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Oklahoma City Barons: Grand Rapids wins 4-0 to tie series

Grand Rapids built a three-goal lead midway through the second period, and goaltender Petr Mrazek recorded 40 saves to lead the Griffins to a 4-0 win over the Oklahoma City Barons Saturday night in front of 3,027 fans at the Cox Convention Center.
by Michael Baldwin Published: June 1, 2013
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photo - Oklahoma City Barons defender Garrett Stafford reacts to having a goal disallowed versus the Grand Rapids Griffins in the fourth game of the Western Conference finals of the AHL on June 1, 2013. Photo by KT KING, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: OKC1306012126361033
Oklahoma City Barons defender Garrett Stafford reacts to having a goal disallowed versus the Grand Rapids Griffins in the fourth game of the Western Conference finals of the AHL on June 1, 2013. Photo by KT KING, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: OKC1306012126361033

“We had a lot of quantity but I didn't think we had a lot of quality shots,” said Barons team captain Josh Green. “I felt it was an easy night for him. We fired a lot of shots from the outside. He played really well but he saw pretty much everything. We didn't have a lot of traffic in front of him.”

The Barons outshot the Griffins 40-32, the third consecutive game they've outshot Grand Rapids.

OKC owns a 138-103 overall edge in shots on goal, but the series is tied 2-2 heading into pivotal Game 5.

“We didn't have a lot of second-chance opportunities,” Green said. “If we're going to move on and win this series we've got to do a better job of battling for position in front, get some rebounds and do a better job of finishing as well.”

Nelson pointed out the Barons have either been tied or trailed 1-0 after one period in three of the four games other than an early 3-0 lead in Game 3. Nelson said it's critical to get off to a strong start on Sunday.

“As this game went on we got stronger,” Nelson said. “We need to carry that momentum over ... I have a feeling this series may go the distance. These are two strong teams that are very similar. It's going to be a battle.”

The Barons are 5-2 at home in the playoffs. They lost their playoff opener in the first-round series to Charlotte but had won five consecutive games at the Cox Center before losing Saturday night.

“It's still a decent position for us,” Green said. “If we win this home game (Sunday) then we just have to win one of two games on the road. We've been a pretty good road team all year so I would like our chances. But it's start with the game on Sunday.”

by Michael Baldwin
Redhawks, Barons, MLB, NFL Reporter
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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