During pregame ceremonies on Friday night, general manager Bill Scott announced the Barons’ annual fan appreciation awards: 2013-14 team MVP—Anton Lander; Rookie of the Year—Andrew Miller; Offensive Player of the Year—Lander; Defensive Player of the Year—Brad Hunt; Fan favorite—C.J. Stretch.
“It’s an honor but I couldn’t do it without my teammates and coaches, so a big thanks to all of them,” Lander said. “I’m very happy and very proud of this team that we kept fighting to get into the playoffs.”
The Barons, the No. 8 seed in the AHL’s Western Conference, will host the top-seeded Texas Stars in Games 1 and 2 of the playoffs on Wednesday (7 p.m.) and Saturday, April 26, an 8 p.m. start.
The Stars will host all remaining games of the best-of-five series the following week with games scheduled April 30, May 2 and May 3 at the Cedar Park Center depending on how long the series lasts.
KIDS WILL PLAY SATURDAY
Backup goaltender Frans Touhimaa is one of three players who will make their pro debuts Saturday night now that the Barons have clinched a playoff berth.
“It’s pretty amazing that Frans will be our ninth goalie this season,” said coach Todd Nelson. “We’re a pretty tired hockey team. This will give us a chance to rest some guys.”
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