BY RYAN ABER
SAN ANTONIO RAMPAGE (8-4-1-0) AT BARONS (9-5-1-0)
When: 7:05 tonight
Where: Cox Center
Season series: San Antonio leads 1-0 (4-1 on Oct. 22)
- Two nights after Linus Omark scored five goals in a 7-6 shootout win over Toronto, the first-place Barons return to division play against the Rampage.
While Omark’s night was the best by far in the AHL not on Sunday but this season, there were plenty of noteworthy performances around the league that day. Omark’s five-goal effort was one of four hat tricks in the AHL’s nine-game schedule Sunday.
-After Martin Gerber played Sunday, Jeff Deslauriers is expected to get the start in net tonight.
-Barons Jeff Petry (2 goals, 7 assists) is among the top rookie scorers in the league.
-Through Sunday’s games, scoring in the AHL Is up nearly 7 percent from last season at this point (5.97 goals per game in 2010-11, up from 5.58 through 188 games in 2009-10).
-Former Barons goaltender Bryan Pitton was named the East Coast Hockey League’s goaltender of the week. The 22-year-old was 2-0-0 with a 0.96 goals against average and a .956 save percentage for the Thunder last week.
-The Barons rank first in the AHL in penalty kill at 92.6 percent. Worcester is second at 91.2. San Antonio is 25th at 78 percent.
-San Antonio is 7th in the AHL in power play at 21 percent (13 goals in 62 advantages). The Barons are 20th, at 16.1 percent (15 power play goals in 93 advantages). The Barons have the most advantages by far in the league. Adirondack and Charlotte are tied for second at 80.
-The Barons are 4-3-1 when trailing after one period.
-Philippe Cornet appears to be out yet again with an undisclosed injury. Richard Petiot and Matt Marquardt appear to be the other scratches.