SAN ANTONIO — Philippe Cornet scored a team-best seventh goal of the season Sunday to help the Oklahoma City Barons whip the San Antonio Rampage 4-1 in an American Hockey League game at AT&T Center.
The Barons finished a three-games-in-three-days stretch with a 2-1-0-0 record, only losing a one-goal decision on Friday night to Charlotte at the Cox Center. But the four standings points picked up over the weekend helped Oklahoma City (6-2-0-1) remain near the top of the Western Conference's West Division. The Barons are two standings points behind the Houston Aeros — a team Oklahoma City beat 5-4 in a shoot-out on Saturday night.
Oklahoma City also won Sunday without one of its top defensemen as Alex Plante was called up by the Edmonton Oilers. The 6-foot-4, 230-pounder had played in all eight games this season for the Barons. He had one assist and 35 penalty minutes. Plante was scheduled to join the Oilers in time for Sunday night's game against the St. Louis Blues in Edmonton.
Plante is the second Barons defenseman called up over the weekend. Jeff Petry was promoted to the Oilers on Friday.
On Sunday, Cornet matched his goal total from the entire 2010-2011 season. An offseason of extra work has paid off as Cornet is one of the top goal scorers in the AHL. He gave the Barons a 1-0 lead with 12:06 left in the first period off an assist from Gilbert Brule. After San Antonio tied it while on the power play about eight minutes later, Ryan Keller gave Oklahoma City the lead for good with 1:41 left in the first.
Brule and Josh Green added goals in the third period.
David LeNeveu started in goal for the Barons, stopping 26 shots.
The Barons are back in Oklahoma City for a few days of practice before going back on the road for games Thursday and Saturday in Abbotsford, Canada.