By Jim Byers, on 12/10/2010

Manitoba Moose (12-9-0-3) at Oklahoma City Barons (14-8-1-3)
Game 27  |  Home Game 16  |  AHL Game 395
Dec. 10, 2010, 7:05 pm CST  | Cox Convention Center 
Broadcast: KXY 96.1 FM

TONIGHT: The Barons face the Manitoba Moose for the third time in a week after splitting a Friday-Saturday set in Winnipeg over the weekend. The Moose are the top affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks. This is the third of 4 meetings between these conference rivals. The final regular-season meeting is March 8 at the Cox Center. Manitoba beat the Barons 3-2 in a shootout on Friday before OKC responded with a 37-save shutout from Martin Gerber in Saturday’s 4-0 final. OKC is third in the West Division with 32 points, 3 behind Peoria and 7 back of San Antonio.

MOVES GALORE: Since the Barons’ 4-3 shootout loss against Houston on Tuesday, center Ryan O’Marra and winger Linus Omark were recalled by Edmonton. They replace Shawn Horcoff (knee) and Ales Hemsky (groin) on the Oilers’ active roster. Omark departs for his first NHL stint as the Barons’ leading point scorer with 13 goals and 13 assists. To replace them up front, the Barons recalled left winger Jesse Gimblett from Stockton of the ECHL. Gimblett played 15 games for the Thunder, recording 5 goals and 3 assists. Center Dave Bonk, who played 1 game for the Barons Oct. 15, was signed to his second PTO (professional try-out) of the season. Bonk has spent the year with the CHL’s Allen Americans, scoring 6 goals and 15 assists in 16 games.

HOUSTON HEADACHE: The Houston Aeros have already made 4 of their 5 regular-season visits to Oklahoma City and won all 4 games at the Cox Center, including an overtime win in October and Tuesday’s 4-3 shootout victory. OKC took the only game between the clubs at the Toyota Center by an 8-2 final on Oct. 17. The Barons are 0-2-1-1 against Houston in Oklahoma City and 14-6-0-2 in all other games combined.

LOST LEAD: Tuesday’s game marked the first time OKC did not win when leading after 2 periods, falling to 9-0-0-1 in that situation. It was also the first time the Barons failed to win when holding a 2-goal lead at any stage of a contest. The Barons grabbed a 3-1 lead 3:30 into the third period on a goal by Alexandre Giroux, only to allow a pair of Robbie Earl goals.

PK NUMBER 1: The Barons own the AHL’s top penalty killing percentage at 89.3. A 3-game stretch of not allowing a power play goal ended on Tuesday, but OKC has killed 22 of its last 23 times short.

SHOOTOUT SHUTDOWN: After winning their first 2 shootouts against Grand Rapids and Toronto, the Barons have lost 3 straight tiebreakers. Two of the last 3 Barons games have ended in shootouts, Tuesday vs. Houston and Friday at Manitoba. In the last 2 shootouts, OKC attackers have gone 0-for-10, while the opposition has made 1 goal stand up for the win each time. Dating to a shootout loss Nov. 19 vs. Texas, OKC has been denied in 12 straight attempts and 14 of the last 15 tries.

NEW THRESHOLD: Colin McDonald scored his 12th goal on Friday at Manitoba, matching his career high for goals in an AHL campaign. McDonald finished with 12 goals in 2 previous seasons, including last year, when he set his career best with 12 for Springfield and 1 for Edmonton.

REDDOX ATOP NUMEROUS CHARTS: Liam Reddox shares the club lead (with Linus Omark) with 13 goals. Reddox is also among the league leaders in some unusual categories. He’s scored the first goal of a game 4 times, part of large group tied for second in that category behind Springfield’s Mike Blunden, who has 5 first goals. Reddox is part of a 3-way tie for the AHL lead in unassisted goals with 3. He’s in a 3-way tie for the second-most shorthanded goals with 3.

Last 5 games:
Date      Opp.      Result        OKC Goalie (GA,SV)   Opp. Goalie          Attn.
Nov. 27  @ L.E.    L, 3-5           Deslauriers (5, 13)           Cann (3, 28)            3,292
Nov. 30  @ Texas L, 2-5           Deslauriers (20 min., 3, 12)           Bachman (2, 29)     3,368
Dec. 3    @ Man.   L, 2-3 (SO)   Gerber (2, 29)                 Lack (2, 31)             8,185
Dec. 4    @ Man.   W, 4-0          Gerber (0, 37)                 Lack (4, 30)             8,506
Dec. 7    Houston  L, 4-3 (SO)   Deslauriers (3, 35)           Khudobin (3, 27)     2,830                              

Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date      Opp.                  Site                                      Time  Broadcast
Dec. 11  @ Rockford         Rockford MetroCentre          7:05    KTOK AM 1000
Dec. 12  @ Milwaukee       Bradley Center                     5:00    KXY 96.1 FM
Dec. 17  Hamilton              Cox Center                           6:05    KXY 96.1 FM
Dec. 18  San Antonio        Cox Center                           7:05    KTOK AM 1000
Dec. 20  @ Texas             Ceadr Park Center                7:30    KXY 96.1 FM

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