Western Division AHL recap week 5—Barons on top!

This week has proved to be an interesting one as teams are really starting to show what they have….or don’t.

Oklahoma City Barons (EDM)

OKC ends the week in high honors. First and foremost are the new standings. With 15 games played so far this season, Oklahoma City now stands alone on top of the Western Division with a 9-5-1 record and 19 points. The Barons are also sitting comfortably in third place in the league. Left winger Linus Omark was named AHL Player of the Week, adding to honors for the Barons this week. Omark scored six goals in three games last week, including the 5 goal blow out on Sunday evening to give the Barons another win at home after trailing 4-1. It was the first five-goal performance in the AHL in nearly two years.

*Oilers winger J.F. Jacques reported to the Barons in time for this weekend’s games on a conditioning assignment. Jacques is recovering from back surgery. His first face off will be Friday night vs Texas.

**Jeff Deslauriers cleared waivers Tuesday morning from the Oilers and reported to the Barons. He played in net Saturday’s matchup against Houston.

A nice gathering of 5,490 pumped Barons fans were on hand Friday night to watch their boys bring in the 6-1 win over rival Texas. It was the first meeting for the two teams. Oklahoma and Texas have a heated rivalry in place in every aspect of sports existence, friday’s game not lessening the impact at all.

Chris Vandevelde put the Barons on the board first at 12:10 in the beginning period. Linus Omark also netted a goal in first at 18:58, giving OKC the lead going into the second period. It was all Barons afterwards, effectively shutting down any offense from Texas. The Barons put up a three goal second period, with goals from Colin McDonald at 8:50. Johan Motin, his first of the year, and Brad Moran each scored goals 48 seconds apart at 17:55 and 18:43. Vandevelde added his second goal of the night with a short-handed goal 6:35 into the third. J.F Jacques was plus-1 with a shot and two penalty minutes in his debut. Martin Gerber stopped 29 shots on goal.

Saturday brought the Barons their only loss for the weekend, losing to Houston 4-2 at home. Netminder Jeff Deslauriers made his first start of the 2010-11 season, stopping 19 shots in the loss. Alex Plante scored at 16:42 of the second, Ben Ondrus adding the late goal at 17:26 of the third.

Sunday proved to be the biggest night for the Barons so far this season with a great 7-6 comeback win against Toronto. A crowd of 2,781 was on hand to watch the 5 goal take over by Linus Omark. OKC managed to put up 50 shots on the Toronto netminder. On an unassisted breakaway goal, Liam Reddox put OKC on the board at 9:29 in the first period. It was his seventh goal of the season. With the Marlies up 4-1 in the second period, Omark came to life and started the comeback single handedly. His first goal came at 10:33, his second at 12:40 on a power play chance. Omark’s last goal of the second period came at 18:26, giving him the hat trick. Omark’s goal at 8:06 in the third made him the first player to score four or more goals in an AHL game so far this season. Marlies penalties gave the Barons 1:12 of 5-on-3. At the 19:13 mark in the third, Omark once again scored to tie the game,forcing overtime and eventually going to the shoot out. Martin gerber extends his wins to 8, leading the AHL.

Going into Sunday’s game, the Barons were ranked first in the AHL in penalty kill, allowing just six power play goals in 76 times short. Oklahoma City has killed 65 of the last 69 opponent’s PP opportunities (94.2 percent) in the last 14 games.

Chicago Wolves (ATL)

The Wolves had a bit of luck on Friday night, beating Lake Erie 6-5 in a come from behind game. Peter Mannino stopped 10 in his twenty minutes of action before being replaced by Edward Pasquale at the start of the second period. Pasquale stopped 25 shots in regulation/overtime in the win. Jared Ross was the first to put the Wolves on the board in the first period at 15:41 on a power play after 3 goals were netted by the Monsters. Spencer Machacek netted a second goal for the Wolves at 17:35, still in the first. Akim Aliu snapped a quick shot in at 13:47 of the second period, followed by Darren Haydar at the 16:39 and 11:49 to tie up the game. Haydar went on to score the game winner with 1 second remaining in overtime to bring home the win for Chicago. It was Haydar’s sixth professional hat trick.

