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OKC Barons: Barons try to avoid elimination Tuesday night at Grand Rapids

Griffins goaltender Petr Mrazek has back-to-back shutouts to help team take a 3-2 lead in best-of-7 series.
by Michael Baldwin Published: June 3, 2013
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OKC BARONS at GRAND RAPIDS GRIFFINS

What: Games 6 & 7 of AHL Western Conference finals

When: Tuesday 6 p.m.; Wednesday (if necessary) 6 p.m.

Where: Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Mich.

Radio: KXXY-FM 96.1 Jim Byers play-by-play; Doug Sauter color

Scouting report: The Griffins lead the best-of-7 series 3-2 following a 3-0 win on Sunday. ... Barons forward Tanner House, who suffered a concussion in Game 3, did not make the trip. ... The Barons went 14-5-2 on the road in March, April and May. ... Both goaltenders have played well, and they're matched against the two highest-scoring teams in the Calder Cup playoffs (OKC 51 goals, GR 51 goals). ... Grand Rapids' 21-year-old Czech goalie, Petr Mrazek, (1.40 goals against average, .960 saves percentage in the series) is riding an eight-period shutout streak. ... OKC 31-year-old veteran Yann Danis (2.20 GAA, .914) has held his own. ... Reassigned to Grand Rapids before Game 4 by Detroit after the Red Wings' season ended last Wednesday, Joakim Andersson (three points, one goal) and Gustav Nyquist (one assist) gave the Griffins an offensive lift. ... The Barons' top two lines have scored six goals in the series but none over the last two games. Teemu Hartikainen has two goals, but Jonathan Cheechoo's empty netter is the only goal since the first period of Game 3. ... Special teams played a key role in Games 4 and 5. The Griffins scored three power-play goals and a short-handed goal. In contrast, OKC's power play is 1-of-21 in the series. ... The Barons have outshot the Griffins by 47 shots (175-128). ... Oklahoma City compiled 77 shots in back-to-back shutout losses Saturday and Sunday.

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by Michael Baldwin
Redhawks, Barons, MLB, NFL Reporter
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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