The Barons continue to have the AHL’s top penalty kill at 91.8 percent. Oklahoma City has also managed to score at least five goals in each of its last four wins. The Barons sit at third place in the Western Division now with a 11-6-1 record with 24 points. Before the weekends games, goalie Martin Gerber and defensman Shawn Belle were recalled to Edmonton. Gerber is 9-4-0 in 13 AHL games, with a 2.56 GAA, .911 save percentage. Belle is the AHL top scoring defensemen. IN 17 games, he has two goals and 13 assists. J.F. Jacques was also sent back to the Oiler, cmpleting his conditioning assignment.
Friday, OKC faced Texas after a nice week long break. Joey Ryan had his first start in Oklahoma City, starting the year with the Bakersfield Condors (ECHL) and was signed to a professional tryout on Friday. The Stars handed the Barons’ their first shootout loss of the year, the third shootout this season, with a 2-1 final in front of 4,481 home fans. Teemu Hartikainen got the Barons’ only goal at the 2:38 mark of the second period. Ryan was credited with the second assist on the goal. Jeff Deslauriers made 34 saves for the loss.
Sunday Milwaukee came to town, losing to the Barons 5-2 in front of 3,208 fans. Colin McDonald put Oklahoma City on the board with a power play goal at 5:50 of the first period. Ben Ondrus at 7:12 and later at 17:05, both in the first period. Jeff Petry scored a shorthanded goal at 4:45 of the third, while Teemu Hartikainen scored on a power play chance at 8:19. Deslauriers made 28 saves for the win.
OKC rematchs Milwaukee on Tuesday, then travels to Lake Erie for Friday and Saturday.
The Rampage current win streak is a welcomed change from the 9-30-2-2 record the team compiled in the same two months the past two seasons. San Antonio sit on top of the Western Division with a 14-4-1 record and 29 points. The Rampage defeated the Peoria Rivermen 3-1 Wednesday night. Netminder Al Montoya stopped 34 shots in the win. Ryan Hollweg scored on the Rampage’s first shot of the game at the 7:37 mark of the first period. Maxim Goncharov got his goal at 5:31 in the third period. Brett MacLean netted his 59th career Rampage goal at 19:56 in the third with an empty net. The goal puts him within one of tying all-time franchise goal leader Joel Perrault (60).
Friday the Rampage won their sixth straight against Milwaukee with a 4-3 shootout victory in front of a sold out crowd of 6,413. The Rampage recorded 52 shots on net in the game,including 25 in the second period, tying their previous franchise record set on Feb. 27, 2008 for most shots in a period. Peter MacArthur netted his second goal of the season at the 17:07 mark in the second period, followed by Mikkel Boedker at 17:22, narrowly missing tying another franchise record, falling one second shy of their previous mark set on Nov. 4, 2007, with goals just 15 seconds apart. Tim Stapleton scored at 14:40 in the third with a power-play goal, tying the game and sending it into OT and the eventual shoot out. Matt Climie turned aside 21 shots.
Next up for San An.- Houston on Fri., Texas Sat. and Milwaukee on Sunday.
The Wolves are continuing to find trouble on the road. Tuesday, Chicago jumped out to a 2-1 lead over Texas, but then surrendered six second period goals, dropping a 8-2 decision. Akim Aliu opened the scoring at 9:43 into the first period. Fredrik Pettersson netted the second and last Wolves goal at 17:33 in the first. After that, it was all Stars. Drew MacIntyre posted 21 saves in 40 minutes of action while Peter Mannino recorded five saves in 20 minutes of relief duty.
Wednesday didn’t prove to be any better for Chicago, dropping their seventh straight game, 3-2, to the Houston Aeros. Aliu again put Chicago on the board, on a short handed goal in the third period at 6:27. Darren Haydar put the Wolves closer with a goal at 18:39 but Chicago just ran out of time. Mannino stopped 21 shots in the loss. The Houston game was Chicago’s last road game in this stint.
The Wolves returned home for a pair of weekend games, posting back-to-back home victories to snap a season-high seven-game losing skid, all of which came during an eight-game road trip. Both games had the Wolves winning by a 5-2 margain.
