By Jim Byers, on 04/22/2012

Houston Aeros (8) at Oklahoma City Barons (1)
Calder Cup Playoffs |  Series “E” Western Conference Quarterfinals Game 3 | OKC leads 2-0
April 22, 2012, 7 pm CDT  | Cox Convention Center, Oklahoma City, OK
Broadcast: KXY 96.1 FM

TONIGHT: The Barons host the Houston Aeros (Minnesota Wild) in the third game of an opening-round, best-of-5 Western Conference quarterfinal series. OKC won both series games in Houston, 5-0 on Thursday and 4-1 on Friday. The remainder of the series will take place in Oklahoma City. OKC secured the top seed in the Western Conference with 99 points during the regular season. The Barons won 7 of 8 regular-season meetings with Houston, 3 by shootout, while going 4-0-0-0 at the Cox Center.

SERIES SNIPPETS: OKC has out-shot Houston 85-34 combined through the first 2 games. It’s the highest shot total by the Barons in consecutive games this season. The Barons have a power play goal in each series game and are 2-for-7 on the man advantage while killing all 7 Houston power play chances. The Barons’ 48 shots in Game 1 were the second-most in club history, counting regular season and playoffs. The only game featuring more was a 51-shot, 7-6 shootout win over Toronto Nov. 7, 2010 at the Cox Center, when Linus Omark scored 5 goals. Houston’s 14 shots were the fewest by a Barons’ opponent in the two seasons OKC has been in the NHL, playoffs and regular season combined.

RANKING MEMBERS: Ryan Keller is part of a tie for the third-most points in this season’s Calder Cup play with 4. Keller has had a 2-goal game (Friday) and a 2-assist game (Thursday). Jon Matsumoto of San Antonio leads the AHL with 6 points through 2 games, while 3 players have 5. Hunter Tremblay is part of a 5-way tie for the lead in rookie scoring with 3 points on 2 goals and 1 assist. Tremblay, the league’s co-leader in shorthanded goals during the regular season with 5, added another on Friday. Yann Danis has allowed 1 goal in 119:56 this series. His 0.50 goals-against average is second only to Connecticut’s Cameron Talbot, who has posted back-to-back 3-0 shutouts of Bridgeport in an Eastern Conference quarterfinal.

DANIS VS. HOUSTON: Yann Danis has played every minute of the regular season and playoffs against the Aeros. He went 7-0-1 with 2 shutouts, a 1.32 goals-against average and .946 save percentage in the regular season, allowing 11 goals and making 193 saves on 204 shots. Adding in the playoffs to date, Danis is 9-0-1 against the Aeros in 2011-12 with a 1.16 GAA and .950 save percentage.

DANIS THE TOP GOALIE: Yann Danis is this season’s winner of the Aldege “Baz” Bastien Memorial Award as the AHL’s outstanding goaltender for the 2011-12 season, as voted by AHL coaches, players and members of the media in each of the league’s 30 cities. Danis’ other accolades this season have included a scoreless period in the AHL All-Star Classic, the first by a goalie in 7 years, and his being named a first-team AHL All-Star. Danis finished second in the AHL in goals-against average at 2.07, trailing only Toronto’s Ben Scrivens (2.04). Danis tied for fifth in wins (26), tied for second in shutouts (5) and tied for eighth in save percentage (.924).

GOOD OMENS: By scoring 5 and 4 goals in each of the first 2 games, the Barons improved their combined regular season and playoff record to 23-0-0-0 when scoring 4 or more in a game. Ryan Keller’s 2-goal game on Friday was the 18th by a Baron between the playoffs and regular season. A Baron has not had a hat trick in 2011-12. When the Barons received a goal from a defenseman this season they went 15-2-0-2 and when Philippe Cornet lit the lamp the team went 18-1-0-0 in the regular season.

WESTWARD HO: OKC was 25-8-0-1 against West Division clubs during the regular season, with a 13-3-0-1 mark on the road. The Barons went 8-0-0-1 on the road against West rivals in between losses at San Antonio Dec. 3 and April 15.

POWER TRIPS: The Barons went 27-1-2-4 when scoring at least 1 power play goal during the regular season. When they tallied 2 or more in a game, they were 7-0-0-1. When held without a power play goal, the Barons were 18-21-2-1.

Series results:
Date        Opp.     Result     OKC Goalie (GA,SV)   Opp. Goalie            Attn.
April 19    @ Hou   W, 5-0      Danis (0, 14)                   Hackett (L)/Brodeur   3,158
April 20    @ Hou   W, 4-1      Dans (1, 19)                   Hackett (L)/Brodeur   4,756

Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date        Opp.          Site                                Time   Broadcast
April 24*   Houston      Cox Center                      7:00     KXY 96.1 FM
April 25*   Houston      Cox Center                      7:00     KXY 96.1 FM
* If necessary                                                                          

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