On Saturday the Wolves faced Grand Rapids, coming from behind twice to tie the game up, but couldn’t pull it off, losing 4-2. Andre Deveaux scored both points for Chicago, his first coming at 13:18 of the first period, the second at 11:12 of the second period. Pasquale (5-3-0) recorded 27 saves on 30 shots for Chicago. Pasquale recorded 27 saves for Chicago. Sunday was more of the same for the Wolves as the faced Milwaukee, losing another 4-1. Former Admiral, Darren Haydar, scored the lone goal for Chicago at 12:26 in the first period. It was his seventh goal of the year. Mannino staved off 36 shots in the loss.

Peoria Rivermen (STL)

Continuing their downward slide, the Rivermen lost another with a loss to Milwaukee Friday by a 3-2 score after going into a shoot out. The Rivermen were able to strike first with a goal from Ryan Reaves at 14:34 of the first period, for his first of the year. With just 28 seconds left in the opening period, T.J. Hensick netted his third of the year on the power play. The Rivermen, not being able to stay out of the penalty box in the second, had to kill off five penalties in the first 13 minutes of the frame, ten total the entire period. Ben Bishop made 36 total saves in regulation and overtime.

Sunday proved to be kinder to Peoria as they faced Rockford and ended a four-game winless streak win a 5-1 win. Anthon Nigro got the Rivermen scoring started at the 3:11 mark of the first. It was also his first goal of the year. Stefan Della Rovere scored again for Peoria at 16:02 to extend the lead.

Mark Cundari’s second goal of the season at 10:16 of the period on a power play gave Peoria a 3-1 lead. T.J. Hensick knocked in his fourth goal at 10:34 in the third, Tyler Shattock finishing off the scoring at 19:20 of the third with his first of the year. Goalie Jake Allen stopped 31 shots by the Icehogs.

Texas Stars (DAL)

Coming to Oklahoma City for the first time meeting on Friday, the Stars were handed a loss of 6-1. Greg Rallo gave the Barons fans a moment of panic, tipping in a rebound off a shot from Phil Larsen at only 1:09 into the game for his first of the season. But that was all Texas would be able to do for the night. Brent Krahn took the loss, stopping 21 of 26 shots in 40:00 minutes of work before being replaced in the third by Richard Bachman making seven saves. Saturday was more of the same for Texas, losing to Toronto 3-0 in front of 5,734 Stars fans. Marlies goalie James Reimer stopped all 32 Stars shots to notch his first win and shutout of the season. Stars goalie Brent Krahn stopped 25 of the 28 shots in the loss.

Rockford Icehogs (CHI)

*Ben Smith, of the Boston College National Championship team in 2010, was sent down from the Blackhawks. He made his NHL debut on Oct. 29 against Edmonton. The rookie winger was held scoreless in three games while registering four blocked shots, four hits and 4-of-5 faceoff wins.

** Ryan Potulny was also sent back to Rockford, posting one shot, one hit and one takeaway in two tilts with the Blackhawks over the weekend in his first regular-season action.

On Wednesday night, the Icehogs pulled out a close one against Milwaukee by a 3-2 come-from-behind victory. Kyle Beach finally put the Icehogs on the board at 5:05 in the third, reducing the IceHogs deficit to 2-1. Jeff Taffe tipped in the equalizer at 18:51 to send the game to overtime. OT went scoreless, sending the teams to a shoot out, Rockford’s third of the year. Hannu Toivonen made 22 saves to earn the win.

Saturday, the Manitoba Moose knocked off the Icehogs with a 3-1 score in front of 5,593 Icehog fans. Toivonen was marked with the loss after stopping 18 shots. Ben Smith was the only Hog to get on the board, netting one in the third period at 5:02 on the powerplay.