Saturday the Wolves stomped the Houston Aeros before a season-high crowd of 11,718. Peter Mannino, again in net, turned in 25 saves. At 00:17 into the second period, Ryan Garbutt netted his first AHL goal and scored the first goal of the game. Jared Ross scored at 1:18, Spencer Machacek at 8:48, and Nigel Dawes at 15:31 all scored in the second period. Jason Krog added a fifth goal for Chicago at 2:35 into the third period.
Sunday the Wolves again dominated taking on Lake Erie. In another 5-2 victory, Andre Deveaux nailed his third professional hat trick. Machacek also scored, at 4:34 of the second period. Darren Haydar at 12:46 of the second period scored as well on a power play chance. Mannino posted 33 saves, picking up his second straight win.
Tues the Wolves again face Lake Erie; Fri against Peoria; Sat against Grand Rapids.
The Rivermen collected a couple of wins to bring them to 12-7-0-1, which is good for 25 points and second place in the West Division. The Rivermen currently trail San Antonio by only four points.
Wednesday had Peoria hosting San Antonio, in their first ever 10:05 start time, for over 2,600 school kids who were part of the 5,117 fans in attendance. Unfortunatly, the kids had to witness their Rivermen taking a 3-1 loss. At 1:16 remaining in the first frame, center Phil McRae finally put up a point for Peoria. A close call by Stefan Della Rovere, with 9:19 remaining in the second period, the goal was waived off because of a dislodged net and the score remained tied. Al Montoya stopped 34 shots.
Friday and Saturday night, Peoria faced the Abbotsford Heat. Adam Cracknell scored the game’s first goal just 00:55 seconds into the second period. Phil McRae buried his first power-play goal of the year at 11:14 in the third. Netminder Jake Allen, in six starts, put his name next to Manny Legace in the Peoria Rivermen record book as he posted his third shutout of the season in a 2-0 win. Allen now has a 1.26 goals-against average and a .961 save percentage to start his professional career.
Saturaday’s Heat match up had the Rivermen winning by a 3-1 score in front of a crowd of 7,045 – the largest since opening night. Brett Sonne netted his first point of the season at 4:28 in the first period, coming on the power play. Nathan Oystrick and J.D. Watt dropped the gloves on the face-off after Sonne’s goal providing 50 seconds worth of entertainment. Both were given fighting majors and while the crowd was still standing, Graham Mink scored, giving the Rivermen the lead at 4:50, 22 seconds after Sonne’s goal. Mink sealed Peoria’s win with an empty net goal at 19:53. Ben Bishop made 23 in the win.
Sunday, Peoria edged the Rockford IceHogs 3-2 in a shootout. Nathan Oystrick at 9:54 in the first and at 3:57 off a Dave Spina power play goal were all the Rivermen could manage. Jake Allen put up 39 saves.
Friday will have Peoria taking on Chicago in a special Black Friday event for the fans. Saturday, Peoria travels to Rockford, then Grand Rapids on Sunday
Stars goaltender Richard Bachman has been named the Reebok/AHL Player of the Week. Tuesday started Bachman’s title role in an 8-2 win over Chicago, stopping 26 shots. At 14:31 into the first period, forward Greg Rallo put Texas on the board. Francis Wathier got the second period free for all started on a power-play goal at 7:51. Follow up goals were netted by Travis Morin on the power-play 39 seconds afterwards at 8:30; Luke Gazdic at 12:36; Tomas Vincour at 15:06; Mathieu Tousignant on a power-play 33 seconds later at 15:49 and finally, 17:38 into the second period, a power-play goal from Aaron Gagnon. Vincour closed out scoring for Texas with 1:41 remaining in the game for his second of the night.
Friday Bachman pushed away 35 shots, leading the Stars to a 2-1 victory in a shootout. In the first period, a power-play goal at 10:21 by Travis Morin, put the Stars on the board first. The Stars had an opportunity to take the lead, with a penalty shot in the third period by Colton Scevious , but he was denied. Aaron Gagnon ended the shootout for the Stars in the fifth round.
Texas defeated the Milwaukee Admirals 2-0 in front of 5,716 fans on Saturday. Bachman stopped all 26 shots to secure his second shutout of the season and the third in his AHL career. With 34 seconds left in the first period, right winger Greg Rallo netted the first goal of the game. Raymond Sawada notched a goal at 3:45 of the second period for his first goal of the season.
