Yann Danis on Friday night reminded 3,447 fans why he was named the American Hockey League's top goaltender last season.
Danis notched 43 saves while helping the Oklahoma City Barons post a 2-1 overtime win over Milwaukee at the Cox Convention Center.
Another key to the win was the Barons killed off all five penalties, including Alex Plante's five-minute major and game misconduct at the end of regulation and the first 11/2 minutes of overtime.
“You can't look at the whole five minutes,” Danis said. “You have to take it one shot at a time. We did a great job on that PK.”
The penalty was called after Milwaukee right winger Taylor Beck was crashed into the boards. Beck laid unconscious on the ice for a couple of minutes, was immobilized, and then transported to a hospital.
“That was an unfortunate play,” said Barons coach Todd Nelson. “We looked at it (on tape) and didn't view it as a boarding call. Alex had his stick in that area. We don't know if (Beck) actually stepped on it or lost his footing. It wasn't like it was a malicious effort by Alex.”
The late-game penalty kill was a positive development for a team that entered the game 30th — dead last — in the AHL.
“Whenever you give up two or three goals on PK it's going to be hard to win games,” Danis said. “If we can shut that down, we know we have a great power play that's going to score some goals. If you have the edge on special teams you're going to win a lot of games.”
The Barons (7-5-2) won it a couple of minutes after killing off the five-minute major. Defenseman Martin Marincin's cross-ice pass set up Mark Arcobello for his fifth goal of the season with 1:42 left in overtime.
“Marty made an unbelievable play,” Arcobello said. “I thought he was going to shoot it. I think everyone in the rink did. He made a perfect pass right onto my tape. I just had to put it into an empty net.”