OKC Barons notebook: Barons await opponent

by Michael Baldwin Published: May 16, 2013

After wrapping up their semifinal series with a 5-1 win over the Texas Stars on Thursday night at the Cox Convention Center, the Barons will be off for one week before they open the Western Conference Finals next weekend on the road against either Grand Rapids or Toronto.

The Griffins own a 2-1 edge in their best-of-7 series against the Marlies. The series continues with Games 4 and 5 this weekend in Grand Rapids, Mich. If necessary, the series will continue Tuesday and Wednesday in Toronto.

Oklahoma City will host the middle three games in the Western Conference Finals. Game 3 will be at the Cox Convention Center on May 29 (a Wednesday). Game 4 will be May 31 (a Friday). Game 5 will be June 1 (a Saturday).


Barons 31-year-old goaltender Yann Danis nearly recorded his second shutout in the series on Thursday. The Stars scored a power-play goal with 2:57 remaining.

Recording 33 saves in the series clinching win Thursday night, Danis is 7-3 with a 2.19 goals-against average and .935 save percentage in the playoffs.

“Yann has been our backbone, not just the playoffs but down the stretch to help us get in,” said team captain Josh Green. “He's playing unbelievable with so much poise. We know he's going to make the big saves when we mess up in front of him.”

Since he returned from Edmonton in mid-March, Danis is 18-4-4 with a 1.93 GAA and .932 save percentage.

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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