Sunday had the Stars facing the Houston, losing to the Aeros 4-2. Severin Blindenbacher at 7:52 netted his first of the season in the first period. A power-play goal by Greg Rallo at 7:43 in the second, notching his fifth goal of the year. Tyler Beskorowany made his AHL debut, stopping 27 of 30 Houston shots in the loss.
Wednesday will have the rematch vs Houston; Friday the Stars see Milwaukee.
Thursday had the Icehogs playing Manitoba, and for the second straight Thursday, were involved in a 1-0 game. This time around however, they came out on top. Hannu Toivonen made 29 saves, ending a two-game skid. Brandon Pirri scored his fourth goal of the season at 5:39 of the opening period.
Friday in the rematch, Manitoba stole the win, 3-1. Toivonen made 38 saves in the loss, after an impressive game the night before. The Moose finally cracked Toivonen on their 66th shot of the weekend. Jeremy Morin’s goal came at 19:05 of the third period.
Sunday the Icehogs fell to Peoria 3-2 after going to a shoot out. Morin his sixth goal of the season at :23 in the second, putting Rockford on the board. Brian Connelly notched his first goal of the season at 9:44.
Next up for Rockford are matchs against Lake Erie on Wednesday, Grand Rapids Friday and Peoria on Saturday.
Friday saw the end of a five-game winning streak as San Antonia defeated the Admirals in a shootout 4-3. The start of the game was delayed nearly 45 minutes due to a hydraulic fluid leak on the Zamboni. At 18:09 of the second period, Michael Bartlett scored his first goal as an Admiral. Matt Halischuk notched his sixth goal of the year at 2:02 in the third. Chris Mueller scored his third shorthanded goal of the season at 4:10 in the third. Mark Dekanich set a new Admirals record for most minutes without allowing a goal, ending at 209:3.
Saturday, Milwaukee lost to Texas 2-0. Dekanich stopped 30 shots. The loss also snapped a Milwaukee seven-game unbeaten in regulation streak.
Sunday did not fare any better for the Admirals as the came into Oklahoma City, losing 5-2, in the biggest margin of defeat for Milwaukee to date this season. The loss also marked the most goals allowed by the Admirals and the first time the team has lost two games in a row during regulation. It was 18:16 of the first period when Linus Klasen scored his ninth goal of the season, putting the Ad’s on the board. Aaron Johnson scored his third goal of the season at 19:14 in the third. Jeremy Smith stopped 24 shots from the Barons.
Milwaukee continues its ten-game road trip Tuesday with another game at Oklahoma City. Friday they see Texas then Houston on Saturday.
The Aeros saw Chicago on Wednesday night, defeating the Wolves 3-2. Warren Peters opened the scoring 8:26 into the first period. At 12:06 in the first, right wing Petr Kalus knocked in his fifth of the season. Brock McBride at 17:25 also in the first period sealed the win. Matt Hackett posted 30 saves for the night.
Anton Khudobin managed 28 saves to lead the Aeros to a 5-0 shutout win Friday vs Grand Rapids. Houston scored first for the 10th time out of the last 11 games with a Jon DiSalvatore goal at 6:40 into the 1st period. Jarod Palmer scored at 3:52 in the 2nd on the power play. Maxin Noreau netted a pair of power play goals, one at 10:10 in the second 2nd and at 10:41 in the 3rd. Kris Fredheim at 18:49 in the 3rd period scored the fifth and final goal. It was the Aeros first shutout since February 13, 2010, with a span of 42 games total. The Aeros were 6/6 on penalty killing against the Griffins. The unit is ranked second in the AHL at 90.5% going into tonight’s game.
Saturday had the rematch against Chicago, this time at the Wolves den where the Aeros were defeated 5-2. Houston finally put up a point at 12:33 of the third period with a goal from Colton Gillies. Petr Kalus scored the Aeros second goal on a power play at 15:28 also in the third. Michael Ouzas made 13 saves in 30:58 of relief duty, while Khudobin made six saves in taking the loss.
Sunday was a break for the Aeros, winning over Texas 4-2. At 6:47 in the first, Matt Kassian scored for his first goal of the year. The Aeros also netted a power-play goal right at the buzzer by former Star Warren Peters at 19:59. Center Jarod Palmer slapped one in at 18:21 in the third to give the Aeros a 3-2 lead. Jon DiSalvatore added an empty-net goal with 30 seconds left for the 4-2 final and Houston’s third straight win over Texas so far this season.