By Jim Byers, on 04/20/2012

Oklahoma City Barons at Houston Aeros
Calder Cup Playoffs |  Series “E” Western Conference Quarterfinals Game 2 | OKC leads 1-0
April 20, 2012, 7:35 pm CDT  | Toyota Center, Houston, TX
Broadcast: KXY 96.1 FM

TONIGHT: The Barons face the Houston Aeros (Minnesota Wild) in the second game of an opening-round, best-of-5 Western Conference quarterfinal series. This is the last game of the series at Toyota Center, as all remaining contests will take place in Oklahoma City starting with Game 3 on Sunday. The Barons opened the series with a 5-0 win last night. 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 3-0-0-1 at Houston.

SHOT COUNTER: OKC’s 48 shots on goal last night 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 AHL, playoffs and regular season combined.

SHUTOUT STUFF: Yann Danis’ 14-save shutout last night marked the third time he has blanked the Aeros this season, counting his shutouts Oct. 16 and Jan. 1. It was the Barons’ second shutout in playoff history, as Martin Gerber whitewashed Hamilton 2-0 exactly one year earlier, on April 19, 2011, at the Cox Center in Game 3 of the best-of-7 opening round series.

REGULAR SEASON RANKINGS: OKC finished with the second-most standing points in the AHL (99) behind the Norfolk Admirals, who won a professional hockey record 28 consecutive games from Feb. 10 to the end of the season. Norfolk finished with 113 points. OKC’s point percentage  of .651 was second only to Norfolk’s .743. The Barons had the league’s third-best road record at 24-10-1-3. They tied for the seventh-best home mark at 21-12-3-2. The Barons averaged the second-fewest goals against per game at 2.32, allowing 1 more goal than the Toronto Marlies, 176-175.

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.

DANIS VS. HOUSTON: Yann Danis played every minute of the regular season series against the Aeros this season, going 7-0-1 with 2 shutouts, a 1.32 goals-against average and .946 save percentage. He allowed 11 goals and made 193 saves on 204 shots. In his regular season career against Houston, Danis is 9-0-2 with a 1.48 GAA and .938 save percentage in outings with OKC (8), Hamilton (2) and Bridgeport (1).

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).

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. The Barons scored on their only power play chance last night.

GOOD OMENS: When the Barons received a goal from a defenseman this season they went 15-2-0-2. The team’s leading goal scorer, Philippe Cornet, scored his 24 goals in 19 different games. The Barons were 18-1-0-0 when Cornet lit the lamp. The only loss was a 3-2 setback at Milwaukee Nov. 13, when Cornet scored both OKC goals.

April 8: Teemu Hartikainen, Chris VandeVelde and Colten Teubert returned on loan from Edmonton.
April 10: Cameron Abney reassigned to Stockton.
April 12: Mike Marcou released from ATO.
April 17: Tyler Bunz signed ATO.

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

Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date        Opp.          Site                                Time   Broadcast
April 22    Houston      Cox Center                      7:00     KXY 96.1 FM
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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