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OKC Barons force Game 7

Three-goal rally in the third period lifts Barons past Grand Rapids to even AHL Western Conference Finals at three games apiece.
By Dean Holzwarth, For The Oklahoman Published: June 4, 2013

While Oklahoma City's scorers were finally able to capitalize on their chances against Mrazek, who shut out the Barons the past two games, it was goalie Yann Danis' game-changing save that provided the spark.

Less than two minutes after Arcobello's goal, Danis stopped Grand Rapids' Tomas Jurco on a penalty shot to keep it a one-goal game.

“Absolutely huge,” Arcobello said. “I think that was the turning point in the third. It swung the momentum for us, and it could've easily been another two-goal deficit. Yann stepped up big when we needed him.”

Danis, who allowed a pair of goals in the second period by Mitch Callahan and Jeff Hoggan that snapped a 1-1 tie, said he was simply trying to give his team a chance.

“I just wanted to make the save,” he said. “The second and third goals, I should've had, and after the second goal by us I knew things were turning around a little bit. I just wanted to make that save and keep it going.

“We've battled through adversity, and tonight was no different. Credit to the guys for getting me three goals in the third.”

Oklahoma City took a 1-0 lead in the first when Arcobello scored on a 5-on-3. The goal ended a 175-minute scoring drought against Mrazek

The Griffins answered on their own 5-on-3 late in the first as Jurco bounced a shot in off Danis' back.

Danis recorded 33 saves for the Barons, who will play their first Game 7 in franchise history.

“We expected to play Game 7, and we're happy about it,” Arcobello said. “We'll focus on getting the one that really matters now.”


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