The Oklahoma City Barons will likely have the American Hockey League's reigning Goaltender of the Year back in the lineup for the 2012-2013 season.
Yann Danis, who helped the Barons win the Western Division and Western Conference championships during the regular season, signed a one-year, two-way contract extension with the Edmonton Oilers. The Oilers are the NHL parent team of the Barons, who reached the AHL's version of the Frozen Four this past season.
Danis told the Edmonton Journal he looked at other options around the NHL, but with the Oilers' No. 1 goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin up for a new contract after next season, “if I have another good season in the A, who knows what could happen next year?”
Danis had a 26-14-2 record with a 2.07 goals against average. He had a .924 saves percentage and five shutouts. Danis was voted as a first-team AHL All-Star.
The 2.07 goals against average set a record for a Triple-A-level hockey team in Oklahoma City. Russ Gillow finished the 1967-68 season with a 2.16 GAA for the original Oklahoma City Blazers, then affiliated with the Boston Bruins.
“I had a great time last year, we had a great team and I really liked OK City,” Danis told the Journal. “It was always in the back of my mind to resign. It will be familiar territory for me, and my goal is to replicate what I did last year.”
AROUND AND AROUND
*Jamie Passmore of Rose continued to dominate the Oil Capital Racing Series late Saturday night at Southern Oklahoma Speedway in Ardmore. Passmore led from start to finish to post a sixth feature win in 10 points cards. Alex Sewell, Tim Kent, Danny Jennings and Danny Smith rounded out the top-five finishers. Smith moved into the top-five after the disqualifications of Harli White and Colton Brewer, whose cars were too light at the post-race weigh station.
*Some of the same drivers who raced Saturday in Ardmore competed in an American Sprint Car Series Sooner Region race Friday night at Creek County Speedway in Sapulpa. Tulsa resident Sean McClelland won the A feature, holding off defending Sooner Region champion Joe Wood Jr. of Oklahoma City. The win was McClelland's second of the season for the Sooner Region.
OFC BEATS DALLAS
The Oklahoma Football Club of the Women's Premier Soccer League beat Dallas FC 4-2 at Stars Field on the Oklahoma City University campus. Dria Hampton, Kaylie Garcia, Jackie Acevedo and Maddie Mercado scored for OFC (5-2-1), which handed Dallas (7-1-0) its first loss of the season. Leslie Briggs, a two-time NCAA Player of the Year for North Carolina, scored both of Dallas' goals.