalty kill against Rockford and Texas and have denied 13 straight opposing power plays dating to their last man advantage goal against on Mar. 27 at Houston. OKC was 0-for-7 on the power play last weekend and is 0-for-10 since their last PP goal Mar. 27.

TWO NEW PLAYERS: The Oilers signed forward Hunter Tremblay and defenseman Martin Marincin to Amateur Tryouts this week. Tremblay, 25, has been signed to a one-year contact for next season. He just finished a 4-year career at the University of New Brunswick. The 19-year-old Marincin was the 46th pick in last year’s draft out of Slovakia.

Last 5 games:
Date      Opp.      Result        OKC Goalie (GA,SV)   Opp. Goalie          Attn.
Mar. 25   @ Hou    L, 1-4           Deslauriers (3, 14)           Hackett (1, 26)        6,313
Mar. 26   @ Hou    L, 5-6 (SO)   Pitton (5, 30)                   Tordjman (5, 33)      7,927
Mar. 27   @ Hou    L, 4-5           Pitton (5, 20)                   Hackett (4, 20)        4,582
Apr. 1     Rockford W, 7-0          Deslauriers (0, 33)           Toivonen (3, 6)        4,816
Apr. 2     Texas      W, 2-0          Deslauriers (0, 22)           Bachman (2, 33)     8,833

Next games (all times Central):
Date      Opp.                  Site                          Time   Broadcast
Apr. 9     @ Texas             Cedar Park Center    7:00     KXY 96.1 FM
April. 10  @ Houston          Toyota Center          4:05     KXY 96.1 FM
end of regular season                                     

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