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Barons notebook: Playoff schedule coming along

Barons choose to begin postseason with two road games; final three games of best-of-5 series will be at Cox Center
BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer, Published: April 13, 2012

2. Teemu Hartikainen, Barons: The 21-year-old Finn added a spark to the Barons' top forward line, with an assist and a second-period scrap in his return from the NHL.

3. Mark Arcobello, Barons: Broke a six-game goal scoring drought with what proved to be the game-winner midway through the second period.


The Barons announced their team award winners during the intermissions Friday.

*Goaltender Yann Danis, who earlier this week was named the American Hockey League's outstanding goaltender, earned the team Most Valuable Player Award.

*Ryan Keller (21 goals, 28 assists) was named the Barons' Forward of the Year. Keller was a scratch for Friday's game, just his third scratch of the season.

Keller aggravated an upper-body injury earlier in the week and will miss the final two regular-season games before returning for the playoffs.

*Veteran Bryan Helmer was named the Defenseman of the Year. Earlier in the week, Helmer was selected as the Barons' Man of the Year for community service.

*Defenseman Kirill Tulupov earned Fan Favorite honors.


The Barons (44-21-9) will close the regular season with a 7 p.m. Saturday game vs. the Texas Stars in Austin and a 3:30 p.m. game Sunday at San Antonio.