Making his seventh consecutive start, veteran goaltender Yann Danis recorded 19 saves in the Barons' 4-1 win over Hamilton on Tuesday night at the Cox Convention Center.
Improving to 20-14-5 for the season, Danis is 4-1-2 with a 2.09 goals-against average and .915 save percentage since returning from Edmonton three weeks ago.
“Now that he's gotten a lot of consecutive starts he's getting into a groove,” said Barons coach Todd Nelson. “I'm going to play him as much as I can down the stretch.”
THE CHEECHOO SONG
Aaron Bell, a bearded fan who lives in Flagstaff, Ariz., created a corny but humorous YouTube song dedicated to Jonathan Cheechoo when he played with the San Jose Sharks. Bell updated the song when Cheechoo was traded to Ottawa. He made a third version when Cheechoo played with Peoria in the AHL.
The Barons mailed Bell two jerseys and asked him to make an OKC version, which they played on the scoreboard after Cheechoo scored the go-ahead goal Tuesday night.
“It's fun for the fans,” Cheechoo said. “It's something that's good for the kids. They enjoy it.”
BYERS TRADED FOR DEFENSEMAN
The Edmonton Oilers traded forward Dane Byers to the Washington Capitals in exchange for defenseman Garrett Stafford. Both players were on AHL rosters.
In his 10th season, Stafford, 33, will join the Barons this weekend. He's played 665 pro games, the majority in the AHL with seven teams. Stafford has scored 366 points and compiled 508 AHL penalty minutes.
Byers scored 10 points in 58 games with the Barons. He was best known for his physical presence (144 penalty minutes).
The Barons have given away a new vehicle at every Saturday home game this season and will give away two Ford Fiestas this Saturday. ... Mark Arcobello had two assists to move into the top 10 in the AHL in scoring (57 points). ... Team captain Josh Green (ribs) hopes to return in time for the season-ending, three-game home series (April 19-21) that could determine whether the Barons make the playoffs. ... Defenseman Colten Teubert (ankle injury) might return next week.