BARONS TAKE PART IN AHL ALL STAR CLASSIC
By Josh Evans, OKC BaronsThe Oklahoma City Barons were represented by five at the 2012 AHL All Star Classic. Head coach Todd Nelson led the Western Conference, including Barons forwards Philippe Cornet and Ryan Keller, defenseman Alex Plante and goaltender Yann Danis. The Western Squad downed the Eastern Squad 8-7 in a shootout.
At one point, Nelson’s Western Division squad trailed 6-2 in the first period. The West would claw their way back into the game and would eventually tie the game at seven. The tie was broken in a shootout. Peoria netminder Ben Bishop stopped all four shooters in the shootout to earn the win. He was named the AHL All Star Classic Most Valuable Player.
Barons goaltender Yann Danis played the entire second period and stopped all 11 of the shots he faced. He made a key save on an early period snap shot from the slot to propel him to top performance. His shutout in the second period was the first time since the 2005 AHL All Star Game that a goaltender had not allowed a goal. The last player to do that was Buffalo Sabres netminder Ryan Miller.
Cornet, a starter in the game, recorded two shots on goal. Keller also recorded two shots on goal and was +1 on the night. Defenseman Alex Plante, a starter in the game, recorded one shot and was +2 on the night.
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Oklahoma City was well represented on the ice and behind the bench, but they were also represented in the stands. Jaxson, Clayton and Michael Moore attended the game. Michael Moore has lived in Oklahoma City previously and has been attending hockey games since 1965. He thinks hockey is at it’s best now. “The level of play is really good, the skill level is outstanding,” he said.
Jaxson, 12 and Clayton, 6, live in Washington D.C. Michael was scheduled to visit and thought this would be a great trip to see the Barons. Both Jaxson and Clayton follow the Barons on Facebook. Jaxson’s favorite player is Linus Omark because of the “fancy move during the shootout.”
The three went to the Skills Competition on Sunday and were excited to see the Barons All Stars a few times around the hotel. Their final words for the fans back in OKC were, “Go Barons!”
Oklahoma City is back in action with two games later this week. Thursday, the Barons host the San Antonio Rampage. Friday, the Barons host the Charlotte Checkers. Faceoff for both games is 7 p.m. at the Cox Convention Center.
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