In another loss on Sunday to Peoria by way of a 5-1 score,Hugh Jessiman notched his first goal of the season at 18:19 in the first period. Alec Richards was tagged with the loss after making 19 saves.

Milwaukee Admirals (NSH)

*For the sixth consecutive season, the Admirals have made the offer in conjunction with Veterans Day, of a free ticket to all veterans and active military personnel.

Wednesday the Ad’s faced Rockford, losing 3-2 to the Icehogs. Jamie Lundmark scored on the team’s first shot on goal at 13:32 of the first. Aaron Johnson scored his first goal as an Admiral and his first AHL tally since 2006 ,when he played with the Syracuse, at 15:05 in the first. Mark Dekanich put up 25 saves in the shoot out loss.

Friday, Milwaukee took on Peoria and grabbed the win with another 3-2 score after another shoot out match up. Dekanich stopped 27 of 29 shots on goal. Linus Klasen brought in the first goal for Milwaukee at the 6:21 mark of the second on a power play goal. Mark Santorelli at 13:07 in the third tied the game up to send it into overtime,leading to the shoot out.

The Admirals posted a season-high 40 shots on goal during the Sunday match versus Chicago. With Mark Dekanich making 26 saves,earning his sixth win of the season, the Ad’s bury the Wolves 4-1. Teemu Laakso put the Admirals on the board first at 9:10 of the opening period. Kelsey Wilson gets the game-winner credit with his goal at 2:21 of the second. Mark Santorelli netted tw power play goals in the win, the first coming at 7:54 in the second, the second goal at 13:29 of the third.

Houston Aeros (MIN)

Friday, Houston met up against Toronto, extending their winning streak to three games in the 3-2 victory, in front of 8,477 fans. Joel Broda got his fourth of the season on the power play goal at 4:49 in the first. Maxim Noreau scored his second of the season at the 14:15 mark in the second period. Toronto tied the game up, sending it into overtime, eventually going to the shoot out. Anton Khudobin turned aside 34 shots in the win.

Saturday the Aeros faced Oklahoma city and gained another win tally. Houston beat the the Barons 4-2. Brock McBride opened the scoring off a breakaway chance at the 5:35 mark of the first. Carson McMillan scored at the 15:17 mark. Jared Palmer notched his first of the year with a goal at 00.36 in the third period on a power play chance. Robbie Earl added to the Aeros lead 9:20 into the third. Anton Khudobin made 23 saves and won his fourth consecutive start.

San Antonio Rampage (PHX)

Wednesday had the Rampage squaring off against Toronto, ending a six-game winning streak as they dropped the game, 6-1. Garrett Stafford, with one minute remaining in the first period, put the Rampage on the board for their only goal of the game. The goal marked Stafford’s 11th point of the season, the most by any defenseman in the league. Goalie Al Montoya made 18 saves in the loss.

Friday night the Rampage turned their game around and defeated the Abbotsford Heat by a 5-1 score. Matt Climie stopped 31 of 32 Heat shots to earn his fifth straight win. Rampage leading scorer Matt Beaudoin posted his seventh goal of the season, getting San An’ on the board at 12:40 on a power play goal in the first. Shortly after the Beaudoin’s goal, Peter MacArthur nabbed his first goal of the season at the 14:06 point. The Rampage came out in the third period scoring three goals in a 2:10 stretch, Alex Picard at 2:04, Brett MacLean at 3:51, and 23 seconds later, a goal by Tim Stapleton.

Saturday was the rematch against Abottsford, this time dropping the game 4-1. Matt Pope got San Antonio’s only goal at 9:15 of the third period. The Rampage pulled their goalie, Climie for an extra attacker with a minute and a hlaf left in the game, but the Heat’s Greg Nemisz took advantage of the empty net, sealing in the loss for the Rampage. Climie finished the game with 34 saves in the loss.


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