OKC Barons: Griffins winning special teams battles

Grand Rapids scored a power-play goal and a short-handed goal in its 3-0 win Sunday over Oklahoma City.
by Michael Baldwin Published: June 2, 2013

Grand Rapids scored a power-play goal and a short-handed goal in a 3-0 win over the Barons on Sunday afternoon in Game 5 of the American Hockey League Western Conference finals.

The Griffins were 2-of-2 on the power play in Game 4 on Saturday and followed with two special teams goals in Game 5 on Sunday.

In contrast, Oklahoma City was 0-of-6 on the power play in Game 5. The Barons are 1-of-21 in the series with the man advantage.

“Let's face it, that's something that's been hurting us,” said Barons coach Todd Nelson. “It comes down to burying our chances. I feel we're getting good looks on the power play. We just have to finish.”


Forward Anton Lander, assigned to Oklahoma City after the Edmonton Oilers season ended, made the trip to Grand Rapids. Sidelined the past three weeks after he suffered a knee injury in the second-round series against the Texas Stars, Lander might play Tuesday night. If he can go, Lander would rejoin the line of Teemu Hartikainen and Toni Rajala.


The Barons hadn't lost back-to-back games in regulation since mid-January, a span of 51 games. Grand Rapids ended the streak with wins in Game 4 and Game 5. ... Griffins' goalie Petr Mrazek has been the star of the series, but OKC goalie Yann Danis has played well (2.20 goals against average, .914 saves percentage). ... The Barons and Griffins shared a chartered flight back to Grand Rapids after Sunday's game. ... The Barons are 12-0 when Jonathan Cheechoo scores a goal, 20-3-0 when he scores a point.


by Michael Baldwin
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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