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Friday, October 22, 2010

Barons Game 7 Preview; On a Rampage!

Away: San Antonio Rampage (3-2-1); Last game: 4-2 Win vs. Lake Erie
Home: Oklahoma City Barons (3-2-1); Last game: 3-0 Win vs. Lake Erie

Quick News and Notes
-This is the first of 10 meetings between the two teams.
-This is the first game of a three game weekend for the Barons. They travel to Toronto for a game tomorrow, then to Hamilton for a game on Sunday.
-The Barons have scored 8 straight goals in their last two games.
-Shawn Belle, who scored 19 points(3G, 16A) in 70 games last season, has 7 points(1G, 6A) in 6 games this season.
-Belle, Alex Giroux, and Brad Moran lead the team in scoring with 7 points. That has them tied for 11th in the league in scoring. Belle is tied for 2nd among defensemen.
-Giroux is riding a 4 game point scoring streak. Belle, a 3 game streak.
-Martin Gerber is coming off of a 35 save shutout against Lake Erie. His last one in the AHL happened on January 21st, 2009 against who was then the Philadelphia Phantoms(now Adirondack).
-The Barons are 7 for 35 on the PP(20.0%), and 26 for 28 on the PK(92.9%).
-The Barons have killed off their last 21 PK.-The Rampage are 7 for 33 on the PP(21.2%), and 21 for 30 on the PK(70.0%).

Players to watch
OKC: Um, everybody? This team has played very well the last few games. It’s hard to pick a few anymore. I’m hoping Omark is able to break out some tonight. The first and second lines are turning out to be pretty deadly.
SAN: Mathieu Beaudoin(26) leads the Rampage in scoring with 8 points(5G, 3A). Goalie Matt Climie(33) has a 2.76 GAA and .916 save percentage.

After coming out of their 4 game in 5 night trip, the Barons ended up gaining 7 out of 8 possible standings points. Riding a three game winning streak, it remains to be seen if they can keep the momentum going during this sleep-depriving weekend. As always, you can follow myself(@AHLBarons) and Scott(@OilFieldHockey) as we tweet during the game. The game will be broadcast on AHL Live and by listening on 96.1 KXY.

-Written by Eric Rodgers-

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