OKC Barons: Grand Rapids blanks Barons a second consecutive game

Griffins move within one victory of advancing to AHL finals. Game 6 is Tuesday in Grand Rapids, Mich.
by Michael Baldwin Published: June 2, 2013
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photo - Grand Rapids' Chad Billins, right, passes the puck as Oklahoma City's Mark Arcobello defends during Sunday's game at Cox Convention Center. PHOTO BY STEVEN CHRISTY, FOR THE OKLAHOMAN CITY BARONS
Grand Rapids' Chad Billins, right, passes the puck as Oklahoma City's Mark Arcobello defends during Sunday's game at Cox Convention Center. PHOTO BY STEVEN CHRISTY, FOR THE OKLAHOMAN CITY BARONS

Against a Barons team that's scored a Calder Cup-playoff-high 51 goals, Mrazek has posted a 1.40 goals against average in the series with a remarkable .960 saves percentage.

Mrazek stopped all 40 shots Saturday night and all 37 shots on Sunday to help the Griffins move to within one win of the AHL finals.

“We have to continue to drive to the net, but we also have to pounce on rebounds,” Fedun said. “We also have to shoot for corners. A lot of our shots hit him in the chest. He's had good positioning. But we've had some good opportunities.”

All three Grand Rapids goals in Game 5 were scored the final five minutes of the second period.

Joakim Andersson, who played most of the season with Detroit but was reassigned to the Grand Rapids last Thursday, the day after the Red Wings were eliminated in the NHL playoffs, supplied the key assist on two Griffins' goals.

After Tomas Jurco put Grand Rapids up 1-0, Andersson set up Mitch Callahan for a momentum-swinging short-handed goal with 2:48 left in the second period. Andersson also had the helper on Thomas Tatar's power play goal with 32.7 seconds left in the period.

“We played hard, but we beat ourselves,” Nelson said. “The first goal was a turnover. The second one was short-handed, which is unacceptable. And then we overreacted on the power play goal. You can't leave a guy like Tatar alone. He'll bury that.”

The Barons feel they have the offense to rally and win the series. OKC has four of the top 10 scorers in the playoffs. Mark Arcobello, Teemu Hartikainen, Toni Rajala and Josh Green all have scored 12 or more points.

“We've fanned on pucks. We've had open nets we didn't capitalize on. We've had backdoor plays,” Nelson said. “We just have to bury our opportunities. If we play like this and capitalize on our opportunities we'll be fine.”


by Michael Baldwin
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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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